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Franzen Feeling Better, Chelios Still Sore

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Johan Franzen (sprained left MCL) and Chris Chelios (fractured right tibia) were on the ice for the first time since they were injured, both skating before the team started practice.

Franzen fared much better, saying his range of motion feels good and doesn’t anticipate being out as long as he was last year (10 games) with the same type of injury. Chelios only skated for a few minutes and quickly learned he’s not close to returning.

“I felt good,’’ Franzen said. “I’m starting slow so I don’t want to risk anything, just long strides and go in laps.’‘

read on

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  Tags: chris+chelios, johan+franzen

Price Will Be Great

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from Louis Jean at Sportsnet,

Anyone who knows a little about hockey can see what great potential Price has. What they can’t see is his determination. He lost 30 pounds this summer to ensure he’s ready for the rigours of an 82-game season. And although Price has given up a few soft goals so far this season, every single general manager in the NHL would build their team around him in a heartbeat.

So it made absolutely no sense when veteran writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler said Price was a stiff, he was cocky and inept on the weekend. It’s one thing to offer an opinion based on facts, however, taking personal shots at someone simply to increase your own exposure and TV ratings is ludicrous.

more

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  Tags: carey+price

NHLPA Files Charge Against The NHL

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The NHLPA filed an unfair labor practice charge against the NHL with the National Labor Relations Board in New York today, The Post has learned.

The action by the Players’ Association immediately followed notification that the union had lost its grievance against the NHL regarding “defected player status” for drafted and unsigned Europeans.

continued

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Brodeur Out 3-4 Months

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via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will have surgery Thursday morning to repair a torn distal biceps in his left elbow and will miss three to four months, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning.

Update 2:07pm ET: (alanah): Eric McErlain at AOL Fanhouse has video of Brodeur’s injury, and some comments on what this means for the Devils.

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  Tags: martin+brodeur

The New Administration

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Out with the old and in with the new…

Read all about it at my NHL column…

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W W G R D

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from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

We don’t care who you vote for. Just go do it. Former Penguins forward Luc Robitaille is.

Note: While there is this silly little detail about being a natural citizen of the United States in this Constitution thing, we’re pretty sure you can still vote for Gary Roberts even though he’s Canadian. His general awesomeness pretty much overrides any legality in any country recognized by the United Nations. We think. Check at your polling place to see if that’s true.

continued along with a look around each division…

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It Needs To Change

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from Patrick White of the Globe and Mail,

Gilles Lupien, a prominent National Hockey League player agent, has never gone public about the disturbing phone calls he received from a young junior hockey player 20 years ago.

But with many in the hockey world treating the lurid allegations coming out of former junior hockey coach David Frost’s sexual exploitation trial as an aberration, the memory has been weighing heavily on his mind.

“The culture of junior hockey has to change,” said the former Montreal Canadiens defenceman, who now represents Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Roberto Luongo, Boston Bruins goalie Manny Fernandez and 13 other NHL players.

continued

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  Tags: david+frost

Heavy Work-Load For Phaneuf

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from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,

Not exactly known for his tittering engagements with the press, Phaneuf is coming off a weekend during which he shouldered an hour’s worth of ice time—64:32, to be exact—in back-to-back matches in Los Angeles (29:55) and Anaheim (34:37).

After offering a few pat answers—“when you’re asked to do a little bit more, you have to be ready for that”—Phaneuf is again encouraged to let the world know how he handled that tremendous workload.

Finally, a chuckle—or, at least, a smirk—from the 23-year-old.

“I feel great,” says Phaneuf, walking out of the dressing room.

“I feel great. Thanks for asking.”

read on

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

Under Control

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun via the Ottawa Sun,

As far as comebacks go, Carolina Hurricanes’ Dan LaCouture is pulling a major victory from deep in the jaws of defeat.

And it has little to do with hockey. The 31-year-old is salvaging his life.

Caught in an ugly downward spiral of alcohol and depression the last few years, Lacouture was on his way to losing everything—his career, his wife and newborn daughter and everything he ever held dear.

continued

LaCouture was placed on waivers yesterday.

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  Tags: dan+lacouture

Report Time

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from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Todd Neilson, the San Fransisco-based trustee overseeing the bankruptcy of William (Boots) Del Biaggio, says the team has not been complying with court requests to forward documents surrounding the team’s economic viability….

Now the trustee is asking Judge Thomas Carlson to order the team to release current and recent audit reports, financial statements, game-by-game paid attendance, documents that refer to individual and packaged and season-ticked sales, and sponsorship agreements.

more

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