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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
Luke Schenn is the club’s only “A” prospect at any level. Burke and David Nonis, likely to be named the club’s vice-president and director of player personnel, are taking on a mammoth job with few assets.
Clearly, moves like acquiring winger Lee Stempniak for Colaiacovo and Alex Steen was born of the get-back-to-the-playoffs-as-soon-as-possible philosophy. Colaiacovo and Steen should have been moved for draft picks or younger players, not a player who could make the team better today but will be an unrestricted free agent in 2010.
Similarly short-term was the thinking behind the flawed decision to keep Schenn in the NHL this season.
“Great. He’ll be unrestricted just as the team starts to get good,” said a Western Conference source.
A complete tear-down is the only logical option, which will include moving players like Tomas Kaberle, Pavel Kubina, Nik Antropov and Alexei Ponikarovsky for future assets.
from Craig Custance of Sporting News Today,
Boston general manager Peter Chiarelli trusts his team. He knows this is a Bruins squad built on blue-collar character and toughness (with just the right amount of skill).
from the Miami Herald via the Palm Beach Post,
The Panthers’ anemic offense took another hit when center Nathan Horton was lost for an indefinite amount of time after sustaining a deep leg cut in the third period of Wednesday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the New Jersey Devils.
Horton got tangled up with a Panthers player and New Jersey defenseman Colin White against the boards and had his leg stepped on; the skate blade cut through Horton’s boot and left a deep gash….
“He’s out through the weekend, then we’ll go from there,” DeBoer said. “It’s tough to see on the video how it happened.”
The Panthers already are missing two of their top forwards in Richard Zednik and Cory Stillman.
read on for more on the Panthers…
from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,
The iron-man streak of Olli Jokinen’s is over after 397 games.
The Coyotes center, who had played 376 in a row in Florida before being traded to the Coyotes in the off-season, suffered a shoulder injury in Wednesday night’s victory at Columbus and will miss two to four weeks, starting with Friday’s game against Colorado.
From Mark Spector at Sportsnet.ca,
Craig MacTavish’s job is officially on the line in Edmonton, as it appears the Oilers head coach is beginning to lose his players’ interest after eight seasons behind the bench.
But a high ranking source within the organization said Thursday that the Oilers will make a trade to try to shake up their lineup before firing their head coach, whose team has struggled out of the gate at 9-10-2 and sits in last place in the Northwest Division.
A veteran Oilers player, who requested anonymity added: “Maybe a trade, then the coach. After this long, a change might be good.”
From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail:
The Toronto Maple Leafs and Brian Burke have reached an agreement on a contract, which is still not official because he has not signed it, and he could be presented to the hockey public as the team’s new president and general manager on Friday.
A source familiar with the negotiations indicated that the only thing that remains to be done is to get Burke’s signature on the contract, which is expected to happen on Friday. Burke has been in Boston all week with his family to celebrate the U.S. Thanksgiving and did not plan to travel to Toronto until Friday.
Update 6:00pm ET: From TSN, the deal is signed—
The Brian Burke saga has finally reached it’s conclusion as Burke has officially signed his contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs and will become the team’s President and general manager.
The Toronto Sun is reporting that Burke signed the papers at his home in Boston prior to his Thanksgiving dinner.
Update 6:17pm ET: TSN has changed their report at the same link. It now states the deal is not signed:
Burke says he’s been told the deal is done, however he hasn’t reviewed or signed the contract as of yet.
Nothing is expected to be finalized until Friday.
Sportsnet.ca reports it’s a 6 year deal but that the announcement isn’t expected till Saturday.
From George Richards at the Miami Herald:
Wade Belak was back on the ice for the Panthers on Wednesday night, two days after clearing waivers.
His return was short lived.
The Panthers sent Belak to Nashville on Thursday afternoon, bringing back center Nick Tarnasky. Belak, 32, signed a two-year deal with the Panthers during the offseason and makes $650,000 per year. The 24-year-old Tarnasky is also signed through the 2009-10 season, but the Panthers will see a savings as Tarnasky makes $525,000.
The Ottawa Senators waived Luke Richardson on Thursday, a move that could end the big defenceman’s lengthy NHL career.
If Richardson, 39, isn’t claimed by another club by noon ET on Friday, he can be sent down to the Senators’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton. But at his age, the six-foot-three, 214-pound blue-liner isn’t expected to accept a minor-league assignment.
One of the oldest players in the NHL, Richardson has been a healthy scratch for most of this season.
from Erik Erlendsson of the Bolts Report,
David Koci apparently broke his hand during his fight with Colton Orr Wednesday night and is out 2-4 weeks with what the team is calling an upper-body injury (does it become lower body when his hands are at his side?). Also, Matt Pettinger has been listed as out 2-4 weeks which suggests he suffered a sprained ligament in his knee.
Marek Malik is questionable after suffering a lower-body injury (he wasn’t limping around from what I could tell) so it looks like he’s out for Friday.
Lukas Krajicek didn’t practice but is expected to play this weekend. Chris Gratton did not practice today, but Gary Roberts did.
With the injuries taking their toll, the Lightning recalled defenseman Matt Smaby and left wing Steve Downie from Norfolk…
from Tom Gulitti of the Record,
“It’s been good,” he said. “I feel good. I thought I played pretty well. I didn’t make any mistakes, which is good. Everything physically-wise was good.”
That is what (Barry) Tallackson, 25, is most thankful for on this Thanksgiving.
He had an extra electrical pathway in his heart that would cause it to race to 300 beats per minute during “incidents.” Tallackson said the incidents started about four years ago and would occur “a couple of times a month,” sometimes during games.
“Three hundred beats a minute is not normal,” he said. “So, I would feel tightness in my chest and eventually it would kick back into place and go right back down. It’s scary.
“When your heart is racing that fast, you don’t know what’s going on. Plus, you start to feel a little lightheaded. And then it goes away. It was a little nerve-racking, but I dealt with it.”
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