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The Hockey Is Good

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

In the midst of a wild 7-6 overtime win by Pittsburgh in Detroit on Tuesday night, Red Wings GM Ken Holland crossed paths with his Penguins counterpart Ray Shero.

“He goes, ‘Hey, the new NHL,’” Shero recounted to ESPN.com on Wednesday.

“I went, ‘Yeah, no kidding.’”

There’s been so much focus on other issues so far this season—everything from hits to the head to hits from behind to the economic crisis and its possible effect on NHL teams—that it’s easy to lose sight of an important fact.

“The hockey is pretty good right now,” said superstar San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton.

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The Latest Trade Talk

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from Spector’s Hockey,

Are the Blackhawks interested in Michael Nylander? Does Jason Blake want out of Toronto? Could the Devils soon make some roster shake-ups? Are the Flyers close to signing Brendan Shanahan? Are the Wild any closer to re-signing Marian Gaborik?

read on for Spector’s take…

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Rutherford Said No To Leafs

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

TSN has learned that Carolina Hurricanes’ general manager Jim Rutherford was formally offered the dual position as president and GM of the Leafs in August of 2007, at which time John Ferguson Jr. was still in place as the GM of the team.

Sources close to the MLSE board told TSN that the Leafs went through a prolonged dialogue with Rutherford that started in August of 2007 when the Leafs requested and were granted permission from Carolina owner Peter Karmanos to talk to Rutherford, the Toronto-area native.

read on

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Brian Burke Out As Anaheim GM

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Brian Burke has been replaced as the Anaheim Duck GM.  Burke will remain as an advisor to the Ducks.  He is free to negotiate employment opportunities with other teams.  Bob Murray takes over as the Anaheim GM.  Burke was in the last year of his contract with Anaheim and it was widely believed that he would leave the team at the end of the season.  Burke had refused to sign a contract extension.  Anaheim decided that they would rather have an unproven GM who is staying with the franchise than have one of the best GM’s in the business who is on his way out the door.  If Anaheim had realized this during the summer, they would have had better options as a replacement GM than Bob Murray.  That would have been preferable if they were unwilling to complete the season with Brian Burke.  It is not uncommon for teams to complete seasons with GMs who do not return (either as the team fired him or as he chose to not re-sign).  That seems like a preferable situation for the Ducks - assuming we have all the facts of the situation.

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Yoga With Tim Thomas

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Train with Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas.

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Another Ambassador For Chicago

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The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that Hall of Famer Denis Savard will serve as a team ambassador, joining legends Tony Esposito, Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita in representing the organization at events at the United Center and throughout the Chicagoland area.

A member of the Hockey Hall of Fame and one of seven players in franchise history to have their jersey number retired, Savard recorded 1,096 points (377 goals, 719 assists) in 881 career regular-season games and 145 points (61 goals, 84 assists) in 131 Stanley Cup Playoff games in parts of 13 seasons with the Blackhawks (1980-90; 1995-97). Savard also served as the Blackhawks Head Coach for parts of three seasons (2006-08), notching a 65-66-16 record.

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These Guys Deserve ASG Recognition

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from John Grigg of the Hockey News,

•  At center, Chicago’s Patrick Sharp gets the nod. His nine goals and 16 points in 13 games have him on pace for 57 and 101, plus he’s playing more than 19 minutes per game, is winning better than 50 percent of his draws and has two game-winners.

•  Left wing was a tough one. Paul Kariya has 15 points in 11 games, but I like goals more than assists. With that in mind, I’m going with San Jose’s Ryane Clowe. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound power forward has nine goals – including five on the power play – and 14 points in 17 games.

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Legace Fighting Slump

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues goalie Manny Legace said after Wednesday’s 4-3 defeat at Buffalo that he’s at a loss for what is ailing him.

Legace said it’s not the groin injury that kept him out for two weeks, and after playing Saturday night in Los Angeles, he couldn’t blame rust.

“If I could tell you, I would never play awful ... I’d never have a bad stretch in my career ... I’d be making $100 million a year,” said Legace, who allowed three goals on seven shots before Chris Mason replaced him 5 minutes, 18 seconds into the game.

continue for more on the Blues…

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Briere Out With Groin Pull

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from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

Danny Briere won’t need another surgery, and his latest injury is not directly related to his recently repaired abdominal tears, but he will miss at least the next three games with a groin pull.

Briere said yesterday that he felt pain in his left groin early in Tuesday night’s win over the Islanders on Long Island, but stayed in long enough to score the opening goal before taking himself out of the game.

“Probably my second or third shift I felt it right away,” he said. “I thought it would warm up. I thought it was nothing major but it just got worse and worse.”

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Morning Line

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“If the right deal comes up in a week, I’m going in a week.  My goal would be to be working by U.S. Thanksgiving [Nov. 27] and that’s only two weeks away.”

-Brian Burke.  More from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail.

added 7:59am, from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Burke walks it and he talks it. Boston is a franchise now with some momentum, but it needs more, especially in a consumer market grown drunk on, and conditioned to, championships (see Foxborough, Fenway, and the co-resident on Causeway Street).

Without question, Burke is the guy to help talk it up, grab media attention (his back-and-forths with NESN’s Mike Milbury would be appointment TV), and add the overall roster toughness to reclaim the sizzle and magic that has been lost on Causeway Street for nearly a generation.

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