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Coyotes Recall Tordjman From San Antonio
Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled goaltender Josh Tordjman from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage, under emergency conditions. Tordjman, 23, has posted a record of 10-12-1 with a 2.70 goals-against average (GAA), a .903 save percentage (SV%) and three shutouts in 24 games with San Antonio this season. Earlier this month, Tordjman was named AHL Player of the Week for the period ending Dec. 7 after going 3-0-0 with two shutouts in three starts during the week. In the month of December, Tordjman has posted a record of 9-2-0 with a 1.90 GAA, a .928 SV% and three shutouts in 11 games. His three shutouts currently rank T-3rd among all AHL goaltenders this season. Last season, the 6-foot-1, 153-pound Tordjman appeared in 43 games for San Antonio, going 22-14-4 with a 2.65 GAA, a .910 SV% and one shutout. He also played in six postseason contests where he registered a 1.85 GAA while posting a 3-3 record. Now in his third season with the Rampage, Tordjman has compiled a 47-44-7 record with a 2.64 GAA and five shutouts in 104 career AHL games. Prior to signing with the Coyotes as a free agent on July 2, 2006, Tordjman spent four seasons (2002-2006) in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) with Victoriaville and Moncton. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Tordjman led Moncton to the Memorial Cup Finals in 2006.
Officials: Deceased Rangers Prospect Took PEDs
Alexei Cherepanov, who died after losing consciousness during a Russian Superleague game two months ago, had reportedly been taking banned substances. The investigative unit of the Prosecutor-General's office also said on its web site that Cherepanov was suffering from heart problems that should have ruled him out of competing in professional sports. A chemical analysis of his blood by forensic experts also showed he had taken banned performance-enhancing drugs for several months before his death.
Kings' Rookie Doughty Is Making Impact
Los Angeles rookie defenseman Drew Doughty is making a huge impact on the ice for the team this season. Doughty, the second overall pick in June, walked out of the Ontario Hockey League in spring and into the Kings' lineup in fall. He has averaged 25 minutes a game for the Kings.
Canucks Hotly Awaiting Sundin's Arrival
Mats Sundin has yet to touch down at the Vancouver International Airport, but fans are already hotly awaiting the his arrival. The team doesn't have an idea when Sundin will make his on-ice debut.
Flyers' Prospect Giroux Is Awaiting His Turn
Claude Giroux, one of the Flyers' top prospects, is leading the AHL's Phantoms in scoring and awaiting his turn in Philadelphia. "If you get an offensive player, they can't stay because they don't do the little things well," coach John Stevens said last week. "Scoring doesn't matter [on the fourth line] . . . It is almost reversed. "Besides, we can't bring Giroux up and not play him on one of the top three lines. If he is not going to get the playing time, then he needs to stay with the Phantoms and play. "There is a process of integrating a young player into the NHL, and if we send him down we will be starting that process all over again."
Sources: Coyotes Seeking Investors
The NHL hasn't taken over control of the Coyotes, but it is taking an active role in trying to find new investors or ownership for the financially strapped franchise. The league is also reportedly being kept apprised of any "significant" financial decisions the team makes.
Flyers Recall RW Nodl From AHL Phantoms
The Flyers on Tuesday recalled right wing Andreas Nodl from the Phantoms of the AHL, as reported by Yahoo.com. Nodl will be available for Tuesday night?s home game against the Senators.
Ducks Send LeNeveu To AHL Iowa
The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has reassigned goaltender David LeNeveu to the Iowa Chops, Anaheim?s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL). LeNeveu, 25 (5/23/83), has posted an 8-6-1 record with a 2.58 goals-against average (GAA) and .900 save percentage (SV%) in 15 games with Iowa this season. The 6-1, 194-pound goaltender has allowed two goals-or-fewer in each of his last four appearances with the Chops, going 2-1-1 with a 1.59 GAA and a .941 SV% Signed by Anaheim as a free agent on July 7, 2008, LeNeveu has appeared in 21 career NHL contests (all with the Phoenix Coyotes), going 5-9-2 with a 3.38 GAA and .888 SV%. Originally selected by Phoenix in the second round (46th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, LeNeveu recorded his first NHL win on Oct. 25, 2005 in a 5-4 overtime victory vs. St. Louis. A native of Fernie, British Columbia, LeNeveu compiled a 17-10-5 record with a 2.33 GAA and .916 SV% in 34 games with San Antonio and Hartford of the AHL last season. The netminder ranked third among AHL goaltenders with a .921 SV% in 2005-06.
Leafs Recall Pogge From Marlies
Brian Burke, president and general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, announced Sunday that goaltender Justin Pogge has been recalled from the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League. Pogge will join the Maple Leafs today in Atlanta as the team prepares to face the Thrashers tomorrow evening at 7 p.m. In 22 games with the Marlies this season he has a record of 10-9-3 with a goals against average of 2.86 and a save percentage of .890. Pogge, 22, was Toronto's first choice, 90th overall, in the 2004 Entry Draft and he has appeared in 111 career AHL games.
Jackets Place LW Chimera On IR; Recall LW Picard From Syracuse
The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed left wing Jason Chimera on Injured Reserve and have recalled left wing Alexandre Picard from the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus? American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today. Chimera is expected to be sidelined at least one week. Picard, 23, collected 22 penalty minutes with a -1 plus/minus rating in six games with the Blue Jackets this season and has registered one assist and 44 penalty minutes in 49 career games. In 16 games with the Crunch this season, the Les Saules, Quebec native has collected 2-5-7 and 35 penalty minutes to push his career totals to 35-51-86 and 276 penalty minutes in 159 games. Chimera, 29, has notched 7-11-18, 31 penalty minutes and is +9 in 31 games this season. He ranks fourth on the club in points and is third in plus/minus rating. In 404 career games, the Edmonton, Alberta native has recorded 72-79-151 and 408 penalty minutes.
Lightning Recall Ramo From Norfolk
The Lightning on Thursday recalled goaltender Karri Ramo from Norfolk on an emergency basis.
Columbus Sends Norrena To AHL Syracuse
The Blue Jackets on Wednesday assigned goaltender Fredrik Norrena to Syracuse of the AHL.
Sundin's List Down To Rangers, Canucks
Mats Sundin has reportedly narrowed his list down to the Rangers and Canucks, according to his agent.
Reports: Bertuzzi, Moore Meet, Try To Settle Suit
Flames' forward Todd Bertuzzi, former NHL player Steve Moore, and their respective legal teams reportedly met Monday in Toronto in an effort to resolve an ongoing lawsuit.
Forsberg To Attempt Another NHL Comeback
Peter Forsberg, 35, said on Monday that he wants to play in the NHL again and hopes to be with a team by the postseason.
Rangers Recall D Potter From Hartford
The Rangers on Sunday recalled D Gary Potter from Hartford of the AHL.
Maple Leafs Send D Stralman To Marlies
The Maple Leafs on Sunday sent D Anton Stralman to the Marlies of the AHL.
Tampa Bay Sends Smolenak To Norfolk
The Lightning on Sunday sent LW Radek Smolenak to Norfolk of the AHL.
Avery Will Never Rejoin Stars
The Dallas Stars have announced that Sean Avery will not return to their club.
McGrattan Enters NHL/NHLPA Program
The NHL Players' Association and the NHL announced today that Brian McGrattan of the Phoenix Coyotes has voluntarily entered Stage #1 of the league's Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program.
Lightning Assign Lundin To Norfolk
The Tampa Bay Lightning have assigned defenseman Mike Lundin to the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League, Executive Vice President & General Manager Brian Lawton announced.
Tampa Bay Sends RW Downie To Norfolk
The Lightning on Friday sent RW Steve Downie to Norfolk of the AHL.
Coyotes Assign F Porter To San Antonio
The Coyotes on Friday assigned F Kevin Porter to San Antonio of the AHL.
Lightning Recall D Heward From Norfolk
The Lightning on Thursday recalled D Jamie Heward from Norfolk of the AHL.
Kings Recall F Purcell From Manchester
The Kings on Wednesday recalled F Teddy Purcell from Manchester of the AHL.
Tampa Bay Recalls C Konopka From Norfolk
The Lightning on Wednesday recalled C Zenon Konopka from Norfolk of the AHL.
Sabres' Miller Accuses Ref Of Using Profanity
Sabres' goalie Ryan Miller on Tuesday accused a ref of using profanity in response to a question the player asked during a game in Pittsburgh on Monday night.
NHL Begins Build-Up For "Winter Classic"
With less than four weeks to the "Winter Classic" at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the NHL has begun its build-up to the New Year's Day event.
Lightning Send C Gratton To Norfolk, Reassign RW Vrbata
The Lightning on Tuesday reassigned C Chris Gratton to Norfolk and RW Radim Vrbata to BK Mlada Bolelav of the Czech Extraliga.