A new lease on life for San Jose Sharks centre Joe Thornton has led to his being named the NHL’s offensive player of the week.
Thornton recorded two goals and six assists in three games for the period ending Sunday, Dec. 11.
Calgary’s Miikka Kiprusoff earned his second nod this season as NHL defensive player of the week. Kiprusoff recorded a 0.47 goals-against average and .983 save percentage in two appearances.
The Finnish netminder shut out Philadelphia in regulation and overtime last Tuesday, stopping 37 shots. The Flames would eventually lose 1-0 in a shootout.
He followed that up with a 20-save performance in a 2-1 overtime victory over the Ottawa Senators on Saturday.
Jon Sim wasn’t even a sure thing to make the Philadelphia Flyers at the end of training camp, but on Tuesday night he makes his debut on the first line when the team visits Columbus.
Owners will find out the projected salary cap for the 2006-07 NHL season when the league’s board of governors meets next week in Scottsdale, Ariz.
What they will discover, according to Canadian Press reporter Pierre LeBrun, is that the current salary cap of $39 million US won’t be going down, but instead increase.
Penguins owner-captain Mario Lemieux said he is doubtful that the team will remain in Pittsburgh after its Mellon Arena lease expires in 2007, citing lack of progress on a new arena.
“I think we’re really running out of time,” Lemieux said Saturday. “We probably ran out of time already. It’s been unfortunate that the city and the county haven’t been willing to work with us over the last two or three years.”
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