Eastern News and Notes - 10.14.08
Maple Leaf forward Ryan Hollweg isn’t making a good impression on his new team. First, the 25-year-old was handed an automatic two-game suspension last week after receiving his third boarding/checking from behind major in a span of 41 games.
Now, Hollweg is facing a minimum suspension of three games after he was handed a five-minute boarding major and a game misconduct for a hit on Blues defenceman Alex Pietrangelo on Monday afternoon.
The NHL has the ability to lengthen the suspension as supplementary discipline. That may be a good idea, since it seems like the message has not been received.
The Philadelphia Flyers have traded Ned Lukacevic and a 2009 fourth-round draft pick to the Boston Bruins in exchange for Andrew Alberts.
The move fills a hole on Philadelphia’s defence, and frees up cap space for Boston. Furthermore, it allows the Bruins to call up Vladimir Sobotka from the AHL.
In other Flyers news, defenceman Randy Jones was expected to be out for 2 months following hip surgery, but that time frame has been revised to three to four months.
Bryan McCabe of the Florida Panthers was involved in a scary collision with Dennis Seidenberg of the Hurricanes on Friday night. It was originally feared that the defenceman had fractured several vertebrae, but general manager Jacques Martin said that Saturday’s MRI indicated that McCabe suffered bruises and lower back strain. He will miss about 2 weeks.
Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson had minor knee surgery last Friday and was expected to be out for at least 10 days, but he skated on his own today and could be back in the lineup as soon as Friday.
“He’s got very little swelling, which is a positive,” coach Craig Hartsburg told the Ottawa Sun. “He’s doing well, but every day we have to wait and see how he feels. I don’t perceive it to be a real long time (before he’s back in the lineup), but I don’t want to put a time frame on it.”