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The All-Free-Agent-Leftover team

From mid-August onward, the free agents remaining on the market tend to start signing either short-term deals or agree to pro try-outs--and with the NHL's teams "capped out" in large part due to the almost-flat salary cap, and the Columbus Dispatch's Aaron Portzline notes that there are still some solid free agents out there:

-- Veteran defenseman Sergei Gonchar will attend camp with the Pittsburgh Penguins on a professional tryout offer. That's the best the 41-year-old could do. You wonder if other established NHL players might go the similar route. It's a bit of a gamble -- take the low-ball offers on the table now, or go to somebody camp without a contract, wait for the inevitable injuries to crop up around the league, and sign a deal that's right. Among the NHL players still out there: forwards Daniel Briere, Curtis Glencross, Stephen Weiss, Martin Erat, Martin Havlat, Brenden Morrow, Daniel Cleary, Olli Jokinen, Tomas Fleishmann, Erik Cole, Michael Ryder, B.J. Crombeen, Jiri Tlusty, Sean Bergenheim, Tyler Kennedy, Marcel Goc and Scottie Upshall, and defenseman Cody Franson, Jan Hejda, Andrej Meszaros, Marek Zidlicky, Bryan Allen, Eric Brewer, Michal Roszival, John Erskine, Keith Ballard, Tim Gleason and David Schlemko.

-- What would you think of this club?

F1: Curtis Glencross – Steppen Weiss - Daniel Briere

F2: Martin Havlat – Olli Jokinen – Michael Ryder

F3: Martin Erat – Tomas Fleischmann – Brenden Morrow

F4: Erik Cole – Marcel Goc - B.J. Crombeen

extras: Tyler Kennedy, Jiri Tlusty

D1: Christian Ehrhoff – Andrej Meszaros

D2: Jan Hejda – Cody Franson

D3: Tim Gleason – Marek Zidlicky

extra: John Erskine

G1: Josh Harding

G2: Jonas Gustavsson

G3: Ray Emery

OK, you've got some goaltending issues. And, yes, this group would look a lot better, say, in 2008-09 than it does now. But that, friends, is the the current all-UFA team. How many games does that team win?

Portzline continues...

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Video- Raffi Torres Questionable Hit On Jan Hejda

No penalty on the play and I am not really sure why Hejda started going down before the hit.  Did he see Torres coming or was it just a fall?

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A Two Minutes For Interference Call On Jan Hejda

Jakub Voracek was on the other end of the call. 

What do you think?

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Video- Hejda Gets Two Games For Flying Elbow

via Aaron Portzline tweet,

#CBJ D Jan Hejda will be suspended two games by NHL for his elbow to the head of Chicago’s Marcus Kruger.

Scroll to the :17 second mark to see the hit.

added 1:23pm, Read the NHL release below…

Continue Reading »

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Finances Dictate Sabres’ Roster Moves

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Understand, the beef here isn’t about Adam, Kennedy, Niedermayer or Gerbe in particular. It’s about management’s approach in general. The Sabres are hoping to make the playoffs, but there’s a big difference between hoping to reach the postseason and doing what’s required to get there.

Almost every move General Manager Darcy Regier has made since the lockout has been based on attrition, not competition, and money, not winning. The Sabres too often this year looked like they were going through the motions, much like Regier did last summer. Their awakening going into the all-star break could be too late.

more, including other notes from around the league…

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, brad+staubitz, bucky+gleason, buffalo+news, chris+tanev, darcy+regier, jan+hejda, luke+adam, rick+dudley, tim+kennedy

Blue Jackets Lose Jan Hejda To Knee Injury

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets defenseman Jan Hejda is expected to miss 4 to 6 weeks with a sprained left knee, The Dispatch has learned.

Hejda was injured with 1:24 remaining in Tuesday’s 2-1 win over Calgary in Nationwide Arena, when he and Flames winger Curtis Glencross inadvertantly collided—left knee on left knee—as they crossed through the slot in the Flames’ end….

It’s a huge blow for the Blue Jackets, who already are without defenseman Mike Commodore because of a groin injury. Hejda and Commodore formed the Blue Jackets No. 1 defensive pair last season.

Hejda has a plus-8 rating in five games this season, tied with Dallas Nicklas Grossman for tops in the NHL.

a bit more...

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Nick Kypreos is Wrong

Aaron Portzline at Puck-rakers writes:

Apparently, Nick Kypreos reported on Sportsnet last night that the Blue Jackets were going to trade defenseman Jan Hejda and a fourth-round pick to the Flyers for winger Mike Knuble.

This is ridiculous. This is crazy. This will not happen. Not a chance.

Well, that seems pretty definitive.  Although this doesn’t stop the kids on HF Boards from tackling the rumor from every angle they can think of as well (and Kypreos doesn’t fare too well there either.)

Must be a slow day in rumor land.

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  Tags: hockey+rumors, jan+hejda, mike+knuble, nick+kypreos

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