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Tom Gilbert Fined For Hit On Stajan

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via Joanne Ireland tweet,

Oilers defenceman Tom Gilbert has been fined $2,500 (the maximum allowed under the CBA) for the hit he laid on the Flames Matt Stajan.

I tried to find video of the hit when it happened and again right now, nothing.  If you have a link, please post it.

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Doan Gets Three Games

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via Darren Dreger tweet,

As per Mike Johnson (tweet) 3 games for Doan is confirmed.

If you missed the hit, watch it here.

added 4:17pm, via NHL.com,

“Doan delivered a late hit from the blind side to the head of an unsuspecting opponent,” NHL Executive Vice President of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell said. “While it was fortunate that Sexton did not suffer an injury, the message should be clear that this is the type of hit that we want out of our game.”

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DiPietro In Pink

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Rick DiPietro shows his support for Hockey Fights Cancer.

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Afternoon Line

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“He came and touched base with our whole team and kind of gave us the short-term plan for right now, for how the P.A. is going and how he sees himself taking over. That’s my third or fourth time talking to him, throughout the meetings and everything this summer. I’m real impressed. He has a pretty good presence about him, with his knowledge and experience, and I think that rubs off on the guys and makes the guys pretty excited about where this is going. I think everybody is real happy about him coming on board and helping us out.”

-Matt Greene, LA Kings union rep on Donald Fehr.  Via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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At The Bottom Of The Eastern Conference

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The great and horrible thing about the start of a new season is trying to separate trends from blips on the radar. Because there is such anticipation, fast starts are heralded as breakthroughs, while slumbering starts are indicative of some sort of organizational rot, personal lack of focus or just plain lousiness. All of which may mean absolutely zero by the time folks put away their Halloween costumes.

That said, you can understand why there’s more than a little angst among a trio of Eastern Conference playoff teams from last spring. Ottawa, New Jersey and Buffalo occupy the bottom three spots in the conference and were a combined 3-11-3 heading into this week with a combined minus-23 goal differential. Ouch. Each team has battled its own early-season demons, including injuries, inconsistent goaltending and lack of timely scoring. And while it’s early, all three share the same concern that these first games reflect something more problematic than just a slow start.

more topics including the Caps penalty kill and a look at the Panthers…

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Surgery A Possibility For Draper

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings forward Kris Draper will see a specialist in Philadelphia this week to determine if he needs sports hernia surgery….

Draper tried skating on Monday, after taking a few days off following a setback last week, but couldn’t finish practice.

“Not good,’’ Draper said. “I just went for a little twirl yesterday, felt all right. Then went at it today and felt pretty good and just tried to explode and take a couple of faster strides. That’s where I really felt it. Got off the ice.’’
Three years ago, he had his right side operated on. This time it’s the left side that’s troubling him.

“You figure it’s been over four weeks (since the initial injury), if things were going to take care of themselves and heal (they would have),’’ Draper said. “It’s frustrating.’‘

more on the Wings…

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Monday’s Friedman Thoughts

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Don’t think the issue of teams dressing fewer than 18 skaters is going to be addressed until the next CBA. There have been discussions about a Kovalchuk-type agreement to try and fix this, but neither side is certain as to what punishment should be.

• Don’t want to hear Sean Avery complaining about the league targeting him anymore. Escaping punishment for his two two-handers to Mike Komisarek exposes that argument.

• Can’t help but be impressed with Jonathan Quick. Inside and outside the organization, there was a feeling that it was only a matter of time before Jonathan Bernier took the No. 1 job. Quick took the challenge with the right attitude, showing up ready to compete. Long-term, it’s likely Bernier takes the job, but it will be a fight.

• On the other side, there’s Marc-Andre Fleury. Watching him, in tears, after the Game 7 loss to Montreal, there was concern about a long-term carryover. Dan Bylsma’s clearly lost confidence in him - for now.

more plus a look at the Flames…

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (October 18, 2010)—Florida Panthers goaltender Tomas Vokoun, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Marian Hossa and Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Getzlaf have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Oct. 17.

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Quick Hockey Notes

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from Tim Wharnsby of CBC,

Road weary - The Carolina Hurricanes sure looked pooped in their 5-1 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Sunday. The Canes, who played in an exhibition game in Russia before opening the regular season with two matches in Helsinki, don’t play their first game at home until Oct. 27 against the Washington Capitals.

They will travel through 11 time zones and more than 24,000 kilometres (14,913 miles) before they finish their current trip that makes stops in Ottawa, Vancouver, San Jose, Los Angeles and Phoenix.

Games I won’t miss this week -

1. The Canucks stop by the United Center on Wednesday to play the team that has eliminated them from the playoffs the past two years, the Blackhawks.

2. Ottawa Senators defenceman Sergei Gonchar visits his old team for the first time, the Penguins, on Monday.

3. It’s always special when New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur plays in Montreal against the Canadiens. Meeting No. 60 will take place at the Bell Centre on Thursday.


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The Face Of The Leafs

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from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

The general manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs turned 55 early this summer. His once red hair – bulrushes for follicles – has turned the colour of spring ice. His big, glowing Irish face remains set in what appears to be constant fury, belying both the wit that lies not far beneath the surface and the sentimental sob that hides somewhat deeper. He is almost as complicated as his job description.

In a team that polarizes fans – lionized and loved by half the country, resented and ridiculed by the other half – Burke, far more than any individual player, has become the face of hockey’s most powerful franchise.

And given that the Leafs began the season as the NHL’s hottest club – currently sitting 4-0-0 – that polarization has risen to levels not even imagined by the Ignatieffs and Harpers of the country.

Burke is, for hockey circles, a bit of an enigma: an American who prefers Canadians; a journeyman player who chose school over dreaming; a man who is both gruff and articulate in a culture known for politeness and clichés.

read on

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