December 2009 - Hockey Wiretap
Selanne Headed To Fifth Olympics
Veteran forward Teemu Selanne has been selected to play for Finland's hockey team at his fifth Olympics in Vancouver in February. Selanne has twice been the top scorer at the Olympics and was chosen as the best player in Turin. He won a Stanley Cup with Anaheim in 2007.
Blues Could Target Carolina's Staal
There are whispers that the Blues might be showing interest in Hurricanes center Eric Staal. Staal entered Wednesday's game with just four goals and 10 assists in 21 games this season. "He could be just having a bad season, (but) this is a guy who could do no wrong last year," said a league executive of Staal.
Linesman Seriously Injured In Canada
A 25-year-old hockey linesman was gravely injured when his neck was cut by a skate during a Junior C game on Tuesday. The incident took place in the third period of a game between the New Hamburg Firebirds and the host Woodstock Renegades. The linesman, Kevin Brown, was initially reported to be in stable condition, but Renegades owner Bill McLeod said he was told Brown is "not doing so well now."
Jagr Named To Czech Olympic Squad
Former NHL superstar Jaromir Jagr has been included on the Czech Republic's Olympic squad for February's Vancouver Games. He left the NHL in 2008 to join Avangard Omsk in Russia's Continental Hockey League.
Phoenix's Michalek, Lepisto Going To Olympics
Phoenix Coyotes defensemen Zbynek Michalek (Czech Republic) and Sami Lepisto (Finland) will each represent his country in the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. Michalek, 27, will be appearing in the Olympics for the first time. He represented the Czech Republic at the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship in 2006, 2007 and 2008, winning a silver medal in 2006.
Calder Clears Waivers, Ducks Recall Bodie
Left wing Kyle Calder has cleared waivers and been assigned to the Anaheim Ducks? minor league affiliate in Toronto, as reported by the Associated Press. Anaheim recalled right wing Troy Bodie from the AHL on Monday to replace him.
Doughty Will Represent Canada
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has been selected for the roster for his native Canada for the men's ice hockey tournament at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, it was announced Wednesday. Doughty, who turned 20 earlier this month, has never participated in the Olympics before. Internationally he has represented Canada at the 2009 World Championships, with his seven points tied for fourth among defensemen in the tournament and his six assists third most among defensemen in the tournament and tied for eighth overall); at the 2008 World Junior Championships; the 2007 World Junior Under-18 Championships and the 2006 World Junior Under-17 Championships.
Nash Named To Canadian Olympic Team
Columbus Blue Jackets forward Rick Nash has been named to the Canadian Olympic hockey team and defenseman Jan Hejda has been named to the Czech Republic Olympic hockey team, the club announced Wednesday. Nash and Hejda join Fedor Tyutin (Russia), Fredrik Modin (Sweden), Samuel Pahlsson (Sweden) and Milan Jurcina (Slovakia) as Blue Jackets who will compete at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Coyotes Set Franchise Record With 10th Straight Home Win
The Phoenix Coyotes defeated the Vancouver Canucks at Jobing.com Arena tonight 3-2 in a shootout to win their 10th consecutive home game. With 10 straight home wins, the Coyotes have set a new franchise record for longest home winning streak. The previous record for longest home winning streak in Coyotes/Winnipeg Jets franchise history was nine games, accomplished during the 1992-93 season by the Winnipeg Jets (the franchise relocated to Phoenix prior to the 1996-97 season.). The Jets won nine consecutive home games from Dec. 27, 1992 to Jan. 23, 1993.
Jackets Get Jurcina, Clark From Caps For Chimera
The Blue Jackets have acquired defenseman Milan Jurcina and forward Chris Clark from the Capitals in exchange for forward Jason Chimera, club GM Scott Howson announced on Monday. The transaction is pending the completion of player physicals. ?We are pleased to add Chris Clark and Milan Jurcina to our hockey club. Both are veteran players who we believe will contribute significantly to our team,? said Howson. ?We?d also like to thank Jason Chimera for his contributions to the Blue Jackets organization both on and off the ice over the past four-plus seasons.?
Prospal Undergoes Knee Surgery
Vinny Prospal will be sidelined 10 days to three weeks.
Chelios Staying With AHL Wolves
Chris Chelios has signed a second tryout contract with the Thrashers and will remain with the Chicago Wolves of the AHL.
Coyotes Recall Porter, Hoggan; Place Winnik On IR
The Coyotes on Sunday recalled F Kevin Porter and F Jeff Hoggan from San Antonio of the AHL, and placed F Daniel Winnik on IR.
Jackets' Modin, Pahlsson Named To Swedish Olympic Team
Columbus Blue Jackets forwards Fredrik Modin and Samuel Pahlsson have been named to the Swedish Olympic team.
Jackets Recall Picard, Place Methot On IR
The Blue Jackets on Sunday recalled F Alexandre Picard from Syracuse and placed D Marc Methot on IR.
Forsberg To Play For Sweden's Olympic Team
Veteran center Peter Forsberg has been selected as a member of Sweden's Olympic team for the upcoming Vancouver Games.
Marleau Scores 300th, 301st Goals In Sharks Win Over Ducks
Patrick Marleau scored twice in the first period, the first his 300th career goal as the Sharks beat the Ducks 5-2 on Saturday night.
Kings' Williams Breaks Right Leg
Kings RW Justin Williams was taken off the ice on a stretcher after breaking his right leg in the first period of Saturday's game against the Coyotes.
Sources: Capitals, Semin Agree To Extension
The Capitals and winger Alexander Semin agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension on Saturday.
Kings Activate Simmonds, Segal; Place Stoll On IR
The Kings on Saturday activated F Wayne Simmonds and F brandon Segal from IR, and placed F Jarret Stoll on IR.
Kings Place Jarret Stoll On IR
The Kings have placed Jarret Stoll on the injured reserve with a lower-body injury.
Tyutin Named To Russian Olympic Team
Blue Jackets defenseman Fedor Tyutin has been named to the Russian Olympic team.
Lightning Recall Lundin, Helenius From Norfolk
The Lightning on Saturday recalled D Mike Lundin and G Riku Helenius from Norfolk of the AHL.
Ovechkin Will Lead Russia In 2010 Olympics
Capitals star Alex Ovechkin will lead world champion Russia in the 2010 Olympic ice hockey tournament.
US Selects 22-Man Roster For World Junior Championships
The US open play in the 2010 World Junior Championships on Saturday against Slovakia in Saskatoon.
Phoenix Sends Kevin Porter To AHL San Antonio
The Coyotes on Thursday reassigned F Kevin Porter to San Antonio of the AHL.
Blackhawks Send Bickell To Rockford
The Blackhawks reassigned LW Bryan Bickell to Rockford of the AHL.
Alfredsson Leaves Game With Injury, Will Miss A Few Weeks
Senators W Daniel Alfredsson left late in the first period in Wednesday night's game against the Penguins after injuring his left shoulder.