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McCabe Suffers Back Injury

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from TSN,

What appeared to be an awkward fall could turn out to be a serious injury for Florida Panthers’ defenceman Bryan McCabe.

Early indications suggest McCabe may have broken his back after colliding with Boston Bruins’ defenceman Dennis Seidenberg into the boards. McCabe will have an MRI on Saturday to determine the full extent of the injury.

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added 2:38pm, from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

TSN is reporting that Bryan McCabe’s back injury is very serious, with X-rays showing he has at least one broken vertebrea.

According to the Panthers, that’s just not true and is “absolute speculation” on their part.

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added 5:26pm, TSN has now updated the same link as above with this…

The Florida Panthers breathed a huge sigh of relief Saturday as an MRI revealed that defenceman Bryan McCabe did not suffer a fractured vertebrae in his back as was originally feared.

Although the veteran defenceman was in significant pain following the injury, it is believed that his condition has been upgraded significantly to day-to-day.

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Kopitar Agrees To Extension

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via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

If the excitement of tonight’s season opener isn’t enough for you, this should get you going…late last night—very late—Anze Kopitar agreed to a contract extension with the Kings. I don’t know the length and value of the contract yet…


added 12:48pm
, Seven year deal and read more about the signing at LAKings.com & thanks to a KK reader for the pointer.

added 1:58pm: Deal is for $47.6 million, via TSN.

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Talking Greats From The Past

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from Craig Slater of the Nanaimo Daily News,

Both Cliff Ronning and Gerry Cheevers, former NHLers, can’t deny the following today’s stars receive, but each have fond memories of the superstars they played with or against during their heydays in professional hockey.

“There was a time that Pavel Bure, no question, was the most exciting player in the NHL,” Ronning said of his former Vancouver Canucks teammate. “The first three years of his career in Vancouver . . . he took guys to another level. He was a player who came over (from Russia) and brought everyone’s fitness level so high. He changed the game in so many ways.”

read on

Below you will find a video of Bure’s Top Ten goals…

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Be Prepared Wings

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from Darron Patterson of Detroit Sports Examiner,

Teams like Toronto, with a wealth of young talent, aren’t satisfied just to walk in and put up a good fight anymore.

They’re coming for business.

The Leafs were playing at a different speed all night long, and it’s a sign of things to come that the Wings better get used to in a big hurry.

Just like the “young uns” that Toronto put on the ice Thursday night, teams are pouring young talent onto their rosters that are literally too youthful to be intimidated by the Wings anymore.

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Cut Down On Injuries - Cut Down On Exhibition Games

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Does it make sense to play more games at the expense of practices, which are conducted with an eye on avoiding injuries and are the best way to do it for coaches - particularly freshman bench leaders - to work at introducing new systems to their teams?

I don’t think so.

What I’m really saying is that since these players are merely human, the NHL will have to take a long, hard look at the number of games its assets play when their people sit down to prepare next season’s exhibition schedule - all the more so because the league will have to shut down for two weeks because of the winter Olympics.

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Morning Line

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“He’s a target out there and a lot of guys go after him.  It’s only natural for him to want to go want to go back at guys… He’s going to keep learning as he goes, but it’s better revenge to put the puck in the net than run somebody over.”

-Mathieu Schneider on Alexander Ovechkin.  More on AO from Craig Custance of Sporting News Today.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, mathieu+schneider

Getting The Rinkside View

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from the Anaheim Ducks,

The “Rinkside View” game format combines the best of traditional hockey television expertise with more ice access thanks to low angle camera positions and a voyeuristic, as-if-you-were-there look and feel to the telecast. A total of 20 NHL games, including all six “Freeway Faceoff” contests with the Kings, will be seen by the “Rinkside View”.

“We are revolutionizing hockey on television with ‘Rinkside View’.  The low camera angles and evolved camera direction will allow the viewers to hear more crunch, watch more of the ice, and - instead of being told how the play develops – see the play unfold for themselves,” said Tom Feuer, executive producer, Fox Sports WEST and PRIME TICKET.

read on

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Helping The Poorer Teams

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from Sean Gordon, Allan Maki and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The grumbling is intensifying behind the scenes from owners and team officials who are watching with mounting dismay as millions pour from successful franchises in Canada and the United States to their staggering partners, mostly in the American sunbelt.

According to information compiled by The Globe and Mail from various sources, the six Canadian NHL franchises contributed more than $40-million (all figures U.S.) to their fellow owners last season, and about $50-million when playoff revenues are taken into account.

read on

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Cleaner Ice

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from Mark Zwolinksi of the Toronto Star,

When the Leafs open their home season tonight against Montreal, the first official critique of the new ice will arrive for the ice crews and management, who have been building ice for over a month now with the help of a reverse osmosis water filtering system from Newmarket-based ice experts Jet Ice.

“Fans are going to notice the ice is clearer and stronger, there will be less snow build-up and less ruts ... players will feel the ice is faster and harder, and the puck will travel smoother with less bumps,” said Bryan Leslie, director of building operations for the Air Canada Centre.

The reverse osmosis process essentially removes contaminants and sediment introduced to the ice under the old ice making methods.

more

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More Health Issues For Connolly

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Even though he had practiced all week, Tim Connolly’s sore back is now a major issue for the Buffalo Sabres because it’s more than just lingering stiffness.

Connolly was a surprising scratch from Friday’s season opener and Sabres coach Lindy Ruff revealed after the game that his center has a hairline fracture in a vertebrae.

“He was trying to get through it in practice all week,” Ruff said. “We felt he could get through it, the doctors felt he could get through it but he couldn’t. It just got too painful.”

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