Peter Bondra retired from professional hockey yesterday to become the GM of Slovakia’s international team. Bondra’s contract will run through 2008 when the IIHF world championship will be played in Halifax and Quebec City. (more…)
Peter Forsberg, who has been practicing in his hometown of Ornskoldsvik, will suit up for Sweden at the Karjala Cup to be held in Helsinki from November 8-11. (more…)
Boston: Children’s Hospital Boston will honour Bruins forward Patrice Bergeron with its annual “Champion Award” given annually to an athlete who exemplifies outstanding commitment to the community.
Montreal: The Canadiens will start Carey Price against the Atlanta Thrashers tonight. He is 2-1 with a 2.93 goals-against average and .893 save percentage in three games this season.
Ottawa: Dean McAmmond is aiming to return Thursday night against the Atlanta Thrashers. McAmmond has been sidelined since he was knocked out by Steve Downie in a pre-season game.
Toronto: The Leafs were blown out by the Capitals 7-1. Vesa Toskala got the start, but was pulled 14 minutes into the game after allowing four goals on 13 shots.
New York Rangers: The Rangers defeated Tampa Bay 3-1 last night thanks to a late goal by a toothless Jaromir Jagr…Henrik Lundqvist stopped 21 shots and has now allowed one goal or less four out of the past five games.
Philadelphia: Defenseman Randy Jones has been suspended two games by the NHL for his hit-from-behind on Patrice Bergeron, which resulted in a concussion and broken nose for the Bruins’ forward.
Pittsburgh: The $21-million recently paid out to Mario Lemieux was part of a $100-million refinancing plan. NHL teams, normally, can borrow or have credit lines totaling half their value, which suggests that the Pens are worth $200-million. Jim Balsillie offered $175-million for the team last year.
Tampa Bay: Vincent Lecavalier scored on a penalty shot, but the Lightning were beaten 3-1 by the Rangers last night…Tampa is now 0-4 on the road.
Washington: The Capitals walked over the Maple Leafs 7-1 last night…The Caps inked RW Alex Semin to a $9.2-million, two-year extension Monday.
Chicago: The Blackhawks will air a home-game on November 11 when they play the Detroit Red Wings. The game will be the first of the inaugural Blackhawks home-game package on Comcast SportsNet.
Anaheim: Ryan Getzlaf (left forearm), Rob Nidermayer (groin) and Mathieu Schneider (ankle) could all possibly return on Thursday against the Blue Jackets, according to the L.A. Times.
Dallas: The Stars allowed three goals on as many shots in the third period and were beaten 4-2 by the Sharks…Mike Modano’s assist on Matt Niskanen’s second period goal pulled him to within one of Phil Housley’s record number of points by an American-born player.
Los Angeles: Goaltender Jason LaBarbera was one of the NHL’s three stars for last week posting a 3-0 record, 0.67 goals-against-average and .976 save-percentage.
San Jose: Devin Setoguchi led the San Jose Sharks to a 4-2 win over the Dallas Stars last night thanks to his first two NHL goals in his first game in the NHL.
Calgary: The Flames signed goalie Miikka Kiprusoff to a $35-million, 6-year extension. The 31-year-old netminder was scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.
Minnesota: According to the Pioneer Press Marion Gaborik, who sat out Sunday’s game due to a groin injury, says the young forward isn’t concerned, signaling that he may return soon.
Vancouver: Defenseman Willie Mitchell aired his frustration over comments made by head coach Alain Vigneault following the team’s loss to the Red Wings on Sunday. Mitchell expressed that some things should stay in the dressing room.