Empty Netter Assists - Western Conference - 12-22-08

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

Central Division

-Blues coach Andy Murray really tore into his team after losing yesterday.

-Columbus forward Derick Brassard will miss the rest of the season due to a shoulder injury he sustained in a fight. Brassard was considered to be a candidate for the Calder Memorial Trophy.

-Chicago general manager and former Penguins defenseman Dale Tallon (right) had a plan coming into this season and it's starting to work.

-Forward Jiri Hudler is off to a fast start for the Red Wings.

Northwest Division

-To say the least, quite a bit is expected out of Mats Sundin in Vancouver.

-With Sundin finally in a Canucks jersey, we can now worry about when/if Peter Forsberg will re-sign with the Avalanche like usual.

-Colorado defenseman Ruslan Salei suffered an "upper-body" injury yesterday.

-The Stewarts - Colorado's Chris and Florida's Anthony - are brothers. The Staals and Ruutus not impressed.

-The Flames have found something with a pairing of Adam Pardy and Cory Sarich on defense.

-Minnesota defenseman Kurtis Foster is fighting the good fight:

Pacific Division

-Ducks forward Brendan Morrison is off to a slow start in Anaheim.

-Morrison is returning to Vancouver for the first time since leaving the Canucks this past offseason.

-What are the Ducks' options with forward Teemu Selanne out of the lineup for an extended period of time?

-Anaheim demoted goaltender David LeNeveu to Iowa of the AHL.

-Dallas defenseman Trevor Daley did not take the typical route to the NHL.

-An injury to forward Milan Michalek has given Jonathan Cheechoo a chance to re-join one of San Jose's top two lines.

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