Gronkowski underwent a lumbar discectomy Tuesday to deal with a lingering issue with a herniated disc in his back, the Patriots' official site reports. Subsequently, Dr. Robert Watkins, the surgeon who performed the operation, released a statement noting that "the surgery went well."
The Islanders are one of several teams interested in acquiring King goaltender Jonathan Bernier, according to Newsday. If that's the case, Niederreiter is likely to be among the trade chips sent to Los Angeles.
Germain Racing announced that Caymus Vineyards, part of the prestigious Wagner Family of Wine, will be on board the No. 13 GEICO Ford Fusion of driver Mears as an associate sponsor for the upcoming Sonoma Raceway event, germainracing.com reports.