Tuesday, November 27, 2012

F Derek Dorsett (Medicine Hat, 2004-07) signed a lockout contract with Red Bull Salzburg (Austria, Erste Bank Liga). He had 12 goals and eight assists in 77 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets last season. The contract with Red Bull is for the rest of this season with a release clause should the lockout end before the end of the season. . . .
F Zack Smith (Swift Current, 2004-08) signed a lockout contract with Frederikshavn (Denmark, AL-Bank Liga). He had 14 goals and 12 assists in 81 games with the Ottawa Senators last season. The contract is for the rest of this season with a release clause should the lockout end before the end of the season.
D Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks is likely to be the first or second player chosen in the NHL’s 2013 draft in June, assuming the lockout doesn’t kill that, too. But what does it mean? What would be the impact if Jones was the No. 1 selection?
Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports takes a look at that right here.
The Red Deer Rebels have added G Spencer Tremblay, 18, to their roster as a third goaltender. He joins Patrik Bartosak, 19, and Bolton Pouliot, 18. . . . Brent Sutter, the Rebels’ owner, general manager and interim head coach, told Greg Meachem of the Red Deer Advocate that he’s looking down the road a month or so. . . . “We have a situation here where there’s a good possibility Bartosak is going to leave for the world junior championship, which means he’d be gone for a month,” Sutter told Meachem. “During that time we’re going to need two goaltenders who can give us opportunities to win games. I didn’t want to take a 15- or 16-year-old out of a midget program, I just felt it was best if we could get a more experienced guy to come in here and compete with Bolton for the backup job for the rest of the (calendar) year.” . . . Tremblay got into 20 games with the Moose Jaw Warriors last season. They released him prior to the start of this season and after clearing WHLwaivers he joined the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats. They let him go earlier this month after he played in three games. . . . Tremblay practised with the Rebels on Monday. The Rebels next play Friday when they entertain t he Medicine Hat Tigers.

F Alessio Bertaggia might be back in Brandon’s lineup tonight as the Wheat Kings visit the Broncos in Swift Current. Bertaggia missed weekend games with an undisclosed injury. Brandon D Ryan Pulock isn’t likely to play tonight, while F Jens Meilleur and F Tyrel Seaman are out. They, too, have undisclosed injuries. . . . The Wheat Kings and Broncos will play each other three times over the next five nights. They’ll play again Wednesday in Brandon and then meet Saturday in Swift Current. . . .
D Martin Gernat of the Edmonton Oil Kings skated Monday for the first time this season. He had shoulder surgery in his native Czech Republic in September. Gernat, 19, isn’t expected to play again until after Christmas. On Monday, he skated for a few minutes but was only wearing sweats. He had 55 points in 60 games as a freshman last season. . . .
The Saskatoon Blades returned home Sunday from a five-game B.C. Division swing. But there isn’t much chance to rest as they play host to the Lethbridge Hurricanes tonight. . . . Saskatoon F Adam Kambeitz (flu) missed practice on Monday. If he can’t play tonight, the Blades will be able to dress only nine forwards. . . . “If you look at some our players’ faces, there are lots of bruises and lots of stitches,” Lorne Molleken, the Blades general manager and head coach, told Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix. “Obviously, we had lots of upper-body injuries out there.” . . . The Blades expect to have D Duncan Siemens back in the lineup. He missed the last two games while spending time with his ill father, Errol, in Sherwood Park, Alta. . . .
The WHL’s top six scorers as the week begins all come from two forward lines — the Kamloops unit that features Colin Smith between Tim Bozon and JC Lipon, and the Portland line that has Brendan Leipsic playing between Ty Rattie and Nic Petan. . . . Lipon has 53 points, followed by Smith (52), Petan (44), and Bozon, Leipsic and Rattie ( each 38). . . .
As I sit here pounding on the keyboard, I am listening to Holiday Favourites (GXY36). And, hey, it’s Liam Stewart’s dad and Dolly Parton with Baby, It’s Cold Outside. . . .

From Prince Albert Raiders D Josh Morrissey (@Morrissey_10): “Really hoping the NHL gets back on because I’m tired of my twitter feed being full of NHL Legal stuff I don’t get . . . And tweets like this”

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