The Atlanta Thrashers reassigned goalie Fred Brathwaite to Chicago of the American Hockey League on Saturday.
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 Vancouver Canucks assigned backup goaltender Wade Flaherty to the Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League on Friday.
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.
Ethan Moreau of the Edmonton Oilers has signed a 4 year extension through the 2010-2011 season.
The Toronto Maple Leafs, in all likelyhood, will not make the Stanley Cup playoffs this year, sorry Leaf fans, last nights slaughtering of the Ottawa Senators was more proof that the Sens are over rated, then the Leafs being under rated. The Leafs are a team with their top goal scorers being Darcy Tucker, and Chad Kilger, (other then Sundin of course) who are both second liners, at best, and it has become painfully obvious, that whether he is the leagues outstanding player or not, a Leafs playoff appearance will mean a Hart trophy performance from Mats Sundin.
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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be the starter, but he began to show some chinks in the armor last year and is starting to show a bit of his ag and outdated style.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.
As a Leaf fan I am excited to see what could happen in tonight’s game against Ottawa. Its great to see that the Leafs are committed to playing younger players and how Head Coach Paul Maurice will handle this new Leafs team. With Paul Maurice behind the bench, the team will work hard and be more accountable for their actions unlike last year’s team.
I hope the Leafs make the playoffs but I more relieved that Quinn is gone as Head Coach. Quinn was a huge reason why the Leafs underachieved. I am ready to go, bring on the 82 game schedule.
Go Leafs Go
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.