Yesterday at thn.com:
Jaroslav Modry blogs about returning to play in his home country – the Czech Republic.
In his blog, John Grigg writes the time is right for the Panthers to trade Vokoun.
Taking the opposing view, Rory Boylen writes the Panthers should hold on to Vokoun and trade him in a season or two when it makes more sense.
The Hot List, our weekly rundown of players we can’t wait to see in the NHL someday, profiles Evgeny Grachev of the Ontario League’s Brampton Battalion.
The Fantasy Pool Look examines the 2006 draft and the impact many of its players are already having on the NHL and in pools.
Chris Gratton, C/W, Tampa Bay Lightning
2008/12/10: Veteran center Chris Gratton has cleared waivers and been assigned to the American League’s Norfolk Admirals by the Tampa Bay Lightning. Also, the Bolts have assigned winger Radim Vrbata to BK Mlada Boleslav of the Czech Republic Extraliga. Vrbata has also cleared waivers.
Jeff Taffe, LW/C, Pittsburgh Penguins
2008/12/10: The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled forwards Jeff Taffe and Tim Wallace from the American League’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. To make room, the club assigned Finnish winger Janne Pesonen back to the baby Pens.
Andy Sutton, D, New York Islanders
2008/12/10: New York Islanders defenseman Andy Sutton was absent during Tuesday’s 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. Sutton was scratched as he battles a case of the flu. Fourth-line forward Nate Thompson also missed the contest due to the flu, so defenseman Joe Callahan and enforcer Mitch Fritz were summoned from the AHL’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers to suit up as replacements.
Pascal Pelletier, LW, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/12/10: The Chicago Blackhawks have recalled forward Pascal Pelletier from the AHL’s Rockford IceHogs. He replaces fourth liner Adam Burish on the roster, since the latter has been placed on injured reserve due to a foot injury.
Sami Salo, D, Vancouver Canucks
2008/12/10: As expected, veteran Vancouver Canucks defenseman Sami Salo missed Tuesday’s road contest at Nashville because of a groin injury. He was replaced by Rob Davison, who logged 7:38 of ice time and registered a plus-1 rating and four penalty minutes.
Jordin Tootoo, RW, Nashville Predators
2008/12/10: A lower body injury forced Nashville Predators agitator Jordin Tootoo to sit out Tuesday’s contest against the Vancouver Canucks. He’s currently listed as day to day. With Tootoo out of action, Rich Peverley returned to the lineup after a six-game absence (healthy scratch). Meanwhile, center Scott Nichol left Tuesday’s game early because of an upper-body injury.
Christopher Higgins, LW, Montreal Canadiens
2008/12/10: Montreal Canadiens winger Christopher Higgins left Tuesday’s contest against the Calgary Flames early in the first period because of an upper body injury. He’s expected to undergo an MRI on Wednesday.
Mathieu Dandenault, W/D, Montreal Canadiens
2008/12/10: Montreal Canadiens veteran Mathieu Dandenault suffered a broken arm in Tuesday night’s home win over the Calgary Flames. Dandenault, who began the season as a winger but recently moved back to defense, is now out indefinitely.
Dustin Boyd, C/W, Calgary Flames
2008/12/10: Calgary Flames winger Dustin Boyd scored the team’s only goal–his seventh of the year–in a 4-1 loss to Montreal on Tuesday. Boyd returned to the Calgary lineup after a five-game absence due to a shoulder injury.
Tom Poti, D, Washington Capitals
2008/12/09: Washington Capitals defenseman Tom Poti took part in a full practice on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post. The mobile blueliner has been sidelined since November 28 with a groin injury, but may suit up on Wednesday against Boston.
Luke Schenn, D, Toronto Maple Leafs
2008/12/09: The Toronto Star is reporting that Toronto Maple Leafs defenseman Luke Schenn could be out for two weeks longer than expected with a knee injury. Schenn was originally expected to miss a maximum of two weeks, however the time window has broadened to a possible four weeks.
Eric Tangradi, W/C, Anaheim Ducks
2008/12/10: The Anaheim Ducks have inked junior winger Eric Tangradi to an entry-level contract. The mammoth 19-year-old Tangradi is currently among the top five scorers in the Ontario League as a member of the Belleville Bulls. Considered a project, he is blossoming in his third season of major junior hockey. In fact, Tangradi has elevated himself to top prospect status within the Ducks organization.
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