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October 25, 2005

October 25, 2005

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TRANSACATIONS FOR OCT. 5-13 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim Oct. 10 Dustin Penner, LW, assigned to Portland (AHL). Injuries Jon Hedstrom, RW, groin, day-to-day. Atlanta Thrashers Oct. 5 Tommi Santala, C, returned to Jokerit (Fin.). Oct. 6 Jim Slater, C, assigned to Chicago (AHL). Oct. 7 Michael Garnett, G, recalled from Chicago. Oct. 8 Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, signed five-year contract. Oct. 9 Tomas Kloucek, D, assigned to Chicago. Oct. 11 Brad Larsen, LW, assigned to Chicago. Injuries Kari Lehtonen, G, groin, indefinite. Shane Hnidy, D, shoulder, day-to-day. Mike Dunham, G, groin, day-to-day. Boston Bruins Oct. 5 Jay Henderson, LW, signed with Ausburger (Ger.). Oct. 13 Nick Boynton, D, signed contract. Injuries Alexei Zhamnov, C, shoulder, day-to-day. Joe Thornton, C, back, day-to-day. Buffalo Sabres Oct. 11 Mark Mancari, RW, signed three-year contract. Lindy Ruff, coach, signed one-year contract extension. Injuries…


Predators enjoying hot Nashville nights

Paul Kariya wasted no time establishing himself as Nashville’s goto guy with four points in his first three games – all in the third period. In the Oct. 5 opener against the San Jose Sharks, his goal 1:10 into the third tied the score 2-2. Nashville eventually won 3-2. On Oct. 12 against the Colorado Avalanche, he did it again, bringing the Predators back from a three-goal deficit when his goal tied the game 3-3. The Preds eventually won that one 5-4 with Kariya assisting on the final two goals. In between, he defeated Anaheim when he ended the first shootout in franchise history with the only successful attempt for either side. THE BUZZ When coach Barry Trotz stepped out of his office following the season-opening victory over San Jose, the unprecedented throng of…


Desert Dogs left thirsty for goals

There was no doubt Phoenix needed some offensive punch after collecting a grand total of eight goals in its first four games, so the acquisition of left winger Geoff Sanderson from Columbus came as little surprise. The fact it took defenseman Cale Hulse and forwards Jason Chimera and Mike Rupp to extract blueliner Tim Jackman and a 33-year-old speedy, but inconsistent scorer from a franchise dying give to ice time to younger prospects? That was the stunner. Sanderson could spark the team’s tired-looking offense, or he could be the next Tony Amonte or Brian Savage – a veteran who underachieves in Phoenix. THE BUZZ For a team that is hands-down the fourth in a four-sport market, the Coyotes have gotten lots of notice locally – of course, naming Wayne Gretzky as your…



The Goose has flown north, leaving the Southern Professional League’s Huntsville Havoc without its captain. Mike ‘Goose’ Degurse, who wore a Huntsville jersey for six years dating back to 1996-97 (Central League), did an about face to play for Quebec’s Caron Et Guay Trois-Rivieres. Leaving Alabama wasn’t easy. “This is basically my home,” Degurse told The Huntsville Times. “My wife (Kristen) is from Harvest and we’ve got our two daughters. But this was a great opportunity for my family and me.” The 31-year-old forward, who had 23 goals and 198 penalty minutes last season, left coach John Gibson with bittersweet emotions. “His decision leaves us with a large hole to fill,” Gibson said. “I hate to see him go, but he has a family and this is the right decision…