Thursday, November 28, 2013

Broncos, Oil Kings swing deal

THE MacBETH REPORT:
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F Pavel Brendl (Calgary, 1998-2001) has been loaned to Brno by Pardubice (both Czech Republic, Extraliga) for 30 days. Brendl hasn’t played this season. Last season, with Pardubice, he had eight points, five of them goals, in 20 games.
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The Swift Current Broncos have acquired D Stephen Shmoorkoff, 19, from the Edmonton Oil Kings for G Alec Dillon, 17, and a conditional fourth-round selection in the 2015 bantam draft. . . . According to Edmonton’s news release: “If Dillon plays in the WHL, a fourth-round pick is returned to the Broncos.” . . . Shmoorkoff is pointless in 16 games with the Oil Kings this season. . . . The Edmonton native had four points, one of them a goal, in 34 games last season. . . . “(Shmoorkoff) is a veteran defenceman with experience in a winning organization,” Mark Lamb, the Broncos’ general manager and head coach, said in a news release. “He is a very physical player and will bring his physicality and wealth of experience to our young defensive group moving forward.” . . . Dillon, from Victoria, is a 6-foot-5, 170-pounder who was a fifth-round selection in the 2011 bantam draft. He is with the BCHL’s Victoria Grizzlies, going 2.49, .917 in 13 games. . . . At the same time, the Broncos sent F Brandan Arnold, 16, to the midget AAA Tisdale, Sask., Trojans. Arnold, from Dodsland, Sask., was pointless in one game. He was a seventh-round pick in the 2012 bantam draft.
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A tweet from Chris Dilks (@ChrisDilks): “Champlin Park '96 F Calvin Spencer will be playing for Seattle (WHL). Big, physical kid, not a big scorer. Tough loss for CP.”
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NHLFormer Moose Jaw Warriors F Brooks Laich, now with the NHL’s Washington Capitals, is obsessed with hockey. In fact, it’s gotten to the point where Washington head coach Adam Oates wants Laich to perhaps rethink things a bit. . . . Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post has a terrific read right here.
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NHL
Brian Costello of The Hockey News notes that the Calgary Flames have taken to releasing specifics about injuries to players. And he appreciates it. That piece is right here.
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Former NHLer Rick Vaive, saying that he didn’t see the contents of the concussion-related lawsuit before it was filed against the NHL, has asked that his name be removed from it. . . . There’s more right here.
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NHLFormer Saskatoon Blades F Bob Bourne, who was a terrific player with the New York Islanders as they won four straight Stanley Cups, is part of the concussion-related lawsuit against the NHL. “Life after hockey hasn’t been fun for me. It’s been a struggle,” Bourne told Dave Feschuk of the Toronto Star. “I’m articulate. I consider myself a smart guy. But there’s a reason why things haven’t gone as well as they should have.” . . . Feschuk’s piece is right here. Read it and wonder how many former players are in the same boat.
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F Anthony Ast of the Vancouver Giants has been honoured with the Canadian Diabetes Association’s National Young Volunteers of the Year Award. . . . Ast, 18, was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes in January 2002. . . . The Giants’ news release is right here.
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Old friend Ben Laursen will be in the spotlight in the first intermission Friday as the Brandon Wheat Kings play host to the Prince Albert Raiders. Laursen, who has been a volunteer with the Wheat Kings since before Rudy Pilous was the head coach, will be saluted by the Wheat Kings and Atom-Jet Group as the Innovator of the Month. . . . These days, Laursen is the director of off-ice officials.
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I don’t know if you posted details of your Thanksgiving Day menu anywhere on the Internet, but Kris Jenner did and it’s right here. Enjoy!
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Jason Kidd, the head coach of the NBA’s Brooklyn Nets, was out of timeouts, so he innovated. Unfortunately for him, it’s going to cost him $50,000. There’s more right here.


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