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Budaj Has H1N1 Virus

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Denver Post,

The Avalanche confirmed Tuesday that the national swine flu scare has hit the team’s bench. Goalie Peter Budaj, out since Friday with flu-like symptoms, is suffering from the H1N1 virus, the team said.

Craig Anderson, who has started in goal in a team record-long 11 games to begin the season, will again be in the net tonight as the Avs take on the host Oilers.

Budaj was set to start in goal last Friday in Denver against Carolina. But he fell ill Thursday afternoon and was scratched. Tyler Weiman was recalled from Lake Erie to backup Anderson and he will remain on the roster.

From the first sign of Budaj’s flu last week, the team was concerned it might be swine flu.

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Talking Montreal Goaltenders

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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

If there is a problem with Montreal’s goaltending, it is not so much the ability of the two puck-stoppers but the dynamic. While all the “1 and 1A” stuff sounds swell, teams generally prefer defined roles—a clear-cut top guy and a reliable backup who can fill in competently or at times spectacularly as Craig Anderson (now with Colorado) did in Florida and Ty Conklin (now in St. Louis) did in Detroit last season.

But Halak is 24 and Price is 22, hardly the age in which either would care to play Sancho Panza to the other’s Don Quixote. And as they are similar in age, they are not all that dissimilar in ability even though Price, the 2009 All-Star game starter, has more renown. The situation should work fine in the short term, but if this construct doesn’t eventually change, some creative friction might arise that would not be as healthy.

more plus a look at the injuries throughout the league and a look at the Oilers…

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Keith Primeau Talks Headshots

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Former Philadelphia Flyer Keith Primeau was on Leafs Lunch today with Darren Dreger & Bill Watters.  He discussed headshots and the Mike Richards hit on David Booth.

“There is not a place in the game for those kind of hits.”

“Those hits are a punishable act.”

“If were going to make a change…there has to be a line drawn in the sand.”

“The head has to be off limits.”

“I’m a real live human being and I still have a life and it impacts the players life when he’s gone.”

listen to the full interview at AM 640...

 

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The Fans Ask

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Pierre LeBrun of ESPN responds to some of the rants he has received…

Pierre, what will it take for Carolina to finally go after a decent Goaltender? Cam Ward has played well below par for starting goaltenders ever since winning the stanley cup yet he still gets signed to an extension like he is a Star Tender....

(Pierre)- Dude, have you been watching hockey the last few seasons? Cam Ward has been one of the very best at his position and is largely the reason Carolina reached the Eastern Conference finals last season after upsetting Boston in the second round. His .913 save percentage so far this season is only a bit off from the .916 he sported last season….

much more

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David Booth Update

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via George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

David Booth met with his teammates and then the media on Tuesday. DeBoer gave him a warm greeting. Basically Booth says he gets bad headaches and can only read or watch tv for five minutes at a time. He has cuts on his nose and a bad black right eye. He says he doesn’t remember much but has seen replays of the hit. He was very diplomatic and would not say whether he thought the hit was dirty, nor if Mike Richards should be suspended. Booth also said that Richards text messaged him yesterday wishing him a quick recovery. Booth says he hasn’t replied yet, saying he gets headaches when he texts.

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Early Observations

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A few thoughts on the start of the NHL season and some Twitter talk too at my NHL.com blog today.

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Pat Dapuzzo’s Story

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On February 9, 2008, veteran NHL linesman Pat Dapuzzo suffered career-ending and life-altering injuries when he was accidentally struck in the face by the skate blade of Flyers forward Steve Downie during a game in Philadelphia against the Rangers. The damage to Dapuzzo’s face and head was far more serious than simply cosmetic.

In this exclusive for FanHouse, the 50-year-old Dapuzzo opens up for the first time about his memories of the incident, the countless surgeries, the deep depression, the support of the NHL community and his determination to live a normal life again. This is the story entirely in his own words, as told to Christopher Botta.

...When Steve Downie was checked by Fedor Tyutin and we became entangled along the boards, Downie’s leg whipped around and his skate blade cut my nose off. There was a hole in my face. I was on all fours and was bleeding badly. I thought I had lost my eye. Other than that, I don’t remember much about the immediate impact of the skate hitting my face. I was later diagnosed with a concussion from the collision, after they sent me to a trauma center in Camden, New Jersey.

read on at NHL Fanhouse…

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Ott Suspended Two Games

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Stars GM Joe Nieuwendyk just confirmed that the NHL has suspended Steve Ott for two games for his hip check on Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo Saturday in St. Louis.

The NHL has not released its reasoning, and it generally does not take questions on its suspensions, so they will probably simply explain that Ott is a repeat offender and that the check was dangerous.

I disagree, but what do I know.

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added 1:07pm,

TORONTO (October 27, 2009) – Dallas Stars forward Steve Ott has been suspended for two games, without pay, as the result of a low-hit on St. Louis Blues defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo in NHL game #138, October 24. 

The incident occurred at 8:33 of the second period.  No penalty was assessed on the play.

Ott, who was suspended for one game February 28, 2009, now is considered a repeat offender under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Accordingly, he forfeits $36,585.36 in salary based on the number of games (82) in a season, rather than the number of days (193). The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

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NHL Has A New Look On Facebook

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NEW YORK (October 27, 2009) ─ The National Hockey League (NHL) has unveiled the official NHL fan page on Facebook.  The NHL’s new presence on Facebook is part of the League’s broader initiative to make it convenient for fans to find and interact with NHL content, and have more control and flexibility over sharing NHL content with their friends.

The NHL designed its Facebook page to be fun, interactive and viral.  As a result, the NHL Facebook page features a wide range of virtual gifts such as team jerseys and “penalties”; NHL video; NHL polls; feeds to the best NHL content on Twitter, message boards and leading blogs; access to deals and discounts; links to NHL team Facebook pages and much more.

“The NHL’s goal is to make sure that fan passion is served on all platforms,” said Perry Cooper, NHL Senior Vice President, Digital Media and NHL Direct.  “We have recognized that social networks are a pervasive part of consumer life, and the development of the NHL’s Facebook page is an important part of our direct response to this trend.”

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Was It The Ducks Or Refs That Lost?

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Given 11 power plays, Toronto converted five, including two of three 5-on-3 advantages in a game that spilled out-of-the-margins even for the Ducks, who committed 17 of the game’s 27 penalties.

“We lost the hockey game,” Coach Randy Carlyle said. “Did the referees make as many mistakes as we did or did we make more mistakes than the officiating?  That’s the way I always judge it.

If you go through a hockey game and you can make less mistakes than the officials make in the game, then you usually have pretty good chance of winning.”

That’s not to say Carlyle wasn’t disconcerted with the undisciplined play he saw Monday night.

“It hasn’t been an issue up until tonight,” he said.

more

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