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from Hockey Refs,
He was called for a straight forward two-minute minor penalty for elbowing by referee Mike Hicks, but Fleury argued the call and refused to take his place in the penalty box before being assessed an additional 10-minute misconduct penalty. Later when the Bison scored an empty-net goal in the closing minute of play, he retrieved the puck and fired it at Hicks, reportedly missing the referee’s head by inches. Hicks replied by assessing game misconduct and match penalties, which expelled Fleury from the game.more Two weeks ago, Fleury had enough to say he was not returning to the league next year. update 2:09pm, more on Theo from the CP via Sporstnet,
Fleury's future in Britain's Elite Ice Hockey League is in jeopardy after the ex-NHLer was ejected from Saturday's game between the Belfast Giants and the Basingstoke Bison.update 2:48pm, photos from the game in question...
Carolina Hurricanes forward Eric Staal, who tallied seven points (three goals, four assists) in three games, has been named the NHL’s Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, March 5. Montreal Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet, who led Montreal to three victories with a 1.67 goals-against average and .943 save percentage, is the League’s Defensive Player of the Week.more
via the NY Islanders,
Shawn Bates wanted to remain an Islander and the Islanders were happy to oblige. The versatile forward has signed a new three-year contract that will keep him in an Islanders uniform through the 2008-09 season.
The Los Angeles Kings have locked up a key member of their team. Sources tell TSN that the Kings and team captain Mattias Norstrom have agreed to a two-year contract extension worth $4.25 million per season.
from the Edmonton Journal,
Toronto tough guy Tie Domi played his 1,000th game Friday night in Buffalo and the outpouring of misty-eyed emotion was unstoppable. Not from Domi, although he can produce plenty o' tears -- particularly crocodile ones -- when the occasion warrants. This is a man who made his living with his fists and his bizarrely unnatural ability to absorb punches to the head, both skills he has been happy, if not gleeful, to demonstrate at the flick of an eyelash since he entered the NHL in the 1989-90 season. One of his more memorable schticks may have been a teary mea culpa to the media a few years back after he delivered a cheap-shot elbow to the head of then-New Jersey defenceman Scott Niedermayer during the Stanley Cup semifinals. An act which got him suspended. That was vintage Domi, invoking his young son, blubbering that the action was out of character, on and on. It wasn't.more
from the Denver Post,
Before the Avalanche returns to Denver for a Sunday home game against Calgary, Colorado general manager Pierre Lacroix will make deals to add a winger and/or a defenseman. How about Washington defenseman Brendan Witt, who makes $1.67 million this season, and/or St. Louis right wing Dallas Drake, who takes down $1.2 million?read on
Nhl.com lists tonight's Islanders/Capitals game as being on OLN tonight. OLN website lists Canadiens/Flyers, which I believe is correct. No matter, it just shows a lack of communication again regarding the scheduling, something that needs to be addressed. Also, the Montreal/Philly game is scheduled for INHD2 tonight, so we have a "live" game in HD!!! update 9:32am, NHL.com has now fixed their schedule to reflect the Canadiens/Flyers game showing on OLN.
from the Toronto Star,
If the Maple Leafs are to deal Ed Belfour before Thursday's NHL trade deadline they'll need the veteran goaltender to waive his no-trade clause, and there's a good chance he would do that if the team acquiring him picks up the final year of his contract. "I don't want to be anywhere where I'm not wanted," Belfour said when asked whether he would waive his clause. "I want to be where I'm wanted."continued
from the Sun-Sentinel,
Roberto Luongo said Sunday he's not bothered by trade talk linking him to the Los Angeles Kings, adding that he expects to remain the Panthers' goalie when the trade deadline passes at 3 p.m. Thursday. "I don't want to say anything because I don't know what's going on, but I don't think anything's going to happen," Luongo said. "Given the situation, it's normal.more
via the Mercury News,
We wrote last month that the NHL should instruct its referees to use their microphones to give fans an explanation on video-replay decisions and confusing calls. Turns out NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly agrees. "We'll be evaluating over the summer a system that would be more informative for the fans," Daly said during his visit to the Tank last week.
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