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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,
Defenseman Luca Sbisa will be re-assigned Monday at a destination to be determined. That means Sbisa, who was called up from juniors last season, cannot return to the NHL this season.
The 19-year-old was minus-1 with no points in eight games with the Ducks since he arrived from Philadelphia with Joffrey Lupul in a trade for Chris Pronger….
Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere did not practice and all but ruled himself out for Monday’s game against Toronto, meaning the Ducks will likely recall former Toronto prospect Justin Pogge from Bakersfield.
“Uh, no,” Giguere said when asked if he could play. “Give it a couple of days rest here, and see what’s going to happen. We’re not too concerned about it, but … we have to give it time and make sure it’s ready.”
via Jason Botchford of the White Towel,
The Canucks will have to start trying to avoid black cats and ladders because they can’t seem to catch a break.
Just as one player, Mathieu Schneider, is ready to come off the injury list today, Kyle Wellwood has to be put on. Wellwood suffered a broken toe after he blocked a Mike Komisarek slap shot with the big toe on his right foot.
Wellwood is expected to miss three weeks. To replace him, the Canucks have recalled Sergei Shirokov, who led the Moose in score with 10 points in 10 games, including four goals.
SUNRISE, FL – Florida Panthers General Manager Randy Sexton announced today that LW David Booth has been released from a downtown Philadelphia hospital this morning after suffering a concussion in the second period of last night’s game between Florida and Philadelphia at the Wachovia Center. He returns to South Florida today, where his condition will be monitored by Florida team medical personnel. A further update on his status will be available later this week.
According to the Twitter of Flyers beat writer Frank Seravalli, no suspension for Mike Richards according to Bill Daly.
added 11:49am, via Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers at the Philadelphia Daily News,
After a 12-hour wait, the Daily News has learned that Flyers captain Mike Richards will not be suspended for his open ice hit on Florida’s David Booth on Saturday night.
“The hit was reviewed by the Hockey Ops staff,” NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told the Daily News Sunday morning, “and was determined to not warrant any supplemental discipline.”
Daly told us that the play, as reported on Frequent Flyers last night, was not reviewed by NHL executive vice president for hockey operations Colin Campbell because of a possible conflict of interest. Campbell’s son Gregory is a forward for the Panthers.
from Eric Stephens of the OC Register,
Goaltending seemed to be down the list of the litany of issues the Ducks have had to deal with in their uninspiring start to the season.
Now you can add that to the list after Jean-Sebastien Giguere gave up a backbreaking soft goal by Columbus defenseman Fedor Tyutin with 3:22 remaining that decided the Blue Jackets’ 6-4 victory Saturday night at Honda Center….
“When you go through stretches like we’re going through right now, it seems that when something has a chance to go wrong, it’s going wrong,” Coach Randy Carlyle said. “You have to just persevere.”
The loss could be magnified as Giguere, who had been dealing with a minor groin muscle strain, appeared to re-injure himself on the play and left the ice. Making his third start, Giguere stopped 30 shots but also let four get by in a disastrous second period.
more on the loss…
from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,
As of Friday morning, the top six teams in the league were: 1. Pittsburgh (coached by Dan Bylsma), 2. Colorado (Joe Sacco), 3. New York Rangers (John Tortorella), 4. Edmonton (Pat Quinn), 5. Calgary (Brent Sutter), and 6. Phoenix (Dave Tippett). Not one of those coaches started last season behind the bench of that team. Supply your own interpretation. Change is a good thing? Anyone can run an NHL bench? It’s more about the players than the coach? Early-season statistical oddity?
many more hockey topics discussed…
from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,
Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren defended Richards and called out Sexton, saying, “Randy should watch more hockey games.”
“It was a good hit,” Holmgren said. “I don’t see how they can (suspend him). Mike was doing his job. He was back tracking, he caught up to the play. His feet never left the ice. David Booth turned his head or it would have been a shoulder on shoulder hit. It’s a physical game and sometimes these things happen.
“Everybody in the league knows Mike isn’t a dirty player. He’s a player every team in the league covets.”...
Several Panthers were angered by the hit and said they thought Richards should be suspended.
“This is the same stuff we’re trying to put an end to,” Panthers defenseman Keith Ballard said. “He tried to hurt him. I understand it’s a split-second decision, but you’d think he’d have more respect than that. … He’s a good player and he plays hard and we respect that, but he did the exact same thing to (Thrashers forward) Colby Armstrong a few years ago.
Mike Richards is a good honest player, except when he does (stuff) like that and he’s done it before.
Ilya Kovalchuk will undergo tests on Monday to determine the severity of his injury.
Saves and hits below…
from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,
...as the club flew to southern California after the game and contemplated four more contests on the road over the next seven days, there was at least a smidgen of hope that perhaps, like receding flood waters, the worst is over.
That, of course, may be a mirage. Good teams playing bad teams often play down to their level, and the Canucks are considered one of the better squads in the Western Conference and didn’t deliver a virtuoso performance last night. Luongo did, however, making 35 saves and adding a new wrinkle of frustration for Leafs head coach Ron Wilson.
“Tonight (Luongo) found his game,” said Wilson. “If we’d played him two weeks ago we might have scored six goals.”
Easy now, Ron. With his team having scored just three pathetic goals in the past three games, the circumstances necessary to produce a bucketful of scores from his stone-handed group would go beyond a so-so goaltending performance at the other end of the rink. Try soccer nets.
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