Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Reports from and - Dec 28, 2005

Wayne Gretzky will be back behind the bench for the Phoenix Coyotes tonight against the San Jose Sharks. Gretzky left the team to be with his ailing mother back on December 17. In his absence, the Coyotes have lost three of the last five under interim coach Rick Tocchet.FULL STORY...

Avalanche demote goaltender Kolesnik
The Colorado Avalanche have sent goaltender Vitaly Kolesnik to the AHL after seven NHL starts.

Upshall scores winner for Preds in Calgary
Scottie Upshall's goal at 13:13 of the third period earned the Nashville Predators a 4-3 victory over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night and extend their win streak to six games.

Kaberle gives Leafs OT win over Penguins
Zetterberg and Red Wings outshine Stars
Bruins stop Capitals in OT
Report: Gretzky to return Wednesday
Leafs' Tucker fined for helmet incident
Letter of intent signed for Blues sale
Lemieux could return in seven to 10 days
Sharks place Parker on injured reserve
Thrashers activate Lehtonen from IR
Hossa, Miller win NHL's weekly honours
Report: Nolan inquires about Devils job
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Toivonen may soon be the No. 1December 28 @ 9:39 AM According to the Boston Herald, it appears first-year goalie Hannu Toivonen could soon have the No. 1 goaltending job ahead of Andrew Raycroft.Although Bruins coach Mike Mike Sullivan won't say the rookie has the top spot, the fact that he has given Toivonen seven starts in the team's last 10 games is a more telling indicator."The reality is that Hannu is going to play," said Sullivan. "I thought he was our best player in the two (pre-Christmas) games against Toronto. Given that, I think he deserves to play."

Unlucky end to Luc's run?December 28 @ 9:27 AM Luc Robitaille's glowing career may be coming to a not-so-glorious end in the City of Angels, writes George Johnson for "Lucky Luc" is fighting for a place in the Kings lineup, which is creating a tough situation for the team and the forward who has been one of the most popular players in Los Angeles for the 13 years he has played there.Kings coach Andy Murray had to make Robitaille a healthy scratch for three straight games, which Murray called a "tough decision."But with an injury to Jeremy Roenick, it has opened up a spot again for Robitaille, which he hopes to use to earn his way back onto the regular lineup. "It's up to me," he admitted.

Ovechkin suit may be decided this weekDecember 22 @ 12:47 PM The playing status of Alexander Ovechkin could be decided as soon as this week, according to the Washington Post.A U.S. District Court judge heard arguments yesterday in the lawsuit between Moscow Dynamo and the Washington Capitals on which team has ownership of the rookie's contractual rights."The judge seemed to indicate he won't sit on this, so I would expect a decision pretty quickly," said NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly.Meanwhile, Ovechkin is almost certain to be named to the Russian Olympic team that is expected to be announced today, writes Tarik El-Bashir.

Thornton deal may not have included himDecember 21 @ 9:32 AM As if it isn't hard enough for Bruins fans to take that their former captain Joe Thornton has been flourishing in San Jose. Now it's being reported that perhaps he may not have needed to go.According to a story in the Boston Herald, there is speculation that the original deal between the Sharks and Bruins might have been a strict two-player swap of San Jose defenceman Brad Stuart for Boston forward Sergei Samsonov.Although Bruins GM Mike O'Connell denies it, a well-placed source says it was real, writes Stephen Harris.

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