Messier in charge

Former NHL star Mark Messier is the new general manager of Canada's team for the 2010 world championship, and he hopes to have Wayne Gretzky with him.

Messier was introduced yesterday in Toronto. He is a special assistant to New York Rangers president Glen Sather.

When asked whether Gretzky would be considered to coach the team in Germany, Messier replied, "Yeah, for sure."

There was no immediate word on whether Gretzky is interested. He has been out of hockey since stepping down as coach of the Phoenix Coyotes in September.

Coyote disciplined

The NHL suspended Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Ed Jovanovski two games for a forearm to the head of Minnesota center Andrew Ebbett on Monday. No penalty was called.

Jovanovski will be eligible to return next Monday at Detroit. He will lose more than $67,000 in pay, with the money going to the Players' Emergency Assistance Fund.

Capitals recall goalie

Washington recalled goaltender Michal Neuvirth from the AHL's Hershey Bears.

The team said that goalie Semyon Varlamov is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.

Neuvirth has a 2-2-0 record in six career NHL games. He led Hershey to the Calder Cup title last year and was named the AHL's playoff MVP after going 16-6 with a 1.92 goals-against average.

- Associated Press