Yesterday at thn.com:
In Campbell’s Cuts, Ken Campbell writes that the fact radical ideas are being thrown around is good for the future of the game.
Former Tampa Bay GM Jay Feaster writes about working with John Tortorella.
NHL Network host Brian Duff writes about the full slate of games from Saturday night.
In his blog, Adam Proteau writes about the curse of Sarah Palin.
In his blog, Ryan Kennedy writes that you have to be patient with rookies and not put too much into their first few games.
This week’s Power Rankings still have the Red Wings as the team to beat, though the Sharks are making hay.
The Rumor Roundup tackles Sundin’s future, the RFA market for 2009 and puts an end to the Gaborik-to-Montreal thought.
Mike Weber, D, Buffalo Sabres
2008/10/28: The Buffalo Sabres recalled defenseman Mike Weber from the American League’s Portland Pirates. Weber was in the lineup on Monday as a replacement for Henrik Tallinder, who is currently out with an ankle injury.
Chris Drury, C/RW, New York Rangers
2008/10/28: Rangers captain Chris Drury scored his first two goals of the season in Monday’s 4-2 win over the Islanders. INTEL: With only one assist through his first nine games of the season, Drury now has two goals and two helpers in his last three contests.
Mikko Koivu, C, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/28: Minnesota center Mikko Koivu assisted on all three Wild goals in Monday’s 3-2 win over the Blackhawks. INTEL: It was the fourth multi-point game for Koivu in seven outings so far this year. His 12 assists leads the NHL.
Tim Thomas, G, Boston Bruins
2008/10/28: Bruins netminder Tim Thomas notched his first shutout of the season on Monday, stopping all 27 shots he faced in a 1-0 overtime victory over the Oilers. INTEL: The shutout comes at a good time for Thomas as he continues to try to hold off Manny Fernandez in the fight for the No. 1 goalie job in Beantown.
Dwayne Roloson, G, Edmonton Oilers
2008/10/28: Edmonton goalie Dwayne Roloson looked good in just his second start of the season on Monday, kicking out 34 of 35 shots that came his way in a tough 1-0 overtime loss to Boston. INTEL: The Oilers are carrying three goaltenders right now which doesn’t leave much playing time for the two backups, Roloson and youngster Jeff Drouin-Deslaurie.
Dennis Wideman, D, Boston Bruins
2008/10/28: Boston defenseman Dennis Wideman played the hero on Monday, scoring the only goal of the game in overtime to deliver the Bruins a 1-0 win over the Oilers. Zdeno Chara and Marc Savard assisted on the goal. INTEL: The 25-year-old rearguard has been heating up recently, scoring two goals and adding two assists in his last four games.
Alex Ovechkin, LW, Washington Capitals
2008/10/28: According to SI.com, Alex Ovechkin has returned to Russia to be with his ailing grandfather. No timeline for his return to Washington was given. INTEL: On the ice, it’s been a so-so start to the season for the sharpshooter–just two goals in eight outings.
Antti Miettinen, RW/LW, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/27: Minnesota’s Antti Miettinen and Andrew Brunette both had a goal and an assist in Monday’s 3-2 triumph over Chicago. Brent Burns also scored for the Wild. INTEL: Coming into action on Monday, Miettinen had no points in his last three games. He had five goals and two assists in the three games prior to that.
Patrick Sharp, W/C, Chicago Blackhawks
2008/10/27: Chicago forward Patrick Sharp extended his points streak to seven games with a goal in Monday’s 3-2 loss to Minnesota. Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith also scored in the loss.
Niklas Backstrom, G, Minnesota Wild
2008/10/27: Wild goalie Niklas Backstrom allowed a pair of goals on 36 shots in Monday’s 3-2 victory over the Blackhawks on Monday. INTEL: Dating back to the end of last season, Backstrom is 11-0-1 in his last 12 starts.
Ryan Getzlaf, C, Anaheim Ducks
2008/10/27: Ducks sniper Ryan Getzlaf scored in his third consecutive game on Monday, also adding an assist, in a 3-2 victory over the Blue Jackets.
Derick Brassard, C, Columbus Blue Jackets
2008/10/27: Columbus forward Derick Brassard scored his third goal of the season in Monday’s 3-2 loss to Anaheim. Jiri Novotny also tallied for the Blue Jackets. INTEL: The 21-year-old rookie has seven points (3-4-7) after just nine games, making him an early contender for the Calder Trophy.
Corey Perry, RW, Anaheim Ducks
2008/10/27: Anaheim forward Corey Perry continued his sizzling play on Monday, scoring a goal and adding an assist in a 3-2 win over Columbus. INTEL: The 23-year-old playmaker now has seven points (2-5-7) in his last four contests.
Teemu Selanne, RW, Anaheim Ducks
2008/10/27: With just under four minutes remaining in regulation on Monday, Anaheim veteran Teemu Selanne scored a power-play goal that handed the Ducks a narrow 3-2 win over the Blue Jackets. INTEL: With three points in his last three games, the 38-year-old is finally heating up after a slow start to the season.
Scott Gomez, C, New York Rangers
2008/10/27: Rangers forward Scott Gomez notched a goal and an assist in Monday’s 4-2 victory over the Islanders. INTEL: It was the first time the Alaskan had lit the lamp since October 15, a span of six contests.
Brendan Witt, D, New York Islanders
2008/10/27: According to the Associated Press, a lower body injury will sideline Islanders rearguard Brendan Witt for the next three to four weeks. INTEL: With Andy Sutton (hand surgery–IR), Radek Martinek (shoulder) and Freddy Meyer (abdominal) all out of the lineup currently, Chris Campoli, Thomas Pock and rookie Jack Hillen will continue to see plenty of playing time along the Isles blueline.
Jamie Langenbrunner, RW, New Jersey Devils
2008/10/27: Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner did not practice on Monday due to a “lower body bruise,” reports the Trenton Times. The veteran did reveal that he is not suffering from a groin injury or a sports hernia. INTEL: He is listed as questionable for Wednesday’s contest against Toronto.
Joni Pitkanen, D, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/10/27: The Carolina Hurricanes have announced that defenseman Joni Pitkanen will need knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. He suffered the injury in the Hurricanes’ 4-3 win Saturday at Long Island. He is expected to miss up to a month. INTEL: Yet another tough injury for the depleted Hurricanes. There is no word yet on what the team intends to do to replace Pitkanen in their rearguard rotation, but count on Josef Melichar playing more minutes after being a healthy scratch in five of the team’s first seven games.
Brandon Sutter, C, Carolina Hurricanes
2008/10/27: Carolina Hurricanes forward Brandon Sutter was discharged from hospital Sunday after suffering a concussion in Saturday’s 4-3 win at Long Island, according to the Associated Press. INTEL: GM Jim Rutherford complained openly about the NHL’s lack of enforcement on hits to the head, telling TSN.ca: “The league should at least stop saying it’s concerned with hits to the head, because it’s not.” Meanwhile, the Charlotte Observer reports Sutter, who is out indefinitely, will be replaced by pivot Dwight Helminen, who will be recalled from Albany of the AHL.
Mattias Ohlund, D, Vancouver Canucks
2008/10/27: According to the Ottawa Sun, the Senators have talked to the Canucks about acquiring defenseman Mattias Ohlund. The 32-year-old Swedish veteran is currently in the final year of his contract.
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