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Leopold Out With Fractured Wrist

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via the Colorado Avalanche,

The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that defenseman Jordan Leopold suffered a fractured wrist. The injury was sustained during the third period of last Thursday night’s game in Calgary.
“An MRI test done yesterday confirmed the fracture,” said Avalanche Head Athletic Trainer, Matt Sokolowski.
Leopold will undergo surgery and will be sidelined approximately four weeks.

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GMs Want Hooking Defined

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from the Vancouver Province,

“When a player is checking another in such a way that there is only stick-to-stick contact, such action is not to be penalized as hooking. A penalty shall be assessed when a player or goaltender uses the shaft of the stick above the upper hand to hold or hook an opponent.”
Players have long been schooled in lifting an opponent’s stick or simply knocking it away to gain puck possession. And when they don’t impeded a player’s progress, it leads to a lot of head scratching and finger-pointing at referees.
“What’s happening is guys are making good stick checks and getting penalized,” added Mitchell, who’s the least penalized Canuck blue-liner with 24 minutes in 44 games. “Stick-on-stick checks with a coming-down motion where you knock it out of the way, I think is fine as long as it’s not up on the hands - I do believe that’s a penalty.

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Souray Talk

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Team 990 in Montreal reporting Souray was asked to leave practice today…
Now what?

added 11:43am, Team 990 is trying to get information on this.  Trying to confirm an injury or possible trade.

added 11:56am, Listening to PJ Stock on Team 990, word is Pierre McGuire got word that Souray was pulled from practice.  They are still working on what happened.
And, this may be the last time I listen to The Stock Report.  That show is all over the place.

added 12:07pm, Tony from Team 990 now reporting Souray did leave practice but still trying to get word why.

added 12:17pm, Team 990 reporting Souray not traded.  Suffering from a few bruises, expected to be in the lineup tonight.

added 12:31pm, A perfect example of what I wrote in my nhl.com blog today...

Who is going where, what did this GM say or not say, so-and-so is headed to. ... Enough, when it happens, it happens. We have no control of any trades, GMs don’t read our proposals, our wishes are not granted nor required to make a trade. Let the managers manage, the coaches coach and the players play.

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Ryan Suter- Blogger

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Ryan Suter begins a week of blogging at NHL Connect.  Wonder if we will read any Foppa stories!

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Rent The Guy

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How do you feel if your teams acquires a rent-a-player for their playoff run?
I would be interested in your opinion.

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Blue Jackets Getting Calls, No Action

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

“I’m talking with lots of teams,” president and general manager Doug MacLean said yesterday from Miami, site of the general managers meetings. “But I’ve got nothing that’s seriously close.”
The Blue Jackets are expected to trade right winger Anson Carter and defenseman Bryan Berard for draft picks before the 3 p.m. deadline next Tuesday.
It’s unlikely, however, that either player will be moved until the ball gets rolling on some of the bigger names on the trading block.
Mac-Lean said that most of the calls he has been receiving are about Fredrik Modin, but he reiterated that he will not trade the left winger.
It’s likely the Blue Jackets will sign Modin to a multiyear contract extension by the end of this week.

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Devils Keep An Eye On The Rangers

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from the Staten Island Advance,

Oh, the joy of it. What could be better for the Devils and their fans than leading the Atlantic Division while keeping the pressure on the Buffalo Sabres for first place in the Eastern Conference?
Actually, that’s an easy one: Watching the rival Rangers struggle just to claim a playoff spot and taking some sinister satisfaction. And a Devils sweep in this week’s home-and-home showdown with the Rangers would be like stepping on their rivals’ fingers as they hang onto the playoff cliff for dear life.

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Pens Looking To Buy

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

For a change, they’re buyers rather than sellers, so adding help is at least an option.
Their needs are another defenseman, a first-line winger and a face-off specialist, in that order. And the Pens, presumably, wouldn’t have to pay a Peter Forsberg-type ransom to address at least two of them.
They should be able to obtain an experienced defenseman (Jassen Cullimore of Chicago or Aaron Miller of Los Angeles) for much less.
Phoenix center Yanic Perreault figures to be more pricey, but still affordable, as are Canadiens defensemen Sheldon Souray, Andrei Markov and Craig Rivet.

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Going In Reverse

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from the Edmonton Journal,

The artificial laboratory that was the 2004-05 lockout year, when GMs, players and owners could all focus on the overall good of the game since no actual games were being played, keeps receding like the tide.
But self-interest is reasserting itself with vigour. So Burke, who wants to deploy toughness and physical intimidation as a tactic, wants the rules to be tweaked to help that cause. Shero, who does not employ a goon to ride shotgun for Crosby, is disinclined to favour such a rule change.
It will be up to the owners to hold the line on the NHL agenda of selling its stars, not letting the league backslide toward the pre-lockout game, in which brute force was valued as highly as skill, in which vigilante justice dominated.

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Preds Push Foppa

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from the Tennessean,

The Predators have aggressively marketed Forsberg, including taking out full-page advertisements in The Tennessean. Steve Violetta, the Predators executive vice president of business affairs, would not disclose how much the Predators will spend on marketing and promoting Forsberg but did say the organization has not spent any money beyond what originally was in the marketing budget.
The strategy seems to be working. According to Predators officials, at the start of last week, the team had sold 9,432 tickets for Monday night’s game against Phoenix. After the Forsberg trade, and just before the puck dropped Monday night, the total of paid tickets had surpassed 12,000.
“That’s an incredible amount of tickets sold for a Monday game in a short amount of time,” Violetta said.

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