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Brent Sopel | Defenseman

Team: Montreal Canadiens
Age / DOB:  (37) / 1/7/1977
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 201
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Brent Sopel had a goal in Metallurg Novokuznetsk's 4-3 win over Salavat Ufa.
Sopel now has three goals and five points in 20 KHL games this season. He's in his second campaign with Metallurg Novokuznetsk. Sun, Oct 21, 2012 12:28:00 PM

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Brent Sopel scored a goal in Metallurg Novokuznetsk's 4-1 win over Metallurg Magnitogorsk in KHL action Saturday.

In the battle of the Metallurgs Sopel's squad bested NHL stars Evgeni Malkin and Sergei Gonchar, who were both held off the scoresheet.
Sat, Oct 6, 2012 08:49:00 AM

Although Brent Sopel was coming off of a three-year/$7 million deal, he would have accepted a salary at the league minimum to stay in the NHL.

Unfortunately for Sopel, no NHL team appeared particularly interested in his services, so he ended up signing a two-year deal with Metallurg Novokuznetsk of the KHL. He had seven points and 152 blocked shots in 71 games last season.
Wed, Aug 3, 2011 09:50:00 AM

Brent Sopel has agreed to a two-year deal with the KHL Metallurg Novokuznetsk.

Sopel had two goals and seven points in 71 contests with the Atlanta Thrashers and Montreal Canadiens last season. Sopel is coming off of a three-year/$7 million contract.
Fri, Jul 29, 2011 03:40:00 PM

Brent Sopel isn't projected to be retained by the Montreal Canadiens this summer.

That would make the 34-year-old blueliner an unrestricted free agent on July 1. In 71 games with the Canadiens and Atlanta Thrashers during the 2010-11 campaign, Sopel posted seven points and a plus-6 rating. It is being speculated that Montreal will allow Paul Mara and Alexandre Picard to walk away as well. Stay tuned to see what happens.
Wed, Jun 1, 2011 09:10:00 AM

Brent Sopel (hand) returned to action on Thursday March 24.

Sopel missed seven straight games with a broken left hand. Sopel has seven points and 16 penalty minutes in 59 games this season.
Fri, Mar 25, 2011 02:36:00 AM

Brent Sopel is listed as doubtful for Saturday afternoon's game against the Penguins.

Sopel may have broken his left hand as he was seen wearing a cast on Friday. If in fact that is the case, he will certainly not play Saturday and for a few more games after that.
Sat, Mar 12, 2011 10:32:00 AM

Brent Sopel didn't play on Thursday because of an upper body injury.

Sopel is tentatively considered day-to-day, but we'll let you know if his status changes. He played on Tuesday, but he had a therapy day on Monday.
Fri, Mar 11, 2011 10:28:00 AM

It is uncertain if Brent Sopel will be available to play on Tuesday night after he took a therapy day on Monday.

If he cannot dress then Paul Mara, Yannick Weber and Alexandre Picard are candidates to suit up in his place. Stay tuned for updates.
Tue, Mar 8, 2011 06:44:00 AM

Brent Sopel will practice with his new Canadien teammates Saturday morning and play Saturday night against the Hurricanes.

Sopel's expert shot blocking skills were much needed in Montreal. Unfortunately, shot blocking isn't a fantasy category so Sopel has no value to those in hockey pools.
Sat, Feb 26, 2011 11:17:00 AM

The Atlanta Thrashers have traded Brent Sopel and Nigel Dawes to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Ben Maxwell and a fourth round draft pick.

The Canadiens were in need of some depth on the back end with Andrei Markov and Josh Gorges out for the remainder of the year with knee injuries. Jaroslav Spacek is also ailing with a lower-body ailment. Sopel is a dependable shot-blocking blueliner that is great on the penalty kill, but his fantasy value is very limited.
Source: TSN.ca
Thu, Feb 24, 2011 03:41:00 PM

Brent Sopel was absent from practice on Wednesday due to a traveling delay.

The Thrashers' defenseman spent the team's day off with his family in Chicago and ended up getting caught up there. Sopel has five points and a plus-10 rating in 44 games with Atlanta this season.
Thu, Jan 13, 2011 07:45:00 AM

Brent Sopel will be patrolling the blueline in Atlanta next season after the Thrashers and Blackhawks hooked up in a roster-altering deal on Thursday morning.

Sopel was leaned on heavily during Chicago's Stanley Cup run, especially on the penalty kill where he proved to be an excellent shot blocker. His fantasy value is very limited though, as he recorded a mere eight points and a plus-3 rating in 73 games during the regular season.
Source: TSN.ca
Thu, Jun 24, 2010 03:41:00 AM

Chicago is becoming a huge hockey city according to defenseman Brent Sopel.

"It's starting to turn into a Canadian city -- everybody recognizes you," Sopel said. That is quite a complement to the fans of Chicago who were only managing 7,000 fans per game a few years ago. Now, the Blackhawks are the toast of the city and have turned Chicago into "Hawkeytown".
Sat, May 22, 2010 07:59:00 AM

Brent Sopel notched 21 blocked shots in Chicago's first round six-game series win over Nashville.

He is proving to be a battle-tested warrior for the club in the playoffs and might even have the scar to prove it. Sopel required eight to 10 stitches to patch up a wound to his left cheek after he received a high stick from the Predators' Patric Hornqvist in the second period of Game 6. He has been great for the Blackhawks on the penalty kill and played a key role in ensuring that Nashville scored just one goal on 27 opporunities.
Wed, Apr 28, 2010 07:21:00 AM

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