Yesterday at thn.com:
In Campbell’s Cuts, our senior writer discusses how the CBA is working to drive up franchise values, but that it is a fatally flawed agreement.
Eric Gelinas, defenseman for the Lewiston MAINEiacs, writes in his first blog entry about his journey to the Quebec League.
In his blog, Adam Proteau talks with Capitals owner Ted Leonsis about rebuilding the team into a contender.
In Rumor Roundup: Gaborik’s talks have stalled, Khabibulin could end up in the Kontinental League, and Boston looking for a defenseman.
Our ultimate logo champion is crowned as the Montreal Canadiens take down the Rimouski Oceanic in the final.
Tomas Vokoun, G, Florida Panthers
2008/10/07: Florida goaltender Tomas Vokoun kicked out all 29 shots that came his way in Monday's 6-0 win over the New York Islanders. INTEL: It was a good showing for the veteran after a tough preseason. In three previous outings, the 32-year-old had allowed 11 goals on just 89 shots for a woeful save percentage of .876. Vokoun should see plenty of action in 2008-09 with 70 starts a real possibility.
Shane O'Brien, D, Vancouver Canucks
2008/10/07: The Canucks have picked up defenseman Shane O'Brien along with right winger Michel Ouellet from the Tampa Bay Lightning, sending rearguard Lukas Krajicek and winger Juraj Simek to Tampa. INTEL: O'Brien will provide some needed sandpaper to the back end for Vancouver and has shown he can also chip in some offense, while Ouellet (who is reportedly headed to the AHL) is a nice depth addition for an improving Canucks offense. Krajicek still has some upside, but this deal gives Vancouver more balance on D.
Luke Schenn, D, Toronto Maple Leafs
2008/10/07: The Maple Leafs have decided to open the season with rookie Luke Schenn on the blueline, reports the Toronto Star. INTEL: The fifth-overall pick in the 2008 draft has been a bright spot during a dreary Toronto camp. If the 18-year-old plays 10 games with the Leafs, the team will use up the first season of his recently signed three-year, entry-level deal. Look for the team to re-evaluate the youngster's progress as he approaches the 10-game mark in a few weeks.
Petr Vrana, C, New Jersey Devils
2008/10/07: The New York Post reports that rookie forward Petr Vrana has earned a spot on the Devils to open the season, reports the New York Post. INTEL: The team is carrying two extra defenseman and one extra forward to begin the season which could translate into some decent playing time for the 23-year-old winger.
Marc Denis, G, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/07: The Canadiens have placed goaltender Marc Denis and defenseman Alex Henry on waivers, reports the Montreal Gazette. INTEL: Denis lost the battle to back up Carey Price to Jaroslav Halak, while Henry hasn't had a sniff of NHL regular season action since the 2005-06 season with the Wild. If unclaimed, both would end up in the AHL this year.
Scott Walker, RW, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/10/07: Hurricanes forward Scott Walker reportedly underwent successful surgery on his left hand on Monday. INTEL: The 35-year-old is expected to be sidelined for the next six weeks as the hand heals. Once he returns, he could find himself on a line with Chad LaRose and Matt Cullen.
Dainius Zubrus, W/C, New Jersey Devils
2008/10/07: According to the Trenton Times, New Jersey forward Dainius Zubrus was excused from Monday's practice due to general soreness. INTEL: Like many before him, Zubrus saw his point total dip dramatically during his first year with the defensive-minded Devils in 2007-08. He scored just 38 points (13-25-38) a year after notching 60 points (24-36-60) for the Sabres.
Chris Lee, D, New York Islanders
2008/10/06: Islanders defenseman Chris Lee was carried off the ice on a stretcher on Monday night after he was checked into the boards from behind by Rostislav Olesz of the Panthers, reports the Canadian Press. INTEL: There has been no word on the severity of his injury. If Lee isn't hurt, he will likely be headed back to the AHL shortly.
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