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Stunning to watch Anaheim. Last year, the Ducks cost Detroit the Stanley Cup. Just brutalized the Red Wings in the playoffs. Now, they’re getting pushed around – not the same hard-edged team without Pronger and Beauchemin. Lost their identity.

-Elliotte Friedman of CBC.  Much more from Mrl Friedman…

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Kovalchuk Out Wtih Broken Foot

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via Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Thrashers star Ilya Kovalchuk has a broken bone in his right foot and is expected to miss four weeks, the team announced Monday.


Kovalchuk underwent a CT scan on Monday morning to confirm the diagnosis.

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuck

Gagne Still Not Right

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via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Flyers left wing Simon Gagne, who took just one shift in the third period in Sunday night’s 5-1 loss to the Sharks, sat out Monday’s practice and had an ultrasound performed on his groin area.

Gagne is off to the slowest start of his career with one goal in nine games.

Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said Gagne “just doesn’t feel right” and is unlikely to play against the Capitals Tuesday night.

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  Tags: simon+gagne

D.J. King Out With Fractured Hand

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward D.J. King will be sidelined 8-10 weeks with a fracture/dislocation of the right hand.  King was evaluated on Monday by Dr. Rick Wright and Dr. Charles Goldfarb of Washington University’s Department of Orthopedics.  The injury occurred on Saturday, Oct. 24 vs. Dallas.

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  Tags: d.j.+king

Who Said That?

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My perfect date would be to have dinner on a nice sailboat, watching the sunset, and have dolphins swimming next to the boat. Then eat dessert while watching the stars.

Ah, the perfect date.  Find out what current NHL player it is…

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Olympic Hockey Fans Will Enjoy These Pictures

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via Jamie’s Hockey Blog at About.com,

From the days of the outdoor game, to the British upset of 1936, the last triumph of the Soviet dynasty, the first women’s champs, up to the NHL’s Olympic era, here’s a few classic images of Olympic ice hockey.

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Ruutu Calls Tucker To Apologize For The Hit

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from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

Canes forward Tuomo Ruutu said today that he has called Darcy Tucker of the Colorado Avalanche and apologized for the hit from behind that left Tucker with a concussion.

Ruutu was suspended for three games by the NHL for the hit in Friday’s game in Denver.

“It was a bad hit by me,” Ruutu said. “I wasn’t really worried about the suspension. I was worried about the guy.

“It looked pretty bad. It just happened. I think he’s doing better. I’m so sorry about what happened but everything happened so quickly.

“I wish I could get it back but I can’t.”

continued

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  Tags: darcy+tucker, tuomo+ruutu

A Michigan Man Attends USC Football Practice

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Jack Johnson of the LA Kings visits USC for football practice.

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Strong Words From Ian Penny

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Speaking of the NHLPA, the irony is just too rich. Former executive director Paul Kelly was dismissed in August by the NHLPA’s 30 player reps in large part due to a fishy staff review spearheaded by general counsel Ian Penny, who assumed Kelly’s role on an interim basis.

Now, those player reps have decided they need to get straight how all of this nastiness unfolded and formed a four-person committee that includes Chris Chelios, Rob Blake, Nicklas Lidstrom and Mark Recchi. Now, it’s Penny complaining about the “poisonous” atmosphere around the NHLPA offices.

In a memo to the league’s 30 player reps, Penny accused Chelios, a supporter of Kelly who tried to stop the middle-of-the-night vote to oust Kelly, of using union staffers to spy on other union officials.

Penny wrote: “This completely inappropriate conduct has created a hostile, fractured and distrustful work environment. It is the type of environment that exists in repressive, totalitarian regimes—not work places.”

read on & more topics included such as head shots, Toronto, Atlanta and Pat Quinn…

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  Tags: ian+penny

Sharks Look Good Again

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Coming off an impressive 4-1 win at Philadelphia that concluded a 4-2 Eastern road trip, one has to wonder just how good is this year’s edition of the San Jose Sharks? Certainly, the great expectations are there—both within and outside the organization. But once again the question is: can they live up to them?

Although the cloud of consistent postseason failure hangs over San Jose, on so many other levels the Sharks might just be one of the true success stories in the NHL. They are a perennial top team, always in the discussion of the league’s elite.

continued

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