-On a random trip to an antique store yesterday, we unearthed this beauty to the right. A ticket stub from the first Penguins-Sharks game in 1991, an 8-0 Penguins victory in which Mario Lemieux picked up six points:
-Despite meeting with a federal mediator, the NHL and NHLPA got no closer to a new collective bargaining agreement.
-“Basically, they left it up to us to decide whether to accept their last proposal. It wasn’t much of a decision.” - NHL free agent Brendan Morrison on the negotiations.
-James Neal is scheduled to participate in a charity game in Toronto, Dec. 19.
-The New York Times tackles this whole "NHL/dysfunctional" rumor.
-Brian Dumoulin and Riley Holzapfel each had a goal and an assist for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in a 6-3 loss to the Albany Devils. Beau Bennett recorded two assists for the Penguins while teammate Brad Thiessen made 24 saves.
-Luke Pither scored two goals for the Wheeling Nailers who lost to the Toledo Walleye, 5-2. Scott Darling made 21 saves for Wheeling.
-Defensive prospect Derrick Pouliot was cut from Team Canada's roster for the World Junior Championships. (PG+)
-Maple Leafs defenseman Jake Gardiner (right), currently assigned to the club's AHL affiliate, the Toronto Marlies, is dealing with a head injury.
-“Players have made huge concessions and no matter what Gary Bettman says, he hasn’t made any concessions as far as I know." - Sharks defenseman Douglas Murray on negotiations between the NHL and NHLPA.
-Sharks defenseman Justin Braun, currently signed with Tappara Tampere of Finland's SM-liiga, is dealing with a wrist injury.
-Former Maple Leafs/Coyotes/Senators/Rangers defenseman Brenden Bell has joined Frölunda of Sweden's Elitserien.
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