Brett Hull is out as captain of the St. Louis Blues, but coach Mike Keenan yesterday said it's nothing personal.
"The heck it's not personal," Hull told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch when told of Keenan's comments. "It is personal. . . . It's a complete slap in the face. If I had done something to deserve it."
Keenan abruptly removed Hull as captain Monday and appointed Shayne Corson to the role. Hull had been captain more than three seasons.
"He's just a hockey player now," Keenan said.
After a 5-2 loss to Buffalo on Sunday, Keenan said Hull "took the night off." Hull responded by lashing out at Keenan for cutting his ice time, for benching Dale Hawerchuk with his parents in attendance in Buffalo, and for not taking responsibility for his decisions and blaming others for the team's lackluster 3-4-1 record.
Wings get Larionov: The Detroit Red Wings acquired center Igor Larionov from San Jose for right wing Ray Sheppard and unspecified future considerations.
Ducks lose Karpov; Right wing Valeri Karpov broke his right forearm just above the wrist during Monday night's loss to the Colorado Avalanche and may be lost to the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for up to three months.
Rockies' Saberhagen has shoulder surgery
Two-time Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair ligament damage in his pitching shoulder.
The Colorado Rockies right-hander, acquired from the New York Mets on July 31, also had dead tissue removed from his rotator cuff and shoulder area by Dr. David Altchek in New York.
After getting traded from the Mets in August, he finished the season 7-6 overall with a 4.18 ERA.