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Jiri Tlusty and Tyler Bozak were cut today. Also cut – Nikolai Kulemin and Carl Gunnarsson. Tlusty should be ashamed of himself – the Jiri who played in February and March should have been the Jiri who came to camp.
Ales Hemsky is questionable for Saturday because of his groin injury.
Rob Blake has been named captain of the Sharks.
The Bruins have sent Vladimir Sobotka down. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – he is absolutely on the wrong team. He’d make 29 other rosters. This is proof positive that Krejci will play in the opener.
Judge Baum has decided that neither Balsillie nor the NHL will get the Coyotes, but the bottom line is the NHL will get to try again. I’m sure anyone could have guessed months ago that after months of this stuff we would be back where we started. But, at least we killed some time (and trees) reading (and writing) about it.
Niemi is the victor! Chicago has actually decided against a three-headed goalie monster and they have WAIVED Corey Crawford. A solid goaltender who deserves to be a backup somewhere. I hope a team picks him up.
Sergei Kostitsyn has refused his AHL demotion. He has been suspended. This could be trouble folks. KHL kind of trouble. NHL teams don’t take too kindly to babies. SK has asked to be traded.
Nathan Gerbe has been cut. Tim Kennedy had a monster camp and he will stick. Gerbe had an excellent final two games, and made it a tough call, but he goes down. Mike Weber was also cut.
The Isles have cut Calvin De Haan, Greg Moore and Trevor Smith.
The Flames have cut Jamie Lundmark (he just can’t get a break, unbelievable) and Colin Stuart.
The Caps have assigned Neuvirth to Hershey. They recalled Boyd Kane to replace Bourque, since Michal Nylander will not play for them opening night – and I think never again.
Andy Hilbert has indeed signed a two-way deal with the Wild and he has indeed been placed on waivers to get him to the AHL.
My NHL Eastern Conference predictions – along with the rest of the Puck Daddy staff.
Just returned from the offices of the Hockey News where I participated in their annual office pool. Last year I finished second, this year I hope to take the crown against 18 competitors. Anyway, about Bourque – I think we’re clear that Bourque is not a checker. It is also apparent that if he gets sent to the AHL by the Penguins, then the Caps will be able to reclaim him. So that leaves two options: press box or scoring line. He’ll be tried with Crosby, tried with Malkin and tried with Staal before press box. Huge opportunity and all it takes is chemistry. A star NHL career could be launched with just two or three great games. A fringe NHL career could be launched with two or three bad ones. If you are looking for a dark horse and have room on your bench to accommodate – stash Chris Bourque there now. You can release him again in two weeks – but if he looks good, you won’t be able to get him later.