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Leafs Make Cap Room For Future Moves By Waiving Finger

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Why now? Well, if Finger continued practising with the NHL club and suffered an injury, the Leafs wouldn’t be able to put him on waivers until he was healthy again. A blocked shot and a broken foot, then, could rob the club of useful salary-cap leverage.

Beyond that, it’s remarkable how the heat is already mounting in various NHL cities after only two or three games. See, it’s one thing to imagine carrying salaries during the summer when it’s all theoretical, and quite another when the games begin and the paycheques must be signed….

So maybe people look at the Leafs and their cap space differently today or maybe they say, “Well, duh, we already knew that.”...

Burke’s bet is that sooner than later, the clubs that need to move a body or two will have to do it, and by sending Finger down he’s made it abundantly clear to all GMs — and their owners — that he can ease their cap pain.


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It’s A Two Game Suspension Day As Hjalmarsson Gets Two Too

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Two game suspension for Nik Hjalmarsson.

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Evening Line

“We need to win. Yeah, we’d like to have a win.  But the thing that is more urgent that I’d like to see is for us to play a full, 60-minute hockey game. We want to put a complete game together. That’s what I’m more concerned with. The wins will come if we can play smarter and put in a full 60-minute effort.”

-New Jersey Devils head coach John MacLean.  Much more on the Devils from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice.

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James Wisniewski Suspended Two Games

via Darren Dreger tweet,

2 games for Wisniewski

added 7:05pm,

TORONTO (October 12, 2010)—New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski has been suspended for two games and will forfeit $79,268.30 in salary for directing an inappropriate gesture toward New York Rangers player Sean Avery during NHL game #28 on October 11. The incident occurred during a stoppage of play in the first period.

Wisniewski, who was suspended for eight games on March 17, 2010, is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits his salary based on the number of games in the season (82), rather than the number of days (186). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

Wisniewski will miss the Islanders’ next two games—Oct. 13 at Washington and Oct. 15 at Pittsburgh. He is eligible to return Oct. 16 against Colorado.


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Sutton Out 6-8 Weeks

via the Ducks PR…

Ducks defenseman Andy Sutton had surgery this morning to repair a fractured right thumb, suffered on Oct. 8 @ Detroit.  The surgery was done at the Kerlan-Jobe Surgery Center in Los Angeles by hand specialist Dr. Steve Shin. Sutton is expected to return to play in approximately 6-8 weeks.

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Habs fans, get ready to exercise your right to vote

Interesting news out of Montreal today, as Bell Canada and the Montreal Canadiens have combined forces to allow Canadiens fans to vote for the three stars of each game. The longstanding tradition was to have a member of the media select the three stars, and while their choices were often debated, I’m not sure having the fans select the three stars is the best way to go.

Why could this be a bad idea? Well, Canadiens fans stuffed the ballots for the all star game two years ago, selecting players who did not deserve to be there, let alone in the starting lineup (that’s right Mike Komisarek, I’m talking about you). Now, we may see a repeat of that after every game at the Bell Centre.

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Tonight’s Three Stars Have Been Selected By You

MONTREAL – A long-standing tradition given new life. A game’s “three stars” will now be awarded by the fans.

Whether by visiting canadiens.com/3stars, or by downloading the Canadiens smartphone application available Wednesday, Oct.13 for BlackBerry and Android and at the end of the month for iPhone, fans will now determine the “three stars” selections for each Canadiens game.

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Afternoon Line

Anaheim’s home opener is Wednesday against the Vancouver Canucks and you’d have to think they will be a motivated flock for that outing. Getzlaf is a perennial slow starter - two years ago, it took him six games to dent the scores sheet and he subsequently ended up with a career-high 91 points. Getzlaf’s Novembers have always been superior to his Octobers, so there is hope and solace there. Still, even as a team in transition, the Ducks were entertaining playoff thoughts this year. In a conference where it usually takes 95 or more points to make the top eight, they need to get this turned around, sooner rather than later. Or heads may start to roll.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail on the slow start of the Anaheim Ducks.  Read more on this topic from Eric.

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Enough Of Avery

from Tony Care of CBC,

While Milbury condemned Wisniewski’s action, calling it “ridiculous and immature,” he’s bothered by the notion that Avery is innocent of any wrongdoing in this case.

“He has been a pretty good player, but he’s become a caricature of a professional,” Milbury told CBCSports.ca. “It’s not good for hockey, it’s not good for the image that [the league] is trying to portray. We’re not all poster boys for this business and never will be, but this has gone on far too long with his focus on being a distraction and an agitator rather than honing his craft.

“Here we are we’re talking about Avery again, not because he made a great backhanded pass to set up the game-winning goal, but because he’s part of another unsavoury incident. It’s like watching a car wreck. You know it’s not going to be pretty but you can’t seem to turn away from it until you’ve had a look.”


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  Tags: sean+avery

Mara Won’t Let Getzlaf Fight

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

“I’m not going to let him fight,” Mara said. “He might be mad at me. I don’t know who’s mad at me. We need him on the ice. We don’t need him out.”

Mara’s decision might have also been influenced by Andy Sutton breaking his right thumb Friday when he was punching Detroit defenseman Ruslan Salei.

“[What if] Getzy goes out there and pummels him and breaks his hand and is out for eight weeks,” Mara said. “That’s not what we need. We need him on the ice. He’s not going to fight.”


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