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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.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
What has been the best offseason trade so far?
No doubt the New York Rangers are more than pleased with their acquisition of Nikolai Zherdev from Columbus, but the deal that has had a somewhat surprising impact through the first month of the regular season has been the arrival of defenseman Filip Kuba in Ottawa.
read on plus more questions, including Hossa talk, Bolts, Thrashers and teams that don’t get it…
from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
No matter how harsh the emails or nasty the message boards become, Tom Feuer likes the Rinkside View.
Feuer, executive producer for FSN, has been the target of a majority of angry hockey fans who don’t care for the network’s unorthodox broadcasts of selected Ducks and Kings games this season.
Yet after meeting with representatives from both teams and reviewing the ratings for the games, Feuer has not been dissuaded from continuing the “Rinkside” telecasts.
He said the ratings for the games have been up despite continued negative feedback.
I watched the first Rinkside View broadcast and thought it was ok, but when switching from the camera view behind the net to the side view, it was a bit confusing at times…
From Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail,
It figures to be an interesting goaltending match-up Tuesday night when the Toronto Maple Leafs open their western Canadian trip in Calgary to play the Flames. Not only do the Flames’ Miikka Kiprusoff and the Leafs’ Vesa Toskala both hail from Finland, they were both groomed in the San Jose Sharks’ organization and both traded away so that Evgeni Nabokov would be that organization’s clear-cut No. 1 netminder.
Kiprusoff and Toskala are considered among the NHL’s goaltending elite, but their numbers don’t reflect that at the moment…
from Spector at Fox Sports,
Most NHL teams have already committed most of their available cap space for this season, leaving considerably little room for these two. Still, that hasn’t prevented pundits from guessing where Sundin and Shanahan will eventually sign.
Recent reports suggest the Anaheim Ducks, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadiens, New York Rangers, Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Toronto Maple Leafs and Vancouver Canucks could have varying degrees of interest in Sundin.
The Boston Bruins, Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, Pittsburgh Penguins and St. Louis Blues — as well as the Blackhawks, Canadiens and Flyers — are rumored pursuing Shanahan.
from John Bishop of BostonBruins.com,
At 8-3-3, the Bruins are ranked fourth in the NHL, second in the Eastern Conference and first in the Northeast Division and it’s doubtful if there is a closer locker room in North American pro sports.
By design, the Black & Gold encourage a tight atmosphere, free of distinctions between veterans and youngsters, and that family atmosphere might have as much to do with the Bruins hot start as any goal, check or save.
“One of the neat dynamics we have on this team, and it’s not like that on some teams,” explained veteran defenseman Andrew Ference. “The young guys aren’t necessarily treated like young guys, I think in two very positive ways: They’re welcomed onto the team, and they’re included (in everything).
NEW YORK (Nov. 10, 2008)—Goaltenders Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks, Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Brent Johnson of the Washington Capitals have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 9.
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