Wild's Gaborik might play Wednesday

Updated: October 11, 2005, 8:33 PM ET
Associated Press

Minnesota Wild: Minnesota star forward Marian Gaborik might be able to play for the first time this season in Wednesday night's game against Vancouver.

A pulled groin has kept Gaborik from appearing in any of the Wild's exhibition or regular-season games so far, but he has resumed skating and practiced harder on Tuesday, coach Jacques Lemaire said, than he had since training camp started.

"He was asking me the last couple of days to play," Lemaire said following Tuesday's workout at Parade Ice Garden.

Gaborik is on injured reserve, so another player will have to go when he's activated. A decision on whether Gaborik plays against the Canucks will be made after the Wednesday morning skate-around, Lemaire said.

Columbus Blue Jackets: The Blue Jackets assigned veteran defenseman Andy Delmore to their American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse.

Delmore, claimed off waivers from the DRed Wings on Oct. 4, appeared in one game with Columbus and had two shots on goal in the home opener on Oct. 7.

Delmore, 28, has appeared in 277 NHL games, scoring 43 goals with 58 assists. He had two goals and five assists in 2003-2004 for Buffalo, a year after scoring 18 goals with 16 assists for Nashville.

He spent the lockout year playing for Mannheim in Germany.

Calgary Flames: The Calgary Flames signed free agent defenseman Bryan Marchment to a one-year contract on Tuesday.

The 36-year-old Marchment attended Toronto's camp on a tryout but the Maple Leafs opted not to offer him a contract. He had one goal, three assists and 106 penalty minutes in 75 games with the Leafs in 2003-04.

Marchment has 39 goals, 140 assists and 2,232 penalty minutes in 889 career games.

Washington Capitals: The Capitals recalled defenseman Mike Green from Hershey of the AHL.

He takes the roster spot of right wing Stephen Peat, who went on injured reserve with an upper-body injury.

Green turns 20 Wednesday and could make his NHL debut that night at Carolina. He had one assist in six preseason games.

Green was the 29th overall pick in the 2004 NHL draft. In the 2004-05 season, he led Western Hockey League defensemen with 66 points (14 goals, 52 assists) for the Saskatoon Blades.

European TV contract
A European television network has acquired exclusive rights to broadcast NHL games across the continent.

The North American Sports Network said Tuesday it has reached a multimillion dollar, four-year TV rights deal beginning immediately. The agreement also includes rights to stream live games over the Internet.

NASN also has options to extend the deal for an additional two years and to secure broadcast rights in the Asia-Pacific region. The network will show at least 200 games this season, with up to six live games a week and full coverage of the Stanley Cup playoffs and finals.

More than a third of NHL players are Europeans.

Last month, NASN secured rights to broadcast NFL games in 17 European countries.

NASN began in 2002 in Britain and Ireland. It's now available on digital networks in several European countries.

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