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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK ( October 12, 2009) –San Jose Sharks left winger Dany Heatley, Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar and Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Oct. 11.

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Panthers Need To Start Winning

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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

It’s too early to deem this another poor start to the season, but the Panthers are skating in that direction after four games.

They lost their third in a row Saturday, dropping their home opener 3-2 to the Devils. That emotional shootout win against the Blackhawks on Oct. 2 seems as distant as the miles between Helsinki and Sunrise.

“We have to get it right in a hurry or we’ll be in big trouble,” goalie Tomas Vokoun said.

Coach Pete DeBoer tried to put a positive spin on the situation after Saturday’s game, noting it’s a long season and that he likes this team and how it’s capable of playing.

“I think we’re going to be fine,” he said.

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Two Hot Topics In Quebec City - Hockey & Politics

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from CBC,

Some of Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume’s opponents are accusing him of overplaying the possibility of resurrecting the Quebec Nordiques, saying it’s a ploy to win more votes in the upcoming municipal election.

Quebec hockey fans are still buzzing after a meeting between Labeaume and NHL commissioner Gary Bettman on Friday over the potential return of a professional hockey franchise to the provincial capital.

Labeaume’s NHL ambitions are running offside with opponents such as Langis Harvey, who is running for mayor as an independent.

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added 12:21pm, from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

The NHL has just spent the better part of the past year propping up the Coyotes and spending all sorts of time and resources in a bid to keep the team from being moved and just last May, Bettman proclaimed that when it came to the league’s struggling franchises, “We fix the problems. We don’t run out on cities.”

So let’s get this straight. The league essentially puts its credibility on the line for a franchise that has been bleeding red ink for years and has almost no hope for long-term success and it’s suddenly going to start moving franchises or expanding to places such as Quebec City and Winnipeg?

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Two Early Games Today

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If your home for the Holiday, sit back and enjoy the two early games today.

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Heatley’s Dad Speaks

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from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

“The press this past summer in Canada has been vile,” the elder Heatley said. “They’ve been toxic.”

He talked about a double standard in Ottawa, where nobody seemed troubled in 2005 when the Senators signed forward Marian Hossa to a three-year, $18 million contract and traded him the same day to the Atlanta Thrashers for, coincidentally, Dany Heatley.

“That’s all fine, because that’s business as usual,” Murray Heatley said. “But when a player is not happy in a situation and he asks to get out, it’s ‘Oh, how could he do that, that ungrateful guy. Doesn’t he stick to his word?’ “

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A New Groin Strain Treatment

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators prospect Colin Wilson appears close to making his NHL debut, thanks in part to a relatively new sports medical procedure.
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Wilson suffered a strained groin early in training camp but underwent a blood platelet treatment a couple of weeks ago that has apparently helped the healing process.

Coach Barry Trotz didn’t specify the name of the treatment, but the process he described — in which platelets were removed from the injured area, mixed and then returned to the body — sounds identical to platelet-rich plasma.

In PRP, which has only been used in the sports field in recent years, a small sampling of the patient’s blood is placed into a centrifuge that rotates at high speed.

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Bertuzzi Playing The Wings Way

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from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

“That’s as good a game as I’ve seen Bert play in a number of years,” Babcock said. “I thought Bert was excellent and helped those guys. He’s big and he skated well, and that was important for us.”...

Bertuzzi relishes the chance to play with Zetterberg and Datsyuk.

“I think I’m capable of playing with those guys,” he said. “Be nice to get some chemistry with them and try to contribute when the Mule is out for now. I think it’s a spot I can be successful in.”

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Leafs Hit Broadway

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Let’s face it. If Vesa Toskala continues this sub-par play much longer, maybe he’ll soon be hearing those same jeers from the Marlies fans at Ricoh Coliseum, where many frustrated observers feel he belongs.

In any event, if Toskala and his teammates feel their moribund offence, struggling defence and leaky netminding will suddenly turn around tonight when they face off against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden, they are in for a rude Big Apple awakening.

With the Rangers set to unleash both their No. 1 goaltender and their top agitator on the visitors, the Leafs might well be starring in their own off-Broadway production of Les Miserables by the time the evening is over if they don’t get their act together in a big hurry.

Winless thus far, Ron Wilson’s troops will have to deal with all-star goalie Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes and the Pickering Pugilist, Sean Avery, in the corners. Neither is an attractive prospect for a Leafs team attempting to shed the shackles of a tough start, one that has seen them manage just one of a possible eight points.

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Enjoy The Holiday

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Two reasons to celebrate today-  Canadian Thanksgiving and here in the USA, Columbus Day.

I’m working, you may not be, so enjoy the day!

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Brian Burke Pulls A ‘Kevin Lowe’

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from David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey,

Burke seems be doing exactly what Kevin Lowe did, trying to win now at the expense of the future. Now, it should be noted, the year that Lowe gave up his first round pick to Anaheim in compensation for his signing of Dustin Penner, the move didn’t kill the Oilers. That Oilers squad went on a year-end winning streak in March 2008 and managed to avoid being one of the bottom six or seven teams in the league.

Will this year’s Toronto Maple Leafs save Burke’s bacon in a similar way?

Me, I’m already taking some delight in each Leafs loss. Nothing (too much) against Toronto, but it would be sweet to see Burke pay big time for his impatience. By making a bold move to pull the Leafs up out of the sewer, he might well have made a super stinker of a move. That’s certainly how I see it.

I take a lot of shots at Burke on this blog. He’s a big target, a big mouth and an Edmonton basher. That said, I’ve always respect him as a hockey man, as smart manager. Until now, that is . . .

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added 9:15am, from Damian Cox of the Toronto Star,

If the Leaf GM wants to be bold, he could clear up in the neighbourhood of $8 million (all figures U.S.) in cap space by sending goaltender Vesa Toskala and forward Jason Blake to the minors and eating their contracts. Neither player is making a positive contribution to the Leafs or seems likely to.

Toskala is in the final year of his $4 million per season deal, and theoretically another team (Calgary as a backup to former Sharks teammate Miikka Kiprusoff?) might want him as a backup at half the price after recall waivers.

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