Yesterday at thn.com:
In Campbell’s Cuts, Ken Campbell writes that it’s tough to feel sorry for the Canadian teams if the dollar stays where its current value is.
Jay Feaster writes about the Dustin Penner signing and ho it has hurt the Oilers.
In his blog, Adam Proteau writes that the NHL owners have to take some of the blame for a surge in head shots.
Ryan Kennedy writes about the ‘Debacle List’ in his blog.
In the Rumor Roundup we get caught up on the trade winds in the Windy City, surrounding the Wild and involving the Sens.
Our Power Rankings have familiar teams at the top, but the Blue Jackets coming on.
Our Photos of the Week capture some of the best shots from the past week in the NHL.
John Zeiler, RW, Los Angeles Kings
2008/11/25: The National Hockey League has suspended L.A. Kings winger John Zeiler for three games because of his check from behind on Colorado defenseman Adam Foote this past Saturday. Zeiler is scheduled to return to action on December 1 against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Daniel Tjarnqvist, D, Colorado Avalanche
2008/11/25: Colorado Avalanche defenseman Daniel Tjarnqvist was pressed into service on Monday night due to the back injury to veteran blueliner Adam Foote. It was the journeyman Swede’s first regular-season appearance as an Av. Tjarnqvist was battling a foot problem.
Nick Boynton, D, Florida Panthers
2008/11/25: Florida Panthers defenseman Nick Boynton missed Monday’s home contest against Carolina because of a concussion. He was replaced by fellow vet Jassen Cullimore, who returned to action following a one-game absence (knee).
Joe Sakic, C, Colorado Avalanche
2008/11/25: Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic, who was expected to return to action Monday night at Anaheim, instead missed the contest due to root canal surgery. Sakic also missed seven games because of a back issue.
Steve Ott, W/C, Dallas Stars
2008/11/25: Dallas Stars agitator Steve Ott missed Monday’s road loss at Philadelphia because of a broken right hand. He’s expected to be out of action for the next month. Call-up Chris Conner replaced Ott in the Stars lineup.
Tim Gleason, D, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/11/25: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Tim Gleason missed Monday night’s road contest against the Florida Panthers because of a lower body injury. He’s listed as day to day. Anton Babchuk, who was a healthy scratch the previous game against Nashville, replaced Gleason in the lineup.
Richard Zednik, RW/LW, Florida Panthers
2008/11/25: A check into the boards forced veteran Florida forward Richard Zednik out of Monday’s game in the second period and did not return. He’s played in every game so far this season. The injury is being described as a long-term arm injury by the Panthers.
Roberto Luongo, G, Vancouver Canucks
2008/11/25: According to the Vancouver Canucks, superstar netminder Roberto Luongo’s injury status is officially week to week. He has a groin injury that occurred last Saturday afternoon at Pittsburgh. Journeyman Curtis Sanford got the first start with Luongo injured on Monday night against Detroit.
Wojtek Wolski, LW, Colorado Avalanche
2008/11/25: Colorado winger Wojtek Wolski missed Monday’s game due to a head injury suffered on Saturday. The 22-year-old is being evaluated before they decide how long he’ll be out.
Karl Alzner, D, Washington Capitals
2008/11/24: Washington defense prospect Karl Alzner appears ready for the NHL but the Capitals’ salary-cap situation is preventing the team from recalling him this early. Alzner has produced eight points and a plus-14 rating in 19 games so far with the American League’s Hershey Bears. As soon as it’s financially viable, he’ll make his much-awaited NHL debut in D.C.
Jiri Tlusty, LW/RW, Toronto Maple Leafs
2008/11/24: Toronto forward prospect Jiri Tlusty has three assists in eight AHL games since a recent demotion back to the Toronto Marlies (the 20-year-old Czech went pointless in nine games with the Maple Leafs early on). He must make better use of his physical gifts and work harder away from the puck in order to get another chance this season.
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