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Oct
08

Salei fan memorial at Honda Center

The Anaheim Ducks will honor former Ducks defenseman Ruslan Salei by wearing a “24″ patch on each of their three jerseys (home, road, and third) beginning Oct. 14 at their home opener at Honda Center vs. San Jose. Ever since “Rusty” was tragically killed in the plane crash which took the lives of 44 members of the Lokomotiv Yaroslavl organization on Sept. 7, the Ducks have shown their appreciation for the ten years Salei patrolled their blue line from 1996-2006.

The Ducks will wear the commemorative jerseys through the Nov. 17 game vs. Los Angeles and then auction them off at the 12th annual Dux in Tux on Nov. 18 as well as through an online auction at AnaheimDucks.com (details to be determined). The proceeds from the auctions will benefit both the Anaheim Ducks Foundation and a charity of the Salei family’s choice.

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Oct
07

This season, the wives and girlfriends of NHL players have united to lend support to the families of the players who died in the Lokomotiv Yarsolavl plane crash a month ago today. Kodette LaBarbera and Brijet Whitney (wives of Phoenix Coyotes goalie Jason LaBarbera and left wing Ray Whitney) are working with Katerina Jokinen (wife of Calgary Flames center Ollie Jokinen) to spearhead a fundraiser to aid the families by selling designer bracelets in memory of the players. LaBarbera and Jokinen have asked all the wives and girlfriends of players from each of the 30 NHL teams to sell the bracelets throughout the season at each home game. Some wives are also selling autographed pucks. Erica Lundmark (wife of KHL forward Jamie Lundmark) is spearheading the efforts overseas.

The wives have also launched a website to sell the memory bracelets. There are two designs – one made of semi-precious jade red and blue beads ($50 for adult’s size; $25 for kid’s size) and a red silicone band ($10).

Anyone interested in supporting this noble cause may visit the website at: http://www.loveforlokomotiv.com/

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Oct
07

On Tuesday, just days before the New York Rangers headed to Germany to begin their regular season against the LA Kings, left wing Sean Avery was placed on waivers. Rangers Coach John Tortorella admitted that while Avery had a good training camp, he felt the 31-year-old was not as versatile as forward Erik Christensen is. Additionally, Tortorella said he wanted only one extra forward, which made Avery the odd man out. On Wednesday, Avery cleared waivers and was sent to the Rangers’ AHL affiliate, the Connecticut Whale.

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Oct
07

The LA Kings and defenseman Drew Doughty agreed on an eight-year deal worth $56 million. The 21-year-old restricted free-agent had reportedly preferred to sign for a three- to four-year deal worth $56 million, but GM Dean Lombardi wanted Doughty locked for seven to eight years and at a much lower cap hit.

The extended deal was signed just days before the Kings left for their season opener in Hamburg, Germany against the New York Rangers, and it’s believed that the trip had much to do with ending the negotiations stalemate between Doughty’s camp and the Kings. The Kings needed their star defenseman in the lineup for the road trip and wanted the deal in place before the team’s departure.

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Oct
07

Goaltender Ray Emery agreed to a one-year contract with the Chicago Blackhawks to backstop No. 1 netminder Corey Crawford. Although his rival for the job Alexander Salak outplayed Emery during the preseason tryout, the Blackhawks opted for the 29-year-old veteran Emery hoping his playoff experience will help the team make it to the postseason.  Salak, 24, was reassigned to Chicago’s AHL affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs.

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