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via Empty Netters,
Mark Eaton is out indefinitely with a torn ACL.
As we’ve illustrated before, Eaton is one of the most valuable members of this team.
via Sports Network,
Carolina Hurricanes center Matt Cullen left Wednesday’s contest against the New York Rangers in the second period after an open-ice hit by Colton Orr.
Cullen quickly carried the puck into New York’s zone and with his head down after losing possession of the disc, was recklessly ran into by Orr with his helmet smacking him in the face.
Cullen, who had a cut on his nose, stayed down on the ice for several minutes before being helped to his skates and was eventually escorted to the locker room.
Orr was penalized for interference on the play and was handed a game misconduct.
update 10:46pm, Swapped out the video for one that shows more angles of the hit.
added 6:20pm on 12/27/07, KK member just pointed out in the comments that there will be no suspension for Orr.
from the Rocky Mountain News,
“Oh, I know all about it,” said Smyth, who skated at practice Wednesday with his usual linemates, Paul Stastny and Milan Hejduk. “I know that some things went on in the past, but I think the game has changed quite a bit since then.”
Most of the antagonists responsible for violent episodes have either retired or are playing for other teams.
“But this game has always been a fans’ favorite to go to,” defenseman John-Michael Liles said. “The emotions are always revved up. I think some of these games in the past got a lot of people into hockey.
more & it sounds like Sakic is not making any improvement and will not play tomorrow.
from Willam Houston of the Globe and Mail,
There’s plenty on the line for the NHL. NBC has not committed to the 2008-09 season and the success of the outdoor game will help the network decide about continuing to televise hockey beyond this season.
“As we would with any property, we’ll make an evaluation as the season goes along,” NBC spokesman Brian Walker said. “We’re hopeful the outdoor game and the new flex scheduling have a positive impact on ratings.”
It would make sense for NBC to stay with the NHL in 2008-09 if only to get U.S. viewers more connected with hockey in advance of the network’s coverage of the 2010 Olympic tournament in Vancouver.
What concerns NBC, however, is giving over as many as five prime-time spots in May and June to the Stanley Cup final when the ratings are minuscule.
Also, about a month or so ago, a hockey blogger wrote, “A mutual option must be agreed upon by the January 1, 2008” regarding NBC and the NHL. I said it then and will say it now, not true.
Speeding up the conversion in Buffalo from football field to ice rink!
via the Washington Capitals,
The Washington Capitals have named Bruce Boudreau the team’s head coach, removing “interim” from his title, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. The Capitals are 7-5-3 since Boudreau was named interim head coach on Nov. 22.
added 2:11pm, Link now available to the story at the Caps website...
from the CP via TSN,
The Detroit Red Wings agreed to a two-year contract with defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom on Wednesday.
Financial details were not available but the deal means Lidstrom will be under contract with the Red Wings through the 2009-‘10 season.
‘‘Nick has been the best defenceman in the world for several years,’’ Red Wings general manger Ken Holland said in a statement. ‘‘He’s a great captain and role model who does everything right both on and off the ice.
‘‘We’re proud to have him continue as a Red Wing for another two years.’‘
added 2:38pm, Lidstrom will earn US$7.45-million a year under terms of his new deal. He is making $7.6 million this season.
For the folks in the Detroit area, don’t you think it is kind of a slap in the face to hockey fans that this signing has not even been mentioned on the Wings radio flagship station? Things never change at that station except for the “avoid all hockey talk” as directed by their program director.
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the Blackhawks have recalled forwards Martin St.Pierre and Michael Blunden from the Rockford IceHogs of the AHL. The Blackhawks have also placed forwards Martin Havlat (groin), Dave Bolland (broken finger), and Ben Eager (mild concussion) on injured reserve.
Hopefully for the Blackhawks, the moving of Havlat to the IR is just a short term issue.
It sure seemed a lot longer than 2 days without NHL Hockey.
Watch a preview video for the games tonight…
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