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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.
from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,
Those who remember Datsyuk as a rookie, when he was a lanky little thing with deft hands and the shiest smile, aren’t the least bit surprised he has become a luminous star.
“His first day of training camp he had the flu,” former captain Steve Yzerman said. “From the second day on, he wowed us.”
Yzerman played with Datsyuk from 2001-02 until he retired in the summer of 2006. Now a member of the front office, Yzerman has vivid memories of Datsyuk’s first year.
“His stickhandling stood out immediately,” Yzerman said. “He just shoots more now. He was really good back then; he just didn’t play a lot.”
It spoke volumes about Datsyuk that, even as a rookie, veteran Brett Hull wanted to play with him, because Hull wasn’t the type to tolerate linemates who didn’t get him the puck.
“Brett recognized a good player there, for sure,” Yzerman said. “Pavel was so good right off the bat. Had we needed him to, he could have played a lot more than he did. He was phenomenal.”
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,
The Flyers have taken 251 minor penalties this season—second in the NHL to the Anaheim Ducks’ 266—and they lead the NHL with 11 bench minors for too many men on the ice.
As a result, they have been short handed 228 times this season (second to Anaheim) while being awarded just 167 power plays (second-fewest to the New Jersey Devils).
So the question begs to be asked: Why have the Flyers received 61 fewer power plays than their opponents, while the Minnesota Wild have been awarded 36 more power plays than their opponents?
“I think it has a lot to do with the crest we wear on our jerseys, with all our history and stuff like that,” said Hartnell, who leads the Flyers with 28 minor penalties, which is tied for third in the NHL. “But we have to do a better job individually to keep our sticks where they belong.”
from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,
There’s a pretty hot debate brewing over what the Bruins should do about their goaltending situation before the trade deadline with both Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez in the final year of their contracts and headed for unrestricted free agency if still unsigned by July 1.
The conventional wisdom says you trade one of them — in this case, presumably Fernandez — before the March 4 deadline so at least you get something in return. Clearly, the Bruins cannot re-sign both of them; they could cost up to $10 million combined, and that’s way too much money to be tied up on a team that’s already up against the salary cap — a cap that probably won’t be rising next year….
So, what to do?
In this case, the answer is simple: You don’t trade either Thomas or Fernandez — unless you’re offered something crazy like Alexander Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby or Evgeni Malkin.
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from Empty Netters,
Also, with NBC doing the game, prepare yourself four quite a few “Staals are brothers” references. Even more than an FSN Pittsburgh broadcast. Network television is generally geared towards the most broad, generic mentally dull audience available. So instead of actually explaining the Penguins’ power play, they’ll just bring up the Staals 902 times.
more on today’s Rangers/Penguins game…
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