NHL Breeze: Aug.18, Evening Edition

Joseph TrentonAnalyst IIIAugust 18, 2010

WASHINGTON - MARCH 08:  James Neal #18 of the Dallas Stars controls the puck against Alex Ovechkin #8 of the Washington Capitals on March 8, 2010 at the Verizon Center in Washington, DC. The Stars defeated the Caps 4-3 after a shootout.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NHL Breeze: Aug.18, Evening Edition

Happy Birthday!

Happy birthdays to:

-          No current NHLers, but…

-          Geoff Courtnall and his 17 year career. He scored 799 points in the NHL career. Great Vancouver Canuck.

NHL news and notes:

-          Calgary Flames name Michel Goulet a professional scout for the west.  Ari Haanpaa, Finland, and Fred Parker, Ottawa, also joins the Flames scouting staff. This team has disappointed in the draft over the years. It’s time to change.

-          Bieksa for Niskanen rumours may be true, but Dallas Stars won’t trade the defenseman.

-          NHL is studying some new possible rule changes and style of play that will enhance the on-ice product for the fans at a general meeting. NHL players are on the ice to show the guys how it appears live! New overtime, 4-on-4 for 3min, 3-on-3 for 3min, 2-on-2, shootout is tried out live.

-          Fernando Pisano signs with Chicago Blackhawks $500 000, 1-year deal.

-          St.Louis Blues signed forward Ben Guite to 1-year deal.

-          Dallas GM Joe Nieuwendyk confident the Stars can re-sign James Neal soon.

-          Dale Tallon publicly admits his interests in Antti Niemi: “Do I have interest in him? We have any player with his history, that is a champion. We’re open for business 24/7.”

-          Andy Hilbert returns to the Islanders for 1-year, 2-way contract.

-          Rob Hisey also signs with the Islanders (1-year, 2-way).

-          Burke, Tallon and Yzerman fans of the hybrid icing rule

-          No news on Willie Mitchell or Mike Mottau today. These 2 are the only free agents remaining who averaged above 20:00 t.o.i. a night.

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