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Bad Goal Of The Night

The Canadiens lost to the Islanders 4-3 in a shootout.

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  Tags: ryan+o'byrne

Burke Had Nothing To Do With Leafs Trade

This should answer some of the emails I received today asking if Burke was behind the Leafs trade today.  As I responded to many of you, he is still employed by the Ducks and would not anything unethical.

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The popular sentiment, at least until Brian Burke’s cellphone started ringing, was that his fingerprints were all over yesterday’s Toronto Maple Leafs trade.

“This is the fourth call I’ve had and you all have the same question,” he barked down the line from Boston, where he is visiting family for the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. “No one from the Leafs talked to me about this, nor would it be appropriate for me to have any input. I am still officially an employee of the Anaheim Ducks.”

That could change by the end of the week, since an offer has landed in Burke’s hands.

Burke plans to stay in Boston until the end of the week but he will be talking to the Maple Leafs by telephone.

continued

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Trying To Understand The Blues Trade

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Winger Lee Stempniak was the rarest of commodities, a real offensive threat drafted and developed by the Blues.

So his departure for underachieving Maple Leafs Alex Steen, a versatile forward, and Carlo Colaiacovo, a rangy defenseman, is a bit of a head scratcher….

How could the Blues give up on a home-grown shooter who scored 27 goals two years ago and was producing at a point-per-game pace this season?

We’ll need some convincing in this corner of cyberspace. This deal sounds suspiciously like a Ron Caron trade, moving a potential standout for depth.

We’re not saying Colaiacovo is Murray Baron and Steen is Ron Sutter, but . . .

read on

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  Tags: alex+steen, carlo+colaiacovo, lee+stempniak

Another Roy Suspension

via Sportsnet,

The Quebec Major Junior Hockey League suspended another of Patrick Roy’s sons Monday, handing Quebec Remparts forward Frédérick Roy fifteen games for a high-sticking incident during Friday night’s game against the Juniors in Montreal.

Frederick, 17, who is coached by his father Patrick, hit Montreal defenceman Vincent Bourgeois in the face following a melee. Frederick received a five-minute major and a match penalty in the 8-2 Remparts loss and was also to be assessed an automatic one-game suspension.

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  Tags: frederick+roy

Bettman’s First Year on XM Radio

From Greg Wyshynski of Yahoo!‘s Puck Daddy,

If you’ve never heard The NHL Hour with Gary Bettman, you can download the podcasts on NHL.com. What you’ll find is that Bettman is his usual well-informed self, digging his heels in on a myriad of issues and never giving an inch during a discussion. The man has a politician’s gift for staying on message, even if he’s never had a politician’s gift for charisma.

But you’ll also find the program is a Twilight Zone where harsh criticism of Bettman’s performance over the last 15 years doesn’t seem to exist. The callers are, to a fault, polite and complementary. If they guys behind Gary Bettman Sucks or Fire Bettman are calling in, they might be on lithium.

read on

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  Tags: gary+bettman, media, nhl+hour, xm+radio

Ott Out With Broken Hand

via Andrew’s Dallas Stars Blog,

Steve Ott is expected to miss one month with a broken hand. This happened in the fight with Steve Montador the other night.

You can watch the video at Andrew’s blog…

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  Tags: steve+ott

Zeiler Suspended

TORONTO (November 24, 2008) – Los Angeles Kings forward John Zeiler has been suspended for three games, without pay, as a result of a boarding incident that took place during NHL Game #295, Nov. 22 against the Colorado Avalanche, the National Hockey League announced.

            Zeiler was assessed a major penalty for boarding and game misconduct for hitting Colorado defenseman Adam Foote at 6:51 of the second period.

            Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Zeiler will forfeit $8,770.17. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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  Tags: adam+foote, john+zeiler

Pondering the Senators

Will it come to this for the Ottawa Senators? Cute.

For a more in-depth look at the Senators this week, check out SENShobo from earlier today, Rod Brodie at the Ottawa Senators.com site, plus some fire-sale rumors being discussed at the Sens Army blog.  (Apparently there are people in the universe that think trading Daniel Alfredsson is a reasonable plan after just weeks after signing him to a 4-year contract extension. The mind boggles.)

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson

More Goalie Equipment Changes Coming

From John McGourty at NHL.com:

Bottom line: Equipment is there to protect, not make saves.

“We came to the conclusion that we should move forward with some subtle changes for the 2008-09 season,” said NHL goaltending supervisor Kay Whitmore, who played goal in 155 NHL games for the Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames. “There will be more changes next year with more proportional fittings for protection only. We have to get back to the beginning of what equipment was for in the first place.”

NHL officials are responding to feedback from players, coaches and management to reduce the size of goalie equipment.

more

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  Tags: goalies, hockey+equipment, kay+whitmore

Blues-Leafs Trade

Nick Kypreos on Fan 590 reporting the follwing trade:  Alex Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo for Lee Stempniak.

added 1:50pm, St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and center Alexander Steen from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Lee Stempniak.

“We feel we have improved our club today for both the short and long term by adding Carlo and Alex,” said Davidson.  “Carlo is solid two-way defenseman and will provide depth to our blueline and Alex can play center or wing and can score at the NHL level.”  “Lee has done a tremendous job in St. Louis.  He is a classy individual and we would like to thank him for all of his work on and off the ice that he has provided to the St. Louis Blues.”

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