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Hossa Practicing

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Update 1321 EST:  Hossa’s out.  Homer’s in.  Happy’s heaving.

Freep

Hossa has missed the last two games because of injuries, and Mike Babcock said after practice that Hossa won’t play tomorrow, either. Hossa said he hopes to be back Thursday against Calgary.

“The knee didn’t bother me when I was skating, which was good sign,” Hossa said. “My neck is a little stiff, still, but it’s slowly getting better.”

Hossa was hurt last Tuesday at St. Louis when he crashed head first into the boards, leaving his neck, back and right knee tender.

Babcock said Jiri Hudler missed practice because he’s sick, and wasn’t sure of his availability for tomorrow. Tomas Holmstrom, though, is definitely in tomorrow; he’s been out since last month because of a sports hernia.

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Van Ryn Done For The Year

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from TSN,

Mike Van Ryn’s injury riddled first season in Toronto has come to an end.

Maple Leafs’ head coach Ron Wilson told reporters Monday that the blue liner had suffered a torn medial collateral ligament and would miss the remainder of the season.

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Talking Head Hits At The GM Meetings

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

On the opening day of the annual NHL general managers’ meetings, the NHL Players’ Association proposed a new rule concerning hits to the head.

The proposal was delivered to the league’s GMs on Monday morning by NHLPA executive director Paul Kelly. It calls for three different penalties ranging from a two-minute minor to a match penalty for any player who “either intentionally or recklessly targets the head of that player and makes contact with any part of his body, whether it’s a hand, an elbow or a shoulder,” Kelly said.

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added 12:57pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

In addition to the head-checking issue, Kelly and Healy raised a number of other issues from the NHLPA perspective:

Kelly wants to see if NHL players may be able to participate in the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics. The tight turnaround of the NHL schedule break may currently prevent that, but the NHLPA believes it would be a wonderful marketing opportunity for NHL players to be included as part of the Olympics’ opening ceremonies as a number of them could end up as flag bearers for their respective countries.

more topics…

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Keys To The Penguins Turnaround

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from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

There’s some bad news for the playoff contenders in the East. The defending conference champion Pittsburgh Penguins have found their way, winning six straight games, including all five on their just completed road swing. And it gets worse; the Pens will play nine of their next 10 games at home.

With that kind of schedule, the Penguins still can play themselves into a No. 4 seed and home-ice advantage in the first round.

I see a couple of obvious reasons for the club’s turnaround.

For me, the biggest reason is the return of top defenseman Sergei Gonchar, who missed the first 56 games after having preseason shoulder surgery.

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Horton Out With Broken Finger

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

Florida center Nathan Horton will be out an undisclosed amount of time after having surgery to repair the ring finger on his left hand, The Miami Herald’s David J. Neal is reporting.

Horton told Neal today at Incredible Ice that his hand was stepped on right before David Booth scored his third goal against the Blues on Saturday. Horton had surgery following the game and has his hand in a splint. He says the trainers have not given him a timetable for a return.

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added 2:00pm, Miami Herald now reporting Horton will miss 2-4 weeks and McCabe dealing with orbital bone issue.

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What’s Wrong With The Red Wings?

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from Jeff Gordon of Hockey Guy at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

So what’s wrong with the Red Wings?

Blues fans were impressed with their 5-0 demolition of the Blues last week. But that effort has been bracketed by an 8-0 loss to Nashville and an 8-2 loss to the Blue Jackets.

It’s tough to imagine a team THAT good playing THAT badly twice in a short period of time….

Hockey Guy wonders if this team will regret not finding ways to make upgrades at the trade deadline.

more hockey notes…

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Canucks Take Moms On Road Trip

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Daly Update

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NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly spoke to Scott Laughlin on Hockey This Morning from the GM Meetings in Florida and talked about the agenda for the week. Bill also talked about the Lighthouse project on Long Island, new ownership possibilities in Phoenix, and the trade deadline deals

Listen to the interview at NHL Home Ice Blog.

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Fighting Live Video Streaming Piracy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Eric Fisher of SportsBusiness Journal,

But a newer occurrence — piracy of live video streams using peer-to-peer technologies — represents an even greater threat given the perishable nature and premium placed on real-time sports content, and the heightened importance of subscription-based revenue to online business models. The rising tide of piracy has prompted MLB Advanced Media, among others, to mount a coordinated defense strategy.

Several major U.S. sports properties, including the NFL, NBA, NHL and NCAA, and major media outlets including Walt Disney Co., News Corp. and NBC Universal, have organized under the leadership of MLBAM to form The Sports Coalition, a group that is pressing government trade and intellectual property officials for more stringent trade policy with regard to piracy.

read on and thanks to SBJ for releasing the paid subscription link…

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Canadiens In A Battle For The Playoffs

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

Two months from now, when the New Jersey Devils are planning their parade after defeating the surprising Vancouver Canucks in six games in the Stanley Cup final, the Habs will have been on the sidelines for at least six weeks, because they do not look like a team that is going to make it past the first round if they make the playoffs at all. That will give them plenty of time to think things over.

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