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via Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,
The Lightning will be without the services of left wing Ryan Malone for the remaining two games of the season after he suffered a broken right hand during the second period of Tuesday’s game against Pittsburgh. It is unclear when Malone suffered the injury, but he left after playing 4:03 in the second period and did not return.
Malone finishes his first season with the Lightning third on the team with 26 goals - one short of his career high - and tied for third with 45 points
from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,
No one would expect Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin to step seamlessly back into the lineup after having missed nearly five months because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Then again, no one except perhaps Beauchemin himself would have expected him to be where he is now, on the verge of a return to action as the Ducks prepare for their final two NHL regular-season games and, hopefully, a Stanley Cup playoff appearance.
Beauchemin received full medical clearance Sunday and, as long as there are no setbacks before then, is a good bet to play Friday night against the Dallas Stars at Honda Center.
Veteran defenseman Bret Hedican, who has been out since Feb. 26 because of ongoing back problems, is also a possibility to play Friday or in Saturday’s regular-season finale against the Phoenix Coyotes, Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said after a two-hour practice session Tuesday at Honda Center.
from the CP via the Globe and Mail,
The Montreal Canadiens and the Bell Centre are up for sale and 10 potential buyers have signed confidentiality agreements with the Bank of Montreal to get a look at the franchise’s books, CBC-TV reported Tuesday.
The potential buyers identified by the public broadcaster include the province’s pension-fund manager, the Caisse de depot et placement; Guy Laliberte, owner of Cirque du soleil; and Les Productions Feeling, which is run by Rene Angelil, husband and manager of pop superstar Celine Dion.
from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,
Let’s take a look at NHL teams that really need to start over, and other teams that have finally started to make their ascent up that long hill to respectability.
Teams that need to start over:
Toronto: How much longer will it be before the Toronto brass realizes that you build a successful team from the goaltender out? The goaltending situation in Toronto is murky and the defense is its usual leaky set of castoffs and wannabes. It would take an offense on a par with the 1985 Edmonton Oilers to overcome the problems the Leafs have created for themselves….
Ottawa: Once the cream of the Eastern Conference, the Senators have ridden their three horses to the point of exhaustion, not to mention unrelenting frustration. Dany Heatley, Daniel Alfredsson and Jason Spezza are all very good players, but the mix obviously isn’t working.
from John Hahn of DetroitRedWings.com,
The Red Wings announced today that they will begin offering season ticket holders a new noncredit-based payment option from eLayawaySPORTS when paying for their 2009-10 season tickets.
The Red Wings are the first NHL team, and only the third professional sports franchise, to offer the plan, which allows consumers to pay for season tickets over time with zero interest.
“A partnership with eLayawaySPORTS fits perfectly with the needs of our season ticket holders in these difficult economic times,” said Steve Violetta, Red Wings senior vice president of business affairs. “One of our goals is to make it as convenient as possible for all fans to enjoy the benefits of being a Red Wings’ season ticket holder and we’re very excited to be the first NHL club to offer this new customized payment option to our fans.”
via the Mercury News,
Sharks forwards Mike Grier and Claude Lemieux are returning to the lineup just in time for the Sharks’ final push for the Presidents’ Trophy.
Both forwards have been out since March 3 and missed 17 games. San Jose entered Tuesday night’s game at Colorado with a three-point lead on Boston for the NHL’s best record.
Grier was out with a knee injury, while the 43-year-old Lemieux had an upper-body injury.
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from Brad Holland of NHL.com,
Alex Ovechkin, Blake Wheeler, T.J. Oshie, Niklas Hagman and Johan Franzen have combined to score 143 goals this season. But, one of those goals will stand out among the rest.
That goal, decided by your votes, will be the Fans’ Choice Goal of the Season. So get ready to cast your ballots.
continued and a link is available there to watch and vote on the Goal of the Season.
from the New York Islanders,
The Islanders have signed center Doug Weight to a one-year contract extension. In his first season with the Islanders, Weight is third on the team in scoring with nine goals and 26 assists for 35 points despite missing 29 games due to injury.
Weight originally signed with the Islanders as an unrestricted free agent on July 2, 2008. The contract runs through the 2009-10 season.
“Long Island has been a wonderful place for me and my family,” Weight said. “It was an easy decision to come back for another season. The Islanders have been a first-class organization and I’m looking forward to helping our team continue its development into a contender.”
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