When general manager Sandy Alderson was asked about the Mets bullpen Saturday, he did not give Familia an endorsement, Newsday's David Lennon reports. "As of right now do we have a closer? You tell me," Alderson said.
Lundqvist will cover the cage on the road Saturday for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinal match with the Senators, as Renaud Lavoie of TVA Sports reports that the Rangers will not have any lineup changes from the series opener.
Following the goalie's trade from the Blackhawks on Friday, Darling's agent will have preliminary contract discussions with Hurricanes GM Ron Francis next week, the Raleigh News & Observer reports. "Obviously we'd like to get something done sooner rather than later," Francis said.
Kovalchuk, who's been contemplating a return to the NHL, backed out of the IIHF World Championships in order to undergo surgery on his knee, Szymon Szemberg, managing director of the Euro Hockey Challenge, reports.