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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,
The verdict is in, and Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery will be sitting out a little while longer for the inappropriate comments he made earlier this week.
The National Hockey League announced Friday morning that Avery has been suspended for six games, without pay, retroactive to Tuesday’s game in Calgary, as a result of the comments he made Tuesday morning after the his team’s morning skate at the Pengrowth Saddledome.
Avery also agreed to seek professional anger-management evaluation and, if necessary, structured counseling in light of his pattern of behavior, which the NHL has deemed unacceptable and antisocial behavior.
added 10:55am, Officiall release from the NHL on Avery…
from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Kariya’s hip, however, remained sore and he missed five games before he tried to skate again. The Blues were planning for him to return Nov. 21 against Anaheim, but in the days leading up to that game, Kariya experienced more pain than expected while testing his hip on the ice before the Blues’ practice.
Kariya underwent an additional MRI, sources have told the Post-Dispatch, which showed the injury to be “hip-related” but more complicated than a typical hip-flexor. The definition of a hip-flexor is a strain on the group of muscles that “pull the knee upward.”
Kariya hasn’t skated since testing the injury two weeks ago and he doesn’t appear to be closer to lacing up his skates. The Blues don’t have a timetable for when Kariya will play again, or even return to practice. The doctors and specialists that Kariya and the team have spoken with have stressed the need for rest.
from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,
I’m reasonably confident the Avs have put their hat in the ring for the Mats Sundin “sweepstakes.” But I’d say they have about a 5 percent chance of getting the chrome-domed Swede into a Burgundy and Blue uniform.
I think Philadelphia and Chicago are the clubhouse leaders to land Sundin, according to my sources from the end of the bar. Vancouver has an existing offer on the table, at an astounding two years and $20 million (which would obviously be pro-rated now). But I’d place the Canucks third in the hunt at the moment.
added 9:19am, The Instigators debuted last night on NESN and Jack Edwards, Mike Millbury and Andy Brickley discussed players coming back in mid-season. Watch it here....
from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,
The latest to experience the sting of Leafs head coach Ron Wilson’s teaching methods were defenceman Tomas Kaberle and left winger Alexei Ponikarovsky. Wilson, unhappy with Kaberle’s play in a loss Tuesday to the San Jose Sharks, kept him on the bench for the entire first period….
Kaberle, who was not told before the game he would be benched, was on the ice for all three Coyotes goals in the third period and finished at minus-3.
“Obviously, it was hard,” Kaberle said. “I take it seriously. That’s the way it is. I have to keep my head up and get my ice time back.”
Wilson, who may order his troops to stay here for a practice today before flying back to Toronto, was not sure Kaberle got the message.
“Yeah, he obviously sent a message back,” the coach said. “He was [minus-3].”
added 11:43am, from Damien Cox at the Spin,
Wilson, armed with a four-year contract, has the ammunition to fight back against that lack of, in his words, “accountability,” and he’s doing it.
Truth is, he’s been dissatisified with the work of Kaberle and Kubina for weeks, the two members of the Leaf defence corps with no-trade clauses in their contracts. New GM Brian Burke is already on record as saying such clauses are “coach-killers,” and quite clearly its in the plans of the Leafs to have both players willing to waive those clauses sometime before March in order to facilitate trades elsewhere that will bring draft picks and/or players to the club….
But the gauntlet has been laid down. And Kaberle, it’s clear, is in his final weeks as a Maple Leaf.
from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,
When Mark Parrish signed on with the Dallas Stars last month, the Limbo Club lost a member.
Limbo as in veteran players who remain without an NHL job, the likes of Yanic Perreault, Bryan Smolinski, Jocelyn Thibault, Glen Murray, Kevyn Adams, Martin Lapointe and Dan Cloutier—brand names that got lost in the shuffle this past offseason.
They are the victims of a postlockout NHL that is growing younger and younger, victims of a salary-cap system in which teams have difficulty finding money for these types of veterans. It’s like musical chairs—when the music stops, not everyone will find a seat.
“It was like an NHL team against a non-NHL team, we have a long way to go before we are a top team.”
-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist after losing to Montreal last night. More on the Rangers from Larry Brooks of the NY Post.
from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,
As long as the Panthers keep winning with Craig Anderson in goal, he’ll remain the starter.
Coach Pete DeBoer said after Thursday’s 2-1 win against the Sabres at BankAtlantic Center that Anderson will make his fifth consecutive start Saturday against the Bruins.
Anderson began the season clearly the team’s No. 2 netminder behind Tomas Vokoun, but has emerged as a co-starter the past nine days.
Anderson made 45 saves Thursday while facing 46 shots both season highs. The Panthers finished with 25 shots.
continued with more on Anderson…
from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,
The legal travails of former Silicon Valley venture capitalist William “Boots” Del Biaggio — a former part-owner of the NHL’s Nashville Predators — are about to deepen.
Federal prosecutors in California have charged Del Biaggio with fraud, and the U.S. national securities regulator has slapped him with an injunction as part of a $65-million scheme to bilk a raft of small investors and several banks.
Brian Burke’s certification as Maple Leafs monarch has plural positives for Toronto. For the first time since the Conn Smythe-Punch Imlach Eras, Toronto boasts a commanding leader who gives a face to the franchise.
Smythe and Imlach have 10 Stanley Cups between them. Now an eleventh will be possible once Burke gets the house in order; and that will only take a year.
-Stan Fishchler at the Hockey Journal where you can read more hockey notes from The Maven.
from Sarah Kwak of Sports Illustrated,
The NHL introduced its third jersey program in 1995, when five teams brought fresh looks to the their closets. Since then,hockey fans have seen the good, the bad and plenty of the ugly. And after a year without them—the league-wide uniform switch to Reebok last season meant no thirds for 2007-08—they’re back.
Seven of the 19 clubs sporting thirds this season have chosen to go with a predominantly black jersey. I know hockey players like their AC/DC, but come on. That’s more black than a Fashion Week runway. It’s said that a dark jersey intimidates opponents (foes of the the NFL’s Oakland Raiders may beg), but with so many black jerseys in the NHL, the collection of this season’s thirds is somehwat bland.
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