In addition to the earlier news of Jay Leach having been claimed off waivers, word is that Kyle Chipchura has been traded to the Anaheim Ducks for a fourth round pick in 2011.
Another guy with the "future captain" tag lost--to the team with our most recent captain. Last year's fluctuating status quo took its toll on everybody, but one that few point out is Mr. Chipchura. When management scurried around trying to put a bandaid on the hemorrage, he was the regular go-to AHL/NHL yo-yo. For someone not recognized for his flashy skills but rather his grit and team-guy nature, it was unfortunately only a matter of time before he was pushed off the depth chart. This season's starting out on the injured side didn't do much to help his cause, and when he finally did play, the hurt from last year turned into zero points and a -10 rating. Anaheim should be a good change of scenery for him (definitely one with better weather!) and if anyone won out in this move, it's him. Good luck, Chippy!
My choice of picture prompts me to turn to another kind of update. My favourite part of Christmas is getting closer, little by little--the World Junior Hockey Championship training roster has been announced for Team Canada. Ten boys from the Q have their names there, which is a pretty good showing compared to previous years. Habs' prospect Louis Leblanc is also part of the list.