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Injury Talk

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via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

The Kings’ injury updates are not good.

Ryan Smyth will not play tomorrow night and will be out “longer than that, for sure,” according to Terry Murray. Smyth, still officially listed with an upper-body injury, is scheduled to see a team doctor tomorrow for an evaluation. Hopefully we’ll know more after that.

Murray said Rob Scuderi came to the practice facility for treatment this morning but also will not play tomorrow. Murray said he is “progressing, but not ready.”

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Semin played through the wrist injury (and other bumps and bruises) while Ovechkin was out, but apparently the wrist was not improving.

It’s unclear how much time he’ll miss.

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Evening Line

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Shanahan was one of the few players willing to buck the Pollyanna flow and actually say what was on his mind – to his ever-lasting credit. He will be missed, not just by the scribblers who enjoyed crowding around his locker to exchange views about the state of the game, but by anyone who could appreciate his rare combination of skill and physicality.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.  Much more on Shanahan…

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Little Gary:  “They Love Me In Hockeytown”

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Or something like that.  The emperor posted a MacLean’s interview with Rosby’s Daddy today and one portion of it stuck out even more than the rest.  Don’t get me wrong, every answer is filled with lies and ineptitude.  But this one hits home for many of us.

Q: You were booed when you presented the Stanley Cup—and that was in the United States.

A: I was booed presenting the Stanley Cup in Detroit to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Had I been presenting it in Pittsburgh I probably wouldn’t have been booed.

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Shanahan Retires

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from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Brendan Shanahan, who scored big on and off the ice during his 21 NHL seasons, Tuesday announced his retirement.

Shanahan leaves the game with 656 goals and 1,354 points in 1,524 games. He’s 11th all-time in goals and 23rd in points. He’s also the only player in NHL history with at least 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes.

He won three Stanley Cups, an Olympic gold medal and played in eight NHL All-Star Games, but Shanahan’s ultimate legacy will be how he helped lead the game coming out of the labor stoppage that forced the cancellation of the 2004-05 season.


added 3:28pm, This just added to the same story as above…

“I would like to thank my family and all of the friends who have helped me achieve and maintain my childhood dream of playing in the National Hockey League,” Shanahan said. “I am enormously grateful to all of my coaches and teammates I’ve had the privilege of learning from and playing along side of, throughout my career. While I always dreamed of playing in the NHL, I can’t honestly say that I would have ever imagined that I’d be this fortunate and blessed. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me fulfill this dream.”

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Signing Of Three Key Blackhawks May Be Premature

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from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

It’s no secret the Blackhawks want to keep Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith around for a long time, but—despite recent published reports—none are signed for next year yet.

“I guess there’s a little bit of a rumor out there,” Kane said after practice on Tuesday, “but it’s between my agent and Stan (Hawks’ general manager Stan Bowman) and the Blackhawks’ organization.”

Because the NHL’s salary cap might drop for next season Bowman could be facing a big challenge in keeping the nucleus of his promising, young team together. Signing all three stars might be difficult, and the reports of an imminent signing of any of them could be premature.


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Sharks Get A Double Dose Of Injuries

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Actual news today: Both Brad Staubitz and Devin Setoguchi will be out of the lineup tonight.

For Staubitz, it’s because of an injury during a very lightly attended practice yesterday as a puck struck him hard on the right side of the face below the eye. It happened as he was trying to screen goalie Thomas Greiss when defenseman Jason Demers took a shot….

For Setoguchi, the problem is a recurrence of the same leg injury that caused him to miss seven games from Oct. 25 to Nov. 7.

Todd McLellan said Setoguchi would be day-to-day and it was too soon to know the extent of Staubitz’s injury; he remained here with the team and will be examined back in San Jose tomorrow.

read on

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Hockey Fights Cancer Month A Big Success

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NEW YORK / TORONTO (November 17, 2009) – The National Hockey League® (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) together raised more than $650,000 in support of Hockey Fights Cancer and other cancer-related organizations during October’s Awareness Month.

  More than half-a-million fans attended Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Nights that were hosted by each NHL club, helping to raise funds for local charities.  Broadcasters also participated in the awareness nights through extensive coverage of the initiative.  More than 11 million viewers tuned in and watched these telecasts through national and local television coverage, and streaming online via NHL GameCenter Live.

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LeBrun Responds To Questions

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Pierre LeBrun answers some email…

I am a Rangers Fan and have big problems with what’s happened the past year with their team. First of all, Glen Sather has been here for long enough, that he no longer gets any passes in my book….

They have the two most hated players in the game in Avery and Brashear, and Avery looks lost in this system. They have no center to play with Gaborik. Basically, this team is getting worse year to year, and I am sick of it.


LeBrun:  My, my, haven’t we become a little greedy in Manhattan? Have we already forgotten that this franchise rode a seven-year, non-playoff streak entering the lockout? Since then, four straight appearances in the postseason….

I do agree, this team is not championship caliber at this point. The majority of Cup champions are built down the middle, and the fact is, the Rangers don’t have a bonafide No. 1 center….

more answers from Pierre…

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Afternoon Line

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We all know about Forsberg’s long and distinguished career, but at this point in time, the last thing the Rangers need is a washed-up Swede trying to make a big buck with one last swing around the NHL.

-Stan Fischler at Game On.

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Filatov On Loan To KHL Team

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have loaned forward Nikita Filatov to CSKA (pronounced CHESH-ka) of the Kontinental Hockey League for the remainder of the 2009-10 season, General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Filatov has appeared in 13 games with the Blue Jackets this season, scoring two goals and adding eight penalty minutes and an even plus/minus rating.  He has tallied 6-0-6 and eight penalty minutes in 21 NHL games over the past two seasons.

“Nikita is a top prospect in our organization and we believe it is in the best interest of his development to play more and in all situations in the KHL,” said Howson.  “We have agreed to his request to be assigned to CSKA and this should afford him the opportunity to continue to work and develop his game in his hometown of Moscow.”

added 2:37pm, Dmitry Chesnokov of PuckDaddy talks to Filatov,

What are the main reasons of your decision?

There is only one reason. I think this is better for my development to go back and play in Russia. There are more opportunities there to develop as a player and to really compete. At least at this time. CSKA can give me more right now than Columbus, to whom I am thankful. And all I need is to get playing time.


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  Tags: khl, nikita+filatov

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