March 2008 - Hockey Wiretap
Kings Recall Taylor From AHL Manchester
The Los Angeles Kings have recalled goaltender Daniel Taylor (emergency recall) from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League (AHL), Kings' President/General Manager Dean Lombardi today announced. Taylor, 21, has appeared in one game with the Kings this season. He made his NHL debut with the club in relief on Saturday, March 29 at STAPLES Center, stopping 10 of 12 shots in the third period. Taylor is the seventh goalie to see action with the Kings this season, tying an NHL record. The 1989-90 Quebec Nordiques and 2002-03 St. Louis Blues also used seven goalies in one season. Taylor has also played in 23 games with the Monarchs this season and has recorded a 13-5-2 record, four shutouts, a 2.40 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage (the 13 wins and four shutouts lead the team as does his 2.40 GAA and .921 save percentage). In January, he was named the AHL?s Goaltender of the Month after he posted a 5-0-0 record in six appearances including three shutouts. Taylor has also this season played in four games with Reading (ECHL), where he has gone 3-0-0 with a 2.63 GAA and a .918 save percentage. Taylor, a 5-11, 179-pound native of Plymouth, England, was originally selected by the Kings in the seventh-round (221st overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Rangers Send Sanguinetti To AHL Hartford
New York Rangers' President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti was assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). Sanguinetti, 20, skated in 61 games with the Brampton Battalion of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) this season, registering 29 goals and 41 assists for 70 points, along with 38 penalty minutes. The three-time OHL All-Star finished the season third on the team in goals (29) and points (70) and ranked fourth in assists (41). He also led Brampton and tied for 11th in the league with 17 power play goals. Among all OHL defensemen, he ranked first in goals (29) and second in points (70). In the postseason with Brampton, Sanguinetti led the team in assists (three) and finished second in scoring with four points in five games. In addition, he notched a game-high, two goals en route to Player of the Game honors at the 2008 OHL All-Star Classic in Sault Ste. Marie, and was honored as the OHL Defenseman of the Month for February. Sanguinetti also participated at the 2008 IIHF World U-20 Championships in the Czech Republic, registering one goal and two assists for three points in six games for Team USA. The 6-3, 190-pound defenseman has skated in 263 career OHL games with Owen Sound and Brampton, collecting 70 goals and 142 assists for 212 points, along with 142 penalty minutes. Last season, Sanguinetti led all OHL defensemen in power play goals (18) and ranked second in goals (23). He also led Owen Sound in postseason scoring with six points and tied for first on the team in goals (three) and assists (three). After finishing his 2006-07 junior season with the Attack, Sanguinetti signed an Amateur Tryout Agreement (ATO) with Hartford (AHL) on April 3, 2007 and collected three assists in five regular season games with the Wolf Pack. He also recorded an assist and posted a plus-one rating in his first professional playoff game on April 18, 2007 vs. Providence before signing a professional contract on April 20, 2007. The native of Trenton, New Jersey was the Rangers? first round choice, 21st overall, in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Coyotes Sign Top Draft Pick Kyle Turris
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have signed center Kyle Turris to an entry level contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed. Turris was selected by the Coyotes with the third overall choice in the 2007 NHL Entry Draft. Earlier this month, he was ranked as the second-best NHL prospect in The Hockey News? annual ?Future Watch? edition. ?We are very excited to sign Kyle and have him join the Coyotes organization,? said Maloney. ?He is a very talented player and is a big part of our future. By adding him to the roster, we hope to give him valuable experience that will help him heading into next season and beyond.? Turris, 18, recently completed his freshman year at the University of Wisconsin and finished the season as the team?s leading scorer with 11-25-36 and 38 penalty minutes (PIM) in 36 games. He also helped guide the Badgers to a berth in the NCAA Midwest Regional Finals. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Turris also played in the 2008 World Junior Championships in the Czech Republic earlier this year, helping to lead Canada to the gold medal. He tied for the team-lead in scoring with 4-2-6 in five games. A native of New Westminster, British Columbia, Turris also helped Team Canada to a 7-0-1 record in the 2007 Super Series, an eight-game event that featured the top junior players from Canada taking on Russia?s best juniors. Turris led all goal-scorers with seven goals in eight games. In 2006-07, Turris was named MVP of the British Columbia Hockey League after recording 66-55-121 and 83 PIM in 53 games for the Burnaby Express. He also tied for the league lead in playoff scoring with 12-14-26 despite playing one less postseason round than the rest of the top 10 scorers. With the addition of Turris, Phoenix?s roster now features the club?s first round pick from each of the last three Entry Drafts: Turris (3rd overall, 2007), Peter Mueller (8th overall, 2006) and Martin Hanzal (17th overall, 2005).
Canadiens' Koivu Out Rest Of Regular Season
Saku Koivu has a broken bone in his left foot and will miss the last three of the Canadiens? regular season games. His status for the playoffs is uncertain, according to an Associated Press report.
Sharks' Thornton Named NHL's "First Star"
Sharks center Joe Thornton on Monday was named the NHL?s ?First Star? of the week, as reported by Yahoo.com. Also honored were Predators goaltender Dan Ellis and Bruins center David Krejci. Thornton scored seven goals and eight points over four games during the week, as the Sharks clinched the Pacific Division title for the third time in franchise history.
Kings Assign Zeiler To AHL Manchester; Send Taylor To ECHL Reading
The Los Angeles Kings have assigned forward John Zeiler to the Manchester Monarchs (American Hockey League) and have assigned goaltender Daniel Taylor to the Reading Royals (ECHL), Kings' President/General Manager Dean Lombardi today announced. Zeiler, 25, has one assist and 23 penalty minutes in 36 games with the Kings this season. With the Monarchs, he has eight points (4-4=8) and 29 penalty minutes in 37 games this season. The 6-0, 193-pound native of Jefferson Hills, Pennsylvania, has appeared in 59 career NHL games ? all with the Kings ? and has four points (1-3=4) and 45 penalty minutes. Zeiler signed with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on February 17, 2007. Taylor, 21, made his Kings/NHL debut yesterday, allowing two goals in one period. Taylor, who was recalled by the Kings on Thursday under emergency conditions, has also played in 23 games with the Monarchs this season, and has recorded a 13-5-2 record, four shutouts, a 2.40 goals-against-average and a .921 save percentage. In addition, he has played in three games with Reading, where he went 3-0-0 with a 2.64 GAA and a .917 save percentage. The 5-11, 179-pound Taylor, was originally selected by the Kings in the seventh-round (221st overall) in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, is a native of Plymouth, England.
Tampa's Taylor Won't Play Before Retirement
Lightning captain Tim Taylor won't play another game for the team before the end of the season, when he plans to retire, according to the Associated Press. "I'm not coming back" Taylor said before the team's against Carolina on Saturday. "I want to remember the good times. I want to remember playing hockey. I don't want Torts to send me out to play two shifts, and I'll stand around."
Koivu Could Miss Four Weeks
The Canadiens? letdown against the Maple Leafs on Saturday will pale in comparison if the rumors are correct. Citing Montreal radio station Team 99 TSN of Canada on Saturday, captain Saku Koivu could miss up to four weeks with an undisclosed injury. The Canadiens, however, denied the report.
Jackets Recall Methot From AHL Syracuse
The Columbus Blue Jackets have added defenseman Marc Methot to the roster on emergency recall from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus? American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Methot is expected to be in the lineup tonight when the Blue Jackets visit the Chicago Blackhawks at United Center. Methot, 22, has appeared in eight games and recorded six penalty minutes with the Blue Jackets this season. He has also tallied 6-4-10 with 111 penalty minutes and a +8 plus/minus rating in 59 games with Syracuse. Columbus? seventh pick, 168th overall, in the 2003 Entry Draft, he made his NHL debut with the Blue Jackets in 2006-07 and collected 0-4-4 and 12 penalty minutes with a plus/minus rating of +5 in 20 games. In 178 career AHL games, he has registered 9-30-39 and 242 penalty minutes with the Crunch.
Leafs Agree To Terms With Kyle Rogers
The Maple Leafs have agreed to terms with Niagara University free agent RW Kyle Rogers on a two-year Entry Level contract.
LaRose Returns For Canes
Right-winger Chad LaRose returned to the ice for the Carolina Hurricanes on Friday night.
Sharks Clinch Pacific Division Title, Plan To Rest Some Players
The San Jose Sharks defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-1 on Friday night to lock up the Pacific Division title.
Blue Jackets Send Picard To AHL Syracuse
The Blue Jackets on Friday assigned Alexandre Picard to the Syracuse Crunch, their AHL affiliate.
Jackets Sign Nick Holden To Three-Year Contract
The Blue Jackets have signed Chilliwack Bruins defenseman Nick Holden to a three-year standard entry level contract on Friday.
Ducks' Bertuzzi Suing Former Coach
Todd Bertuzzi filed a lawsuit against Marc Crawford, alleging that his former coach's negligence contributed to the attack on Steve Moore over four years ago.
Wild Sign Colton Gillies To Multi-Year Deal
The Wild on Friday signed C Colton Gillies to a multi-year contract.
Rangers' Jagr Considers Joining Russian Team
New York Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr reportedly is considering joining a Russian professional team next season.
Darren McCarty's Return Set For Tonight
Darren McCarthy will suit up for the Red Wings for the first time since the 2004 season on Friday night.
Canes' Eaves Will Miss Up To Three Weeks
Carolina Hurricanes' RW Patrick Eaves will be out of action for up to three weeks because of surgery on his left shoulder.
Canucks' Morrison Out With Torn ACL
Vancouver center Brendan Morrison will miss the rest of the season after tearing a ligament in his right knee during Wednesday night's game in Colorado.
Penguins' Hossa Injured
Pittsburgh Penguins' RW Marian Hossa left Thursday night's game against the Isles with an upper body injury.
Bruins Eliminate Leafs From Playoffs
The Boston Bruins eliminated the Toronto Maple Leafs from playoff contention with a 4-2 win on Thursday night.
Kings Recall Goaltender Taylor From AHL Manchester
The Los Angeles Kings have recalled goaltender Daniel Taylor from the Manchester Monarchs on Thursday.
Report: Bruins' Savard Has Broken Bone In His Back
Bruins' center Mark Savard has a broken bone in his back and will miss at least one more game.
Canes Sign Top '07 Pick Brandon Sutter
The Carolina Hurricanes have signed their 2007 first-round draft pick, Brandon Sutter, to a three year contract.
Gagne Won't Return Unless Philly Makes Cup
Forward Simon Gagne won't return for the Flyers this season because of a series of concussions unless Philadelphia makes the Stanley Cup Finals.
Sabres Sign Derek Whitmore
Derek Whitmore signed a two-year deal with the Buffalo Sabres after completing his four-year career at Bowling Green.
Tampa Bay Recalls Denis From AHL Norfolk
The Lightning have recalled goaltender Marc Denis from the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL.