Andrew Desjardins

The NHL’s only No. 69 is no more


While you couldn’t quite accuse Andrew Desjardins of being a big Doug Glatt fan, the only guy sporting the league’s most giggle-worthy number is changing things up next season.

Desjardins, who wore no. 69 the last two seasons in San Jose, is one of five Sharks sporting a new number next season. Desjardins will trade his 69 in for no. 10 next season.

Defenseman Jason Demers will wear 5 (was 60) while newly reacquired Brad Stuart will rock the same no. 7 he had in his first spin with the team. T.J. Galiardi will switch from 37 to 21 because the newest Shark, Adam Burish, will wear it. Burish sported 37 while with the Chicago Blackhawks.

For now, let’s all get our last chuckles out at seeing a hockey player sporting that number. As Jay Baruchel said in Goon, “It’s hilarious!

Senators select Kyle Turris as alternate captain

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Kyle Turris is gearing up for his fifth season with the Ottawa Senators, but this campaign will be a little different.

Ottawa announced that Turris will be joining Chris Neil as one of the team’s alternate captains. Turris is assuming that role from Chris Phillips as the 37-year-old defenseman remains out indefinitely due to a back injury.

Since being acquired from the then Phoenix Coyotes in 2011, Turris has established himself as one of Ottawa’s top forwards. He tied for second in the team’s scoring race last season with 64 points in 82 contests and gelled with rookie linemate Mark Stone.

With the Senators favoring a youth movement, Turris actually stands out as one of the Senators’ more experienced players at the age of 26. He’s also set to play a big role with the Senators for years to come as he’s locked to an affordable $3.5 million annual cap hit through 2017-18.

Meanwhile defenseman Erik Karlsson is getting ready for his second season as the team’s captain.

Another Sabre hurt: Gionta (lower body) day-to-day

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On the eve of their season opener, the Buffalo Sabres got another bit of bad health news.

Captain Brian Gionta missed practice and is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, per head coach Dan Bylsma. The ailment puts the 36-year-old’s availability for Thursday’s game against Ottawa in jeopardy.

The ailment also puts Gionta alongside a slew of hurting Sabres. Defensemen Zach Bogosian and Josh Gorges were on the injured list when Buffalo’ roster was released this morning, along with rookie Brendan Guhle and veteran Cody McCormick.

There is a bright light for Buffalo, however.

Gorges skated on Wednesday and could possibly dress tomorrow, per Bylsma. If he does play, it’ll likely be on a pairing with Rasmus Ristolainen.