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Flats waives hello

This past summer, Wade Flaherty put his faith in the Vancouver Canucks and yesterday, he wasn't all that fond of the reward.

Flaherty has been put on waivers by the NHL team and will be sent to the AHL's Manitoba Moose if he isn't picked up by another team by noon today.

After putting together one of the finest seasons in his lengthy professional career down on the farm with the Manitoba Moose, the veteran bypassed the opportunity for unrestricted free agency to re-sign with the Canucks.

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Dogs to get top rearguard

The Hamilton Bulldogs may be getting a solid, veteran defenceman who can really help them out on the blue-line. Or they could be getting a disgruntled defenceman who really doesn't want to be here.

Patrick Traverse is scheduled to arrive in the Steel City some time today and the Bulldogs' coaching staff will get a better feel for which defenceman they are actually getting.

The Montreal Canadiens claimed Traverse off waivers from the San Jose Sharks who were trying to send him to Worcester. When the Habs subsequently acquired Janne Niinimaa from Dallas, Traverse became expendable and they placed him on waivers for the purpose of sending him to Hamilton. Surprisingly, San Jose did not reclaim him.

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Pens move faces obstacles

If nothing else, reports out of Pittsburgh last night that Waterloo billionaire Jim Balsillie was about to buy the Penguins certainly got the attention of folks in Hamilton.

After all, he's the guy rumoured to be holding exclusive NHL rights to Copps Coliseum. More importantly, he's the guy rumoured to be wanting to put a team in it.

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Injury Forces AHL Action

Jordan Smith is not yet 21 but has already been forced to figure out a new path in life. He can't play hockey. That career ended Feb. 24 when he was hit in the left eye by a puck, an injury so severe that the eye had to be replaced by a prosthesis.

Smith, not wearing a visor when the puck broke the orbital bone, required emergency surgery. A few weeks later, the defenseman retired from the game he loved and has spent the past months at home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, fishing and taking history and psychology courses at Algoma University, a local community college.

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New Amerks in town

With no car and no knowledge of this city that he'll call home for the next seven or eight months, Mike Card passes some of his idle time in a Gates hotel plucking on his guitar.

Card, one of 13 players new to the Rochester Americans and the American Hockey League, has been playing hockey pretty much since he could talk. He just picked up the guitar about a year ago.

So can he play a tune?

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Monarchs trim roster

The Manchester Monarchs sent center Greg Hogeboom to the Reading (Pa.) Royals of the ECHL yesterday and outright released right wing Kevin Saurette, boiling the roster down to 23 players for Saturday’s home opener with the Worcester Sharks in Verizon Wireless Arena.

Hogeboom, 24, from Etobicoke, Ontario, is a third-year pro who was an ECHL all-star with Reading last season. In 42 games with the Monarchs, he scored nine goals and assisted on 10. Hogeboom turned pro after four seasons at Miami of Ohio.

Saurette, 26, from Winnipeg, played last season for the Reading Royals and will return there for a tryout this week.

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Penner picks up win, good news

Andrew Penner’s personality doesn’t suggest that he’s much of a worrier.

Brandishing a quick smile and forearms covered with interlacing tattoos after his 3-2 overtime win in net against Manitoba, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton goalie admits, though, that he’s a little looser now.

Twenty-four hours earlier, Penner’s immediate future was up in the air when Pittsburgh designated Dany Sabourin for assignment.

But when Sabourin, the 2005-06 AHL goaltender of the year, was claimed off of waivers by Vancouver early Wednesday, Penner suddenly found himself with better job security.

Instead of perhaps being demoted to Wheeling in the ECHL, Penner will man the crease for the Penguins along with Edmonton prospect Jeff Deslauriers.

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Pens get down in win

A year later, Erik Christensen was once again the man on opening night.

Christensen, the hero of last season’s opener, scored with 17 seconds to play in overtime and the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins beat the Manitoba Moose 3-2 on Wednesday at Wachovia Arena.

Christensen, who for the second year in a row was named the first game’s first star, also assisted on Alain Nasreddine’s second-period goal.

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No bad penny, but he kept turning up

Almost 800 players have come and gone over 25 years of Peoria Rivermen hockey. Doug Evans is the one who kept coming back.

He was the face of the team through two generations, two leagues. He devoted 12 of his 16 professional seasons to leading Rivermen teams.

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