THE MacBETH REPORT:
F Rudolf Cerveny (Regina, 2007-09) was assigned on loan by Ceske Budejovice (Czech Republic, Extraliga) to Mlada Boleslav (Czech Republic, 1.Liga). He has two goals and one assist in 14 games with Ceske Budejovice this season. . . .
F Radek Duda (Regina, Lethbridge, 1998-2000) was released by Chomutov (Czech Republic, Extraliga) and signed to a contract for the rest of this season by Liberec (Czech Republic, Extraliga). He had two goals and 12 assists in 19 games for Chomutov prior to his release. . . .
F Marek Ivan (Lethbridge, Moose Jaw, 1996-98) was released by Novy Jicin (Czech Republic, 2.Liga). He had seven goals and eight assists in 10 games for Novy Jicin this season.
There were 221 responses to the latest poll that was posted over there on the right.
The question was: Who gets most of the blame for the NHL lockout?
And there wasn’t much doubt which way y’all are leaning.
The NHL owners got 81 votes (36 per cent), with commissioner Gary Bettman close behind at 78 and 35 per cent.
NHL players got 35 votes (15 per cent), with Donald Fehr, the NHLPA’s executive director, drawing 27 votes (12 per cent).
You will note a new poll over there on the right. The teams are shown in the order of the Western Conference standings after Sunday’s game.
The Name the Line contest ended Saturday at midnight PST.
I hope to be able to announce a winner at some point this week.
Thanks to those who took part.
The Saskatoon Blades will be without D Kyle Schmidt, 19, for six to 10 weeks after he suffered an undisclosed injury in Saturday’s 9-2 loss to the Rockets in Kelowna. The Blades already were without D Dalton Thrower (suspected concussion) and D Duncan Siemens, who is in Sherwood Park, Alta., with his father who is ill but apparently feeling better. . . . Lorne Molleken, the Blades’ general manager and head coach, told the Saskatoon StarPhoenix that Thrower, F Shane McColgan and F Brett Stovin may return to action this week. . . . The Blades don’t get much opportunity to rest as they meet the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes on Tuesday. . . .
You will recall that prior to this season the OHL put a10-fight limit on its players. It’s interesting that fighting is down 20 per cent in the OHL. And the players don’t sound at all upset, not even the guy who fought 37 times last season. Jeff Z. Klein of The New York Times has more right here.
F Carter Rigby struck for three goals to lead the visiting Kelowna Rockets to an 8-2 victory over the Everett Silvertips. . . . The goals were the first of the season for Rigby, who just returned last week after missing 12 games with a shoulder injury. . . . Kelowna G Jackson Whistle ran his record to 6-0-0. He’s got a 1.20 GAA and a .955 save percentage. . . . The Rockets won three games in three nights over the weekend, outscoring the opposition, 22-5. . . . F Tyler Sandhu scored his ninth goal of the season for Everett. Sandhu, 16, leads the Silvertips in goals. . . . How good are the Rockets? "They're a good hockey team," Everett head coach Mark Ferner told Nick Patterson of the Everett Herald. "They're well coached and have a tremendous amount of talent. They're as good as we've faced this year."
D Ben Betker, Everett
TWEET OF THE DAY:
From Calgary Hitmen F Calder Brooks (@CalderBrooks): “The merging lane on to the highway is useless if you’re going 40. #mixinawater”
Ain’t that the truth!
From Vancouver Giants F Anthony Ast (@AAST18): “Goodbye Twitter, it’s been real.”
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