Blues Fire Sale Begins

Blues ship second-leading scorer Sillinger to Preds

The St. Louis Blues traded second-leading scorer Mike Sillinger to the Nashville Predators on Sunday night for forward Timofei Shishkanov.
Sillinger, 34, led the Blues in goals, including a team-high 11 on the power play. His 41 points in 48 games were second only to Doug Weight’s 44.

Hurricanes retire Francis’ No. 10

Ron Francis donned the familiar sweater and led the Carolina Hurricanes on the ice one final time, then took a victory lap around the rink to a standing ovation.
When he was done, his wife and three children joined him near center ice, as did his parents, his brother and a handful of friends.

Hatcher named acting captain for struggling Flyers

Derian Hatcher is the new acting captain for the struggling Philadelphia Flyers.

Doubling Washington’s Ovechkin capital mistake for Tampa Bay

Alexander Ovechkin made Tampa Bay pay dearly for a defensive decision to double-team him. Dainius Zubrus scored with 2 minutes, 20 seconds left in regulation and host Washington edged the Lightning yesterday, 2-1, for its third home win in four games against the defending Stanley Cup champions.

Ducks won’t be ‘Mighty’ next season

The Mighty Ducks of Anaheim announced they will officially change their name to the Anaheim Ducks at the start of the 2006-07 season. The NHL team also said it is evaluating possible changes to its logo and uniforms.
“The process is still very much underway, and we do not expect to be ready to make any further announcements until the end of the season,” owner Henry Samueli said in a statement issued by the team Friday.

Injury makes Niittymaki probable Olympic starter

When the Finnish Olympic team was announced, Antero Niittymaki’s name wasn’t even on the roster. That seemed a slight, at best, and a really dumb move by the Finns, at worst, considering Niittymaki had outplayed both Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff and Atlanta’s Kari Lehtonen in head-to-head play this season.

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