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Riksman Quits

from the Peoria Journal Star,

Juuso Riksman is gone again. And this time, without permission.

The veteran Peoria Rivermen goaltender abruptly quit the AHL team late Saturday night after Peoria’s loss to San Antonio, saying he wants to head back to Europe….

“Juuso Riksman told us last week he wanted to come back and play for Peoria, so we dropped Jason Bacashihua to No. 3 on the depth chart and traded him to Colorado,” St. Louis Blues director of pro scouting and Rivermen general manager Kevin McDonald said Sunday. “Then last night he told us he was going home. We want guys on this team who want to be here. Riksman will be suspended.

“I don’t know where he’s going to play. Jokerit (the Finnish team Riksman played for in 2006-07) holds his rights in Europe and does not need a goaltender. And we retain his NHL rights and control of him here.”

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  Tags: ahl, europe, goalies, juuso+riksman

Chara Points Finger At Habs

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Chara said the Canadiens started all the nonsense on the ice, but were unwilling to finish it, and that what goes around, comes around, etc.

(The two teams meet next on Dec. 6 in Boston.)

Carbonneau was buying none of that, with these illustrations:

Ten minutes into the third period, Bruins’ Jeremy Reich, who’d played not enough this game to work up a sweat, ran Canadiens goalie Carey Price;

Less than a minute later, Bruins defenceman Mark Stuart pummelled a why-me? Andrei Kostitsyn.

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  Tags: andrei+kostitsyn, boston+bruins, carey+price, fighting, jeremy+reich, mark+stuart, montreal+canadiens, zdeno+chara

Go To Dman

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But it still is no less incredible that Dan Girardi, emerging as a go-to, first-pair defenseman at the age of 23, could have gone through both the 2002 and 2003 entry drafts without one of the 30 teams calling his name; no less incredible that 583 players were selected in those two drafts and Girardi was not one of them.

“We were just talking about that this morning,” Tom Renney, then part of the Rangers’ personnel evaluation staff and now the coach who will send Girardi onto the ice with partner Fedor Tyutin against the Islanders’ most dangerous line tonight at the Garden, said on Friday.

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  Tags: dan+girardi, new+york+rangers, tom+renney

Out With The Old

from Mark Madden at the Beaver County Times,

But the feelings of veterans shouldn’t matter when a team is based on youth. Unless the Penguins arrive a bit early, Recchi, Roberts and Sydor will almost certainly not be around when the team wins its next Stanley Cup. So who cares how they feel? Respect them. But don’t placate them. Don’t treat them with kid gloves when they play badly.

If anybody feels Roberts is still worth anything, Shero should trade him. Try calling north of the border, Ray. If his misguided raging-bull style on the ice is any indication, Roberts is not handling his decline well.

Recchi and Sydor can still help in lesser roles. Just make sure they have lesser roles.

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  Tags: darryl+sydor, gary+roberts, mark+recchi, pittsburgh+penguins, ray+shero

Inside The Locker Room

from Working the Corners at the Mercury News,

A couple of you have asked about the amount of access I get to players and coaches. Here’s a snapshot of the way things are set up.

As soon as the first player leaves the ice at practice, the room is considered open. Reporters (and, yes, I’m the only beat writer covering the team this season, but AP does show up now and then as do columnists and other bloggers) can go into the room where players take off their skates and uniforms. I’m free to approach anyone I want at that point.

Most of the interviews are very informal, one-on-one, though in some cases – say the buildup to Jeremy Roenick’s 500th goal — there might be two or three people talking with him at once,

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  Tags: media, san+jose+sharks

Four Games For Ohlund

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Mattias Ohlund has been suspended for four games, without pay, as a result of a slashing incident during NHL game #277 against the Minnesota Wild, Nov. 16.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Ohlund will forfeit $74,866.32. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 16:06 of the third period when Ohlund struck Minnesota player Mikko Koivu with a slash. He was assessed a slashing major and game misconduct. Koivu suffered a broken bone in his left leg on the play.

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  Tags: mattias+ohlund, suspension, vancouver+canucks

Rene Bourque Out With Broken Thumb

via the Chicago Blackhawks,

Blackhawks forward Rene Bourque suffered a broken thumb in last night’s 5-3 win over the Red Wings in Detroit. He is expected to be out of the Blackhawks lineup anywhere from 4 to 6 weeks.

Bourque suffered the injury while blocking a shot last night in the third period. Bourque scored two goals in last night’s game, both of the shorthanded variety, and added an assist before injuring his thumb. Bourque has scored three goals this season, all shorthanded, while adding five assists for eight points in 16 games.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, rene+bourque

Scoring In the East

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

So far this season, something has jumped out with each look at the list of NHL scoring leaders.

A vast majority of the names near the top play in the Eastern Conference.

Fifteen of the top 20 are from the East Conference.

Not surprisingly, the goal-scoring list reflects the same imbalance. It’s not an early season anomaly, either. It’s the continuation of a pattern.

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It Is Sunday, Time To Breakdown The Rumor Talk

Spector has all the trade and rumor talk and why they may or may not happen.

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  Tags: hockey+rumors

Old-Time Hockey

Game recaps are avoided at KK, but every so often, games like this need to be mentioned…

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

You want shots? Pencil in 52 by the Canadiens and 36 by the Bruins, even though Boston held a 20-15 margin in shots in the first period.

You want tempers boiling over as they did in “old-time hockey”? At one point in the third period, there were eight players (four by the Canadiens) in the penalty box.

You want fights?

They were there in bunches ... particularly when the Habs put the game out of reach in the third period….

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  Tags: boston+bruins, montreal+canadiens

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