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via the Minnesota Wild,
“Wes Walz has requested and been granted an indefinite leave of absence from the team. We have no further details at this time.”
from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
The Senators goaltender instituted a new policy today of not speaking with his good friends in the media on game day as he prepares to start tonight against the Washington Capitals at Scotiabank Place.
Emery, making only his third start of the season, has to win tonight if he is going to have any chance of wresting the No. 1 job from goalie Martin Gerber, who has emerged as the club’s clear-cut top man in the net so far this season.
“I don’t care what (Emery’s) like to you guys (in the media),” said coach John Paddock this morning at the Senators’ game-day skate. “The people he’s responsible to are his teammates and the organization. You have a certain standard you have to live up to, but who says that has to be happy all the time ... It’s good to be surly.”
via the Sports Network,
Philadelphia Flyers forward Sami Kapanen is day-to-day with a mild knee sprain and will miss Thursday’s game against the New Jersey Devils.
To take Kapanen’s spot on the roster, Philadelphia recalled forward Stefan Ruzicka from the Phantoms of the American Hockey League.
from David Amber at ESPN,
One month into the season, the Rangers are hovering around .500 and dead last in goals scored (26). So far, those moves haven’t paid off. What offseason moves have already proved their worth? We count down the best, in reverse order, in this week’s 10 Degrees.
10. Peca signs with Columbus
The move has paid instant dividends for first-year GM Scott Howson. Peca, who is one of the game’s premiere defensive forwards and faceoff specialists, has the Blue Jackets leading the league in penalty killing.
from the CP via TSN,
The Toronto Maple Leafs will have two more familiar faces back in the lineup when they travel to Buffalo to play the Sabres on Friday night.
Forward Darcy Tucker and defenceman Bryan McCabe are each ready to return from injury.
Injured Bruins star Patrice Bergeron held a press conference Thursday to send a message about hitting from behind. In a nutshell - don’t do it.
He said he wanted to send that message not just to kids, but to his fellow NHLers.
from the NHLPA,
When those closest to Yanick Dupre speak of his life, it’s the person, not the player that dominates the conversations.
It’s been over 10 years since Dupre, the 50th overall selection of the Philadelphia Flyers, succumbed to leukemia….
“He was a lot of fun to be around,” said Eric Lindros, who played alongside Dupre in Philadelphia. “He was always entertaining. He was also the type of person who stood up for what he believed in.
“I remember how fired up he’d get when we’d play in Montreal. He always loved to play there!”
from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,
The ever-rumor-seeking Toronto reporters pressed Alex about the possibility of his leaving Washington next summer. Ovechkin is in the final year of a three-year pact. As yet, the Caps have not made an offer but he loves the D.C. area.
“We have lots of time,” Alex says. “It will happen, I want to be here. I don’t like a change of pace. I like the team and the organization and the fans.”
from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,
They might wear stilettos and sport manicures, but female fans can scream just as loud as any man for their home team.
“Just because I’m wearing high heels and eye makeup doesn’t mean I don’t know what I’m doing,” said Jackie Schaefer, 22, of Mt. Washington. “This is how I express being a female and a fan.”
from Loose Change at the Hockey News,
Now the question being raised is one about player eligibility, specifically whether a player, who takes a penalty in the overtime, should be allowed to shoot in the shootout. The logic here being that a player who commits a foul has somehow forfeited his right to participate in the fun and educational extra-curricular activities.
So, it’s now come to this. The National Hockey League, in an attempt to simply spice up its product in a terribly hokey creative move, has now turned the simple endeavor into a complete civil rights question. That being: Is a player (a human) still considered a player (a human) after he’s committed an act against his society (the other team)?
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