Thrashers Begin Talks With Byfuglien and Ladd
Right now, nobody is questioning Rick Dudley’s offseason moves to acquire Dustin Byfuglien and Andrew Ladd from the Chicago Blackhawks. Ladd has become Atlanta’s captain while Byfuglien has been channeling his inner Al MacInnis since opening night. The true test for Dudley as a GM will be whether or not he can lock both players up to long-term deals in Atlanta. Craig Custance of The Sporting News reports that preliminary discussions have begun.
Datsyuk Out Four Weeks
Bad news for the Detroit Red Wings as Pavel Datsyuk suffered a broken wrist on Wednesday after colliding with former teammate and Canucks forward Mikael Samuelsson. Early prognosis has Datsyuk missing at least four weeks.
USA Early Favourites to Repeat as World Junior Champions
USA Hockey announced its roster for the 2011 world junior hockey championship and it’s scary good.
Thrashers Ownership Group Settles Dispute
Those that are fascinated by the business side of hockey may find this interesting, otherwise it’s a bit of snoozer. From CBCSports:
The owners of the Atlanta Hawks and Atlanta Thrashers have settled a long legal battle, resulting in Boston-based Steve Belkin’s share being purchased by others in the group. Michael Gearon and Bruce Levenson have emerged from the settlement as the managing partners of the NBA Hawks, NHL Thrashers and Philips Arena, the home for the two teams. No other details were released in a three-sentence statement Wednesday night.
Terrible News as Mandi Schwartz’s Cancer Returns
Greg Wyshynski has done a great job of following the story of Mandi Schwartz, but the latest bit of news on the former Yale hockey player is rather saddening. From Puck Daddy:
The story of Mandi Schwartz has taken another turn, and it’s a sad one: The former Yale University hockey player’s cancer has returned for a third time this year, roughly three months after a stem-cell transplant gave hope that she’d finally beaten it.
On a Lighter Note, It’s GIF Time!
Duchene and Stastny “Bang Bang” Dance
Kitty Plays the Semin Bongos