NHL notebook: Caps' Ovechkin apologizes for Russian team's Olympics performance
• Alex Ovechkin has apologized for Russia's disappointing performance in the hockey tournament at the Winter Olympics. Ovechkin spoke Tuesday as he rejoined the Capitals for the resumption of the NHL season. Russia was eliminated in the quarterfinals last week in Sochi. Said Ovechkin: “I want to say sorry to the fans because it's a once in a lifetime opportunity to represent your country in the Olympics, and you didn't get the results, you didn't get any medal.”
• John Tavares' season is still over, but the Islanders' star forward got a bit of good news upon returning from Sochi. The knee injury suffered in Canada's game against Latvia on Feb. 19 won't require surgery, team doctors told him. After a rehabilitation period of eight to 12 weeks, Tavares should be able to begin training for next season. Although he didn't play in Canada's final two games in Sochi, Tavares brought home a gold medal.
• Sabres general manager Tim Murray said he is talking to coach Ted Nolan about lifting his interim tag and working out an extension. Murray also said the team is shopping goalie Ryan Miller, with the intention of dealing him before the NHL's trade deadline March 5. Murray said he has received interest from more than two teams but fewer than 10 regarding Miller but added it's too early to determine whether a deal can be made for the 11-year veteran.
• The Sharks reassigned forward Bracken Kearns to Worcester of the AHL. The team made the move to create room for the expected return from the injured list of forwards Logan Couture and Raffi Torres. Kearns has three goals, one assist and six penalty minutes in 22 games this season with San Jose. The Sharks resume action Thursday night in Philadelphia.