The other day I mentioned that a 2002 draft pick (Dwight Helminen) made his NHL debut with Carolina. Today we find that his early success (playing well, a goal and an assist the other night) cost former Oiler Dan Lacouture his NHL job.
Which is too bad because it comes on the heels of this story. Lacouture was always a favorite of mine and the first Al Gore discussion I ever had was Lacouture V. Cleary (Kim Gernack bet Cleary and won in an Obama landslide).
Do you ever check out the NHL transactions? Interesting stuff the last few days, including former Ranger phenom Hugh Jessiman (nickname: Huge Specimen) being sent away in a year when the Broadway blueshirts have had more than their share of disappointments in the first round pick department. They also sent out another first rounder, Lauri Korpikoski, earlier this week.
Dallas sent D Mark Fistric down, which is as predictable as snow in winter. When a team is struggling, young defensemen are usually a target for demotion.
Today we find out if the Canucks were successful in sneaking Michel Ouellet through re-entry waivers. My guess is no. Vancouver acquired him in early October and he’s been stuck in the minors waiting for the recall, with the parent team worrying over his being picked up.
We’ll know today.