Waiver Time in NHL

Unfortunately this is the time of year when players on the bubble get placed on waivers by their respective NHL clubs. Wednesday was no different as 11 players found themselves on that list.
1. Jamie Johnson- Signed July 2 as an unrestricted free agent by the Detroit Red Wings
2. Niklas Persson- Tampa Bay Lightning
3. Marc Pouliot- Tampa Bay Lightning
4. Trevor Frischmon- Columbus Blue Jackets
5. Jonathan Sigalet- Columbus Blue Jackets
6. Chris Conner- Pittsburgh Penguins
7. John Curry- Pittsburgh Penguins
8. Corey Potter- Pittsburgh Penguins
9. Steve Wagner- Pittsburgh Penguins
10. Tim Wallace- Pittsburgh Penguins
11. Brett Sterling- Pittsburgh Penguins
Players who have cleared waivers this week
1. Keith Aucoin- Washington Capitals
2. Andrew Joudrey- Washington Capitals
3. Mathieu Carle- Montreal Canadiens
4. Alexander Korolyuk- New Jersey Devils



Veteran Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton used the word stupid in describing his actions against the Tampa Bay Lightning when last Wednesday in Winnipeg he made a throat slashing gesture towards opposing forward Blair Jones. “It was just stupid,” Boynton who was suspended for the Hawks season opener against the Colorado Avalanche on October 7 and fined $2688.17 said. “I was upset. He beat me up, whatever. It was a stupid play on my part and I’m paying for it. It sucks, but I made my bed, now I have to sleep in it. It’s unfortunate, but that stuff happens.”

A few days after the New York Islanders lost their number one defenseman Mark Streit with a shoulder injury they were dealt another blow this time involving scoring forward Kyle Okposo. This former 2006 first round pick who is coming off a career season of 52 points is sidelined indefinitely with what has been diagnosed as a torn labrum to his right shoulder that will require surgery.

Wade Redden who was a former 1995 New York Islanders draft pick with a bright future now finds himself with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League. Redden who is only 33 years-old was two years into a six year $39 million dollar contract that he signed as an unrestricted free agent back in July 2008. Redden who has also played for the Ottawa Senators in his career had four years remaining at 23 million.

Nick Foligno is Flying

The greatest surpise coming out of the Ottawa Senators training camp has been the emergence of their 2006 first round pick Nick Foligno who had a two goal performance on Saturay night in what was a convincing 6-2 win against the Montreal Canadiens. So far in camp this 22 year-old who had nine goals and 26 points last year has been turning heads among his teammates. “He’s looked really good this training camp getting to loose pucks and winning battles,” Sens captain Daniel Alfredsson said. “The two goals he scored were unbelievable and I wish I could do that.” After droping Friday’s game in Montreal 4-2 the Sens who on Saturday also got a two goal performance from Jason Spezza showed the ability to bounce back as they evened their exhibition pre-season record at 2-2 in what was a fast paced wide open game. “It was a pretty high tempo in the first period and I had to catch my breath in between the first and the second,” Alfredsson said. “It slowed down a little in the second period and in the third period I thought we played our best.” The Senators excelled on special teams in this game as they scored three power play goals on seven opportunities and managed to kill eight out of nine penalties. “I was happy obviously to score those goals but I thought our team really played well,” Foligno said. “I thought the young guys came in and really did a good job. (Bobby) Butler had a goal and that line with (Mike) Hoffman and (Zack) Smith played well. It’s going to do well for this team to have those kind of guys pushing so hard and playing so well and it’s going to push everyone to be a lot better.” Ottawa who also got a goal from Chris Neil play next on Tuesday against the Buffalo Sabres.

A Few Days ago Here Was the Carey Price Saga

The biggest news early in NHL pre-season took place on Wednesday night in Montreal where the Carey Price experiment got off to a disastrous start. Making his debut as the undisputed number one goalie Price who is a former 2005 first round pick was the target of some merciless boos from the fans after he allowed four goals on eight shots in what was a 4-2 loss against the Boston Bruins. A day later Price who is only 23 years-old showed a bit of frustration as he gave the fans a message through the media. “Relax, chill out, we have lots of time,” Price who posted a 13-20-5 record with a 2.77 GAA and a .912 save percentage said. “I don’t know what (the fans’) message was but I don’t think it’s the correct way to go about things.” On Thursday during practice at the Bell Centre coach Jacques Martin made it a top priority to have a one on one talk with Price to try and pump up his starting goaltender. “He just told me that it’s the first exhibition game, so it’s not going to go down in the history books. Let’s move on,” Price said. To a man all of his teammates were saying the right things to the media on Thursday when talking about their new undisputed number one goalie. “We’ve all got his back and we’re all supporting him,” Habs scoring forward Mike Cammalleri said. “No one in here is booing him, so if everyone wants to identify with this team, we’re all supporting him so jump on board.” 29 Sports.com will be following this story closely once the regular season starts.

Carey Price in the Hot Seat Already

Without question the biggest story on this Saturday night around the NHL will occur in Ottawa where the Senators and Montreal Canadiens meet for the second half of their weekend double header. What makes this game so newsworthy is that Montreal who beat the Sens 4-2 at home on Friday will have Carey Price who is coming off a rocky start starting the game. What makes this game so newswothy is that Price who is only 23 years-old was to the anger of some Montreal fans named the team’s undisputed number one goalie last summer despite coming off an inconsistent campaign. The pressure on Price got a little tighter last Wednesday when playing in front of an impatient Montreal crowd he was booed after allowing four goals on only eight Boston shots. After seeing his back-up Alex Auld play so well in a 4-2 victory on Friday night against Ottawa there is no question that a lot of eyes will be on him tonight to see how he reacts. After his game one performance Price kept on reminding people that it’s only exhibition and not to read too much in his performance. He had a message to those in Montreal who were booing him when he said “Relax, chill out, we have lots of time.” He went on to say “We’re not winning the Stanley Cup on the first exhibition game. I don’t care what (the fans’) message was but I don’t think it’s the correct was to go about things.” Both teams will be icing an established veteran line-up as Montreal will have Mike Cammalleri, Tomas Plekanec, Travis Moen, Josh Gorges, Hall Gill and Jaroslav Spacek. Meanwhile Ottawa will be icing Jason Spezza, Daniel Alfredsson, and Sergei Gonchar who was the team’s big free agent signing this past off-season.

NHL Notes

According to various media reports veteran defenseman Wade Redden is about to be put on waivers by the New York Rangers. This 33 year-old who in his second year with the Rangers scored two goals and 14 points would be assigned to their AHL team if no other NHL team claims the 13 year veteran. Redden who is a former 1995 second overall pick by the New York Islanders has scored 106 goals and 450 points in 994 career games with the Ottawa Senators and the Rangers.

On Saturday Jared Staal’s dream of playing in the NHL got that much closer when the 20 year-old survived the team’s latest round of cuts. Staal was originally drafted second round in 2008 by the Phoenix Coyotes and was traded to Carolina last May for a draft pick. Last season Staal scored 12 goals and 49 points with the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves. Jared who is skating with Eric in Carolina would be the fourth Staal brother to make the NHL.

The Colorado Avalanche who were one of the surprise teams last season suffered a huge blow when forward Peter Mueller suffered what was his second concussion in less than a six month span. Mueller who on September 10 signed a two- year 4 million dollar contract suffered his latest concussion last Wednesday in a pre-season game against the Los Angeles Kings. Last year Mueller who is only 22 years-old suffered a season ending concussion that cost him the final four games of the regular season along with the playoffs.

Mark Savard Needs Rest

There is a chance that Boston Bruins’ veteran forward, Marc Savard, could have played his final NHL game. This 33 year-old, who scored 33 points in 41 games last season, is according to a Bruins source still experiencing post concussion symptoms, and as a result may miss the entire season. “It’s not a good situation,” the Bruins said about Savard, who before notifying the club about his latest setback, was on the trading block for the entire off- season. “It’s complex. Not sure how this will play out.” Savard’s post concussion symptoms are tied to last March 7 when he obtained a Grade 2 concussion courtesy of a controversial hit by Pittsburgh Penguins’ agitator, Matt Cooke. After missing two months Savard, who has spent the past four seasons with the Bruins, returned for the Eastern Conference semi-finals last spring against the Philadelphia Flyers. Even though he got the green light and was deemed healthy for the entire seven game series, Savard began feeling those all too familiar symptoms once again late this past summer. Concussions are obviously nothing to fool around with. This past summer it was announced that veteran forward, Paul Kariya, who suffered his second concussion last year, will sit out this season with post concussion symptoms. As for Savard, nothing has been announced, but for now the team and Savard are in a holding pattern to see how things play out in the next few days and weeks. In 782 NHL games played with the New York Rangers, Calgary Flames, Atlanta Thrashers and Bruins Savard has scored 205 goals and 696 points. 29sports.com wishes all the best for the savvy forward.