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The NHL Hour

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Scotty Bowman will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour hosted by Gary Bettman.

The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement. 

*At showtime, listen live at this link.  While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696.

**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, scotty+bowman

Those Hits? They Just Keep On Comin’:  Stuart Out Until Playoffs

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And maybe longer.

Khan(!)

Brad Stuart is out for the rest of the regular season, and possibly the start of the playoffs, with a non-displaced fracture in one of his fingers, general manager Ken Holland said. It happened during the third period of Wednesday’s game when he blocked a shot. They’re not revealing which finger or which hand.

Holland said doctors told him Stuart would be out three-to-six weeks. The team believes it’ll be closer to three weeks. He’ll resume skating by the middle of next week.

Well that pretty much sucks.  The DDC also reports that none of the injured forwards will be returning tonite and that Chris Chelios will move up to the second defensive pairing with Niklas Kronwall.  Strange, since he was “competing for that 6th spot,” eh?

The train is open, as you know.  But before you board, consider this.  Stuart had no problem jumping right into the system when he was dealt here and he’ll be skating consistently while his digit heals.  As long as he’s back for the playoffs, I’m not going fetal about it.

 

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Brad Stuart Out With Broken Finger

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via the Detroit News,

Wings defenseman Brad Stuart is expected to miss the rest of the regular season and possibly the beginning of the playoffs after suffering a broken finger.

Stuart was injured blocking a shot in Wednesday’s 3-1 victory over Columbus. Wings officials said the injury typically sidelines a player from 3-6 weeks.

added 1:53pm, Ansar Khan has more at Mlive...

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  Tags: brad+stuart

NHL Disciplinarian Suggestion

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Once Campbell moves on to take a GM or coaching job with a team, the establishment of a three-year term limit for all future NHL disciplinarians. And in addition, hiring practices that only bring aboard candidates who possess not even the slightest interest in eventually working as coach, GM or a high-level management type for one of the league’s 30 teams.

If you followed those guidelines, you’d wind up hiring a chief policeman unconcerned about burning bridges with future employers. Instead, he or she would be able to concentrate on one job only: doling out the proper deterrents to ensure the NHL’s rules are followed to the letter.

read on

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  Tags: colin+campbell

Grapes On No-Touch Icing

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Don Cherry was on the Fan590 in Toronto this morning, talking about no-touch icing. Listen to the conversation.

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  Tags: don+cherry

Topics Galore

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Computer problems, playoff races, too much on my mind these days.

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Weight On Iginla

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from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

Wednesday, captain Jarome Iginla and the players were back in full penitent mode after the 1-3 road trip. Vowing to up the intensity, they echoed comments made ad nauseum this season and last about getting serious. Vows that evaporate like a spring snow.

Coming from Iginla, there is at least the sense of sincerity in his resolve. In fact, the captain’s shoulders are a little too broad sometimes. As any dim bulb can see, he’s the Flames’ best player and has gone the long mile to make a success of the team. He’s a consummate diplomat with the media and as good with the fans as any player I’ve ever seen. Iggy shows up for games and fights.

That Captain Canada effort has given some players on the team a free pass, however.

Why do it when Jarome pulls the sled?

more

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  Tags: jarome+iginla

Talking Canucks Playoff Opponents

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from the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks haven’t clinched a playoff spot yet and this could look pretty silly if they were to somehow meltdown and miss them, but it’s time to look at what the best possible matchups for this team might be in the postseason.

If they can’t win their division and finish third overall, then clearly getting to sixth would have to be a priority because they would then matchup with another Northwest team. You only need to look at the standings to know that these teams are absurdly close.

continued

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Avs Season Not Yet Complete

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

With the end of the regular season only two and a half weeks away, Colorado’s possibilities still run the gamut.

The Avs could:

a) Win the Northwest Division and claim the No. 3 Western Conference playoff seed. Because they will have finished strong and captured international attention with Peter Forsberg’s signing, they likely would become a fashionable darkhorse playoff pick.

b) Miss the playoffs altogether if they struggle and Nashville or Edmonton roars down the stretch.

c) End up somewhere in between, as the No. 6, 7, or 8 seed and going against a division winner in the first round.

read on

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The Art Of Skate Sharpening

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from the Owen Sound Sun Times,

Pearce said he has sharpened skates for at least a dozen professional hockey players. It was his good friend and former Detroit Red Wings goalie Dennis Riggin, who helped him design the custom sharpening machine he uses today, specifically for goaltenders.

Pearce operated the first hollow grind machine in Western Ontario after his father purchased it from Winnipeg in the 1940s for 25 cents.

“It was the only machine in our area with a flat ground, cross cut,” said Pearce.

He ended up taking over the skate-sharpening business from his father and set up shop under the seats in the former Kincardine arena in 1948. He was just 16 years old.

Pearce’s secret to the perfectly cut skate, whether it be a hockey, goalie or figure skate, came from a machine he saw while playing hockey in Switzerland with the Kincardine Oldstars in 1977. He brought the idea home and built his own version of the machine.

read on

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