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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Jason Chimera on Injured Reserve and have recalled left wing Alexandre Picard from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Chimera is expected to be sidelined at least one week.
Sources tell TSN another NHL player may be about to jump to the KHL.
Carolina Hurricanes forward Dan LaCouture is believed to have left the team for Russia, however, the Hurricanes remain unclear as to which Kontinental Hockey League team LaCouture is attempting to join.
The Hurricanes intend on suspending LaCouture, who was signed as a free agent in October, if he doesn’t have an immediate change of heart.
If LaCouture walks away from his contract with the Hurricanes this will fuel the ongoing feud between the KHL and the National Hockey League as, once again, the Kontinental Hockey League would have apparently abandoned its policy of respecting NHL contracts.
from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,
Coach Joel Quenneville’s ‘‘team-building activity’’ on the Blackhawks’ first day in Calgary turned out to be an afternoon of curling at a nearby rink.
If ever the Hawks were entitled to a day of fun away from hockey, it’s now. They’ll take a season-high five-game winning streak into their game Friday night against the Flames. They play the following night at Vancouver leading into the NHL’s Christmas break.
The Hawks are the league’s youngest team, but game by game, they’re getting stronger and more confident. Just 29 games into an 82-game regular season, they’re even developing a bit of a swagger.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
Marian Gaborik returned to the Minnesota Wild lineup Wednesday night after missing 27 games with a lower-body injury. The talented winger has never played a full 82-game season. We take a look at five other NHL stars who could have done even more had it not been for injuries.
1. Pavel Bure: The Russian Rocket was only 31 years old when he played his last NHL game. Recurring knee problems grounded him for good.
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
Q: How hard is it separate yourself from players, as far criticizing them?
A: “The first couple of years were very difficult because I left the team in Chicago that I played with, I was in the locker room with the players all the time, and we even had the same coach, Mike Keenan, so I knew what the players were going through with that coach, and that was very difficult, watching practice and watching the players.
“But when I was moved nationally to ESPN that really helped me out because I got to in the other teams’ locker rooms, and I got to see the games a little bit more from the management and coaching side rather than just being the players’ side. I’ve enjoyed that part of it. There’s a big difference between being a player and looking at it from a coach’s side.”
I watched most of the Trevor Linden Ceremony last night (thanks CI for the broadcast) and came away impressed. Events like this only reinforce why us fans are so dedicated to the game.
Watch the tribute the Canucks put together on Trevor.
from Michale Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,
Last night, they took a step.
Hitchcock is 483-328-120 with six division titles and one Stanley Cup in 931 games with the Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers and Jackets.
Here he is, at the start of his third year in Columbus, where he has fashioned a 77-79-20 record and had a hand in a major overhaul.
“I don’t get the joy out of winning,” he said. “I get the joy out of watching guys come together and act as one. To me, it has always been about the feeling, never about the result.”
Hitchcock described a brick-by-brick building process. He said a lot of pieces are now in place. He said the Jackets are knocking on the door. He said, “Now, we have to break that thing down.”
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Mats Sundin is waiting for the Rangers to clear enough cap space to present him with a full-season $6 million contract offer before he commits to joining the Blueshirts New York Rangers , The Post has learned.
Thus, with the NHL holiday roster freeze going into effect Friday night at midnight and lasting through midnight Dec. 27, Sundin - who has a $10M offer on the table from the Canucks that he obviously is in no hurry to accept - is likely to remain unsigned until late in the month.
added 10:21am, AM640 Toronto is reporting…
There will not be an annoucement from Mats Sundin, or his representatives today. Sundin’s Swedish agent, Claus Elefalk, says Sundin will indeed decide before Christmas, but there is no Friday deadline, and a decision may not come until next week.
from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,
The teams selling W’s right now include Boston, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Washington, Detroit, Chicago, San Jose (by the bushel), Anaheim, Calgary, and Vancouver. Nashville, Carolina, and Minnesota are also in the W Club right now, but barely.
Buffalo could also be squeezed into that group, but I’ll stick them in with the Hopeful, only because a Sabre-obsessed buddy of mine told me even he believes they are still a year or two away from serious Cup contention. Others selling hope include Columbus, Phoenix, St. Louis, Los Angeles, Edmonton (though they were hyping W’s before the season), Florida, and yes, Toronto (Brian Burke Luke Schenn, and a lot of cap room, are enough to gain admission into the Hopeful).
And then there’s the third category: The Others.
The Others don’t have the wins, or the hope. And that miserable place, my friends, is where we currently find your Ottawa Senators.
Oh, they have some company. Tampa is a mess. Atlanta and the Islanders have a few good prospects, but not enough. Colorado has been a disappointment, and underachieving Dallas is Ottawa, Southwest Edition.
from the Bob Sturm Blog at DallasStars.com, .
..don’t look now but Marty Turco is playing like Marty Turco. After back to back starts where he held Detroit and Phoenix to 2 goals (total) on 61 shots, he looks like he owns his crease, and if it were not for that meltdown goal where Trevor Daley mishandled a Turco pass last time Phoenix came through town, the Stars may really be rolling right now.
Since he was pretty much the most vocal Dallas Stars player regarding the Sean Avery soap opera, I was very curious if the exit of Avery would have any impact on Turco’s play. If people suggest that the play of Turco was negatively affected by the circus, wouldn’t it be positively affected after that?
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