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NHLPA Investigates Undermanned Devils

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The New Jersey Devils played Monday’s game against the Pittsburgh Penguins with only 15 skaters as they lacked salary cap room to dress a full roster. Not surprisingly, Pittsburgh won the game 3-1.  The news today is that the NHLPA is investigating the issue.  The cynical side of me thinks their investigation will be similar to OJ Simpson’s investigation to find “the real killer”.  The NHLPA wants to be involved because players who are in the minors who would be called up to fill out the Devils roster would benefit from getting NHL playing time and salaries.  The problem is that the NHLPA has been so marginalized by NHL ownership that it isn’t clear what they can do at this point.  Probably that is what is being investigated.  Does the NHLPA have enough power to do anything at all?  It isn’t obvious that they do.

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Leafs Make Cap Room For Future Moves By Waiving Finger

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Why now? Well, if Finger continued practising with the NHL club and suffered an injury, the Leafs wouldn’t be able to put him on waivers until he was healthy again. A blocked shot and a broken foot, then, could rob the club of useful salary-cap leverage.

Beyond that, it’s remarkable how the heat is already mounting in various NHL cities after only two or three games. See, it’s one thing to imagine carrying salaries during the summer when it’s all theoretical, and quite another when the games begin and the paycheques must be signed….

So maybe people look at the Leafs and their cap space differently today or maybe they say, “Well, duh, we already knew that.”...

Burke’s bet is that sooner than later, the clubs that need to move a body or two will have to do it, and by sending Finger down he’s made it abundantly clear to all GMs — and their owners — that he can ease their cap pain.

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Watching HNIC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

CBC’s HOCKEY NIGHT IN CANADA attracted record audiences for its Saturday night debut this weekend.  An average audience of 2.251 million viewers tuned in to the first game of the evening featuring Toronto taking on Ottawa and Montreal taking on Pittsburgh, up 34% from the 09/10 Saturday night season premiere of the program.  The evening’s second game from Vancouver against L.A., attracted an average of 1.430 million viewers, up 26% from the first Saturday night broadcast last season. Both are the highest Saturday night debut audiences in the program’s history.  Scotiabank Hockey Tonight drew an average audience of 569,000.

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It’s A Two Game Suspension Day As Hjalmarsson Gets Two Too

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Two game suspension for Nik Hjalmarsson.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“We need to win. Yeah, we’d like to have a win.  But the thing that is more urgent that I’d like to see is for us to play a full, 60-minute hockey game. We want to put a complete game together. That’s what I’m more concerned with. The wins will come if we can play smarter and put in a full 60-minute effort.”

-New Jersey Devils head coach John MacLean.  Much more on the Devils from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.

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Weary, Feeling Small, Tears In Your Eyes? Suck It Dive Fans

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I considered something a bit more elegant, more sensitive.  But when the possibility came up of combining Simon and Garfunkel with a line like, “keep on sucking it”? Well, I couldn’t resist.

Oh, I’m a classy one.  I know.

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James Wisniewski Suspended Two Games

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Darren Dreger tweet,

2 games for Wisniewski

added 7:05pm,

TORONTO (October 12, 2010)—New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $79,268.30 in salary for directing an inappropriate gesture toward New York Rangers player Sean Avery during NHL game #28 on October 11. The incident occurred during a stoppage of play in the first period.

Wisniewski, who was suspended for eight games on March 17, 2010, is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Wisniewski will miss the Islanders’ next two games—Oct. 13 at Washington and Oct. 15 at Pittsburgh. He is eligible to return Oct. 16 against Colorado.

 

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Penguins Recall Hutchinson

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

from the Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled defenseman Andrew Hutchinson from Wilkes-Barre/Scranton of the American Hockey League, it was announced today by executive vice president and general manager Ray Shero.

Hutchinson recorded a goal and an assist in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s season opening defeat of rival and two-time defending Calder Cup champion Hershey, 3-2, on Saturday, Oct. 9.

Hutchinson, 30, has played 135 career NHL games with Dallas, Tampa Bay, Carolina and Nashville. He has 38 career points (12G-26A).

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Sutton Out 6-8 Weeks

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Ducks PR…

Ducks defenseman Andy Sutton had surgery this morning to repair a fractured right thumb, suffered on Oct. 8 @ Detroit.  The surgery was done at the Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles by hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin. Sutton is expected to return to play in approximately 6-8 weeks.

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Habs fans, get ready to exercise your right to vote

Blog: KK Hockey By The Upper Canadien

Interesting news out of Montreal today, as Bell Canada and the Montreal Canadiens have combined forces to allow Canadiens fans to vote for the three stars of each game. The longstanding tradition was to have a member of the media select the three stars, and while their choices were often debated, I’m not sure having the fans select the three stars is the best way to go.

Why could this be a bad idea? Well, Canadiens fans stuffed the ballots for the all star game two years ago, selecting players who did not deserve to be there, let alone in the starting lineup (that’s right Mike Komisarek, I’m talking about you). Now, we may see a repeat of that after every game at the Bell Centre.

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  Tags: fan+voting

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