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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled goaltender Jonathan Bernier (emergency recall) from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey Leagueand assigned forward Teddy Purcell to the Monarchs, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
The Kings recalled Bernier after learning that goaltender Erik Ersberg sustained a lower body injury in the Kings game at Dallas on Saturday. Ersberg’s injury is considered day-to-day.
Bernier, 20, has not appeared in a regular season game with the Kings this season. The 6-0, 185-pounder from Laval, Quebec, has a record of 10-12-3, one shutout, a goals-against-average of 2.79 and a save-percentage of .897 in 25 games with the Monarchs this season.
from Stan Fischler of Game On,
Don’t call me a quack just because The Maven smiles at the prospect of Ducks flying into The Garden on Tuesday night.
No matter that the Blueshirts otherwise successful road trip ended with a 3-0 defeat on Sunday at The Igloo.
The Rangers have endured 3-1-1 in their last five games and return to Seventh Avenue respectably atop the Atlantic Division. There’s no point sitting in the corner and sulking about that, is there?
from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,
There is a good chance that Evgeny Artyukhin will at least receive a phone call from the league office, if he hasn’t already, regarding his knee-on-knee hit with Florida’s Ville Peltonen. It appeared that Arthukhin stuck out his knee as the two collided at the end of the second period. Peltonen lay on the ice for several minutes and had to be helped off the ice. The Panthers scored the eventual game winner on the penalty (which was called tripping, not kneeing).
more on the Lightning…
from Steven Buono of the Darien Times,
“Yeah, I’m not happy about being in the AHL,” said Shannon during the league’s mid-season break this week. “I am trying to get (ahead), play my best.”
The current turmoil could help, with possibly a second call-up as the Sens inevitably open the tool box wide and start throwing every hammer and wrench at their dilemma soon.
“I just continue to work on my craft, to get to play in the NHL,” said Shannon, who is the B-Sens alternate captain and leading scorer with 10 goals, 26 points in 25 games. “I think of myself as an NHL player. And hopefully it’s just a matter of time before I am back.”...
“I felt that my first game they were happy with what I did,” Shannon said of his strong effort vs. the Islanders at Scotiabank Place on Nov. 13. “But, the Ottawa organization right now is going through a lot of, trouble, so… Who knows what is going to happen.”
General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have activated right wing Ales Hemsky from the NHL Injured Reserve List and placed left wing Robert Nilsson on the IRL.
Hemsky returns to the Oilers lineup after missing the last 10 games (December 30-January 16) with a concussion suffered in Edmonton’s December 28th game versus the Nashville Predators at Rexall Place.
Nilsson is placed on the NHL IRL retroactive to January 9th due to a concussion suffered versus the San Jose Sharks. Nilsson has missed four games (January 11th-16th) due to the injury.
COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated left wing Rick Nash off injured reserve and have assigned forward Craig MacDonald to the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced January 18.
from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,
Buffalo Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing minor surgery this morning for a small fracture of the jaw.
Numminen was injured in the first minute of the second period Saturday night in HSBC Arena when he was struck flush in the face with the puck after a shot by Carolina defenseman Tom Gleason. Numminen returned to play eight more shifts in the second period but did not play in the third.
“He’s going to be out for a period of time,” coach Lindy Ruff said today following practice in the Amherst Pepsi Center. “We don’t know exactly how long but it’s weeks versus days. ... It’s a fracture that had to be fixed. He feels good but it’s just kind of a freak accident.”
from Jay Feaster at the Sporting News,
My top 25 excludes players from teams out of the playoff picture. An impact player matters only if he is having a positive impact getting his team to the playoffs.
1. Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez, Boston Bruins goaltenders:...
2. Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks defenseman:...
3. Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals forward:...
4. Marc Savard, Bruins forward:...
continued with a brief look at each player…
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
We fully understand why most hockey fans’ eyes glaze over whenever we update them on labor issues in the NHL. But this little bit of news, we believe, will grab some attention.
We’ve been told the NHL Players’ Association will hold a conference call with the players’ executive board (30 player reps) on Thursday night in which the group will ultimately decided whether or not to opt out of the current collective-bargaining agreement. (The players’ union, as per terms of the CBA, has the right to opt out after the fourth season of the deal, which is this season).
If the answer is yes to opt out, who knows if there’ll be hockey next season. If the answer is no, then it’s at least two more years with the current CBA and labor peace.
continued with more hockey topics… If you watched the Hot Stove on HNIC last night, you heard most of the additional topics…
ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that defenseman Roman Polak will be sidelined indefinitely with a fractured right foot. He suffered the injury in the third period on Jan. 17 vs. Chicago. In addition, the club has recalled defenseman Steve Wagner from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.
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