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.

The Case Against Hitch

After Tuesday night’s 9-1 drubbing at the hands of the Sabres, some say the Flyers have hit their lowest point in franchise history. That sentiment is an unlikely assessment since the Flyers are only 7 games into the season. That still doesn’t mean that the cracks in this team’s makeup, management, and philosophy aren’t readily apparent. Despite a consensus that holds the players just aren’t good enough, this situation warrants a deeper analysis. Players like Forsberg, Gagne, Hatcher, Knuble, and the like didn’t go from being solid or spectacular NHL players to stiffs in one off-season. Young prospects like Carter, Richards, and Umberger didn’t suddenly forget the things that made them look like future stars last year. Is it possible that the problem more likely resides with the coach of this hockey club?

Balsillie and Penguins chances improve for FREE arena.

The Pittsburgh Penguins and their new owner (pending NHL approval), Jim Balsillie received good news on a new arena in Pittsburgh on Thursday evening. The city’s Gaming Task Force, which has been reviewing 3 bids for a slot machine casino license in Pittsburgh, suprisingly stopped short of fully endorsing the Isle Of Capri bid for the slots license in an official letter to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board (who awards the license). It was not widely expected that the IOC proposal would have the backing of the task force, and let alone with such force, although afterwards 3 dissenting board members in the task force resigned their position.


After listening to the CBC documentary on Madano last Saturday, I stongly believe that he may be out of Dallas pretty soon.

Will Theo play against the Habs?

The Colorado Avalanche are contemplating starting Montreal’s former netminder, for his return to the Bell Center. (Theo’s morale seems to be up right now, and if he wins this game, his morale will sky-rocket… but if the Bell-Center-booes gets to him, his morale will plumet.)

Avs’ coach Joel Quenneville said this week that there was a good chance to see Theodore play against his former team on saturday.

What are your thoughts, should Quenneville go with Theo or give him the night off?

Berard out until January due to Surgery

Blue Jacket’s D-man Bryan Berard is out until at least January due to having a second surgery on his back.