Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Ziggy Palffy Announces Retirement...Notes from around the league

Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Ziggy Palffy has announced his retirement, effective immediately, due to a lingering shoulder injury. The native of Skalica, Slovakia played 12 NHL seasons with the New York Islanders, the Los Angeles Kings and the Penguins. In 684 career games, he had 329 goals and 384 assists for 713 points.

Penguins acquire Cairns from Panthers
Fleury to stay with Penguins for season

Penguins right wing Palffy retires with shoulder injury
Flyers' Forsberg out at least one game with groin injury
Jackets activate Foote, who missed nine games
Injured Stars goalie Turco won't play vs. Atlanta
Judge rules Ovechkin can stay in U.S.
Goalie Fleury to stay with Pens for rest of season
Still out: Leafs' McCabe has slight groin tear
Ex-Canadiens coach Julien expects to coach again
Coyotes' Doan sues Canadian Member of Parliament

Laraque beating back trade rumoursJanuary 18 @ 9:49 AMReports of Jose Theodore going to Edmonton for Ty Conklin and Georges Laraque have been greatly exaggerated. At least according to Laraque, writes Robin Brownlee of the Edmonton Sun."Every year (there are rumours)." said tough guy Laraque, who was earlier said to be headed to Pittsburgh for goalie Marc-Andre Fleury. "I don't even think about that."Oilers assistant general manager Scott Howson also dismissed the Theodore trade talk, saying no discussions with the Habs have occurred.

Brewer may be done for the yearJanuary 18 @ 9:30 AMThe tough season in St. Louis may be turning even bluer. According to the Post-Dispatch, defenceman Eric Brewer's season may be over as his dislocated left shoulder, his second shoulder injury of the season, might require surgery.Blues coach Mike Kitchen said that even if Brewer, who missed 10 games earlier this season with a separated right shoulder, decides against surgery, he will be out a while. "It could be a month, it could be longer I'm not sure," said Kitchen.

Leetch deal a brewin'?January 17 @ 9:20 AMThe Rangers search for help on defence might have a familiar ending, as Larry Brooks is reporting the Bruins and Rangers have already tried to swing a deal which would see Leetch return to MSG.A well-placed source reported Tom Poti was offered in exchange for Leetch, but Bruins' GM Mike O'Connell rebuffed the deal and since then has failed to make a counter-offer, perhaps a comment on O'Connell's future as boss in Boston."New York is so hypothetical, I can't even say what I would feel about it. But regardless, if it were to happen, I'd certainly go," said Leetch, who is currently out of the lineup with a groin injury.

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