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Time To End The Hudler Project

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Late recap. So late in fact that I'll point you to On The Wings for theirs. In brief, another bittersweet win for our boys as Cleary stays hot, Samuelsson stays hot, Hasek gets hot precisely when we needed him to...and another Wing hits the IR, this time for an extended period of time. Now...the Kopecky situation. He lost an edge and slammed into the boards. Jim Vandermeer landed on top of him, the boards came next, successful surgery today and it's off to the IR he went, for up to twelve weeks. What does his loss mean to the Wings? Well, Jiri Hudler is probably going to get another chance, another doghouse reprieve. We can't send him down, and he can't play well enough, consistently enough, to deal him for anything of much value. So, we lose a gritty kid with attitude and feistiness only to gain an ongoing project with frustrating potential.

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Savard Takes Charge

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from Linda Cohn at ESPN,

Have you noticed what your Haaaaaawks have been doing lately?
Leave it to Hall of Famer and Blackhawks legend Denis Savard to provide a much-needed breath of fresh air in the Windy City.
The man who goes by the name of “Savvy” has lifted the spirits of these Blackhawks, who have posted a 5-1-3 record and earned 13 of a possible 18 points since he replaced Trent Yawney as head coach.

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Tibbetts In Finland

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James Mirtle has discovered Billy Tibbetts will be playing in Finland... and so have the hockey fans....

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All Promos

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The National Hockey League has produced more than 30 player features and TV promos designed to give hockey fans a glimpse into the lives and personalities of their favorite NHL players….
Among the features currently airing, Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash shows off his sports memorabilia collection and his ping-pong skills; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Blake describes the workout surfing offers and dismisses the stereotypes about L.A.; Edmonton Oilers right wing Fernando Pisani and his father share his family’s journey from Italy to Edmonton.

read on and view many of the videos…

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Show Off Your Skills

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NEW YORK (December 15) To mark the return of the 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration in Dallas, the National Hockey League (NHL) and the Ace Bailey Children’s Foundation’s Third Annual “Ace’s Got Skills” competition will bring its multi-city tour to Dallas, in conjunction with the Dallas Stars.

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Canes Shorthanded

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The Carolina Hurricanes will likely be missing two of their top six forwards, top scorer Rod Brind’Amour and first-line winger Erik Cole, when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.
Also among the missing will be forward Andrew Ladd, who was stricken by appendicitis on Thursday night and had an emergency appendectomy. Head coach Peter Laviollette said after the Hurricanes’ game-day skate on Friday morning that Ladd will be out for two to four weeks.

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Mathieu Biron Goes To The Canadiens

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MONTREAL (December 15, 2006) – The Montreal Canadiens announced today the acquisition of defenseman Mathieu Biron from the San Jose Sharks, in return for defenseman Patrick Traverse. Biron, 26, has played six full seasons in the National Hockey League with the New York Islanders (1999 to 2001), the Tampa Bay Lightning (2001-02), the Florida Panthers (2002-04) and the Washington Capitals (2005-06). In 253 career regular season games, the 6’6’’, 230-pound defenseman scored 12 goals and added 32 assists for a total of 44 points, with 177 penalty minutes. Mathieu Biron will report to the Hamilton Bulldogs today.

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A Grandfather In The Business

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from the Globe and Mail,

Another member of the Leafs family, forward Jon (Bates) Battaglia, also was looking forward to locking horns with his former team. But when the word family and Battaglia appear in the same sentence, there can be a different connotation for the power forward. Battaglia recently disclosed in an interview that his grandfather was Sam (Teets) Battaglia, the former head of the crime organization known as the Chicago Outfit. That sort of revelation usually provides enough fodder for dressing-room banter, but Battaglia hasn't heard a peep from his teammates.
read on Update: For further reading, here is a full-length feature article on the history of the Battaglia family, from Joe O'Connor in last week's National Post. Thanks to a fellow hockey blogger for passing it on.

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The Son Of Wayne

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from the New York Times,

...The commotion in Fort Frances partly illustrates why Gretzky and his wife, Janet, enrolled their son at the small boarding school in rural Minnesota, about 50 miles south of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Players like Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Zach Parise of the Devils once played at the school. Parise’s father, the former Minnesota North Star and Islander J. P. Parise, ran the hockey program for almost a decade and is now the school’s director of prospect evaluation. Gretzky wanted his son to have top-level coaching and to grow as a player away from the spotlight, without someone trying to label him the next Great One.
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McSorley Being Recognized

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from the Contra Costa Times,

It's one thing to try to replace a franchise player. But replacing a franchise broadcaster? That's the task at hand for new Sharks television analyst Marty McSorley, who has taken over for the enormously popular Drew Remenda. Not only was Remenda well-liked by Sharks fans as a broadcaster, he may have been the most popular member of the organization, including players and coaches. "I don't think it's out of bounds to say that maybe until Joe Thornton showed up, Drew was the face of the team," Sharks TV play-by-play man Randy Hahn said. "Patrick Marleau could walk through Valley Fair Mall (in San Jose) and get recognized. If Drew did, he'd get mobbed."
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