Tag:Aaron Boogaard
Posted on: July 23, 2011 10:27 am
Edited on: July 23, 2011 1:59 pm

Daily Skate: Gorges avoids arbitration

By Adam Gretz

GORGES RE-SIGNS WITH MONTREAL: One-by-one players that were scheduled for arbitration hearings are finding ways to come to an agreement with their team before having to go through the arbitration process. The latest player to come to an agreement was Josh Gorges, who signed a one-year contract with the Montreal Canadiens on Friday night. According to TSN's Darren Dreger, the deal is worth $2.5 million. Gorges was limited to just 36 games last season because of injury, and scored one goal to go with six assists. Offense isn't a large part of his game, as he's one of Montreal's top shutdown defensemen. He was scheduled for an arbitration hearing on July 28.

BOOGAARD CHARGED: Aaron Boogaard, the brother of former NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard, was charged on Friday for the unlawful distribution of a controlled substance. He's also facing charges for interferring with the scene of his brother's death by allegedly flushing a drug stash down the toilet before police could arrive to the scene.

KANE'S NUMBER DEBATE: There's a debate raging in Winnipeg as to whether Evander Kane should continue to wear Bobby Hull's No. 9. Hull, of course, was a tremendous player for the original Winnipeg franchise during its WHA days, where the number was retired. That team currently plays its games in Phoenix, while the current Jets franchise carries the history of the Atlanta Thrashers, which did not retire the number. Arctic Ice Hockey is asking Jets fans to vote on whether Kane should change numbers, while the young forward plans on asking Hull for permission to continue to wear the number he's worn for most of his young career.

NABOKOV TO RETURN? James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail reported on Friday that Evgeni Nabokov is planning on making a return to the NHL for the 2011-12 season. The question, however, is with which team? The easiest guess right now might be the New York Islanders. The goaltender signed a deal in Russia before last season and then decided to make a return to the NHL in January. He signed a contract with the Detroit Red Wings but had to pass through waivers before he could officially join the team. The Islanders, in need of goaltending help because of a rash of injuries at the position, claimed Nabokov, who then refused to report to the team. He never played a game for the Islanders. Nabokov suiting up for New York would certainly be weird given last year's events, but it's still not as weird as the possibility of Alexei Yashin returning.

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Posted on: July 22, 2011 9:51 am
Edited on: July 22, 2011 10:08 am

Daily Skate: Trevor Gretzky signs with Cubs

By: Adam Gretz

GRETZKY SIGNS WITH CUBS: Trevor Gretzky, the son of hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky, reportedly signed with the Chicago Cubs on Thursday, according to the Toronto Sun. Gretzky, a first baseman who had committed to play college ball at San Diego State, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Cubs in the June draft. He had until Aug. 15 to sign with the Cubs.

BOOGAARD'S BROTHER FACES DRUG CHARGE: Aaron Boogaard was arrested Thursday on the suspicion prescription fraud/possession of presciprtion pills according to the Star Tribune. Boogaard is the brother of former Wild and Rangers forward Derek Boogaard, who died in May in an accidental drug overdose. Boogard's family issued a statement, saying the charges against Aaron have nothing to do with Derek's death and are part of a larger investigation. According to the report, the date of Aaron's crime is listed as May 13, which is the same day Derek was found dead in his apartment.

WALLACE SIGNS WITH Islanders: Forward Tim Wallace signed a one-year, two-way deal with the New York Islanders on Thursday. The 26-year-old forward spent the past five seasons in the Pittsburgh Penguins organization and finished with 20 goals and 17 assists playing in the American Hockey League with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins last year.

ENROTH SIGNS WITH Sabres: The Buffalo Sabres signed restricted free agent Jhonas Enroth to a two-year deal Thursday to serve as Ryan Miller's primary backup. Enroth split time last season with Patrick Lalime as Miller's backup. One of the smallest goalies in the NHL (listed at just 5-foot-10, 166 pounds), Enroth appeared in 14 games last season and recorded a 9-2-2 record to go with a .907 save percentage.

BOUILLON SUFFERS SETBACK: Predators defenseman Francis Bouillon, who appeared in just 44 games last season, suffered a setback in his recovery from a concussion, telling Richard Labbe of Cyberpresse (translated link) that he's still experiencing headaches and had to recently stop his training. As Dirk Hoag of On The Forecheck pointed out, this leaves the Predators defense with a lot of question marks because of Bouillon's setback, as well as the offseason moves that resulted in the loss of Shane O'Brien and Cody Franson.

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