Should Ryan Ellis Be Up with The Big Club? (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey



There was only one game in the NHL last night, with the Rangers getting downed by the Suiss team EV Zug 8-4. The Rangers, who had won their previous three games in the 2011 Compuware NHL Premiere Challenge, felt the exhaustion of playing 4 games in 5 nights in 4 different countries.


Here are some transactions around the league:


The Chicago Blackhawks Assigned goaltender Alexander Salak, forwards Jimmy Hayes, Marcus Kruger, Peter LeBlanc and Brandon Pirri, and defenseman Dylan Olsen to Rockford (AHL); agreed to terms with goaltender Ray Emery on a one- year contract.

The Detroit Red Wings Signed forward Fabian Brunnstrom to a one-year, two-way contract; released forward Ryan Johnson; goaltender Joey MacDonald, defensemen Doug Janik, Garnet Exelby and Logan Pyett, and forward Chris Conner were placed on waivers.

The Florida Panthers Returned forward Jonathan Huberdeau to Saint John (QMJHL).

The Minnesota Wild Recalled goaltender Matt Hackett from Houston (AHL).

The Nashville Predators Assigned defenseman Ryan Ellis to Milwaukee (AHL).

The New Jersey Devils Placed Matt Corrente, Peter Harrold, Jay Leach, Tim Sestito, Matt Fraser, Vladimir Zharkov and Stephane Veilleux. Keith Kinkaid, Matt Taormina, Alexander Urbom sent to Albany (AHL). Steve Bernier released from PTO.

The New York Islanders Placed forwards Trevor Gillies and Nino Niederreiter on injured reserve.

The Pittsburgh Penguins Placed forwards Sidney Crosby, Dustin Jeffrey and Nick Petersen and defensemen Robert Bortuzzo and Boris Valabik on injured reserve; assigned forward Jason Williams and defensemen Alexandre Picard and Brian Strait to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (AHL); returned defenseman Joseph Morrow to Portland (WHL).

The San Jose Sharks Assigned defenseman Justin Braun and forwards Benn Ferriero and John McCarthy to Worcester (AHL); signed forward Brad Winchester to a one- year contract.

The Winnipeg Jets Agreed to terms with center Mark Scheifele on an ELC.


Brendan Shanahan decided that Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone’s hit to the head of Montreal’s Chris Campoli was not suspension worthy. Shanahan says this was a hard one to judge, but said the reason Malone was not suspended was because Campoli lost the puck on the play, and the Cnanadiens defenseman lunged in a way that led his head into the shoulder of Malone. You can read  Jackson Scarrow’s view of the situation, and then decide for yourself.


In Other news, Ottawa Senators defenceman Matt Carkner underwent surgery on Monday to repair a knee injury and should miss at least a month, Sens GM Brian Murray reported.


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About The Author

Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page:

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