Betts sent back to Philly … Colaiacovo may have concussion … Malkin out last night … Dumbfounded by Turris … Bouchard suspended 2 games

  • Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer: Blair Betts has been sent back to the Flyers after being claimed by the Canadiens last week. The NHL ruled that Betts was damaged goods with a “lower-body injury.”

    “While it is clear that both clubs have acted in good faith in this unique situation (waiver claim), I am not prepared to dispute the conclusion of the Montreal club doctors that Mr. Betts was physically unfit to play at the time of the claim,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement. “Therefore, it is my decision that, per league bylaws, the appropriate resolution to this matter is to restore the parties to the position they were in prior to the waiver claim on Oct. 5.”

    The Flyers put Ian Laperriere on LTIR. The Flyers are at the max of 50 contracts. Sean Couturier won’t count until his 11th game.

  • Larry Brooks of the NY Post: The Rangers have assigned Brendan Bell to the AHL. Defenseman Tim Erixon remains with the team. Jeff Woywitka will practice with the team today.
  • Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal: NHL managers and scouts are dumbfounded by Kyle Turris trying to get a deal for $3 million or $4 million a year.

    “Is he trying to force a trade? Does he just not want to play there? Does he not like the style of game (coach) Dave Tippett has and figures he’d be better someplace else?” asked one NHL executive.

    Matheson thinks the Oilers should look at Rangers defenseman Michael Del Zotto. They are without Marc Staal at the moment and aren’t likely to be wanting to trade a defenseman.

  • BD Gallof via twitter: Gallof is starting to think that Evgeni Nabokov will be put on waivers eventually. He didn’t have a good preseason, but it would depend on DePietro’s health this month.
  • Wild’s Pierre-Marc Bouchard was suspended for 2 games for high-sticking Matt Calvert.


  1. Jeff

    October 10, 2011 at 8:53 am

    That is one NHL executive’s opinion of the situation, and he likely doesn’t understand anything that is going on with Turris. It is highly likely that the PHX coach, and Turris’ willingness to play for the coach, has exactly ZERO to do with this situation.

    Who would want to play in PHX right now? He has leverage at this moment. He has one of the top agents in the game (if not the top agent), and has likely been told by the agent “i can get you traded”.

  2. Mark Easson

    October 10, 2011 at 10:20 am

    I think it definitely has something to do with it.

  3. JoonasJ86

    October 10, 2011 at 12:04 pm

    It’s a shame. I know that the situation in Phoenix is less than admirable right now, but now Turris would have a chance to be the 1st line centerman and a go-to-guy. He could earn a big paycheck after this season if he would take just 1y contract for 1mil for example.

    But yeah, this is most probably just ask for trade

  4. Jeff

    October 10, 2011 at 12:07 pm

    And i dont blame him at all. What a JOKE of a franchise, that is. Maybe he just wants to play where the fans care, there is stable ownership, and the team can at least keep its core together (Ilya?).

  5. JoonasJ86

    October 10, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Yeah i know Jeff, poorly mishandled organization what i’ve read.

    Turris should just sign a 1y deal and show that he has it to play in the NHL. Suck it up boy, this whole Phoenix drama should be at the end anyways in next July.

    Quebec City next?