The NHL has suspended Flames forward Rene Bourque for 5 games for his elbow on Capitals Nicklas Backstrom. Bourque was already suspended for 2 games this season.
NHL suspends Florida’s Krystofer Barch for one game. The National Hockey League announced today that Florida Panthers forward Krystofer Barch has been suspended one game as a result of an inappropriate comment directed at P.K. Subban of the Montreal Canadiens at the end of the first period of Game 559 in Florida, December 31, 2011.
The comment was this ” did you slip on a banana peel”? As Subban was laying on the ice…
The NHL has suspended Blackhawks forward Daniel Carcillo for 7 games for his hit on Oilers defenseman Tom Gilbert.
New York Rangers: Coach John Tortorella was fined $30,000 for his comments regarding officiating at the Winter Classic.
Chicago Blackhawks: Haven’t hidden the fact that they’d like to add another defenseman and top 6 forward. They’d like either a power forward to play with Patrick Kane or a 2nd line center.
Tampa Bay Lightning: GM Steve Yzerman took in a Wild game in which Josh Harding started. The Lightning could be after a goalie, but could also use some help along the blueline. The Wild are carrying 9 defensemen.
Detroit Red Wings: Have some salary cap room to make a move at the trade deadline. They could be interested in forwards like Tuomo Ruutu or Ales Hemsky, a defenseman like Bryan Allen or a backup goalie like Evgeni Nabokov. Ty Conklin has struggled in a limited backup role, 1-4-0 with a 3.23 GAA and .889 SV%.
Edmonton Oilers: Sent Ryan Nugent-Hopkins home yesterday. His arm is in a sling and the Oilers won’t say precisely what is wrong.
Nashville Predators: efenseman Shea Weber is on the ice for their morning skate and has been cleared to play according the Predators.
Carolina Hurricanes: Jeff Skinner is practicing in a no contact jersey.
Columbus Blue Jackets: GM Scott Howson regarding Rick Nash: “Our position on Rick has not changed.” … meaning he doesn’t want to trade him.
Anaheim Ducks: Ducks coach Bruce Boudreau has to be the biggest loser in the Ducks trade talk as he now has to motivate 21 of 23 players who are now traded bait.
I don’t expect them to trade Corey Perry or Ryan Getzlaf, before shipping Bobby Ryan out of town.
New York Islanders: For Islanders fans thinking Perry or Getzlaf, think Moulson or Okposo, Niederreiter or Strome, plus a prospect and draft pick. The price for established players is costly. Whatever players are on the block, Islanders fans should realize they are not in that market.
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