Thursday, November 6, 2014

Chase in holding pattern . . . Playfair back with Chiefs . . . Hobbs' mother recovering







F Jakub Šindel (Brandon, 2004-05) signed a contract for the rest of this season with the Coventry Blaze (England, UK Elite). He had been released by Kaltern/Caldaro (Italy, Serie A). . . .
F Zdeněk Blatný (Seattle, Kootenay, 1998-2001) has been released by Frederikshavn (Denmark, Metal Ligaen). He had three goals and five assists in five games. His contract had a clause allowing either side to terminate it within the first month. Frederikshavn elected to terminate the contract.
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F Greg Chase remains at home in Sherwood Park, Alta., as he waits for the Calgary Hitmen to trade him. He also is a draft pick of the Edmonton Oilers, who signed him to a three-year contract in September. Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal and Kristen Odland of the Calgary Herald look at the situation right here.
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The OHL's Erie Otters suffered their first regulation-time loss of the season on Thursday when they were beaten 5-2 by the host Niagara IceDogs. . . . Erie F Connor McDavid had his point streak end at 14 games (he has 42 points in 15 games). . . . The Otters' had at least a point in 14 straight games (13-0-1), while Niagara had losts its previous six games.
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The WHL's 20-year-old dance continued Wednesday, this time in the dressing room of the Spokane Chiefs. F Jackson Playfair is back with the Chiefs, who in turn placed F Connor Chartier on waivers. Playfair was traded by the Chiefs to the Tri-City Americans last season. However, the Americans acquired F Richard Nejezchleb from the Brandon Wheat Kings on Wednesday, and that left Tri-City with three 20-year-olds, one over the roster limit. The Americans then put Playfair on waivers. When the Chiefs claimed him, it left them one over the limit, so they placed Chartier on waivers. . . . Playfair had seven points, four of them goals, in 16 games with the Americans this season. Before being traded last season, he had played 89 games with the Chiefs, recording six goals and nine assists. . . . Chartier, a second-round pick by the Chiefs in the 2009 bantam draft, had 71 points, 25 of the goals, in 209 games with Spokane.
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Bob Woods, the general manager and head coach of the Saskatoon Blades, has some history with Mark French, the head coach of the Calgary Hitmen. In fact, the two of them won an AHL championship together. . . . Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix has more right here.
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Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the Saskatoon StarPhoenix reports that Jackie Hobbs, the mother of D Connor Hobbs, continues to recover from serious injuries suffered in an Oct. 24 head-on collision.
However, Nugent-Bowman writes, that accident didn’t have anything to do with Hobbs leaving the Medicine Hat Tigers on Oct. 30 and asking to be traded.
Hobbs, from Saskatoon, is at home waiting for the phone to ring.
According to Nugent-Bowman, Jackie Hobbs “suffered a broken collarbone, seven broken ribs, a cracked sternum, a chipped vertebrae and a punctured lung . . . She spent nine days in the hospital, but is now recovering well, according to Hobbs's agent Jason Davidson.”
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The latest edition of Elliotte Friedman’s 30 Thoughts is right here. . . . Included is confirmation that, yes, F Kris Versteeg of the Chicago Blackhawks still is interested in purchasing the Lethbridge Hurricanes.
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Cathal Kelly of The Globe and Mail has an interesting take on Alex Rodriguez and his drug situation. Were you in A-Rod’s situation, asks Kelly, what would you have done? Kelly certainly knows what he would have done. Give it a look right here.
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John Forzani, a former CFL player who became a business leader in Calgary, died last week in Palm Springs, Calif. His brain has since been donated to the Canadian Sports Concussion Project. . . . There is no doubt that Forzani experienced brain injuries while playing with the Calgary Stampeders (1971-76), but what makes his situation interesting is that he doesn’t appear to have suffered any cognitive issues in his latter years. He was 67 when he died. . . . Mario Toneguzzi of the Calgary Herald has more right here.
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