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from Damien Cox at ESPN,
So far, the NHL season has been relatively low-key with precious little controversy, but that doesn't mean there haven't already been more than a few missteps and goof-ups worthy of mention. Some teams that started off as turkeys have already managed to evolve into higher forms of life. The defending champion Carolina Hurricanes, for example, began the season last month with four straight defeats. Since then, however, the Canes have been a solid 12-5-2, so they escaped the tag of early-season turkey. Ditto for the New York Islanders.more
Sources close to the Columbus Blue Jackets tell TSN Ken Hitchcock has agreed to a three-year contract to coach the Blue Jackets. The two sides agreed to terms today and Hitchcock is expected to be on the ice to lead Columbus through practice tomorrow.
from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
"Absolutely we'd love to make a deal. The problem is in making deals, it's the same old thing. The guys you want to trade, they don't want, and the guys you don't want to trade, they want," Gretzky said. "We're not trading [Keith] Ballard, we're not trading [Zbynek] Michalek. It's not going to happen." Still, something has to give. "We're trying to turn over every rock we can right now. We definitely need someone to go in there and give Curtis some time. Curtis can't play every game," Gretzky said.read on
Thought I would get this out before those of you celebrating the Thanksgiving Holiday say good-bye to KK for a few days. Major updates will continue, maybe not as often but if anything breaks, it will be posted. KK members can continue to post in the Forum area too. Please enjoy the holiday weekend and be safe. If you drink, make sure to hand the keys over or find alternate transportation.
via the AP,
Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby will miss Wednesday night's game against Boston because of a sore groin. Crosby was hurt during a 5-3 victory in Philadelphia on Monday night. He was optimistic on Tuesday that he would be ready to play against the Bruins, but during the pre-game morning skate coach Michel Therrien decided that Crosby wouldn't play.
Chris Young, of the Toronto Star, tracks down some hockey goal celebrations at his Just Another Blog.
The DC Sports Chick recently held court with Caps owner Ted Leonsis...
Ted was so friendly and easygoing, but would you expect anything else? He made a point of introducing us to the others in the suite and played the role of host very well. Ted shared a lot of fascinating insights about the team and also about his outside projects, like his film starring Woody Harrelsonread on
from John Bishop at BostonBruins.com,
...But those Boston fans should always remember that it was Eddie 'The Edmonton Express" Shore who was Boston's first real superstar. Ever since Shore joined the B's in 1926; just two years after the then "Brown & Gold" took the ice as a franchise for the first time, Boston has been a place where opposing teams simply dread to play. Eddie Shore was born between Regina and Fort Qu'Appelle, Saskatchewan, Canada (legend says he entered the world in an ox cart) on November 25, 1902. Hockey historian Michael McKinley writes that Shore was "an eccentric hybrid of entertainer and philosopher, who made it to the big time from the disbanded Edmonton Eskimos of the Western Hockey League and quickly became a favourite of the raucus Boston Garden."much more
from the Buffalo News,
But the Sabres can no longer afford to make a player a healthy scratch. They started the season with just $95,000 in salary cap space, and it's burning up by the minute. The call-ups from Rochester have already cost the Sabres $60,000, based on the estimate of about $2,000 per day provided by the team. After three former Amerks play tonight, there will be only $29,000 left. The Sabres can exceed the cap by $2.8 million as long as Tim Connolly remains on long-term injured reserve. But if the concussed center comes back and that original $95,000 cap space is gone, the Sabres wouldn't be able to call up anyone from Rochester as a short-term injury replacement - unless the team cleared cap space through a trade or by waiving someone.more
from the Courier Post,
Defenseman Mike Rathje, bothered by pain in his buttocks and numbness in his foot, was in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday for another shot of Botox that will keep him out of the lineup tonight when the Flyers face the visiting Ottawa Senators.continued
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