Puck Headlines: Senators opt for Darth Gerber over Khabibulin

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• When it comes to the recently waivered Nikolai Khabibulin, GM Bryan Murray says that $6.75 million is too rich for the Ottawa Senators. He also claims that Darth Gerber and his apprentice Alex Auld have played well enough this preseason to please Coach Craig Hartsburg. What he doesn't say is whether the Senators would sign Khabibulin for a reduced the price. Because we all know the answer. [Sportsnet]

• Speaking of Khabibulin: "If he clears waivers, the Hawks could send him to Rockford of the American Hockey League. The $6.75 million remaining on his contract would go with him and free up space for Tallon to go after a second-line center." We're chasing down some interesting stuff about Bulin this morning. [Chicago Tribune]

• Swedish legend and Senators star Daniel Alfredsson had a pillar of the Scandinuvium arena dedicated to him. Which is much more impressive than the Dean McAmmond urinal cake at the beer league rink in Grande Cache, Alberta. [Ottawa Sun]

• Before the New York Rangers play against them this afternoon, figuring out what the hell a SC Bern is. We have a Christian Dubé sighting! [Slap Shot]

Jeff O'Neill's comeback attempt with the Carolina Hurricanes has gone the way of Crystal Pepsi. [Hurricanes]

• A wacky rumor about Jim Balsillie once again "closing in on a deal" to buy the Nashville Predators has been summarily debunked. Are they still selling season tickets in Hamilton? [Forechecker]

• It appears David Koci has made the Tampa Bay Lightning. The sound you just heard was Chara cracking his knuckles. [Lightning Strikes]

Paul Gaustad had a torn ligament in his right thumb surgically repaired and will miss a month for the Buffalo Sabres. Our fantasy team just keeps getting better and better. [Buffalo News]

• The Chief from Abel To Yzerman presents his Detroit Red Wings preview for the Pensblog. Yowzer. [Pensblog]

Marian Hossa doesn't miss the Atlanta Thrashers, but digs their fans. [AJC]

• The perfect fuel for the female hockey player training session: Tim Horton's? [Female Hockey]

Milan Lucic's stock has dropped dramatically in the preseason for the Boston Bruins. C'mon, Small Mouthed Sea Bass, kick some ass. [Eagle Tribune]

• Meanwhile, TJ Hensick could be getting a look as the Colorado Avalanche's third-line center, thus ending Tyler Arnason's reign of tyranny. [Mile High Hockey]

Mike Green talks about getting paid by the Washington Capitals, which has given him the chance to "purchase a luxurious Arlington condominium and upgrade from a Nissan 350Z to a customized Cadillac Escalade." You know, for a guy named Green, an Escalade really isn't. [Washington Post]

• Finally, rookie Pierre-Luc Letourneau-Leblond of the New Jersey Devils tested himself against Donald Brashear. Uh-oh.

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