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from the AP via Sportsnet,
The Capitals on Friday were granted a temporary restraining order against holdout Alexander Semin, preventing the Russian forward's representatives from negotiating contracts with any team other than Washington. "It's the first step," Capitals general manager George McPhee said. "Essentially, the court has agreed with the Capitals that what's taking place isn't proper." NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said the ruling was significant because it also allows the Capitals to serve papers on Semin through his agent.
from the Courier-Post,
While Flyers defenseman Eric Desjardins spent most of Friday morning sleeping off the effects of a concussion sustained the night before, his coach and teammates lobbied for the NHL to suspend Washington Capitals forward Chris Clark. "That was an elbow and he should get suspended for that," Flyers center Peter Forsberg said. "If it's a deliberate blow to the head, he should get suspended. We'll see if he gets any games or not. It's hard to accidentally hit someone with an elbow."
Earlier today, reports were Rick Nash was day-to-day with a knee injury. Now he may be sidelined for six weeks. from TSN,
Nash was placed on injured reserve with a knee injury will not play Friday against the Vancouver Canucks. A Blue Jackets spokesperson, however, told TSN that the preliminary diagnosis was a knee sprain that could sideline their star player for four to six weeks. The team won't know the full extent of the damage done to his left knee until he has an MRI on Saturday when the Blue Jackets return to Columbus.
from the CP via TSN,
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, proclaiming the new hockey season a ''remarkable'' story after the bitter year-long lockout, said Friday a more fluid, action-packed game is paying off. Five weeks in, attendance is strong in most markets with five per cent more fans and television ratings are up, especially in Canada. Still, there are trouble spots, including low ratings for hockey on the Outdoor Life Network in the United States. The Washington Capitals have had dismal crowds. The Buffalo Sabres and the New Jersey Devils have had a lot of empty seats.
via the Edmonton Oliers,
Defencemen Marc-Andre Bergeron and Cory Cross have been placed on the NHL Injured Reserve List after suffering injuries in the Edmonton Oilers’ 4-3 overtime win last night in Detroit. With the injuries, Edmonton has recalled defencemen Dan Smith and Dan Syvret from the Hamilton Bulldogs of the American Hockey League.
from the Houston Chronicle,
With the NHL back in business, Rockets owner Leslie Alexander said this week that he is working toward expanding his business to pro hockey. Alexander said that not only has he made his interest known to NHL officials, including commissioner Gary Bettman, last month he began talking with investors should he be able to buy a team to move to Houston. "I am trying to get a team. I am trying," Alexander said. "I went to see the commissioner. I told him about my interest. I can't disclose teams, but I've been talking to people (in the NHL) and to investment bankers. "I had conversations a month ago with an investment banking firm. I'm looking to buy a team. So people know my interest. You hear from time to time that teams might be for sale, then it changes or something else happens. But my interest is out there."
from Sports Illustrated,
Goaltenders haven't passed timber cutters and Alaskan crab fishermen on the list of most dangerous occupations quite yet, but you wouldn't want to be paying their insurance premiums, either. Goalies -- no longer allowed to clear the area with a paddle to the groin of an imposing attacker like in the good old days -- can't protect themselves. They may as well replace the team logo on their chest with a bull's-eye.
from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Chris Pronger is back in town, with the visiting Edmonton Oilers. The Blues sit in last place in the entire NHL. The sale of the franchise drags on, with no guarantee of a positive resolution. So the Post-Dispatch asked the obvious question: Was dealing Pronger to the Oilers for defensemen Eric Brewer, Jeff Woywitka and Doug Lynch the right decision? Our answer: Yes, but.
Anyone else surprised by the attendance at the Rangers/Devils game last night? Attendance was 14,596 and the Continental Airlines Arena holds 19,040. Remember, the official attendance is how many tickets were sold, not the number of people in the arena. Even in Detroit, empty seats have been spotted throughout the JLA for every game this year.
from the AP via The Ledger,
The changes in Eric Staal were noticeable right from the start of training camp. Sure, he still had the baby-faced good looks that made him a fan favorite during his rookie year with the Carolina Hurricanes. He also continued to impress his teammates with his stellar work ethic and humble attitude, traits sometimes not found in a player selected No. 2 overall in the draft. ``He's always been that way,'' Carolina center Kevyn Adams said.
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