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One possible explanation for coach Jack Capuano’s surprising decision to start Evgeni Nabokov in goal?
The Islanders could be showcasing the 36-year-old netminder in hopes of trading him.
Capuano’s decision was a puzzling one, especially since starter Al Montoya played so well in the team’s first three games. The 26-year-old is 2-1-0 with a 1.35 GAA and .953 save percentage.
A contrite Don Cherry finally apologized to three former NHL tough guys Saturday for disparaging them for their views on fighting in hockey.
Cherry apologized to Stu Grimson, Chris Nilan and Jim Thomson after he called them “pukes” and “turncoats” on the first broadcast of CBC’s “Coach’s Corner” of the season last week. He also said he was wrong to suggest that Nilan and Grimson linked fighting in hockey to drug use.
The three players said in a statement Tuesday that they are considering taking legal action against Cherry. Grimson is a lawyer practising out of Nashville.
There are more than a couple of contracts Flames GM Jay Feaster would like to burn.
Two league sources told QMI Agency that Feaster is desperately trying to get money off the books.
Not only would Feaster move struggling C Olli Jokinen in a heartbeat, the word around the league is the Flames have been shopping C Matt Stajan, W Niklas Hagman and D David Moss.
By Michael Arace’s count, there were 27 scouts in attendance for the game between the Columbus Blue Jackets and Colorado Avalanche on Wednesday night. Twenty-seven.
League sources indicate as many as seven teams have presented offers to Coyotes GM Don Maloney in an effort to make a deal with holdout center Kyle Turris.