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Keep Your Head Up Hudler

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Phaneuf put a big hit on Hudler last night in the 3rd period.  Hudler had been agitating Dion most of the night and you just had a feeling Phaneuf was looking for the right opportunity to pay him back.

Watch the video of the hit…

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  Tags: calgary+flames, detroit+red+wings, dion+phaneuf, jiri+hudler

Havlat Back Tonight

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from the Chicago Daily Herald,

But the biggest story tonight is Havlat’s return. The all-star winger has battled injuries for much of his first two seasons with the Hawks, although when he has played he has been one of the most dynamic scorers in the NHL.

“It feels pretty good, but I guess we’ll find out now how it feels in a game,” Havlat said Tuesday. “It’s been great to watch the team win. I just want to come back and help.”

The concern is Havlat’s twice surgically repaired shoulder won’t last the season. The Hawks will be holding their breath on every hit, but Havlat won’t be.

“I have to do what I do best, and if I think about it then I’m not going to be able to play the way I can,” Havlat said.

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, martin+havlat

MacLean Still On The Mind Of Columbus

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from Puck-rakers,

Now, it’s highly unlikely the deal in Tampa will go through. It’ll take a minor miracle for it all to get settled and go through before the end of the season. Thus, the Blue Jackets will have to keep on paying MacLean. The remainder they owe is about $450,000.

That money would come in handy right about now if general manager Scott Howson is eagerly working the trade market. Certainly, that would be some nice “play money” at the trade deadline.

A $450,000 chunk doesn’t sound like much. But if a $1.8 million player is acquired at the trade deadline, the salary he’s owed the rest of the season—about 1/4 of the way to go—is roughly $450,000. There are some pretty good $1.8M players out there.

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, doug+maclean, scott+howson

What Starts In Pittsburgh & Ends In Montreal?

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How about a road trip that hits every NHL, AHL and ECHL arena…

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  Tags: ahl, arenas, echl, fans, nhl

Bolts May Wait For An Offer To Fall Into Their Lap

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

Wilson said he still is trying to make sense of the tumult surrounding the now-dead $200-million proposal that included the St. Pete Times Forum lease and 5 1/2 acres of nearby land in Tampa.

He also tried to allay “understandable” fan nervousness about the team’s future.

Wilson said he still has “some degree of optimism” Absolute Hockey Enterprises’ main players can resolve their differences and resurrect the purchase.

If they do not, he said, the team will not be shopped—“we’re not hiring a broker to see who might have interest in the Tampa Bay Lightning”—but offers that “fall out of the sky” will be considered.

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  Tags: tampa+bay+lightning, tom+wilson

Westcott Out With Another Concussion

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets defenseman Duvie Westcott likely suffered yet another concussion Saturday, ruling him out of the club’s short-term plans and calling into question his NHL future.

The news yesterday was not good.

“We’ll wait for the doctors to tell us (what’s next),” general manager Scott Howson said. “But we have been told that he’s symptomatic.”

Detroit’s Niklas Kronvall slammed Westcott into the boards late in the game Saturday in Nationwide Arena.

Westcott’s head did not appear to be struck, but his body was jolted.

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, concussions, duvie+westcott

Get Used To It Philly

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from Rich Hofmann of the Philadelphai News,

But when it isn’t even December and you have had four players suspended for on-ice stuff and the rest of the league combined has had only two, you know what people will think. When you lead the league in penalty minutes and majors, you know what people will think. When you are the Flyers, and even if you are so far removed from the old days that some current players are young enough to be the grandsons of some of the original Broad Street Bullies, well, you know.

You know what people will think - and the Flyers had better get used to it.

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  Tags: broad+street+bullies, philadelphia+flyers, suspensions

Selling Hockey In China

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from Geoffrey York of the Globe and Mail,

It’s a sunny afternoon in the Beijing suburbs, and the thumping strains of Billy Idol and Duran Duran are echoing noisily through the Century Star Skating Rink in a futile effort to whip up enthusiasm from the tiny crowd of hockey fans.

It’s an inauspicious start for the NHL’s first venture into the Middle Kingdom. The potentially massive Chinese market has become the Holy Grail for sports promoters around the world, but the NHL is facing a hard struggle in its attempt to sell hockey to the 1.3 billion people of the world’s most populous country.

As recently as the 1980s, there were 16 hockey teams in China. But today, Chinese hockey has fallen into such a steep decline that one leading Chinese newspaper declared it “not far from death.”

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Burke Wants To Stay With Ducks

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from the LA Times,

Ducks General Manager Brian Burke took the time Tuesday morning to address speculation out of Toronto about a job that, at least for the moment, isn’t even open….

“You guys know my view on some members of the media,” Burke said. “Some of the stuff they write is just . . . I’ve said it a million times and it’s true. It can only be ascribed to a drug-induced fantasy.”...

“I can’t say it any more clearly,” he said. “We want to stay in Anaheim. My wife and I want to stay there.”

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  Tags: brian+burke

36 Year Old Blog

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

The network has highlights of every game—every night and every morning; miles of NHL Productions footage, heretofore wasting away on shelves and unseen by the masses; special presentations; and, yes, vintage games shown in their entirety. It’s all a hockey fan needs….

And with the NHL Network showing those vintage games, it gives me the opportunity to do something I’ve wanted to do for a while—blog a game from the past.

So, here we go. The game is between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs from Jan. 2, 1971.

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