Hockey News – October 7, 2009

Milan Lucic earns three-year extension

Canucks upset at Burke over draft comments

Avalanche’s injured goaltender Anderson might resume practice today

Milan Lucic earns three-year extension

Stephen Harris

General manager Peter Chiarelli scratched one major item off his long to-do list for next summer.

Chiarelli yesterday announced a three-year contract extension for power forward Milan Lucic, which will keep the enormously popular 21-year-old in a Bruins [team stats] uniform through the 2012-13 season.

Lucic’s new deal is worth $12.25 million, an average of more than $4 million per season and a tidy raise from his $685,000 base salary for 2009-10. The extension does not affect Lucic’s salary cap hit for this season.

“Lucic is a great young player,” Chiarelli said. “This is a good deal for him and, in turn, we certainly are lucky to have him.”

In 2008-09, his second pro season, Lucic had 17 goals, 42 assists, 136 penalty minutes and a plus-17 rating. He was the B’s best forward in the playoffs, with three goals, six assists and a plus-12 rating in 10 games.

http://www.bostonherald.com/sports/hockey/bruins/view/20091007milan_lucic_earns_three-year_extension/

Canucks upset at Burke over draft comments

There’s no love lost between Leafs GM Brian Burke and one of his former teams, the Vancouver Canucks. That could land the Leafs in hot water with the NHL for the third time this year.

Canucks GM Mike Gillis says he’s pursuing tampering charges against Burke for comments he made during filming of a Leafs TV do*****entary from the June draft. Burke said Gillis was pursuing Tampa’s No. 2 overall pick – offering defenceman Kevin Bieksa, forward Alex Burrows and the Canucks’ 26th overall pick – for a shot at drafting Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman.

Burke was telling everybody he was trying to find a way to move up from seventh in the draft to try to land centre John Tavares.

http://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/nhl/mapleleafs/article/706662–burke-draws-ire

Avalanche’s injured goaltender Anderson might resume practice today

Adrian Dater

Craig Anderson flitted between the Avalanche’s player lounge and dressing room Tuesday, a plate of pasta and salad in his hand, ready to share a meal with several teammates. All that looked pleasant enough, but what didn’t look good was Anderson’s heavily wrapped upper left thigh — and his limp.

Anderson, the goaltending star of the Avalanche’s first two games, missed practice Tuesday with a groin pull. The team said the injury is minor and that there is a good chance he will resume practice today.

Anderson apparently felt a strain after Saturday’s game with Vancouver. If he doesn’t practice today, Peter Budaj likely would be the starter in Colorado’s next game, Thursday at Nashville.

Anderson, 28, has no history of serious groin injuries. He stopped 73-of-75 shots, including 35 in a shutout Saturday, through the first two games.

http://www.denverpost.com/avalanche/ci_13501889


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