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What To Do With Hemsky & Penner

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal answers a few questions,

Here’s the deal with Hemsky and Penner. Both players will be unrestricted free agents after the 2011-12 season. Something has to be done. I suspect Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini will go to their agents and if they really want to be part of the rebuild. The Oilers are in no mood to let these players walk for free in July 2012. They want to know where both players stand, so they can maybe deal one at the NHL entry draft this June. Personally, I think both guys have bought into the rebuild. On a lot of nights, Penner has shown me something. Hemsky is a world-class player. You can’t let him go very easily, if that’s the case. I do know his name came up last June when the Oilers were trying to get the fourth overall draft pick to give them a big centre. The Columbus Blue Jackets selected Ryan Johansen. Penner is very good when he’s on his game, but he’s not as good as Hemsky on the world stage.

more Q & A regarding the Oilers….

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Nichol Suspended Four Games

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Four games for SJ’s Scott Nichol, as per TSN’s Gord Miller. Elbow on PHX’s Schlemko.

I’ve been looking for a video of this all morning, but no luck so far.

added 2:52pm,

TORONTO (January 18, 2011) – San Jose forward Scott Nichol has been suspended for four games and will forfeit $16,344.08 in salary for delivering a blow to the head of Phoenix Coyotes defenseman David Schlemko in NHL game #679 yesterday, the National Hockey League announced today.

Nichol’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 9:18 of the third period. No penalty was assessed on the play.  Schlemko was injured on the play and did not return in the game.

added 10:37pm, Finally found a video of the hit, watch it below…


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  Tags: scott+nichol

Afternoon Line

Does the coach need to be publicly questioned by the owner about his line combinations and power play scheme? Does the GM need to hear, along with the Capitals’ fanbase, that the guy who signs his paychecks thinks the star players with whom he negotiated massive contracts are not getting the job done? And if Leonsis uses these posts to communicate with his customers as a well-intentioned owner, might he be openly undermining his hockey department in the process?

-Stu Hackel of the Red Light at Sports Illustrated.  Read more and read the reaction from Ted Leonsis.

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What Was Darryl Sutter Thinking?

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Just in case you were thinking Darryl Sutter got a raw deal being fired by the Calgary Flames, consider this story from an NHL source.

About two months ago in late November, the Washington Capitals were calling around looking for a veteran defenceman. They spoke to Sutter, then the Flames’ general manager, about Robyn Regehr. To get the 30-year-old stay-at-home rearguard, the Capitals were willing to offer 26-year-old forward Tomas Fleischmann, who was struggling to score with Washington.


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DeBrusk Facing Multiple Criminal Charges

from the CP at The Hockey News,

A television sports commentator and former NHL player is facing more than a few minutes in the penalty box after a late-night punch-up in Vancouver.

Louie DeBrusk, a Sportsnet broadcaster with the Edmonton Oilers, is facing several charges for allegedly assaulting a cab driver, punching a Good Samaritan and vandalizing a taxi.

Vancouver Police say the incidents occurred Jan. 7 outside a downtown Vancouver hotel, just hours after the Oilers lost 6-1 to the Canucks.


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Best Of The Week

The best goals, hits and saves from the past week in the NHL.

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Wellwood Claimed By Sharks

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

San Jose claims Kyle Wellwood on waivers from STL.

added 12:19pm, via Darren Pang tweet,

Wellwood just said he’s been thru all the time zones the last few yrs. He wanted to be a Blue, felt the chance to play was best in St Louis

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Eager Traded To The Sharks

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

ATL receives a fifth-round pick from SJ in exchange for Ben Eager.

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Talking ASG Draft

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

The first NHL All-Star Game Fantasy Draft will be held next Friday night in Raleigh, and it could be a game-changer for how these exhibition game rosters are chosen—and not just for hockey.

For puckheads, it’s provided some much-needed buzz for a midseason event that has its share of detractors and those who want the game eliminated outright.

“It’s funny: I see a lot of people really [pooping] on it, but not a lot of them are guys that played in them,” said Brendan Shanahan, NHL VP of hockey and business development. “When I was a kid, I loved the All-Star Game. It was almost like seeing actors out of character.”


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Your ASG Captains

via Chris Johnston tweet,

Eric Staal and Nicklas Lidstrom are named NHL all-star captains.

added 10:35am,

NEW YORK (January 18, 2011) – Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes and Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings have been named team Captains for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend in Raleigh, the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL®) announced today.  The Captains were selected by their fellow NHL All-Stars and will lead the team selection process during the new NHL All-Star Player Fantasy Draft powered by Cisco on Jan. 28.  As Captains, Staal and Lidstrom also will set their team rosters for the Honda NHL SuperSkills® on Jan. 29 and wear the “C” during the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover on Jan. 30.

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