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Blues Recall Holt

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has recalled goaltender Chris Holt from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.  Holt was signed to an NHL contract by the Blues on Oct. 31, 2008.  In addition, the club has assigned goaltender Marek Schwarz to Peoria.

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A Good Time To Buy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Ted Jackovics of the Tampa Tribune,

• Prices sold through RazorGator for NHL home openers this month averaged $96, 25 percent higher than last year.

• The highest average opening-game purchase was $301 for the Vancouver Canucks and $33 for the Phoenix Coyotes.

• The Tampa Bay Lightning average ticket purchase for the Oct. 11 home opener against the Carolina Hurricanes was $78, compared with $59 a year ago.

• But this week, the average Lightning ticket purchase was $55, down from $78 a year ago. Some Lightning tickets were sold for $13.

more on ticket prices through brokers…

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Hurricanes Sign Mike Ryan

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

RALEIGH, NC—Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the team has signed free agent forward Michael Ryan to a one-year contract. Ryan will be paid $475,000 at the NHL level or $75,000 at the American Hockey League (AHL) level, with a guarantee of at least $100,000.

“Michael is an experienced forward who will add depth to our organization,” said Rutherford. “He will be assigned to Albany at this time, but is capable of contributing on the NHL level.”

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Capitals Send Sloan Down

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va., – The Washington Capitals have assigned defenseman Tyler Sloan to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today.

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NHLPA Talking Head Hits With Players

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Glenn Healy talks with Craig Custance at the Sporting News Today on the subject of head hits which is the hot topic these days.

Will softer shoulder pads be part of the answer?

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

“I thought we had Andy McDonald and T.J. Oshie ... (and) I would say Jay McClement, Danny Hinote, Cam Janssen had effective games.  Five forwards out of 12 is not enough.”

“Some of our skilled players tried to play with their hands, rather than their legs.  If you don’t play with your legs in this game, it’s difficult to play the game.”

“It was like watching a Halloween movie tonight, a horror story.”

-Blues coach Andy Murray after a 1-0 loss to Carolina last night.  More on the game from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Jared Boll Gets One Game Suspension

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets forward Jared Boll has been suspended for one game by the National Hockey League and will miss the club’s game on Saturday against the Chicago Blackhawks, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. 

Boll was assessed an instigator penalty in the final five minutes of Thursday night’s 4-2 win at Colorado and in accordance with Rule 47.22 received an automatic one-game suspension.

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Yotes Coaching ‘Move’

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Russell Brooks at PhoenixCoyotes.com,

Looking to bring enthusiasm to the bench, Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky made an extraordinary coaching maneuver Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

During the second intermission of Phoenix’s 4-1 victory at Jobing.com Arena, Gretzky decided to move Assistant Coach Doug Sulliman from his normal perch in the press box down to ice level.

“Going into the third period tonight, I just thought we needed another guy there with a little bit of energy,” Gretzky said. “I knew it would energize the players. It was something I was thinking about for the last couple games.”

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Leafs Would Like Toughness & Offense

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Steve Buffery of the Toronto Sun,

“We always have concerns, but to me team toughness is more important than anything,” Fletcher said. “Would we entertain getting a tough guy at some stage? Sure, but only if he could fit in and play some hockey too.

“But we’re not out there pounding the pavement or making telephone calls to see if anything’s available,” Fletcher added. “I think we can handle ourselves.”

Fletcher reiterated that it is quiet on the trade front but he is open to deal for some offence, likely giving up one of the club’s inactive defenceman, probably Ian White, who hasn’t played a regular season game as of yet, or Carlo Colaiacovo, who has been a healthy scratch for five games in a row.

more on the Leafs who are not interested in Shanahan…

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Lunch On Bruce

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Reliable Source at the Washington Post,

Six months ago, Kelly Black ran into the Washington Capitals head coach at Ballston Common Mall—where the team holds public practices—and invited him to join her kids and her best friend for lunch. “Can’t right now,” he told them. “Next time.”

Yesterday, 7-year-old Austin Black attended Caps practice with a hand-held sign: “Coach Boudreau: You promised lunch with me. Today is the day.”

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau

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