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The Ottawa Senators waived Luke Richardson on Thursday, a move that could end the big defenceman’s lengthy NHL career.
If Richardson, 39, isn’t claimed by another club by noon ET on Friday, he can be sent down to the Senators’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton. But at his age, the six-foot-three, 214-pound blue-liner isn’t expected to accept a minor-league assignment.
One of the oldest players in the NHL, Richardson has been a healthy scratch for most of this season.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Bolts Report,
David Koci apparently broke his hand during his fight with Colton Orr Wednesday night and is out 2-4 weeks with what the team is calling an upper-body injury (does it become lower body when his hands are at his side?). Also, Matt Pettinger has been listed as out 2-4 weeks which suggests he suffered a sprained ligament in his knee.
Marek Malik is questionable after suffering a lower-body injury (he wasn’t limping around from what I could tell) so it looks like he’s out for Friday.
Lukas Krajicek didn’t practice but is expected to play this weekend. Chris Gratton did not practice today, but Gary Roberts did.
With the injuries taking their toll, the Lightning recalled defenseman Matt Smaby and left wing Steve Downie from Norfolk…
from Tom Gulitti of the Record,
“It’s been good,” he said. “I feel good. I thought I played pretty well. I didn’t make any mistakes, which is good. Everything physically-wise was good.”
That is what (Barry) Tallackson, 25, is most thankful for on this Thanksgiving.
He had an extra electrical pathway in his heart that would cause it to race to 300 beats per minute during “incidents.” Tallackson said the incidents started about four years ago and would occur “a couple of times a month,” sometimes during games.
“Three hundred beats a minute is not normal,” he said. “So, I would feel tightness in my chest and eventually it would kick back into place and go right back down. It’s scary.
“When your heart is racing that fast, you don’t know what’s going on. Plus, you start to feel a little lightheaded. And then it goes away. It was a little nerve-racking, but I dealt with it.”
from John Pereira at ESPN Fantasy Hockey Blog,
Evgeni Malkin picked up the natural hat trick in the third period to lead the Pittsburgh Penguins to a comeback win over the New York Islanders. He now has 18 points in November alone. … Bad news for Olli Jokinen owners. The big Finn injured his shoulder in the first period and is now listed as day-to-day. Coach Wayne Gretzky said after the game that he didn’t know how long Jokinen would be out of the lineup. … The Big Apple is certainly treating Markus Naslund well. He scored both goals in the Rangers win over Tampa Bay. He’s well on pace to improve on his disappointing 55 point season in Vancouver last year.
Brad Stuart on Alex Tanguay. Tanguay left the ice with a neck injury and did not return.
from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,
You know the story—they’re too soft.
But these “soft” Swedes have had their most success during the past three seasons against the Calgary Flames, one of the West’s toughest teams who don’t actually swing battle maces, but some nights they can leave opponents feeling like they did.
In the past 18 games against Calgary, the Sedins have combined for 49 points (23 for Henrik and 26 for Daniel). They say bring it on. “We don’t get scared if people try to play us hard; we actually like it,” Henrik Sedin said. “The Flames try to hit us as much as they can, and that actually opens up room behind the defence. “We like that, we like it when teams play that way, because it seems to get us to play our best games. There’s always a lot of hitting, and they are always physical games.”
from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,
People act as if the Sabres are a sleeping giant, waiting to rediscover the magic of two years ago. How long must we wait? Going back to the start of last season, the Sabres are 49-54, including overtime and shootout losses….
The Sabres won’t admit it, but they’re in transition. The hope is in Portland, and the sooner they bring up the kids, the better. What do they have to lose, except more games? Let the kids learn in the NHL, like all those other promising young players around the league.
It’s a joke that Afinogenov is on this team. He’s been here since 1999, and he’s still making the same mistakes.
Afinogenov should have been gone long ago. He and Tim Connolly are symptomatic of the Sabres’ tendency to hang on to soft, finesse players who hold a franchise back. They need to move on and prepare for life with the young players. They’re the future.
via Mark Hermann of In the Crease at Newsday,
NHL teams have studied the ebb and flow of seasons and realized that teams that are in playoff position at Thanksgiving are often in the playoffs at the end of the season. Last year, only four of the 14 teams that were out of playoff position at the late November holiday eventually got into the playoffs.
So much for making a late charge. The thinking seems to be that with the point for an overtime loss, it gets harder and harder for teams to make up a lot of ground the later it gets. It also adds to the urgency that teams feel to get off to a good start.
In any case, it’s worth clipping out the standings today and seeing how they stack up with the final standings.
from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,
“Turco pushed the net,” Lemaire said. “It’s the third time that Turco does that, just against us. He goes like he’s going to stumble, and he just lays on the post, that’s what he does. It’s a trick, but now they’ll know. Next time, they’ll watch.”...
When told that Lemaire said that historically speaking, Turco had a history of doing that, Turco replied:
“When he played, they had steel pegs in there, and the net wasn’t coming off, And I don’t know how many times he was in front of the net, anyway…historically speaking.”
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