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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Winger Lee Stempniak was the rarest of commodities, a real offensive threat drafted and developed by the Blues.
So his departure for underachieving Maple Leafs Alex Steen, a versatile forward, and Carlo Colaiacovo, a rangy defenseman, is a bit of a head scratcher….
How could the Blues give up on a home-grown shooter who scored 27 goals two years ago and was producing at a point-per-game pace this season?
We’ll need some convincing in this corner of cyberspace. This deal sounds suspiciously like a Ron Caron trade, moving a potential standout for depth.
We’re not saying Colaiacovo is Murray Baron and Steen is Ron Sutter, but . . .
via Andrew’s Dallas Stars Blog,
Steve Ott is expected to miss one month with a broken hand. This happened in the fight with Steve Montador the other night.
You can watch the video at Andrew’s blog…
TORONTO (November 24, 2008) – Los Angeles Kings forward John Zeiler has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of a boarding incident that took place during NHL Game #295, Nov. 22 against the Colorado Avalanche, the National Hockey League announced.
Zeiler was assessed a major penalty for boarding and game misconduct for hitting Colorado defenseman Adam Foote at 6:51 of the second period.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Zeiler will forfeit $8,770.17. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
For a more in-depth look at the Senators this week, check out SENShobo from earlier today, Rod Brodie at the Ottawa Senators.com site, plus some fire-sale rumors being discussed at the Sens Army blog. (Apparently there are people in the universe that think trading Daniel Alfredsson is a reasonable plan after just weeks after signing him to a 4-year contract extension. The mind boggles.)
Nick Kypreos on Fan 590 reporting the follwing trade: Alex Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo for Lee Stempniak.
added 1:50pm, St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and center Alexander Steen from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Lee Stempniak.
“We feel we have improved our club today for both the short and long term by adding Carlo and Alex,” said Davidson. “Carlo is solid two-way defenseman and will provide depth to our blueline and Alex can play center or wing and can score at the NHL level.” “Lee has done a tremendous job in St. Louis. He is a classy individual and we would like to thank him for all of his work on and off the ice that he has provided to the St. Louis Blues.”
Press release from the KHL:
The Disciplinary Committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) recently met to discuss violations of the IIHF bylaws on player transfers in connection with the transfer of United States forward Matt Murley to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) club Amur Khabarovsk.
Mr. Murley left the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL) and joined the Amur team of the KHL on October 10. The NHL informed the IIHF that the player had a valid contract with Carolina and had no right to enter into an agreement with any other club.
Complete explanation below. [Update: Plus added links down below]
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
• Wade Belak’s days with the Florida Panthers aren’t over.
Belak cleared waivers today and is free to report back to the Panthers.
• Nick Boynton is out today; he also has a concussion. Likely suffered in his fight Friday in Boston.
NEW YORK (Nov. 24, 2008)—Boston Bruins center Marc Savard, Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 23.
from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,
If only I could feel bad for the Oilers and their serious case of buyer’s remorse.
What, exactly, did Edmonton think it was purchasing with that offer sheet? Penner was a 6-foot-4, 245-pound winger who had played two seasons of college hockey, two seasons in the American League and one full season in the NHL (plus 19 games in part of one other season)....
Did they know his legs were “inconsistent” and his conditioning sometimes an issue? Did they know that the “competitiveness” part of his game has “always been a problem?”
That’s the reason GMs snicker. Edmonton didn’t know, but they hoped. They paid an exorbitant price and hoped for the best. They now have buyer’s remorse.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
When Danny Briere suffered what the Flyers termed a “slight” pull in his left groin on Nov. 11 on Long Island, he thought a few days off the ice would allow the pull to heal.
Nearly two weeks later, Briere says he is no better today than he was last week and is growing concerned about what might be the problem.
“I have no power,” he said Sunday, after skating at the Skate Zone. “I can’t stop and start, and that’s my game. I need to be quick taking off and jumping into holes, and right now I can’t do that.”
Briere insists the slight tear in his groin is unrelated to the sports-hernia surgery he underwent Oct. 25. That surgery was expected to require three to four weeks of rehab, but Briere returned to the lineup in 16 days,
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