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Will Gretzky Show Up For HHOF Weekend?

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies will take place in Toronto beginning this weekend and the question that’s got everybody abuzz in hockey circles right now is, will he or won’t he? Will Wayne Gretzky attend with his wife Janet when the careers of five of his closest friends in hockey are honoured? Or will he sit it out, part of his lingering discontent with the NHL over how shabbily he was treated during the Phoenix Coyotes bankruptcy hearings by an organization that he helped put on the map in the first place?


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Budd Gets A Bobblehead

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from Lynn Henning of the Detroit News,

In his broadcaster’s version of a world he relishes, Budd Lynch has been on the power play for 65 years. Not the penalty box, mind you, which is what one might figure would be the disposition of a man who left his right shoulder and arm on a tract of land in France in 1944, a few hours after a three-inch German rocket bored through him.

“My mother always had an Irish philosophy in life,” Lynch was saying over lunch last week.

“It’s a pleasure to grow old.

“Many are denied the privilege.”

So, there we have it, one man’s credo for happiness that he will again celebrate tonight at Joe Louis Arena as a big crowd, with Budd Lynch bobblehead dolls in hand, toasts a 92-year-old hockey icon whose life has been as resonant as his voice. Not coincidentally, it will be the 60th anniversary of the first Red Wings telecast that had as its play-by-play announcer one Budd Lynch.


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Boogaard Keeps Waiting To Score

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

The next time Derek Boogaard scores a goal, the NHL should allow the game to be stopped for a ceremony.

The Hall of Fame should swoop in and collect Boogaard’s stick, gloves and skates. The beaten goaltender might want to consider early retirement.

And if the Wild bruiser’s next goal comes at Xcel Energy Center, like maybe tonight against the Vancouver Canucks, bring some plugs to protect your eardrums from rupturing. “It’ll be sick,” Boogaard said, chuckling. “Hopefully I do it here.”

In recent games, the Boogeyman has been flirting with career goal No. 3—and his first in almost four years. “I think it’s getting close,” right wing Cal Clutterbuck said. “Boogey was the first star of video this week, and he’s throwing no-look backhand passes in practice.

“I’m going to say he scores, hmmm ... before Christmas.”

Boogaard’s last goal was on Jan. 7, 2006, or about seven NHLPA administrations ago.


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Darren Pang Talks Blues & HHOF Class

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Bruins Offense Hurting Without Savard

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

After David Krejci agreed to a three-year, $11.25 million extension June 2, the sentiment around the league was that the Bruins had gotten themselves a bargain.

The slippery Krejci was coming off a 22-51 -73 season that saw him serve as a potent No. 2 center behind Marc Savard. At times, he was so sublime that the club could project him as the eventual No. 1 center, which would give the Bruins the option to cut ties with Savard after this season.

Right now, neither scenario looks likely.

Fourteen games into a deflating 2009-10 season, Krejci has one goal and four assists. He has recorded one multi-point game (two assists against Colorado). Savard, out the last seven games because of a broken left foot, looks assured of earning a Black-and-Gold extension - a league source said the center is seeking a five-year deal - given how poorly the offense has performed without its best playmaker.


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Rangers Interested In Forsberg

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers are among the handful of NHL teams watching Peter Forsberg very closely when the 36-year-old free-agent center tests his chronically injured right foot in the Karjala Cup tournament that opens today in Sweden and will conclude over the weekend in Finland, The Post has learned.

“Yes, we have interest in Forsberg,” GM Glen Sather said. “From the reports we’ve been getting, the foot is much better than it was a year ago.


According ot Lyle Richardson and George Malik, Forsberg would have to clear NHL waivers in order to sign with an NHL team.  Something to keep in mind if it gets to that point.

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Bring Biron Back To Buffalo

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from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

A month from now, Biron could be part of a three-man goalie rotation on Long Island. Biron has been splitting the duties with Dwayne Roloson, who is in the first year of a two-year, $5 million contract.

Rick DiPietro, who signed a 15-year, $67.5 million contract three years ago, is practicing again after missing a year with a knee injury. Isles coach Scott Gordon said DiPietro has been on the ice every other day. Once DiPietro feels ready, he’ll begin working out with the team in earnest.

Isles coach Scott Gordon wouldn’t give a time table, but there’s a good chance DiPietro will return in early December. Something will have to give. Isles General Manager Garth Snow knew that when he signed Biron in late July, giving him three capable NHL goalies. The Isles will need to trade a goalie, and Biron is the obvious candidate.

It’s equally clear that the Sabres need a more reliable backup goaltender. Ryan Miller started for the 11th time in 12 games Wednesday night. Coach Lindy Ruff claims to have confidence in Patrick Lalime, but his actions suggest otherwise.


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Finding Ways To Keep The Blue Jackets In Columbus

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from Jeff Bell of Business First of Columbus,

At best, the Columbus Blue Jackets lost $30.4 million over the last three years, and at worst $43 million, according to a report released Thursday that outlines ways to keep the financially strapped hockey team from leaving town.

Chief among the nearly 20 options are ideas for public-private partnerships that would provide the National Hockey League club relief from its lease agreement at Nationwide Arena, although at the expense of taxpayers in some of the scenarios.


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Where Is Everyone?

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

What gives? Seriously, what’s up? I want to know what the reasons are why more of you wouldn’t show up tonight to see a team that had the most points in the Western Conference coming into tonight’s game with Phoenix (and added on to them when it was over)?

If the reason why attendance was down last year was the perfectly justifiable reason that the team was awful, what is the excuse for tonight?

There was not a single person in sections 330 and 334 a few minutes into the game tonight. Not one. I think a couple souls showed up a while later and sat there, but that was…it.

You definitely did not dissuade critics who say Denver is just a bandwagon hockey town tonight, folks. The announced attendance was definitely not the actual number in the building either. I’d say the real number was about 8,500, maybe a bit less actually.


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Not The Way You Want To Lose A Game

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from Razor With An Edge,

The new World’s Worst Way to Lose a Hockey Game is to outshoot the opponent 40-22, surrender the lead in the final minute, have a phantom delay of game penalty called on your defenseman in overtime and then allow the game winner on the ensuing 4 on 3 powerplay.

What a steaming, feces-encrusted way to decide a hockey game.

Sure refs are human and they make mistakes, but seriously!? If you watch the replay one of the two refs was just 5 or 6 feet away from Grossman when he allegedly shot the puck out of play from behind his own blueline. If the guy is so incompetent that he can’t make a proper judgment on a play like that - a call that could potentially decide the game – then he probably should be in a different vocation.

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Do remember a delay of game can be called from anywhere on the ice, not just from the defensive zone.  In this instance, I think the refs just missed the call, since I don’t think Grossman deliberately shot the puck out of play.

added 11:15am, Video of the OT goal by the Flames followed by the delay of game call can be watched below…

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