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McGuire vs. Milbury

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Given the coverage the issue has received, it seemed fitting that NBC’s first Sunday of the NHL regular season would feature a fight.

The battle in this case, however, wasn’t on the ice.

It was in the studio where commentators Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury traded verbal blows over the pros and cons of fisticuffs, with Milbury ending it by giving McGuire a sharp slap to the chest.

“Keep your head up,” he said.

“I always keep my head up,” replied McGuire.

It was heated, but for the Canadian audience, there wasn’t much new presented in the debate,...

continued and not just for the Canadian audience Mr. Houston, hockey fans world wide have been following the fighting debate…

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  Tags: nbc

Life Was Hanging In The Balance

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from Joe O’Connor of the National Post,

Kurt Jory could feel his life slipping away, and he told his friend, Isaac Smeltzer, who was there beside him, holding his hand, that if he died on the ice at the Windsor Arena to tell his family that he loved them. He was worried about his mom and dad, his older brother, and younger sister. Jory did not know what they would do if he was just gone, without even having a chance to say goodbye.

The tall and gangly starting goaltender for the Brock University Badgers hockey team was sitting rink side at the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre watching his teammates practice earlier this week. Jory appeared to be perfectly healthy save for his right arm, which was cradled by a blue sling.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Is it just me or is NHL darling and Reebok pitchman Sidney Crosby just a really good player and not a superhuman, best of breed, sport transfer?

Maybe he’s getting more pressure than praise.

Whatever is at work, I just expected more domination and must-see moments from the “Next One”. His young, flashy Russian rivals seem to have cornered the market on that.

Sid the Kid - more hat than cattle so far.

-Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Kings Recall Bernier On Emergency Basis

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled goaltender Jonathan Bernier (emergency recall) from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey Leagueand assigned forward Teddy Purcell to the Monarchs, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The Kings recalled Bernier after learning that goaltender Erik Ersberg sustained a lower body injury in the Kings game at Dallas on Saturday.  Ersberg’s injury is considered day-to-day. 

Bernier, 20, has not appeared in a regular season game with the Kings this season.  The 6-0, 185-pounder from Laval, Quebec, has a record of 10-12-3, one shutout, a goals-against-average of 2.79 and a save-percentage of .897 in 25 games with the Monarchs this season. 

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Forget The Penguins, Think About The Ducks

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Don’t call me a quack just because The Maven smiles at the prospect of Ducks flying into The Garden on Tuesday night.

No matter that the Blueshirts otherwise successful road trip ended with a 3-0 defeat on Sunday at The Igloo.

The Rangers have endured 3-1-1 in their last five games and return to Seventh Avenue respectably atop the Atlantic Division. There’s no point sitting in the corner and sulking about that, is there?

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Artyukhin Hit On Peltonen May Be Under Review

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from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

There is a good chance that Evgeny Artyukhin will at least receive a phone call from the league office, if he hasn’t already, regarding his knee-on-knee hit with Florida’s Ville Peltonen. It appeared that Arthukhin stuck out his knee as the two collided at the end of the second period. Peltonen lay on the ice for several minutes and had to be helped off the ice. The Panthers scored the eventual game winner on the penalty (which was called tripping, not kneeing).

more on the Lightning…

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  Tags: evgeny+artyukhin, ville+peltonen

Ryan Shannon Not Happy Playing In The AHL

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from Steven Buono of the Darien Times,

“Yeah, I’m not happy about being in the AHL,” said Shannon during the league’s mid-season break this week. “I am trying to get (ahead), play my best.”

The current turmoil could help, with possibly a second call-up as the Sens inevitably open the tool box wide and start throwing every hammer and wrench at their dilemma soon.

“I just continue to work on my craft, to get to play in the NHL,” said Shannon, who is the B-Sens alternate captain and leading scorer with 10 goals, 26 points in 25 games. “I think of myself as an NHL player. And hopefully it’s just a matter of time before I am back.”...

“I felt that my first game they were happy with what I did,” Shannon said of his strong effort vs. the Islanders at Scotiabank Place on Nov. 13. “But, the Ottawa organization right now is going through a lot of, trouble, so… Who knows what is going to happen.”

more

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  Tags: ryan+shannon

Hemsky Activated

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General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have activated right wing Ales Hemsky from the NHL Injured Reserve List and placed left wing Robert Nilsson on the IRL.

Hemsky returns to the Oilers lineup after missing the last 10 games (December 30-January 16) with a concussion suffered in Edmonton’s December 28th game versus the Nashville Predators at Rexall Place.

Nilsson is placed on the NHL IRL retroactive to January 9th due to a concussion suffered versus the San Jose Sharks. Nilsson has missed four games (January 11th-16th) due to the injury.

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  Tags: ales+hemsky

Rick Nash Activated

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated left wing Rick Nash off injured reserve and have assigned forward Craig MacDonald to the Syracuse Crunch, Columbus’ American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced January 18.

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Numminen Out Indefinitely

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Teppo Numminen will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing minor surgery this morning for a small fracture of the jaw.

Numminen was injured in the first minute of the second period Saturday night in HSBC Arena when he was struck flush in the face with the puck after a shot by Carolina defenseman Tom Gleason. Numminen returned to play eight more shifts in the second period but did not play in the third.

“He’s going to be out for a period of time,” coach Lindy Ruff said today following practice in the Amherst Pepsi Center. “We don’t know exactly how long but it’s weeks versus days. ... It’s a fracture that had to be fixed. He feels good but it’s just kind of a freak accident.”

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  Tags: teppo+numminen

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