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Brule Suspended In The AHL, Playing In The NHL

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Gilbert Brule is out on parole.

The Edmonton Oilers farmhand was slapped with a four-game American Hockey League suspension for a hit from behind on Lowell defenceman Matthew Corrente on Wednesday, but he’ll be able to play tonight against the San Jose Sharks after his call-up from the AHL’s Springfield Falcons.

Suspensions from the AHL don’t necessarily travel to the NHL, so Brule will play his first Oilers game, likely on the fourth line, after he was summoned Friday when Sam Gagner came down with concussion-like symptoms after taking an elbow in the head in a Dallas Stars’ game Wednesday.

“It’s up to the league whether they will allow a player to play if he has a suspension somewhere else,” said Oilers assistant GM Rick Olczyk, indicating it’s a case-by-case basis.

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Ducks Need Power Play Help

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from Al Balderas of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

There’s no telling where the Ducks would be without Teemu Selanne’s league-leading 13 power-play goals.

There is also no telling where the Ducks would be if some of his teammates contributed with power-play goals of their own.

Selanne has 13 power-play goals this season. The rest of the Ducks have nine. Four of those have been scored by defensemen. Scott Niedermayer has three power-play goals, Ryan Getzlaf and Corey Perry have two, and Chris Pronger and Chris Kunitz have one.

Ducks head coach Randy Carlyle acknowledged some recent improvement but stressed the importance of the Ducks’ need to get more balanced scoring with the man-advantage.

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Gerbe Up To Buffalo

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

BUFFALO, NY (December 6, 2008) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have recalled C Nathan Gerbe from Portland (AHL). In addition, the Sabres have returned RW Mark Mancari to Portland.

In just his first professional season, Gerbe (7/24/1987, 5’6”, 160 lbs.) is currently second on the Pirates in scoring with 24 points (14+10) in 21 games. Included in his goal totals are 7 PP tallies and a pair of game winners. Gerbe also has 25 PIMs and has taken a team-high 91 shots.

A native of Oxford, Michigan, Gerbe played three seasons at Boston College. Last season he led the nation in scoring with 68 points (35+33) in 43 games, while leading the Eagles to an NCAA Championship. Gerbe was a Hobey Baker finalist, and was named USA Hockey’s National College Player of the Year. Gerbe was selected in the fifth round (142nd overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

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Coyotes Continue To Lose Money

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The Phoenix Coyotes are expected to lose between $25- and $35-million (all currency U.S.) this year and with his primary business under financial duress, owner Jerry Moyes may not be able to cover the hockey team’s losses any longer.

That leaves him three choices:

- Renegotiate the Coyotes’ arena lease to effectively put the city of Glendale into the position covering some of the losses;

- Put the franchise into bankruptcy;

- Turn the keys over to the NHL, forcing commissioner Gary Bettman to find a new owner.

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Gagne Says No Concussion

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from Wayne Fish of phillyBurbs,

Despite some skepticism from fans, media and maybe even some teammates, friends and family members, the Flyers’ Simon Gagne claims the only reason he left Thursday night’s game in the second period was because of symptoms that felt like the flu….

If there’s any connection between this situation and last year, Gagne said, it has more to do with the fatigue of the rigorous schedule right now.

“Not playing for eight months last year, coming back, and if you look at the last two weeks, it’s just hockey, day off, hockey,” Gagne said. “It’s a lot of games. I knew this year I would have some ups and downs.”

Gagne said no tests related to a concussion were performed.

“There’s no point,” he said. “I didn’t get hit. It’s just natural for people to get sick, so you don’t have to run a test for a concussion if you just get sick.’’

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Dave Nonis Named Senior VP of Hockey Operations For Toronto Maple Leafs

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from the Toronto Maple Leafs,

Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Saturday that David Nonis has been named senior vice president of hockey operations.

“David Nonis brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to our hockey staff,” said Burke. “We have successfully worked together in the past, and he has a deep understanding of contractual, legal and financial matters as well as scouting and roster management. He’ll be an asset to our organization in several areas.”

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Thinking Of A Cheechoo Trade

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from Spector’s Blog at Fox Sports,

Please note that the following is merely just speculation on my part and isn’t based on any reports I’ve read or heard. It’s merely based on a discussion I recently had with a friend of mine, who suggested the possibility of the Sharks trading Jonathan Cheechoo to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Here’s the basis of his opinion:

• Cheechoo isn’t producing the numbers he once did when he was on the Thornton line

• The Sharks obviously aren’t hurting because of his drop in production, and I think he may have missed the last game or more…not sure though

• Cheechoo eats up 3.5 million per

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Modano Eyeing His Future

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from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Modano’s time on the ice is winding down, which is why he’s begun looking not at those players whose names are listed above his in terms of goals and assists, but at those who have made a seemingly painless transition to hockey’s other side.

Many of Modano’s former Dallas teammates have made just such a move: Guy Carbonneau and Kirk Muller are the Montreal Canadiens’ head coach and assistant coach, respectively; Joe Nieuwendyk is a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ management team; and in Dallas, in a move that raised as many eyebrows as an Avery putdown, the Stars have Brett Hull as a co-general manager.

Toss in Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings and Ron Francis, who left the Carolina Hurricanes front office to become an associate coach, and it’s clear the attraction of becoming a hockey administrator and power broker without having to start squarely at the bottom is too great to ignore.

“Steve has become a key part of Team Canada, and I’ve always felt I want to be a part of USA Hockey — on the executive or helping select teams for the world championships,” Modano said.

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Leafs Need To Get Bigger

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from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

“The way I like my teams to play, we need to get bigger right away,” Burke said as the Leafs finished a 1-2 journey to California and Arizona. “It’s not that we don’t compete, but we’re not able to win some physical battles.

“I think a big part of winning hockey games is winning battles all over the ice.”

That won’t come easily or immediately given that initial trade offers to new GMs in need include an attempt at fleecing. But Burke is too smart for that, and given his belief that players shouldn’t be moved near the holidays, he likely won’t pull the trigger until the new year. Not that there hasn’t been talk.

“I’ve had some marvellous trade offers already,” Burke said sarcastically. “When you take over a team, everybody throws anvils at you. It has been really easy to say no. Trading and upgrading your team is not that easy to do in a cap system. That’s why I’m not making any bold promises or setting time frames.”

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Capitals Recall Sean Collins

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have recalled defenseman Sean Collins from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

Collins, 25, signed with the Capitals as a free agent on March 17, 2007. He has played 13 games with Hershey this year and has four assists. Collins split last year between Hershey and the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL. He staked in 12 games for Hershey and in 31 for South Carolina, totaling 14 points (1g-13a) in the ECHL. Collins led Stingray defensemen with nine points (1g-8a) in 20 playoff games, as the team advanced to the Kelly Cup semifinals.

The Troy, Mich., native played at Ohio State for four years from 2003-07 and served as the Buckeyes’ captain during his senior year. He totaled 87 points (28g-59a) in 157 college games.

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