Mike Dunham was placed on injured reserve Tuesday after hurting his groin in yet another injury to an Atlanta Thrashers goaltender.
The Flyers’ Simon Gagne is having no problems in the scoring department this season.
The 25-year-old Canadian also seems to have resolved a pressing sports-car issue.
Gagne’s ride of choice for two years was a Porsche 911 turbo. Sporty, fun, but it was time to shift gears, as it were.
Rangers winger Fedor Fedorov hasn’t been in a game since Oct. 31. But he took a punch in the face early Friday morning – while at a Tampa nightclub.
According to a Tampa police spokesman, Fedorov suffered a swollen eye and possible broken nose when he was struck at approximately 3 a.m. near the entrance of Club Prana in Ybor City, where he and several teammates were celebrating that night’s victory over the Lightning. He declined medical treatment and did not press charges.
Mention relocation or attendance issues in the NHL and the reflex for many is to rattle off teams in the Sunbelt as ones that are prime candidates to be rolled up and sent somewhere else like an old carpet.
The issue percolated again this week, when officials representing a new downtown arena in Kansas City, a group that includes Los Angeles Kings president Tim Leiweke, reiterated their desire to have an NHL team as their anchor tenant.
Dave Checketts’ group withdrew from negotiations to buy the St. Louis Blues, putting the team back on the open market Monday.
Blues owners Bill and Nancy Laurie had signed a letter of intent with Sports Capital Partners granting them exclusive rights to negotiate for 30 days to buy the team and the operating lease on the Savvis Center, where the Blues play.
The Blues said in a statement that the Checketts-led group has withdrawn from negotiations and talks with other interested parties can begin.
The desperation to break a six-game losing streak can be powerful medicine for a hockey club. Last night at the St. Pete Times Forum, it was plenty powerful for the Tampa Bay Lightning, who ended their skid as well as the Flyers’ six-game winning streak with a convincing 5-2 decision.
Every now and then, a long-term injury on the Flyers ends up being shorter than anyone expected. That’s the stunning news behind Turner Stevenson’s surprise workout with the Flyers yesterday.