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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,
His left eye swollen nearly shut and sporting stitches above and below, Dion Phaneuf was counting his blessings yesterday.
“It puts in perspective how important your eyes are,” he said.
“It’s not a lot of fun walking around with one eye, that’s for sure.”
Phaneuf looked worse for wear after Martin Havlat’s high stick came dangerously close to doing irreparable damage in Sunday’s clash between the Flames and Chicago Blackhawks in the Windy City.
As Phaneuf closed ground to make a body check in the opening minutes, Havlat brought his stick up and hit the Flames defenceman in the face, cutting him on the cheek and eyebrow.
from A.J. Perez of USA TODAY,
Q: Florida is currently at the bottom of the Southeast Division. Is there any reason for concern?
Martin: “I don’t think so. When you look at our team, there was a lot of enthusiasm and passion early in the season. We have to get back to playing that way.”
Q: The league has tweaked some of the rules this season, including preventing TV timeouts following an icing and placing every face-off after a penalty in the offending team’s zone. What’s your favorite?
Martin: “The one I like the most is the face-off in the offensive zone on a power play. We’re always looking to add more offense to the game. I think that’s a really good rule change.”
from the ICEMAN Bloggeth at the AJC,
After Sunday’s 5-2 win on the road versus Carolina, the Thrashers now find themselves riding a four-game winning streak and in a much-improved situation in the standings. The winning percentage has improved to .467, which is 22nd in the league and the once-struggling O-fence is now producing goals at the rate of 2.93 per game, that’s 15th best.
from Gary Loewen of the Toronton Sun,
Mark Messier recommends that the NHL make face guards mandatory.
Never mind that he is shilling for a manufacturer of a hockey helmet that is touted to provide better protection against concussions — and Messier-like elbows.
Why stop with face guards?
Why not have players fitted with full NASCAR helmets?
continued plus the Western Conference performs well in the shootout…
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
Free-agent forward Brendan Shanahan will be signing with an NHL team before the end of this week, possibly as soon as Wednesday, his agent told the Courier-Post on Monday….
Curran would not identify the number of teams Shanahan is considering, but the Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, New Jersey Devils, St. Louis Blues and Chicago Blackhawks are believed to be the most interested.
“It’s got to be the right fit,” Curran said. “The team has to be competitive and in a desirable geographic location, since Brendan’s family is likely going to stay in New York.”
from Chris Foster of the LA Times,
Quincey was placed on waivers, the first step for the Detroit Red Wings to send him to the minor leagues. The Kings immediately snagged him Oct. 13 and then stuck him into the lineup, all the while looking for holes in his game.
“Any time you get a player off waiver wire, you spend the first week or so looking for areas in his game that said, ‘Yeah I understand what the other team was doing in wanting to send him down and get some seasoning,’ ” Murray said. “The biggest surprise is we haven’t found that after a couple weeks.”
Quincey has played 10 games for the Kings. He already has one goal, five assists, is plus-five and averaging 23 minutes of ice time while being paired with Matt Greene.
more about Quincey and the Kings…
from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,
(Patrick) Kane, 19, has vowed not to shave until he’s kept off the score sheet. He has a four-game points streak following his goal and two-assist effort in the Hawks’ 6-1 victory over the Calgary Flames on Sunday night, and his facial hair is drawing some attention from his teammates.
“The guys have been giving me some heat about it,” Kane said. “I have to keep it going until I get held off the score sheet.”
via the Rocky Mountain News,
Avalanche captain Joe Sakic didn’t practice today because of a sore back and is undergoing tests to determine how serious the problem is. He played the first period Saturday against Nashville after missing Thursday’s game with Minnesota. Hoping to get some sort of results later today.
Meanwhile, forward Scott Parker’s contract with the Avalanche has been terminated by the team. The “Sheriff” was assigned to the Lake Erie Monsters in the American Hockey League on Oct. 17 after being activated from the injured list—he had a concussion—but he never reported.
The Avalanche said he has become an unrestricted free agent. I’ve been trying to get in contact with his agent and with the NHL Players Association to get their take on the situation.
added 7:24pm, from the Rocky Mountain News,
The good news for the Avalanche and Joe Sakic is that no structural damage was found today during tests on the captain’s back.
Sakic is being listed as day to day. He’ll be evaluated on a daily basis, so it isn’t known if he’ll be able to play Wednesday in Vancouver.
more on the Avs…
Press release from the NHL:
Montreal Canadiens forward Tom Kostopoulos has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of being assessed a game misconduct during NHL game #197 against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 8, the National Hockey League announced today.
“While it is my determination that Kostopoulos did not deliver a check to an unsuspecting opponent, his actions caused injuries,” said NHL Senior Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell.
Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Kostopoulos is considered a repeat offender. Accordingly, he forfeits $32,926.83 based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.
added 7:35pm, from Habs Inside/Out,
A statement from Kostopoulos released by the Canadiens:
“First and foremost, I sincerely regret the injuries suffered by Mike Van Ryn. This is an unfortunate turn of events. I was just trying to get in on the forecheck and get the puck. I didn’t anticipate him turning and couldn’t stop.
“I was trying to finish my check and obviously it did not end up well. I never intend on injuring another player. I feel bad. I hope he is going to be all right and resume playing as quickly as possible.”
From the St. Louis Blues:
At every remaining Saturday home game this season, one lucky fan will have their mortgage or rent paid for four months!
A fan will be randomly selected during the game, and all you have to do is be at Scottrade Center when your seat is called. Hold on to your ticket stub and watch for an announcement that you’ve won.
Read on for contest rules, plus more ways the Blues want to save you money.
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