Blues’ D’Agostini off to German second division

Germany’s second-tier Eishockey Bundesliga is turning into one of the major benefactors of the lockout.

Having already secured the services of Wayne Simmonds, Chris Stewart and T.J. Galiardi, the ESBG has now added St. Louis forward Matt D’Agostini to the fold.

D’Agostini will suit up for SC Riessersee (according to the Riessersee website), a club currently tied for dead last in the 13-team circuit.

The 25-year-old is coming off a tough 2011-12 campaign that saw him miss 26 games with a concussion. The injury was doubly frustrating given that, the year prior, D’Agostini enjoyed a breakout campaign with the Blues, scoring 21G-25A-46PTS while appearing in all 82 games — a performance that earned him a two-year, $3.3 million extension with the Blues in July 2011.

With the move, D’Agostini becomes the latest Blue to try his hand overseas. The team has seen a large number of players go aboard in search of work: Stewart, Vladimir Tarasenko (KHL), Vladimir Sobotka (Czech Extraliga), Patrick Berglund (Swedish second division), Roman Polak (Czech Extraliga), Alex Steen (Swedish Elite League) and Kris Russell (Finland).

Chara ‘doubtful’ for game against rival Canadiens

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It looks like the Boston Bruins will be without their captain again on Saturday night.

Head coach Claude Julien told members of the media that Zdeno Chara is considered doubtful for tonight’s game against the Montreal Canadiens.

Chara suffered an upper-body injury during the preseason and he’s already been forced to miss Boston’s season opening loss to the Jets.

Per CSN, Chara says he’s improving but he won’t return to the lineup until he’s as close to 100 percent as possible.

“Every area of the injury is improving,” said Chara. “Hopefully it’s not long before I’m free of any kind of discomfort. That’s what we’re doing right now…we’re being patient. For sure you don’t want to come back, and be half of what you are…and basically hurting yourself and the team. And you’re putting yourself in a position where you could be missing more time. At this time of the season, I think it’s important to be as close as you can be to 100 percent.”

Based on the number of defensive mistakes they committed on Thursday, the Bruins need Chara back as soon as possible:



Commodore rips into Babcock on social media

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Former NHL defenseman Mike Commodore may have been coached by Mike Babcock, but that doesn’t mean he’s a fan of Mike Babcock.

Commodore played in just 17 games for the Detroit Red Wings during the 2011-12 season and that was enough for him to muster up some pretty harsh feelings toward his old coach.

As Babcock’s new team, the Toronto Maple Leafs, were being embarrassed in Detroit on Friday, Commodore took to Twitter to show fans just how much he was enjoying his former coach’s struggles.

Things got especially interesting after Red Wings rookie Dylan Larkin scored just 20 seconds into the second period to give Detroit a 3-0 lead.

“3-0 nothin Babs you posing arrogant piece of (bleep),” said Commodore via his Twitter page. “Welcome back to the rink where everyone that met you hates you.”

Commodore wasn’t done there:

And there was much, much more.

To get a look at all of Commodore’s Babcock-bashing tweets, click here.