Columbus asks for permission to talk to Hitch*****

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ hunt for a new coach is on a fast track that may lead them to Ken Hitch*****, who was fired as Philadelphia Flyers coach last month.

Bruins and Coyotes make minor deal!

TSN.CA REPORTS THE PHOENIX COYOTES HAVE DEALT GOALIE PHILLIPE SAUVE TO THE BOSTON BRUINS FOR CENTRE TYLER REDENBACH.

Bourque could miss 6 weeks after surgery

Chicago Blackhawks forward Rene Bourque is expected to miss three to six weeks after undergoing surgery to repair a deep laceration on his neck.

Bourque was injured Sunday night in Chicago’s 1-0 win over Columbus when he was cut in the neck by the skate blade of Blue Jackets’ right wing Nikolai Zherdev’s during a pileup in the Blackhawks’ crease.

Bourque was taken to the University of Chicago Hospital where he had surgery. The team said he might be released Monday or Tuesday.

The second-year player has four goals and four assists in 16 games.

Mitchell back in tonight for Canucks!

Willie Mitchell will be back in the lineup for the Canucks tonight. They have really missed his first pass and his leadership qualities. I think this is a guy that needs to grab the team by the b****. With that said, there is talk of Naslund being traded again. I love Naslund as a player, but as a captian he just doesnt fit with the new Canucks team.

Murray and Big Bird In?

With the lose to Boston on Saturday, the Sens officially dropped below .500% in their last 82 games played.  With the lose Monday to the Habs, and facing Buffalo 2 of their next 3 games (New Jersey being the other one) the Sens chances of playing above .500% hockey before November is out are not looking good.

It could be for lots of reasons – they have to many young players (second youngest team in the league)? They have to many players in the skilled positions like Heatley, Spezza, Gerber that do not come from winning programs? 

Gerard Gallant Fired

Head coach Gerard Gallant was fired yesterday by they Columbus Blue Jackets.
Assitant coach Gary Agnew has been given the ‘interm’ job.

Ducks Deal

According to anaheimducks.com, the Ducks have traded Stanislov Chistov and Todd Fedoruk, while acquiring George Parros.

Roster Moves for Bruins

From BostonBruins.com

Three Moves: The Bruins have had a busy day thus far, sending forward Yan Stastny and defenseman Matt Lashoff to Providence. TSN.com is reporting that the Boston Bruins have acquired Stanislav Chistov from the Anaheim Ducks for a third-round pick. Chistov is 23 and spent the 2002-03 campaign with Anaheim, but spent last season in Russia. In Russia he scored 11-21-33 in 47 games with Metallurg Magnitogorsk. As far as Stastny and Lashoff, Coach Lewis thought both had played well for Boston, but their development is better served in Providence.

Waiver Whirlwind for B's

Bruins recall Tenkrat, Assign Brookbank and Hoggan to Providence: Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has recalled right winger Petr Tenkrat from the Providence Bruins of the AHL, and has assigned Wade Brookbank and Jeff Hoggan to the Providence Bruins.

Also, according to the Boston Herald: “Meanwhile, rumors have Brad Stuart going to the Islanders for defenseman Alexei Zhitnik. Defenseman Paul Mara’s name also has churned on the rumor mill. ”

Hawks need offense, badly.

I was watching the game today between the Hawks and the Blue Jackets, and even though they won 1-0 (against a struggling team) they are in desperate need of offense. If you look at their numbers, only 3 teams have scored less goals so far this year (including Philadelphia). However, we have to admit that they have been terribly unlucky this year with injuries to 3 key players in Handzus (gone for the year!), Havlat and Khabibulin. Before this string of bad luck, they seemed poised to battle for playoff position for the first time in a while and their downfall can simply not be pinned on poor management or coaching.

Andrei Kostitsyn called up after disappointing and embarrasing loss to the Leafs

According to TSN.ca, Andrei Kostitsyn has been recalled from the Montreal’s AHL team, the Hamilton Bulldogs. If any of you remember the rookie camp of the Habs, the big story was which rookie would crack the lineup: Latendresse or Kostitsyn. While we all now know the outcome of that, both players played extremely well in pre-season (yes, I know they mean nothing) and showed promise of being able to perform in the NHL.

Sens poised to make a move

Muckler said he would asses his team (The Ottawa Senators) during their last road trip, to see if he needed to make changes. The Sens were 1-3 on the road trip, beating only the struggling penguins.

'Interim' removed from Flyers GM Holmgren's job title

The last-place Philadelphia Flyers removed the interim tag from Paul Holmgren’s title Saturday and made him general manager for the rest of the season.

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