Avs place Hunwick on waivers


The Colorado Avalanche placed defenseman Matt Hunwick on waivers to make room for fellow blueliner Ryan Wilson, the Denver Post reports.

The 28-year-old hasn’t appeared in a regular season game for the Avs, so it probably shouldn’t be too shocking that he was the odd man out.

He collected six assists in 43 games last season for Colorado and began his time with the organization in 2010-11. He has one year left on a deal that carries a $1.6 million cap hit and salary, so there’s a good chance he’ll clear waivers and make it to the AHL’s Lake Erie Monsters.

Hunwick was a seventh-round pick (224th overall), so he’s used to fighting for time.

Wilson, 26, was limited to 12 games last season, collecting three assists in that time.

Report: Flames concerned Jones might have upper-body injury (Updated)


The Calgary Flames are worried that winger David Jones might have an upper-body injury stemming from Wednesday’s game against the Montreal Canadiens, Sportsnet’s Roger Millions reports.

RDS’ Renaud Lavoie reports that Jones was shaken up by a Francis Bouillon hit in the second period of Calgary’s eventual 3-2 win tonight.

Jones, 29, was making a good first impression with the Flames after being involved in the Alex Tanguay trade with Colorado, scoring four points in his first four games.

He’s had his fair share of bumps and bruises over the years, never playing more than 77 games in a single season. This seemed like a nice chance for the sniper to redeem himself after disappointing with the Avs, so hopefully this is just a minor issue.

Update (1:25 p.m. ET)

Jones has been placed on injured reserve (retroactive to Oct. 9) with an upper-body injury and is week-to-week.

The Flames have recalled center Blair Jones from AHL Abbotsford.

Blackhawks lament ‘brutal loss’ to Blues


Wednesday’s Rivalry Night game between the Blackhawks and Blues was skin-tight, but Alex Steen took advantage of Chicago’s late mistake to give St. Louis a 3-2 win. Needless to say, the ‘Hawks believe it was a tough way to lose:

Head coach Joel Quenneville told CSNChicago.com’s Tracey Myers that he was happy with the overall effort, but not so much about the breakdown that happened before that 3-2 goal.

“We played a good game. But you can’t make a mistake like that,” Quenneville said. “Brutal loss. We’ve gotta get that game to overtime. I don’t now what we were thinking about.”

Jonathan Toews looks back at Chicago’s last two losses as 3-4 points left on the table, as the Chicago Sun-Times’ Mark Lazerus reports.

“I feel like tonight we got robbed of two points, and last game we got robbed of one point,” Toews said.

Even Corey Crawford is kicking himself.

“As a goalie, you want to come with a save,” Crawford said. “That’s one I stop a bunch of times if that’s replayed.”

Chicago won’t need to wait long to get another crack at the Blues. They’re scheduled to host St. Louis on Oct. 17.

Wild’s Parise: ‘We’re just frustrated that we haven’t won’


One could understand if the Minnesota Wild and star winger Zach Parise felt frustrated about the team’s 0-2-1 start.

That appears to be the case, although the 29-year-old forward insists to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that their play has been better than the results.

“I think we’re still playing good hockey,” Parise said. “It would be one thing if we came to the rink and had no chance to win any of those games. But that’s not the case. We just need to be a little sharper in different areas. We’re still in a good mood; everyone is still in good spirits. We’re just frustrated that we haven’t won.”

The deeper numbers back up Parise’s sentiment.

Minnesota is averaging almost 10 more shots per game (26.1) than they’re allowing (16.8) so far.

Those low (but so-far-dominant) shot numbers probably aren’t going to inspire people to stop tormenting head coach Mike Yeo with trap/boring hockey talk, but if the Wild keep playing this way, the bounces should start getting friendlier.

That being said, goaltending can make a huge difference, and their situation is more than a little fragile.

It’s tough to blame them for staying positive considering how often they’re driving play, though.

Discuss: Blues top Hawks thanks to Steen’s late goal


During the first intermission, Mike Milbury called Wednesday’s Chicago Blackhawks – St. Louis Blues game a “turf war.” Well, the Blues narrowly won this rumble 3-2.

Let’s gab away:

  • How underrated is Alex Steen? He made no mistake on that game-winning goal on a 3-on-1 rush with about 20 seconds left.
  • Jaroslav Halak was a stud tonight, stopping every even-strength shot he saw. He’s in a contract year, so is this the time he’ll really put everything together? If so, where do the Blues rank among the NHL’s powers?
  • How would these two teams match up in a playoff series? Chicago’s generally gotten the best of St. Louis recently, but don’t forget that referees tend to put their whistles away, which would probably benefit the Blues.
  • Corey Crawford deserves some credit for strong play, too. Can the glove hand talk stop yet?
  • Which West and East teams stack up best against these two contenders? Did we just watch the two best teams in the NHL duke it out?
  • Are there any moments that you believe left the ‘Hawks kicking themselves after this loss?
  • Any worries about the Blues’ PK? It’s worth noting that they were perfect before tonight, when they allowed two lightning-fast Chicago PP goals.