Yesterday at thn.com:
In Screen Shots, Adam Proteau writes that the NHL can’t ignore the concussion issue or problems will arise down the road.
Eric Gelinas of the QMJHL’s Lewiston MAINEiacs writes about everyday life as a junior player.
In his blog, Edward Fraser touches on a few players with NHL games under their belts who are on the verge of full-time status.
Ryan Dixon writes about some players who fit the 007 moniker as the new movie is set for release.
Prep Watch, our weekly look at minor hockey, looks at Alberta’s Ty Rattie.
A Scout’s Life, looking into the world of a hockey scout, examines the importance of coaching at the junior level.
Alex Pietrangelo, D, St. Louis Blues
2008/11/14: The St. Louis Blues returned defenseman Alex Pietrangelo to Niagara of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) on Thursday. He played in just eight games with the big club, posting an assist and even plus/minus rating with the Blues. INTEL: Despite the fact that Erik Johnson is out for the season with a knee injury, and with no other legitimate offensive defenseman to run the power play, the Blues decided against keeping the 18-year-old Pietrangelo. In the long run, it’s probably for the best. However, the club may have to go shopping for defensive help in the weeks ahead.
John Carlson, D, Washington Capitals
2008/11/14: The Washington Capitals have signed 2008 first-round draft selection (No. 27 overall) John Carlson to an entry-level contract. INTEL: Carlson is currently toiling for the OHL’s London Knights and has produced 12 points in his first 12 major junior games. He’s a big blueliner with loads of offensive upside, not unlike current Cap Mike Green. The 18-year-old should spend another season in the junior ranks next year before he turns pro.
Janne Niskala, D, Tampa Bay Lightning
2008/11/14: Finnish defenseman Janne Niskala, who was waived by the Tampa Bay Lightning earlier in the month, has signed on with Vastra Frolunda HC of the Swedish Elitserien. His NHL career may already be over after just six games.
Dan Boyle, D, San Jose Sharks
2008/11/14: The San Jose Sharks received incredible production from their blueline in a 6-1 home win over the Calgary Flames Thursday night. Dan Boyle, Rob Blake and Christian Ehrhoff each collected three assists in the victory. Boyle returned to the Sharks lineup following a one-game absence due to personal reasons.
Jay Leach, D, New Jersey Devils
2008/11/14: The New Jersey Devils have assigned defenseman Jay Leach back to the American League’s Lowell Devils. Leach appeared in two games with the big club earlier in the week.
Scott Clemmensen, G, New Jersey Devils
2008/11/14: The Newark Star-Ledger is reporting that New Jersey Devils backup goaltender Scott Clemmensen will get the start in Friday’s game at Washington, instead of veteran Kevin Weekes. Coach Brent Sutter added that he will determine his goaltender on a game-to-game basis.
Nikolai Khabibulin, G, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/11/14: The Chicago Tribune is reporting that Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin is expected to start in Friday’s game against the Blues. It will be his second straight start after he allowed just one goal in a shootout loss against the Bruins on Wednesday.
Miikka Kiprusoff, G, Calgary Flames
2008/11/14: Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff was pulled after just one period in Thursday’s start at San Jose. He coughed up four goals on 20 shots in an offensive barrage by the Sharks. Kiprusoff has allowed four or more goals in four of his past five games. Curtis McElhinney replaced him in the crease.
Fabian Brunnstrom, LW/RW, Dallas Stars
2008/11/14: Dallas Stars rookie forward Fabian Brunnstrom was a healthy scratch in Thursday’s 3-2 loss against Los Angeles. Brunnstrom has just one goal and no assists over the past six games and he was a healthy scratch for the first time since October 11.
Mikhail Grabovski, C, Toronto Maple Leafs
2008/11/14: Toronto Maple Leafs forward Mikhail Grabovski picked up another goal on his only shot of the game in 18:02 of ice time in Thursday’s 5-2 victory at Edmonton. Grabovski has been red-hot lately, posting seven goals and 10 points over his past six games. He has at least one goal in five of those six starts.
Kevin Bieksa, D, Vancouver Canucks
2008/11/14: Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa’s lower body injury has been diagnosed as a broken foot. As a result, He’s expected to miss the next two weeks.
Tomas Vokoun, G, Florida Panthers
2008/11/14: Veteran netminder Tomas Vokoun has been unable to start the Florida Panthers’ last two contests because of a back injury. The team will take their time with the Czech puck-stopper, since backup Craig Anderson is red-hot.
Ben Guite, C, Colorado Avalanche
2008/11/14: Colorado Avalanche center Ben Guite, who has been in and out of the lineup so far this season, is currently battling a rib injury. He totals four points and a plus-3 rating in nine games this season.
Mike Cammalleri, W/C, Calgary Flames
2008/11/14: Calgary Flames forward Mike Cammalleri returned to the lineup on Thursday night on the road at San Jose after missing one game because of the flu. He took the place of fourth liner Brandon Prust (healthy scratch).
Shane Hnidy, D, Boston Bruins
2008/11/14: After missing three games due to a lower body injury, Boston Bruins defender Shane Hnidy returned to the Bruins lineup on Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens. As a result, rookie rearguard Matt Hunwick was a healthy scratch.
Mike Comrie, C, New York Islanders
2008/11/13: New York Islanders forward Mike Comrie was unable to play in Thursday’s game at Ottawa due to a persistent hip ailment. The forward’s status is uncertain for the second half of the home-and-home on Saturday night on Long Island.
Radek Martinek, D, New York Islanders
2008/11/13: New York Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek (shoulder) was unable to play in Thursday’s game at Ottawa, missing his 14th straight game dating back to Oct. 11. Coach Scott Gordon told New York Newsday that he “should be back, potentially” on Thursday. Martinek appears to be nearing a return and he might be ready for the second half of the home-and-home on Saturday night on Long Island.
Andrew Ference, D, Boston Bruins
2008/11/13: Boston Bruins defenseman Andrew Ference was forced to leave Thursday’s game against the Canadiens due to an ankle injury. He was hit in the ankle by a slap shot off the stick of Habs defenseman Andrei Markov late in the second period and he was unable to return. There is no word yet on the source and severity of the injury and whether he went for X-rays or not.
Ossi Vaananen, D, Philadelphia Flyers
2008/11/13: Philadelphia Flyers defenseman Ossi Vaananen shook off a finger injury to play in Thursday’s game at Pittsburgh, although he was forced to leave the game due to an undisclosed injury after just 5:38 of ice time and a minus-1 rating.
Paul Kariya, LW, St. Louis Blues
2008/11/13: The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is reporting that Blues veteran forward Paul Kariya (foot) is expected to be ready to play for Friday’s game at Chicago after missing the past three games. Kariya was skating with the team in practice on Wednesday.
Ryan Malone, LW, Tampa Bay Lightning
2008/11/13: Tampa Bay Lightning forward Ryan Malone was forced to miss his second straight game on Thursday night due to a leg injury. Malone, who has managed just three goals and no assists in 14 games, is considered day to day.
Mike Van Ryn, D, Toronto Maple Leafs
2008/11/13: The Toronto Sun reports that Maple Leafs defenseman Mike Van Ryn visited with a concussion expert on Wednesday and everything “went ok.” Van Ryn, who is also recovering from dental surgery and a broken hand, is expected to make a follow-up visit in two weeks and that will give us a better idea of when he’ll be able to return.
Sami Salo, D, Vancouver Canucks
2008/11/13: The Vancouver Sun is reporting that Canucks defenseman Sami Salo was unable to practice on Thursday due to a bruised shoulder. Salo is considered day to day and will have two days to rest until the team’s next game on Saturday against the Maple Leafs.
Dan Cleary, LW/RW, Detroit Red Wings
2008/11/13: The Detroit Free Press is reporting that Red Wings forward Dan Cleary is out indefinitely due to his eye infection, although the injury is not considered serious. “He’s going to be fine,” coach Mike Babcock added, “but we’ve got to get it looked after so it doesn’t get serious.” Cleary had been trying to play with clouding in the eye.
Torrey Mitchell, C, San Jose Sharks
2008/11/13: San Jose Sharks forward Torrey Mitchell (leg) told the San Jose Mercury News that he is hopeful of returning to the ice in 10-14 days. “It’s coming along,” Mitchell said. “I can do more and more every day. It’s getting a lot stronger and I’m starting to get my quad and calf muscles back.”
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