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Andrew Ference Out With Fractured Tibia

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Kevin Paul Dupont at the Bruins Blog,

...Peter Chiarelli, the Bruins General Manager, just announced outside the Boston dressing room that defenseman Andrew Ference sustained a fractured tibia (right leg), will undergo surgery Monday for the insertion of a surgical pin, and will be lost to the lineup for up to eight weeks.

‘‘He’ll be out a bit,’’ said Chiarelli. ‘‘Maybe, collectively the whole year, he’s been our best defenseman. He’s played a solid game, moving the puck….we will miss him.’‘

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Ducks Make Roster Moves

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ANAHEIM, Calif. – The Anaheim Ducks announced today that the National Hockey League (NHL) club has recalled right wing Bobby Ryan and defenseman Brett Festerling from the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).

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Ducks Lose Beauchemim

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from the Anaheim Ducks,

Anaheim Ducks defenseman Francois Beauchemin suffered a torn left anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in the third period of last night’s game vs. Nashville. Beauchemin underwent an MRI exam this afternoon which revealed the injury. He is expected to miss approximately six months.

“This is an unfortunate injury for Francois and we feel badly for him,” said Anaheim Ducks Executive Vice President/General Manager Bob Murray. “However, knowing his character as a player and person, we know he will rebound from this and return to the ice at full strength. Our team has faced adversity before and we expect everyone to step up in his absence.”

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Tocchet Will Coach His Way

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the CP via TSN,

Interim coach Rick Tocchet had players breathing hard during his first practice Saturday, looking to install high-tempo play for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tocchet’s coaching style will include lessons learned from the coaches he played and worked for, such as Scotty Bowman, Mike Keenan, Wayne Gretzky and Jim Schoenfeld. It also will reflect his own hard-nose playing days.

‘‘Paul Coffey left me a message. ‘Make sure you do what you believe in. Don’t compromise,’‘’ Tocchet said. ‘‘I’m pretty easy-going guy, a fair guy, but I believe in a certain way to play.’‘

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No Rest For The Flames

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The plan for the Calgary Flames was some R’n'R. The prize was taken away.

They were supposed to stay behind in San Jose for a couple of extra nights after their last outing, take the time to rest and relax, spend a day seeing the sights—Alcatraz is a cool place, Napa Valley would be fun—and then go for the annual rookie dinner, when the freshmen pick up the tab.

Instead, they returned home yesterday, given only one “recovery day” on the heels of their 6-1 beat down at the hands of the NHL-leading Sharks.

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Staying One-Step Ahead

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from Mike Boone of the Montreal Gazette,

As part of his Saturday morning routine - a glass of prune juice, The Red Line, three antacid tablets - Bettman carefully parses EEEEE-mail. When he reads about this scam, the commish will bring it to the attention of the league’s top computer nerds. Bettman will put the NHL’s finest minds - people whose SAT scores were even better than Kerry Fraser’s - on the case.

They’ll adjust the voting procedure to counteract the Great Montreal Conspiracy. And then some teenager in Dollard will figure out how to circumvent the new system.

It’s all a joke, but no more ludicrous than the All-Star Game itself,

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Q & A & A

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from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,

So we conducted our own more detailed NHL player poll. Here are the questions and answers from both (since results of the NHLPA survey have not been tabulated yet, we offer instead our own unofficial estimations):

Actual NHLPA question: Would you support the competition committee investigating a penalty for head shots?

Yes: 75 per cent

No: 25 per cent

Our followup: Would you support a penalty for shots to Sean Avery’s head?

No: 99.9 per cent

Yes: .1 per cent (Avery)

read on

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The ‘Wright’ Scenario

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via Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

I have a scenario running through my head that makes a lot of sense. It hasn’t happened yet, but that doesn’t mean it won’t. Picture this- Carolina, after a third straight loss, decided to make a change behind the bench (this hasn’t happened yet). They bring in a whip cracker (how about Bob Hartley). Then Laviolette, who has a firm but more friendly approach, goes to Tampa where they’ve been beaten up by Torts and Melrose.

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Lou Says No Deal For A Goalie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Even if other GMs are peddling, Lou Lamoriello insists he isn’t dealing for a top goalie to hold the fort while Martin Brodeur is out….

When surgery was decided upon for Brodeur, Lamoriello said at the time that he wouldn’t be dealing for a goalie, though it seemed like an automatic, unprepared reaction. Teams like Edmonton (Dwayne Roloson) and Chicago (Nikolai Khabibulin) are believed poised to deal, but Lamoriello thus far has resisted. Last night, he reiterated his stance.

“That’s the way I feel,” Lamoriello told The Post last night of his intent to stand pat in net.

more on the Devils goalie situation…

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Tampa Circus Continues

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Have you ever been in a fantasy hockey league where a brash new owner comes in who is confident that he will build a winner of his team?  He talks trash and makes a whole bunch of brash but questionable moves.  When his team doesn’t win, he decides to repeatedly make that that final desperation move to try to right the ship.  The problem is his team is far more than one move away from winning and the owner wouldn’t be able to recognize that final good move if it existed (which it probably doesn’t).  All that is available are bad desperation moves where the other teams are capitalizing on the desperate crazy moves.

That is happening in the NHL today.  It is happening with the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Their owners Oren Koules and Len Barrie are running the Lightning that way. 

The most recent example of their stupidity is firing coach Barry Melrose after only 16 games coached.  Melrose took over a last place team and brought them to 26th place.  They have a 5-11 record (with four regulation tie points).  It’s not a huge improvement but it could easily be worse.

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