“I expect (Stevens) will retire,” Brodeur said. “He’s 41 and we haven’t heard anything from him for a while. It will be strange not having Niedermayer in front of me for the first time in about 12 years, but we re-signed (Brian) Rafalski and added (Vladimir) Malakhov and (Dan) McGillis. We’ll be OK.”
The Vancouver Canucks re-signed winger Jarkko Ruutu on Thursday.
As the NHL moves toward resuming play, the Detroit Red Wings are not close to re-signing restricted free agents Pavel Datsyuk or Henrik Zetterberg.