- Gene Principe via twitter: Oilers Taylor Hall, “My shoulder isn’t ready yet. I’m hoping to play in OKC but I won’t rush my return in order to play in the AHL”.
- Ben Kuzma of the Vancouver Province: Canucks Ryan Kesler’s recovery from left shoulder and wrist surgeries has been pushed back to January if the lockout is resolved. He’ll be re-evaluated in early December. Kesler is still being paid, $5 million.
“I’m pretty banged up. I can’t shoot or stickhandle yet. Strength wise, healing the shoulder is going to be pretty tedious the next few months. I’m pretty far behind.”
“I saw the doctor a week ago in Cleveland and my strength is so far behind with my wrist,” stressed Kesler. “If I had my shoulder surgery on the right side, it might have helped a bit. It’s going to take time, but time heals everything. And because I’m injured, I can’t have contact and I can’t shoot, so I would be pretty useless out there if I skated with them [teammates] now.”
- Dmitry Chesnokov via twitter: Czech media reports are saying that Zdeno Chara will be joining Lev.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Cody Franson signed with Brynas of the Swedish league. Strozyk reports the contract is for the entire season, and not just the lockout. David Alter via twitter: Franson’s agent said there is an out for him to come back to the Leafs if the lockout ends. Jonas Siegel via twitter: From what Siegel understands, the Leafs and Franson (RFA) disagreed on his value after last season. He spent some time in the press box.
- Howard Berger via twitter: Berger is still hearing that Brian Burke and Mike Gillis keep in touch regarding Roberto Luongo.
- Joe Yerdon via twitter: Brandon Dubinsky joins Nate Thompson and Joey Crabb with the Alaska Aces.
- John Vogl via twitter: Tomas Vanek is heading to Austria. Matias Strozyk via twitter: Vanek will play with Graz 99ers until November 4th.
- Matias Strozyk via twitter: Corey Potter will be playing with the Vienna Capitals.