Yesterday at thn.com:
In Campbell’s Cuts, Ken takes a look around the league during Canadian Thanksgiving.
In Jay Feaster’s Blog, the former Tampa GM explains the negotiations with Nikolai Khabibulin and what might have been had he stayed.
In his blog, Ryan Kennedy writes about the early explosion by Columbus’ rookies.
Rumor Roundup touches on Marian Gaborik, Brendan Shanahan and Khabibulin.
News and Views…
Alexei Cherepanov, RW
2008/10/14: Several sources are reporting that New York Rangers prospect forward Alexei Cherepanov has died after collapsing on the bench during a game with his Omsk team in the Kontinental Hockey League. He was 19 years old. INTEL: TSN.ca is reporting that attempts were made to get Cherepanov’s heart beating again but were unsuccessful, and that an ambulance that usually waits at all games had left and needed to be called back. More details are expected as this tragic story develops.
Jack Johnson, D, Los Angeles Kings
2008/10/14: Emerging Los Angeles defenseman Jack Johnson will miss up to three months due to a shoulder injury, according to several reports. The second-year rearguard sustained the injury during Sunday’s 1-0 defeat to the Sharks. INTEL: Johnson, 21, is considered a future star, but this won’t help his development. The Kings have placed Johnson on the injured reserve list and, in a related move, have claimed defenseman Kyle Quincey off waivers from the Red Wings.
Aaron Voros, LW/RW, New York Rangers
2008/10/14: Rangers forward Aaron Voros scored twice and added an assist in Monday’s 4-1 win over the Devils. INTEL: Since replacing Nigel Dawes on New York’s second line, Voros has been spectacular, scoring three goals with four helpers in four games.
Martin Havlat, RW, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/10/14: Oft-injured Chicago forward Martin Havlat tallied a goal and an assist in Monday’s 3-2 shootout loss to the Predators. The 27-year-old was denied by Nashville goalie Dan Ellis during the shootout. INTEL: Havlat has played 18, 56 and 35 games in his last three seasons respectively, making him one of the most frustrating and risky fantasy picks in the NHL.
Shea Weber, D, Nashville Predators
2008/10/14: Predators rearguard Shea Weber scored his second goal of the season in Monday’s 3-2 shootout win over the Blackhawks. INTEL: Injuries limited the 23-year-old to only 54 contests in 2007-08. When healthy, he has the tools to be an effective offensive defenseman.
Carey Price, G, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/13: Canadiens goalie Carey Price surrendered three goals on 29 shots in Monday’s 5-3 win over the Flyers. INTEL: Price owned Philly in the regular season last year, going 3-0 with a 1.34 GAA. However, the playoffs were a different story as Price struggled against those same Flyers, going 1-3 with a 4.13 GAA.
Simon Gagne, LW, Philadelphia Flyers
2008/10/13: Flyers forward Simon Gagne scored his second goal in two games on Monday, potting a power-play marker in the third period of a 5-3 loss to the Canadiens. INTEL: After a bad concussion limited Gagne to only 25 games in 2007-08, his fast start this year has been encouraging for the 28-year-old.
Sergei Kostitsyn, RW/LW, Montreal Canadiens
2008/10/13: Montreal winger Sergei Kostitsyn continued his strong start to the season on Monday, picking up a pair of helpers in a 5-3 win over Philadelphia. After three contests, the 21-year-old has two goals, three assists and a plus-3 rating.
Tomas Holmstrom, RW/LW, Detroit Red Wings
2008/10/13: Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom scored the game-winning goal in the second period of Monday’s 3-1 victory over the Hurricanes. INTEL: Two of Holmstrom’s three goals this season, including Monday’s, have been scored with the man advantage.
Joe Corvo, D, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/10/13: Carolina rearguard Joe Corvo notched his first goal of the season in Monday’s 3-1 loss to Detroit. INTEL: It was the first point for Corvo in three games this year, leaving him a little behind fellow blueliners Tim Gleason, Joni Pitkanen and Frantisek Kaberle, who have three points apiece after three contests.
Nicklas Lidstrom, D, Detroit Red Wings
2008/10/13: Detroit’s Nicklas Lidstrom scored his first goal of the season in Monday’s 3-1 win over Carolina. INTEL: After suffering a badly broken nose during the preseason, the six-time Norris Trophy winner plans on wearing a visor in 2008-09. That decision could negatively impact his scoring totals.
Brent Johnson, G, Washington Capitals
2008/10/13: Washington goalie Brent Johnson faced only 10 Vancouver shots on Monday, blocking nine of them in a 5-1 win. It was the 100th win of his NHL career. INTEL: With off-season acquisition Jose Theodore a little shaky so far this season, Johnson could end up seeing a little more playing time than originally anticipated.
Michael Nylander, C, Washington Capitals
2008/10/13: Capitals forward Michael Nylander notched Washington’s first penalty-shot goal since 2005 on Monday, scoring his first of the year in a 5-1 win over the Canucks. INTEL: The 36-year-old also had two assists as he looks to get off to a quick start after missing half of last season with shoulder issues.
Alexander Semin, LW/RW, Washington Capitals
2008/10/13: Washington’s Alexander Semin kept up his torrid play on Monday, scoring twice in a 5-1 romp over Vancouver. INTEL: The 24-year-old already has three goals and three assists just three games into the 2008-09 season playing right wing on a line with with Sergei Fedorov and Brooks Laich.
Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/10/13: Bruised ribs kept Blackhawks defenseman Niklas Hjalmarsson out of the lineup for the second consecutive game on Monday. INTEL: It’s not clear when Hjalmarsson will be back. In the interim, Aaron Johnson has been called up from Rockford of the AHL to fill his roster spot.
Rick DiPietro, G, New York Islanders
2008/10/13: Islanders goalie Rick DiPietro was on the bench as the backup once again on Monday, missing his third consecutive game due to a knee problem. INTEL: DiPietro is apparently close to returning to the starting lineup. In the interim, reserve Joey MacDonald continues to mind the twine for the Isles. He allowed seven goals on 35 shots in Monday’s 7-1 loss to the Sabres.
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