The First 10 Games Review

Greetings hockey fans. It has been a while, but hockey season is back on track and so far so good. The topic today is about the performance of the teams that have reached 10 games into the season, nearly equalling 1/8 completition of the 82-game schedule.

Toronto, Florida, Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Phoenix are today’s teams.

$15 million for Tucker?

According to www.sportsnet.ca, the Leafs are offering Darcy Tucker a 5 year deal worth $15 million.

I think this would be great, to lock him up for around $3 million a season when he has 60-70 pts a season potential.

What can they do..?

What can the leafs do to improve there offence?

Fghting with visors

Darcy Tucker fought Patrick Eaves with a visor on last night…not only was it Eaves first ever NHL fight but he was wearing a visor while fighting him.

Moreau placed on injured reserve

The Edmonton Oilers have placed assistant captain Ethan Moreau on the NHL Injured Reserve List.

Moreau suffered a dislocated right shoulder in the Oilers 3-1 win versus the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, October 21st and did not dress for the Oilers’ 5-2 win over the Phoenix Coyotes last night.

Moreau had scored 1-0-1 with 12 penalty minutes and was averaging 15:08 minutes of ice time in seven games prior to the injury

Zues Done for the year!

The Chicago Blackhawks have lost Michal Handzus for the season with a torn ACL.

Handzus, acquired from Philadelphia in a trade for left winger Kyle Calder, had played in only eight games for Chicago, scoring a pair of goals and five assists.

He was injured on a hit late in the third period of Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues.

Pens Re-Call Noah Welch

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled Noah Welch from the WBS Penguins. Room was made on the roster because of the injury of Ryan Malone (out 4-6 weeks). Does this possibly mean that Kris Letang is going back to junior? Could the Penguins move Jordan Staal to a wing and keep him here to work on a line with Malkin? Only time will tell.

Souray's Game

Okay, after tonight I think it’s quite obvious that anyone who says “Souray is not playing good hockey and should be traded,” doesn’t know what the hell they are talking about. I played hockey for years as a defenseman and although I may agree that Souray could use some improving on his defensive game, he’s my personal favorite defenseman on the Habs.

Malone out 6 weeks.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that Ryan Malone broke a bone “in or near his left wrist,” and it is expected he will be out of the lineup for the next 6 weeks. Malone injured himself in the second period when he objected to contact in between Rostislav Klesla and Sidney Crosby where Crosby went down on the play. Even though Crosby had initiated the contact, Malone felt Klesla raised his stick in attempt to injure Crosby. Malone went after Klesla and broke the bone with his immediate first contact with the defenseman, but went ahead and dropped the gloves in a brief and not too heated scrum with the Columbus defender.

Big Changes in Philadelphia

The Philadelphia Flyers have fired head coach Ken Hitch*****. Assistant coach John Stevens is expected to replace him on an interim basis.

Philadelphia also announced the resignation of general manager Bob Clarke. Assistant GM Paul Holmgren will assume his duties.

These moves will be addressed at a 10 am press conference today, Sunday 22 October.

More to follow.

Rico's Rant

Time to get a few items off my chest that are really irritating to me in the world of the NHL these days..

First off – I placed an article back in the lockout that was titled “Gary Bettman Must Go!” I realize now that I was totally wrong and that Gary is the best choice to be a figure head of the operation that is the NHL. The game has NOT reverted to a garbage clutch and grab league and we are still seeing great scoring from almost every game, good on you Gary here’s hoping you have many more years as the Comish and that you can get a GOOD national deal for the NHL in the U.S.

Havlat injury

Havlat was carried off the ice on Friday night, injured playing against the Dallas Stars. Havlat was in obvious pain.

Glen Murray to the Penguins?

The buzzontheburgh ( www.thebuzzontheburgh.blogspot.com) is reporting that the Penguins have contacted the Bruins about the availability of Glen Murray. What makes this interesting is Shero came very close to landing center Brad Boyes this offseason in exchange for Ryan Malone and prospect Eric Christensen. The Bruins declined and countered that defenseman Noah Welch be included into the deal. Ray Shero declined but with Ryan Whitney developing into a #1 defenseman, play of young defenseman Kris Letang, it is believed that Shero may offer Malone ( 1.3 million per ) and Welch to land Murray.