Pronger injured … Callahan breaks hand … Sutter would do Phaneuf trade again, um what? Sturm targets next Wednesday
  • Jesse Spector of the NY Daily News: New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan broke his hand while blocking a shot. Early word is that he could miss 6 weeks. Todd White will likely return to the lineup tonight in place of Callahan.
  • Eric Francis of the Calgary Herald: Flames GM Darryl Sutter says he would make the Dion Phaneuf trade over again (in case you forgot the deal was Dion Phaneuf, Freddie Sjostrom, and Keith Aulie for Matt Stajan, Niclas Hagman, Ian White and Jamal Mayers). Sutter said if they didn’t trade Dion, they would have lost Rene Bourque and Mark Giordano. Bourque signed for six years, $20 million and Giordano signed for five years, 20.1 million. To me this doesn’t make sense. Phanuef and Sjostrom carry about a $7.25 million cap hit this year. Stajan is at $3.5 million (crazy deal he signed this summer), Hagman is a $3 million cap hit, and they had signed White to a 1 year, $2.999 million deal before trading him to Carolina. According to my math, that’s almost $9.5 million in salary they added compared $7.5 million heading to Toronto (and I’m not including the money they wasted on signing Jokinen).
  • Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal: Taylor Hall’s role with the Edmonton Oilers may expand to include penalty killing. Oilers coach Tom Renney almost did so on Tuesday against the Leafs but decided against it. The Oilers struggles this year allows them to try things they may not otherwise have done.
  • Helene Elliott of the LA Times: Marco Sturm finally joined his new Kings teammates yesterday for practice. He practiced on the 4th line as he still recovers from knee surgery. He is targeting next Wednesday for his LA Kings debut against the Oilers.
  • Thrash, the Atlanta Thrashers mascot steals team zamboni and goes for a joyride.

Jokinen isnt a waste..maybe if you look at it on paper you would think that…but he continues to create offence for the Flames but they rarly finish it off, Watch Jokinen in most games for the Flames and you will see what im talking about he does plenty little things that should make the coach and GM happy, things most fans dont notice..He makes plenty of good moves to get it into the offensive zone and then makes nice passes to players wide open but they cant finish the play…hopefully Jokinen’s point total’s get back up or they tade him to another team that he can do well with

  • I’ll admit I haven’t watched many Flames games, so basing my ‘waste’ comment on paper. 2 years and $6 million. 28 games, 4 goals, 8 assists, -7 in almost 18 minutes per game.

    I don’t think many teams would trade for him at $3 million and 1 more year to go.

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