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Chris Chelios ArrestedThat's what happens when you drink too much Ouzo.
WESTMONT, Ill. — Former NHL defenceman Chris Chelios was arrested last month and charged with drunk driving and speeding in suburban Chicago.
Westmont police say the 47-year-old Chelios, who now plays for the AHL's Chicago Wolves, was driving alone in his pickup truck when he was pulled over shortly after 4 a.m. on Dec. 28 for speeding and improper lane usage. He was arrested on a drunk driving charge and taken into custody.
Chelios posted bond and was released pending a Feb. 1 court appearance.
The defender was in Chicago's lineup Wednesday night for the Wolves' 3-1 loss to the Bulldogs at Hamilton's Copps Coliseum. He slipped out a back door of the arena without commenting about his arrest.
Chicago coach Don Lever was equally speechless when asked about the incident and whether the team would discipline Chelios.
"I've got no comment on that," he said. "That's a situation - a personal problem. We've got no comment on it."
Chelios was one of the NHL's top defencemen in his 25 years in the league, including stints in Montreal, Chicago and Detroit.
-With files from The Canadian Press.
Oilers Hope for EberleI'd say that it's exciting to be an Oilers fan with Eberle (not to mention Paajarvi-Svensson), but, who are we kidding, being an Oilers prospect pretty much kills your chances of doing anything worthwhile in your career
With the team sitting dead last in the Western Conference and their marquee off-season signing likely to miss the remainder of the season, there hasn't been many reasons to cheer in Edmonton this year.
However over the holiday season, Oilers fans were given a reason for optimism as 2008 first round draft pick Jordan Eberle established himself as a shining beacon of hope for the Oilers' future after starring once again for Canada at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Saskatoon.
If the 19-year old established his reputation as being a clutch performer during last year's tournament in Ottawa by sending the semi final game against the Russians to overtime by scoring with only five seconds remaining, then he firmly stamped his name in the annals of Canadian hockey history with his performance on Monday.
With less than three minutes remaining in regulation and Canada down by a pair to the United States, Eberle put the team on his back, scoring twice to force extra-time and prolonging Canada's gold rush, at least temporarily.
Although the United States would win the game in overtime, Eberle's performance made a huge impression, not only on the IIHF who chose him as tournament MVP, but on many of his future teammates.
"He's mister clutch, obviously," said Oilers forward Sam Gagner, who helped Canada capture gold in 2007 in Leksand, Sweden. "He scored some huge goals in that tournament and from a spectator view it's awesome to see. You get chills when you watch some of the goals he scores and how big they were."
Oilers forward Shawn Horcoff sees something special in the Regina native.
"The puck just follows him; you can't explain it," said Horcoff. "I think as a player, there are certain guys like that in the league that it just seems to come to them and he's a good finisher. I don't really think its luck, he finds the open ice and knows where the pucks going to go. Hopefully he can translate that to the pro game."
Eberle impressed the Oilers' brass enough at training camp that he was among the final cuts; his performance in Saskatoon likely went a long way to establishing a claim to a roster spot next season.
"His spectacular goal scoring in clutch situations is tremendous as far as Canadian teams are concerned and he's been a top scorer for his junior team on a pretty good team," said an impressed Pat Quinn, who coached Canada to gold in Ottawa last year where he got a first hand look at what Eberle was capable of.
In Ottawa, Eberle was third in team scoring behind just Cody Hodgson and John Tavares, scoring six goals and picking up seven assists as Canada won their record fifth straight gold. This time around, he found the back of the net eight times, surpassing Tavares for first on the all-time list for goal scoring by Canadians in the tournament.
He finished second in scoring in this tournament behind Derek Stepan of the United States, but his play left a definite impression on the tournament's leading scorer.
"I've never seen a guy as clutch as he is," Stepan said of Eberle following Monday's game. "He's a special player and he's got a knack for the net.
"He's got a good set of hands and he'll play in the NHL for a lot of years as well."
The Oilers are certainly hoping so since their recent draft history has been spotty at best. Of all the players that Edmonton has drafted since the lockout, only Gagner and Andrew Cogliano take a regular shift with the team. However, with both Eberle and Magnus Paajarvi-Svensson, who starred for Sweden in the tournament, in their system, the future looks much brighter than the present.
Sean Avery Exacts RevengeSay what you will about Avery, but he's a good hockey player who can turn it up when he needs to. If he can settle down for an extended period of time I don't think it's out of the question that he could help lead a team to the cup, Claude Lemieux style.
Read the article, some of the quotes (bolded) are hilarious.
NEW YORK -- Sean Avery's edge, dry sense of humour and even his missing scoring touch came rushing back all at once.
The timing was perfect, too, because he unleashed it all on the Dallas Stars -- the team that dumped him last season.
Avery exacted his revenge by scoring a goal and setting up three others in the New York Rangers' 5-2 victory Wednesday night.
Avery's stay with the Stars lasted only 23 games into a US$15.5 million, four-year contract that he signed before last season after leaving the Rangers as a free agent. The agitating forward quickly wore out his welcome in Dallas, and was suspended by the NHL in December after making crude comments about his former girlfriends dating other players. He never again played for the Stars, who waived him in February.
Avery was claimed soon after by the Rangers, with whom he finished the season. He hadn't faced Dallas since.
"I would have loved to have seen that delinquent do that for us last year," Stars goalie Marty Turco said. "I didn't think (four points) was possible. He has a good shot and he always has worked hard. His intelligence on the ice has always been an issue, and was with us when he was here."
Now the Stars and Rangers are splitting Avery's salary, a point not lost on the loquacious Avery when he was asked what was different about this game.
"Well, I was getting paid by two teams," Avery said.
After Brad Richards staked Dallas to a 1-0 lead 2:17 in, Avery tied it 1:46 later with his first goal in 20 games during a power play. He assisted on goals by Marian Gaborik, Ales Kotalik and Chris Drury to help the Rangers win their second straight at home after a 1-5-3 skid there.
Avery hadn't had as many as three points in a game since April 1, 2007. Four points matched a career high.
"It was the way that Sean Avery needs to play," Avery said of himself. "I've been thinking about it a lot. That's just the way it has to happen for me to be effective. I've got to stay consistent."
New York, outshot 27-25, is 7-1-2 in its last 10 overall. Ryan Callahan's empty-net goal made it 5-2 with 1:05 left
Jere Lehtinen lifted Dallas into a 2-2 tie in the second period, but the Stars dropped their third straight.
Avery drew great attention throughout the game, and initiated skirmishes and discussions after the whistle. He occupied the seat closest to the partition that separated the benches and continued talking to the Stars from there.
He got into trouble with the referees after assisting on Ales Kotalik's go-ahead goal at 8:23 of the second period. Avery went well out of his way to shove Lehtinen and was given a 10-minute misconduct. Then he was called for cross-checking Tom Wandell early in the third period, but the Rangers killed that power play.
"I'm happy for him," Rangers coach John Tortorella said. "I think he has struggled as of late. ... I wish he didn't take the misconduct, because I think it took him out of the game a little bit."
Avery had earlier confrontations with defenceman Nicklas Grossman, Turco, Richards and Dallas captain Brenden Morrow. Several Stars, including Turco and Mike Modano, were critical of Avery at the time of his suspension that led to his departure from Dallas, and that anger still seemed present.
"He played well," Stars coach Marc Crawford said. "He had no impact on our guys' lack of execution. That would be giving him far too much credit. Give him credit on fashion."
Following Drury's tip-in of Avery's shot 8:57 into the third, Avery was knocked down in the slot by Jamie Benn just as he was about to celebrate with his teammates.
"It is a pretty good night when you have four points against a team that didn't want you a year ago," Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist said.
Tortorella disputed reports that the Rangers have tried to inhibit Avery's style.
"There has been no leash or handcuffs on Sean Avery," he said. "We have really tried to push him the past couple of months in trying to get his game back and to play this way. I want Sean Avery on edge ... when he crosses the line, it is my job to try to bring him back."
Richards made it 1-0 when he pass attempt to Lehtinen hit diving defenceman Marc Staal in front and caromed in off Lundqvist's skate.
Gaborik gave the Rangers their first lead when he scored his NHL-leading 28th goal with 4:13 left in the first. Lehtinen tied it at 2 just 2:07 into the second when his drive hit the blade of Drury's stick and sailed past the unsuspecting Lundqvist.
Kotalik, who went 21 games without a goal before scoring in the Rangers' 3-2 win over Boston on Monday, found the net again with a slap shot from the right point to make it 3-2 at 8:23 of the second.
Lundqvist made 25 saves, including one during Dallas' 5-on-3 power play in the second period.
NOTES: Avery's other four-point game was March 17, 2007, versus Boston. He hadn't scored since Nov. 23. ... Dallas C Mike Ribeiro was accidentally hit in the throat by New York's Christopher Higgins during a second-period collision at centre ice. Higgins, who didn't see Ribeiro as they crossed paths, received a high-sticking penalty. Ribeiro was taken to a hospital to be evaluated. ... The teams combined to go 1 for 12 on the power play.
Michael Ryder's Brother Charged with Armed RobberyTalk about the mighty falling... I remember hearing a bit about how Daniel had problems and mysteriously dropping out of his pro career with Michael was with the Habs, but from a potential NHL career to robbing a convenience store...
A former NHL hockey prospect has been charged with armed robbery in Bonavista, on Newfoundland's east coast.
Daniel Ryder, 22, brother of Michael Ryder, who plays for the Boston Bruins, is accused of robbing a convenience store in the town Tuesday night.
Police said Ryder turned himself in Wednesday afternoon and was charged with robbery, using a firearm in the commission of an offence, using a disguise with intent to commit an indictable offence, and theft under $5,000.
Ryder was scheduled to appear in court in Clarenville, about 190 kilometres northwest of St. John's, on Thursday morning.
Police said in a release that a man walked into the Red Circle convenience store shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday and told the cashier he had a gun.
The man's face was partially covered, and he appeared to be wearing several layers of clothing, including a grey hoodie and an Ultramar jacket, police said.
Ryder was drafted by the Calgary Flames in 2005. A year later, he won the Wayne Gretzky 99 Award as the most valuable player in the 2006 Ontario Hockey League playoffs.
Eric Staal, Hockey player by day....By night?
Calgary restaurant owner tries to screw Oilers at New Years Eve partySounds like a lot of BS on the Oilers restaurant owner's behalf to be honest... publicity stunt to the max. Plus I hate it when people try to make tips obligatory.
CALGARY -- The manager of an upscale Calgary restaurant is furious, claiming that Edmonton Oilers players refused to cover the full cost of a nearly $17,000 tab during a New Year's Eve night out for team members.
Maurizio Terrigno of Osteria de Medici, the restaurant where former U.S. president George W. Bush dined when he was in Calgary last year, said the team and staff owed $16,796.39 but wanted a break on the bill and paid $12,381.45.
Terrigno said about half of the bill was for alcohol totalling $8,248, including dozens of shots of tequila and bottles of expensive wine and $1,000 champagne.
"These guys came in, they enjoyed our hospitality and when the bill came ... they went ballistic to the point where they started threatening, denigrating my staff, saying, `We're the Edmonton Oilers, we expect a 50 per cent discount,' " said Terrigno.
Terrigno said 45 people ordered off the menu and their total bill came to $14,234.23, including $677.98 for GST. The restaurant usually adds an automatic 18 per cent gratuity for a large group, which would bring the total to $16,796.39.
The Oilers had lost by a score of 2-1 earlier in the night against the Calgary Flames.
Oilers spokesman Allan Watt said the restaurant was recommended by some Calgary friends of the players and they had a prearranged meal and menu.
"They received the bill which they felt was outrageous," said Watt.
"They inquired about it and they were unhappy about it and were unhappy with some of the charges. The restaurant adjusted it by $7,000."
Watt said the players paid the adjusted bill and added a $1,900 tip and left the restaurant.
Terrigno said the group, which included team captain Ethan Moreau, attempted to negotiate a discount on the bill.
He said the players argued they should pay by the bottle for dozens of shooters purchased during the bash, but the restaurant charged them for each one individually.
The restaurant tried to charge for a bottle of an imported expensive brandy after one of the players took a swig straight from it.
"They refused to pay for the whole bottle because they didn't consume the whole bottle," said Terrigno.
He said there's no way the restaurant will serve other clients from the same bottle.
Terrigno said at one point he threatened to phone police.
"It's the first time during the 37 years of business have I ever experienced something like this," he said. "What's more upsetting is we know who they are."
Terrigno said because he was infuriated by what happened he plans on donating the money the players paid the restaurant to charity.
Bruins sign Miro SatanMeh, is all I really have to say. He'll add some depth and experience but do they really need an old guy who took half a season to find an NHL team that wanted him?
The Boston Bruins have added some forward depth with the signing of 35-year old forward Miroslav Satan.
Satan, who played with the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins last season, has signed a deal for the remainder of the season. The deal includes a no movement clause.
It is a one-year deal for $700,000, meaning he will make a prorated portion for the remainder of the season.
In 65-games played with the Penguins last season, Satan recorded 17 goals and 19 assists.
Satan, who was recently named to the Slovakian Olympic men's hockey team, has recorded 354 goals and 367 assists in 1012 career NHL games.
Blues Fire Andy MurrayKind of surprising since he was being praised to no end after last year, but I guess the Blues just need a change. They only have 40 points in 40 games and the odds of them making the playoffs are slim to none. Disappointing considering the good, young team they're supposed to have.
JD knows what he's doing though, we'll see how it goes.
With only 40 points in 40 games, and sitting nine points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the St. Louis Blues have made a coaching change.
The club announced on Saturday that they have fired Andy Murray, and have named Davis Payne as the interim head coach. Sources tell TSN that Payne will remain on as head coach for at least the remainder of the year.
"Davis is very knowledgeable of the players in our organization and we feel he is the best candidate to coach our team," Blues president John Davidson said in a statement. "He has nine winning seasons at the minor league level which includes an ECHL Championship in 2006."
The 39-year old Payne was named the head coach of the Blues AHL affiliate the Peoria Rivermen in July of 2008. The club has a combined 62-44-3-6 record in one and a half seasons with Payne behind the bench.
The 2006-07 ECHL Coach of the Year, Payne led the Aces to the 2006 ECHL Kelly Cup Championship and also guided the club to three consecutive trips to the Conference Finals.
The 58-year-old Murray was hired by the Blues in December of 2006, replacing Mike Kitchen. He was a Jack Adams runner-up as Coach of the Year last season after guiding St. Louis, which took up residence in the cellar of the Western Conference at the All-Star break, to a 41-31-10 record and the club's first playoff berth since 2004. The Blues were swept by Vancouver in the opening round.
"I would like to thank Andy Murray for the job he has done here the past four seasons," Davidson said. "He was an integral part in turning the St. Louis Blues around. He is a true professional and I wish him the best of luck in the future."
Murray finishes his tenure in the Gateway City with a mark of 118-102-38.
Mikael Samuelsson bashes Team Sweden "I pretty much have one comment and maybe I'll regret it," Samulesson said. "But they can go f*** themselves. That's what I really think."