December 2006 - Hockey Wiretap
Rangers Reassign Lampan To Hartford
New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Bryce Lampman has been reassigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). Lampman, 24, has appeared in 28 games with Hartford this season, registering three goals and five assists for eight points, along with a plus-four rating and 36 penalty minutes. The 6-1, 205-pound defenseman did not dress in each of the last two games after being recalled by the Rangers from Hartford on December 26. In 2005-06, Lampman suffered a dislocated left shoulder on November 20 against Portland and was forced to miss a majority of the season. Prior to the injury, he collected two goals and three assists in 11 games with the Wolf Pack.
Martinek Out Four Weeks
New York Islanders defenseman Radek Martinek will be out of the lineup for four weeks due to a broken bone in his foot. Martinek, one of New York's top defensemen this season, was injured Tuesday night during the Islanders' victory over the Rangers. He finished that game and then played the following night in a loss at Ottawa. "Radek has been a warrior for us, maybe our most consistent defenceman," Islanders coach Ted Nolan said in a release Saturday. "It says a lot about him that he continued to play during the Rangers game and the whole game the next night in Ottawa because he didn't want to take himself out of the lineup. "But this is the right thing for him. As much as we'll miss Radek, and we know how much he hates being out, we look forward to getting Radek back at 100 per cent." The 30-year-old Martinek is in his fifth NHL season, all with the Islanders. He had two goals and 11 assists with a plus-15 rating, tops among the team's defencemen, while playing in New York's first 36 games.
Flyers And Blackhawks Could Deal
The Flyers' Dave Brown, director of player personnel, and Chris Pryor, director of hockey operations, were in Chicago scouting the Blackhawks' game against Dallas on Tuesday. It was "nothing, really," general manager Paul Holmgren said. For Brown, "it was a scheduled trip, and for Chris, he's trying to catch up with everybody. He has not seen a lot of pro games in a while." But Blackhawks assistant general manager Rick Dudley was in Tampa scouting the Flyers on Thursday. It's no secret around the NHL that if the Flyers could reverse the deal that brought Kyle Calder to Philadelphia for Michal Handzus, they would, even though Handzus is out for the season with a knee injury.
Rangers Lose 7th Straight
The Rangers lost 1-0 on Friday to Ottawa, their seventh straight loss. "It doesn't make you feel a whole lot better to say we're playing better," said Brendan Shanahan. "At this point I wouldn't care if we went out and played horrible and won. "We're at the point where sick of it. Sick of hearing about it, sick of not getting results and it's not going to go away until we win."
Trades Coming For Lightning?
Tampa Bay general manager Jay Feaster said other teams had "tire-kicking" interest in recent trade discussions involving both Dmitry Afanasenkov and Andreas Karlsson, but none were willing to trade assets. Feaster acknowledged that losing one or both to another team without compensation is a legitimate possibility, though if both players clear waivers they will not necessarily be sent to the minor leagues. "If they clear and we are healthy, they will still be with us," Feaster said. "It's a situation where by not being able to get a deal done right now in order to clear cap space, this is another tool that we have available to create some flexibility."
Detroit Assigns Langfield To Grand Rapids
The Detroit Red Wings on Friday assigned forward Josh Langfeld to the Grand Rapids Griffins. Langfeld, 29, was recalled Tuesday by Detroit. He had an assist in Wednesday's 3-1 win over Minnesota.
Senators' Emery Perfect Against Rangers
Ray Emery made 27 saves for his third shutout of the season and sixth of his career Friday night as the Senators defeated the Rangers 1-0.
Senators Recall Hennessy From AHL
The Senators recalled centre Josh Hennessy from AHL Binghamton on an emergency basis to play in Friday night's game against the Rangers at Scotiabank Place. He replaces centre Mike Fisher, who is out indefinitely with a left knee injury.
Chicago And Anaheim Pull Off Big Trade
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League club has acquired goaltender Sebastien Caron, right wing Matt Keith and left wing Chris Durno from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Bruno St. Jacques and right wing Pierre Parenteau. All three Ducks players will report directly to Portland, Anaheim?s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). Caron, 26 (6/25/80), has played in one game with the Blackhawks this season, stopping 24-of-25 shots Nov. 10 versus St. Louis in a 3-1 Chicago win. The 6-1, 170-pound netminder has played in nine games with the Norfolk Admirals (AHL) this season, posting a record of 4-4-0 with a 4.03 goals against average (GAA) and a .868 save percentage (SV.%). Caron has played in 91 career NHL games with Pittsburgh and Chicago and has a record of 25-47-12 with four shutouts, a 3.46 GAA and a .892 SV%. The Amqui, Quebec, native signed with the Blackhawks as a free agent on August 8, 2006. Caron was originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round (86th overall) of the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.
Leclaire Undergoes Successful Knee Surgery
Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Pascal Leclaire underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery today and is expected to be sidelined approximately six weeks, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced. Leclaire suffered the injury in Columbus' 3-2 win over the Vancouver Canucks on December 22. The club's top pick, eighth overall, in the 2001 Entry Draft, has appeared in 21 games with the Blue Jackets this season. He is 6-12-2 with a 2.97 goals-against average, .900 save percentage and one shutout.
Oilers Get Boost With Smyth's Return
Ryan Smyth was cleared to return to the lineup after being out almost a month with a broken right thumb.
Thrashers Place Mellanby, Rucchin On IR
The Thrashers on Wednesday placed Scott Mellanby and Steve Rucchin on injured reserve.
Thomas, Legace, Lecavalier Named Three-Stars-Of-The-Week
Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, Blues netminder Manny Legace and Lightning centre Vincent Lecavalier were named the NHL's three stars of the week on Tuesday.
Penguins' Crosby Continues To Lead All-Star Voting
Sidney Crosby has received 747,332 votes, which is almost twice as much as the next best forward in the Eastern Conference.
Hartford Mayor Courting Penguins
Mayor Eddie Perez supports bringing major-league hockey back to Hartford to help revitalize the capital city and wants to make sure the right people know.
Sakic Gaining On Coffey
Colorado's Joe Sakic needs four points to move ahead of Paul Coffey and into 10th place on the NHL's career scoring list.
Savard Looking For More Offense From Blackhawks Power-Play Unit
Since Denis Savard took over as the Blackhawks' head coach, he's improved the team in several ways.