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Aug
28

It was speculated that Paul Kariya might return to the Anaheim Ducks this season, but it now looks as though that won’t be happening. On Friday, Kariya’s agent, Don Baizley, announced that the veteran forward will miss the 2010-11 season due to post-concussion syndrome. The injury-plagued forward has had issues with concussions in the past and at this point it’s anyone’s guess if he’ll ever play in the NHL again.

Another player suffering a setback is centerman Jordan Staal of the Pittsburgh Penguins who suffered a cut tendon on the top of his right foot on April 30. Penguins GM Ray Shero said the tendon is strong but there may be other issues with the foot which will be re-evaluation next week. At that time, perhaps the team will have a better idea of whether or not Staal will be ready for training camp.

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Aug
28

The Pittsburgh Penguins will not be re-signing free agent winger Bill Guerin for next season. Penguins GM Ray Shero says the team has decided to give younger players a chance but acknowledged that 39-year-old Guerin was a large part of the reason the Penguins were given the Stanley Cup in 2009. Shero added that Guerin, who has so far declined to comment, is “obviously disappointed.”

Some may recall that Guerin was critical of his former Penguins teammate Matt Cooke after Cooke’s vicious hit to the head of Boston Bruin Marc Savard on March 7, 2010. Savard suffered a Grade 2 concussion but Cooke received no suspension.

Bill Guerin is a 2-time Stanley Cup winner having first won the Cup with the New Jersey Devils in 1995.

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Aug
24

After weeks of speculation about what would become of goalie Cristobal Huet, it’s being reported that the Chicago Blackhawks may loan Huet to Fribourg-Gotteron of the Swiss Elite League for the 2010-11 season. If the deal goes through, it’s just the latest of many lineup changes for the Blackhawks as the team continues to rebuild following its 2010 Stanley Cup win. After Marty Turco was signed to take over the No. 1 goaltending position from Antti Niemi, it was unclear what would happen with Huet. Last season, Huet split the net-minding duties with Niemi, who edged out Huet in the playoffs and led the ‘Hawks to the championship. Huet reportedly earned more last season than did Niemi but with Niemi’s future with the team looking bleak, Huet’s status was also in question. Huet’s agent, Stephen Bartlett, says the loan to Fribourg-Gotteron is not set in stone. Huet could still possibly be sent to the minor leagues. Either way, Huet’s departure will save the team around $5 million next season.

In other Chicago Blackhawks news, the team has signed forward Fernando Pisani to a one-year contract. This marks the second NHL team for Pisani, who previously played for the Edmonton Oilers for 7 years.

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Aug
24

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Aaron Ward has announced his retirement. It was speculated that Ward might retire since he seemed to enjoy his frequent stints as a color analyst during last season’s playoffs and was a natural in front of the camera. Ward underwent yet another knee surgery this summer and would end up missing the beginning of next season had he decided to return. Ward is a 3-time Stanley Cup winner having won the CupĀ once with the Carolina Hurricanes and twice with the Detroit Red Wings.

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Aug
24

The Anaheim Ducks announced today that forward Joffrey Lupul has a recurrence of a blood infection in his back and will not attend the start of training camp this season. Lupul was hoping to be ready to play at the start of next season but now won’t be able to work-out at all while he undergoes a 4-week round of antibiotics. There’s no timeline for his return.

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