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Press release from the KHL:
The Disciplinary Committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) recently met to discuss violations of the IIHF bylaws on player transfers in connection with the transfer of United States forward Matt Murley to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) club Amur Khabarovsk.
Mr. Murley left the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL) and joined the Amur team of the KHL on October 10. The NHL informed the IIHF that the player had a valid contract with Carolina and had no right to enter into an agreement with any other club.
Complete explanation below. [Update: Plus added links down below]
from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,
• Wade Belak’s days with the Florida Panthers aren’t over.
Belak cleared waivers today and is free to report back to the Panthers.
• Nick Boynton is out today; he also has a concussion. Likely suffered in his fight Friday in Boston.
NEW YORK (Nov. 24, 2008)—Boston Bruins center Marc Savard, Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 23.
from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,
If only I could feel bad for the Oilers and their serious case of buyer’s remorse.
What, exactly, did Edmonton think it was purchasing with that offer sheet? Penner was a 6-foot-4, 245-pound winger who had played two seasons of college hockey, two seasons in the American League and one full season in the NHL (plus 19 games in part of one other season)....
Did they know his legs were “inconsistent” and his conditioning sometimes an issue? Did they know that the “competitiveness” part of his game has “always been a problem?”
That’s the reason GMs snicker. Edmonton didn’t know, but they hoped. They paid an exorbitant price and hoped for the best. They now have buyer’s remorse.
from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,
When Danny Briere suffered what the Flyers termed a “slight” pull in his left groin on Nov. 11 on Long Island, he thought a few days off the ice would allow the pull to heal.
Nearly two weeks later, Briere says he is no better today than he was last week and is growing concerned about what might be the problem.
“I have no power,” he said Sunday, after skating at the Skate Zone. “I can’t stop and start, and that’s my game. I need to be quick taking off and jumping into holes, and right now I can’t do that.”
Briere insists the slight tear in his groin is unrelated to the sports-hernia surgery he underwent Oct. 25. That surgery was expected to require three to four weeks of rehab, but Briere returned to the lineup in 16 days,
from Chris Foster of the LA Times,
Brendan Morrison is trying to get off that track, though it is a course change that has been difficult to make. Morrison, who suffered a torn knee ligament in March and signed a $2.75-million contract in July, has two goals and four points.
Morrison did not play against Dallas on Saturday. It was the first time he has been held out of a game as a healthy scratch since Feb. 25, 2000, when he was with the New Jersey Devils.
“It doesn’t sit well,” Morrison said about the benching. “Am I upset about it? Yeah. As an athlete, the day you aren’t upset when you’re not in the lineup is the day you shouldn’t be playing the game.
“I feel I have something to contribute to team. It’s early in the season, but it’s time to get going and start making a difference.”
from the Boston Bruins,
The Third Jersey System includes a new jersey and new socks, and is predominantly black. The jersey itself is black with gold trim at the neck, and has two gold stripes and one white stripe on the arms. The Bruins secondary logo, which is featured on the shoulders of the primary Bruins jersey, is featured on the chest of the third jersey. Alternately, the Bruins primary logo (the Spoked-B) is located on each shoulder. The socks are black with two gold stripes and one white stripe.
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
Rozsival’s game has gone from bad to worse. Redden’s has gone from bad to somewhat better to worse after a relapse the last two matches. Neither is the least bit physically involved. (Wait, that’s what both are - the least bit physically involved.)
Neither has been acute reading the rush. Neither has been decisive with the puck. Neither has been able to make the power play hum.
At the same time, neither has been benched for so much as an even-strength shift by coach Tom Renney. Neither has been scratched.
That’s not possible with the Rangers carrying the minimum six defensemen so that GM Glen Sather can burn up to $3.6M of cap space every night on three scratched forwards.
from Mick Kern at the XM204 Home Ice Blog,
In the name of restoring some sanity to the choices for the 2008-09 NHL All-Star Game, I’ve cut through all the hype and hysteria, and come up with the six goaltenders who’ll be making the trip to Montreal. No need to thank me. Now you can go back to using the internet for what it was initially intended for, watching people make total fools of themselves on YouTube….
These three gentlemen are obvious choices; there’s no way anyone can construct a rational argument against them.
- Roberto Luongo - Vancouver Canucks
- Niklas Backstrom - Minnesota Wild
- Marty Turco - Dallas Stars
I know what you’re saying, what the heck is Turco doing on this list? Have you seen this guy play recently? Yes, indeed I have. Turco has been a top notch goaltender over the past few seasons, and his fall-from-grace this fall has been stunning. If anything, he’d be perfect for the All-Star Game, since everyone wants to see goals, goals, and more goals.
from Lightning Strkes,
The final score sheet from Sunday’s game had one very interesting stat. It claimed the Lightning outhit the Devils 23-18 during a 7-3 loss. It’s a mystery to me what they were looking at to find 41 total hits, but it is even more perplexing to believe Tampa Bay had more hits.
A couple of smacks here and there by Evgeny Artyukhin and Ryan Malone were so startling, the fans gave them more of a cheer than they probably deserved. But that’s what happens when things like that become rare. Let’s face it, this team just is not built for any kind of physical game, and it’s a shame because more often than not, when a hit is made, a turnover is the result.
It’s frustrating for me, not as a fan of the team but a fan of physical hockey to watch games without much hitting. I can only imagine what it is like for Lightning fans to watch, not only opponents not be challenged but puck battles constantly being lost.
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