BREAKING: Phoenix Trades Turris to Senators

Written by Mike Salerno on .

The Ottawa Sun's Bruce Garrioch just confirmed via Twitter that Kyle Turris is indeed on his way out of Phoenix.

According to Garrioch, the Coyotes have traded the third overall selection in the 2007 NHL Draft to the Ottawa Senators for defenseman David Rundblad and a 2012 second-round pick.

As we speculated yesterday, the Senators were definitely one of the teams that were in on Turris and it appears they've landed him. The Senators parted ways with a highly touted prospect in Rundblad, though the emergence of Erik Karlsson and Jared Cowen made the 2009 first rounder expendable as they look to strengthen their forwards.

Selanne To Make Long-Awaited Return To Winnipeg

Written by Frank Castaldi on .

On October 6, 1992, a baby-faced, preciously plump, seven-year-old version of myself came home after a long and tiresome day of dealing with #SecondGraderProblems. When I tossed my Ninja Turtles backpack onto my couch and turned on my Super Nintendo, I had one thing on my mind: make Super Mario Kart my personal b*tch!

After successfully destroying the competition, I was pretty confident that that would have been the most significant thing to happen that night. Then, just as sneakily as I sabotaged Princess Peach with a banana on the final lap, I too was ambushed. You see, my accomplishments were trumped that night, by a 22-year-old phenom from Finland.


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Martin Out in Montreal, Who Might Be Next?

Written by Mike Salerno on .

The big news out of Montreal this morning is that Pierre Gauthier has made his second game-day firing of the season. Head coach Jacques Martin was shown the door prior to today's morning skate. Randy Cunneyworth was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.

This comes as no surprise to puckheads around the league as Martin's head seemed to be on the chopping block since October as the Habs stumbled out of the gate, dropping their first five games at home.

It also comes nearly two months after Gauthier showed assistant coach and power play specialist Perry Pearn the gate on October 30, a move which confused just about everyone.

Martin's firing got us thinking. He's the sixth head coach to be fired so far this season, following Davis Payne (St. Louis), Bruce Boudreau (Washington), Randy Carlyle (Anaheim), Paul Maurice (Carolina) and Terry Murray (Los Angeles). But with the Christmas season approaching, who else might be feeling some warm coal burning up beneath their seat?

UPDATED: NBC Sports Analyst Mike Milbury Charged With Assault of 12-Year Old Hockey Player

Written by Mike Salerno on .

UPDATE 4:15 p.m.: Milbury's lawyer, Daniel Rabinovitz, just released the following statement about today's charges:

“Mike Milbury denies any allegations that there was an assault of any kind. He simply intervened in an altercation between his son and an opposing player. No one was struck, no one was injured and no one was threatened.”

That is certainly in keeping with the unnamed family friend who spoke to Justin from Days of Y'Orr's earlier today. I wouldn't expect much to come of this charge. It's noteworthy, certainly, because of Milbury's past history with famous brawls and his on-air persona, but I doubt it'll amount to anything in a court of law.

UPDATE 3:15 p.m.: Our friends over at Days of Y'Orr just posted an exclusive side to this story. Apparently, a friend of the Milbury family who was at the game in question and saw the entire thing unfold. According to their source, who requested anonymity, Mad Mike may have just been simply defending his own son. Decide for yourself:

"Milbury's 12-year-old son was playing in the game. A kid (the alleged victim) from the opposing team kept trying to start a fight with Little Milbury because of who his dad is -- 'Hey, you're a Milbury. Fight me.' sort of deal. Sounds reasonable. Who wouldn't want to say they got into a fight with a Milbury? According to our source, Little Milbury isn't much of a fighter (not to mention fighting is illegal in pee wee hockey) and wouldn't oblige. The other kid kept going after him anyways. Eventually Mike had enough and went up to the kid, grabbed him by the jersey and [said] 'What the &$%# is your problem?' The kid's dad flipped out and reported it to police."

I'm not one to condone any kind of violence towards children, but if someone was incessantly going after my kid, I'd probably flip my lid too. Interesting.


According to WCVB-TV in Boston, Versus analyst Mike Milbury has been charged with assault and battery of a 12-year old boy.

The report states that the former Bruins player and Islanders GM allegedly assaulted the boy at Dexter School Ice Rink in Brookline last week.

Devils To Retire Scott Niedermayer's #27 Tonight

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An argument can be made that no player in hockey history can boast a more accomplished career than Scott Niedermayer. He won a World Junior Championship in '91, a Memorial Cup in Kamloops in '92, a World Cup and a World Championship in 2004, two Olympic gold medals (2004, 2010), the 2004 Norris Trophy, and four Stanley Cups in a phenomenal 18 year career.

Tonight he will add one more honor to that list, as his No. 27 will hang forever in the rafters of Prudential Center.

Kyle Turris Trade Update

Written by Mike Salerno on .

While all the talk in hockey circles this morning seems to be about the now-infamous men's league pooper, we had a bit of relevant NHL news surrounding Kyle Turris' status in Phoenix from TSN's Darren Dreger via Twitter.

We could see Turris dealt as early as today according to Dreger. Earlier this season, Turris was holding out for a trade out of Phoenix, but Coyotes GM Don Maloney held firm admirably, setting a precedent for future prospects, at least in that organization, that the players may not dictate where they play until they prove themselves.

Thursday Night Around the League

Written by Brian McCormack on .

Twenty teams were in action Thursday night around the NHL, as the Flyers took there seventh in a row, the Blues won their fourth, and the Oilers continued to struggle. Welcome to the first of many installments taking you around the league and keeping you up-to-date with all the action:

  • Even without the likes of Jeff Skinner and Joni Pitkanen, the Carolina Hurricanes topped the Vancouver Canucks at home 4-3, powered by Drayson Bowman's first two goals of the year, and newcomer Jaroslav Spacek's first of the season that turned out to be the eventual game-winner. Daniel Sedin missed the game with back spasms. Oh yeah, this beauty from Cam Ward didn't hurt either:

Time to Buy Stock in Advil

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Another one bites the dust. Another one bites the dust!

And another one gone, another one gone!

Another one bites the dust!

Okay, with the exception of a possible We Are the Champions or We Will Rock You reference, that will be the last time Queen lyrics are ever published in a THS post going forward.

Now down to the serious business.

Just hours after it was announced that Flyers' captain Chris Pronger will be forced to miss the remainder of the regular season with post-concussion syndrom, the Islanders' Brian Rolston was knocked out of Thursday night's game against Dallas with a concussion of his own.

Chicago Kids Steal Water From Fire Hydrant To Build Backyard Rink

Written by Mike Salerno on .

If you steal it, they will come.

The cops, that is.

You've got to appreciate the gusto of four young men in Tinley Park, Illinois, who stole water from a school fire hydrant to aid in the construction of a backyard ice rink on Sunday afternoon. Hey, the guys just wanted to play some puck, ya know?

Ken Schmidt, Tony Nelin, Jake Maas and Timmy Ryan, all aged 19-21, banded their clearly below-average minds together to create a 91x43-foot rink.

It worked, that is until a school custodian called the police when he noticed an unusually long fire hose running from one of the hydrants on campus. A Chicago Tribune report states that the cops followed the hose to a neighboring yard, through a fence and wooded area to only find the boys and their rink of dreams.

Isles' DiPietro to IR, In Other News Water Is Wet

Written by Mike Salerno on .

According to ESPN New York's Katie Strang via Twitter, the Islanders have placed goaltender Rick DiPietro on injured reserve. Again. The oft-injured netminder has been sidelined for the better part of the last two months with a left groin strain and will be out indefinitely.

It's just the latest unfortunate turn in a troubled marriage between DiPietro and the Isles, who seem like they'll be together 'til death do them part.

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