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from the Philadelphia Daily News,
When Simon Gagne went out with a concussion on Nov. 7, there was a feeling that he could miss up to a month.
But now, as the Flyers are nearly at the end of the month, the likelihood is that he might take all of December to get healthy….
While this is some indication of progress, it is not a sign that he will return soon. Even after he is able to start skating and work back into practicing with the team, he will need a significant length of time at full practice to get back into game condition, as well as make sure the concussion has healed.
He can’t even say when that might be right now.
from the Toronto Sun,
As the league’s big shots gather on the picturesque Monterey Peninsula, an alteration in the NHL schedule will be first and foremost on the agenda.
The format expected to get proposed would see teams play their four division rivals six times each (24 total games); the other 10 teams in their conference four times each (40 total games); and the 15 teams in the other conference each once (15 total games), adding up to a total of 79 games.
The other three games are believed to be wild-card tilts against teams in the other conference, thereby completing the 82-game sked.
more * And I do hope the schedule is changed and doesn’t get turned down by some hardliners in the East.
from the Montreal Gazette,
The National Hockey League can’t protect players from headshots and dangerous hits from behind, but it is determined to have games start on time.
The Canadiens have been fined an undisclosed amount after the start of last Monday’s game against Ottawa was delayed about 10 minutes because the ceremony to retire Larry Robinson’s No. 19 ran longer than planned.
more and you can read about the Leafs situation if you wish…
from Larry Brooks at the NY Post,
Jaromir Jagr’s contract no longer contains a team option for next season, meaning that the current agreement under which he would earn $8.36M for 2008-09 will be extended only if he hits the performance triggers included in the deal, The Post has learned.
That means that unless Jagr scores 40 goals or records 84 points while the Rangers win a playoff round in April, or unless he wins the Hart Trophy, Art Ross Trophy or Conn Smythe Trophy, a) No. 68 will be eligible to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1; and, b) beginning next season the Blueshirts will no longer be entitled to any cap discount on their captain.
from the Columbus Dispatch,
Goaltender Pascal Leclaire, whose early career has been dogged by leg injuries, left the game at 5:58 of the second period, complaining of a tight hamstring.
After the game, the Blue Jackets—from coach Ken Hitchcock to Leclaire himself—stressed that the injury was minor, that Leclaire might be out only a brief while, if he missed any time at all.
“We’ll see how it is (today),” Leclaire said. “But I don’t have any sharp pain or anything.
“It’s more like a tweak, but it’s not something I wanted to take a chance on.”
from the New York Times,
In the time before television and computers that can replay, magnify and freeze frame questionable goals, goal umpires stood on the ice or on a nearby snowbank, the hockey historian J. W. Fitzell said.
“It was a hazardous trade,” Fitzell said in a telephone interview from his home in Kingston, Ontario.
Besides the risk of standing in the middle of the action, goal umpires were often chosen from the home crowd and were often threatened by visiting players after a questionable goal. Often, they were replaced in the middle of a game.
The NHL Players’ Association and Stu Grimson, a former player who was legal counsel with the NHLPA, have parted ways.
It is not clear whether Grimson was fired or resigned, but he is no longer working with the Association.
Andrew Alberts was on his knees in the neutral zone, blocking a puck near the boards. Scott Hartnell hit him and drove him into the boards.
Andrews was done for a few minutes, skated off the ice with a little assistance. Five minute major for Hartnell.
added 9:03pm, from the Sports Network via TSN,
On the play, which occurred with 5:38 remaining in the second period, Flyers forward Scott Hartnell collided with Alberts, who was sliding on his knees near the boards at center ice. Hartnell’s elbow and shoulder hit Alberts flush in the side of the head, causing it to collide with the dasher violently.
Alberts lay on the ice for several minutes, and was eventually lifted to his feet and escorted to the locker room for evaluation.
added 6:09am on 11/27/07, Video added…
from Adrian Dater at the Denver Post,
A little birdie told me the Avs had scouts at the Penguins-Senators game the other night, so start your trade rumors from those locations.
Personally, I think the Avs might be considering getting Marc-Andre Fleury, the former first-round goalie pick who hasn’t been that great for the Pens. But that’s just a hunch, not based on big word of mouth. John-Michael Liles could be part of that mix, but again, just a hunch.
Florida Real Estate developer Jeff Sherrin, TV show executive producer Oren Koules, and and long-time hockey executive Doug MacClean are three of the principals in Absolute Hockey Enterprises, the group which was trying to purchase the Tampa Bay Lightning.
The Lightning confirm a lawsuit was filed between two of the partners in the ownership group.
The current owners are still hopeful they will be able to sell the hockey team to Absolute Hockey Enterprises or members of that group.
added 8:57pm, via Sports Network,
The sale of the Tampa Bay Lightning to Absolute Hockey Enterprises came to a screeching halt Monday due to a legal disagreement between Jeff Sherrin and Oren Koules, the principal partners in the deal.
Sherrin, who owns a vast amount of real estate, and the Venture Capital Group, is suing Koules in excess of $75,000. In court documents filed Monday in the 13th Judicial Circuit in Hillsborough County, Sherrin sued Koules for using highly confidential information for trying to broker his own deal to acquire the team, circumventing the partnership plan.
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