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Defenseman Mike Rathje is out indefinitely with an L5 herniated disk in his back it was announced Saturday by the Philadelphia Flyers. They also announced that defenseman Denis Gauthier head injury has improved and they expect him to play tonight (Saturday 10/7) against the New York Rangers in Philadelphia’s home opener.
The Edmonton Oilers have signed forward Ethan Moreau to a four-year contract extension that will keep him with the team through the 2010-11 season.
Moreau scored 11 goals with 16 assists and 87 penalty minutes in 74 games last year and was second on the Oilers with a plus-6 rating. A key penalty killer, the six-foot-two, 220-pound native of Huntsville, Ont., is an assistant captain for the club.
TSN is reporting Boyd Devereaux has signed a 1 year, 2 Way deal with the Leafs.
New Jersey- Its a given that Brodeur will be the starter, but he began to show some chinks in the armor last year and is starting to show a bit of his ag and outdated style. Dont get me wrong, he is still an amaizing goalie, but he has passed his peak and is starting down the hill toward retirement. The backup is still up in the air as far as I know, with a battle between Clemmenson and Doyle for the backup spot. Like Nashville, it doesnt really matter who the backup is because they will be spending most of the time warming up the bench.
While the league still needs to approve the sale, it appears that the CEO of RIM, Jim Balsillie, will become the new owner of the Pens, buying the team for a reported $175 million. He has stated that he wants to keep the Pens in Pittsburgh and is looking forward to owning the team for a long time.
The New Jersey Devils named left wing Patrik Elias as the seventh captain in team history. He will wear the “C” for the first time tomorrow night, October 6, in the team’s season-opener at Carolina. The announcement was made by Devils CEO/President/General Manager Lou Lamoriello.
The Nashville Predators named defenseman Kimmo Timonen as their third captain.
East Rutherford, NJ (Oct. 4. 2006) – The New Jersey Devils signed left wing Dan LaCouture. LaCouture, 29, had been invited to training camp on a tryout basis, after splitting the 2005-06 season between Davos (Swi.) and Boston.
Also today, the team assigned goaltender Frank Doyle and defenseman Tomas Harant to Lowell (AHL). New Jersey’s roster is now at 21.
First off, I want to wish everyone good luck in their fantasy pools this season. On the night when the NHL begins another season, I thought I would give a few more sleepers to my loyal readers, but this time focus on guys who have added value because of the lines they are expected to play on. One only needs to think of Jonathan Cheechoo to realize almost any player can be extremely helpful to your fantasy team if he plays with the right linemates. I’m not saying Cheechoo is not a skilled player, but lines do matter a great deal in fantasy hockey and real hockey alike.