By Adam Gretz
GORGES RE-SIGNS WITH MONTREAL: One-by-one players that were scheduled for arbitration hearings are finding ways to come to an agreement with their team before having to go through the arbitration process. The latest player to come to an agreement was Josh Gorges, who signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the deal is worth $2.5 million. Gorges was limited to just 36 games last season because of injury, and scored one goal to go with six assists. Offense isn't a large part of his game, as he's one of Montreal's top shutdown defensemen. He was scheduled for an arbitration hearing on July 28.
BOOGAARD CHARGED: Aaron Boogaard, the brother of former NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard, was charged on Friday for the unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. He's also facing charges for interferring with the scene of his brother's death by allegedly flushing a drug stash down the toilet before police could arrive to the scene.
KANE'S NUMBER DEBATE: There's a debate raging in Winnipeg as to whether Evander Kane should continue to wear Bobby Hull's No. 9. Hull, of course, was a tremendous player for the original Winnipeg franchise during its WHA days, where the number was retired. That team currently plays its games in Phoenix, while the current Jets franchise carries the history of the Atlanta Thrashers, which did not retire the number. Arctic Ice Hockey is asking Jets fans to vote on whether Kane should change numbers, while the young forward plans on asking Hull for permission to continue to wear the number he's worn for most of his young career.
NABOKOV TO RETURN? James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reported on Friday that Evgeni Nabokov is planning on making a return to the NHL for the 2011-12 season. The question, however, is with which team? The easiest guess right now might be the New York Islanders. The goaltender signed a deal in Russia before last season and then decided to make a return to the NHL in January. He signed a contract with the Detroit Red Wings but had to pass through waivers before he could officially join the team. The Islanders, in need of goaltending help because of a rash of injuries at the position, claimed Nabokov, who then refused to report to the team. He never played a game for the Islanders. Nabokov suiting up for New York would certainly be weird given last year's events, but it's still not as weird as the possibility of Alexei Yashin returning.