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Blues Searching For Consistency

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From the St. Louis Post Dispatch,

Forty-eight hours earlier, the Blues were waltzing through their locker room, giving each other high-fives and celebrating a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. But the next time we saw the Blues, on Saturday against Calgary, they were back to their old habits. "A couple of games below .500 is not where we want to be," Bill Guerin said afterward. "One step forward, two steps back."
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Nothing Happened

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

It was clear that not all of them (gm's) took this meeting terribly seriously. Some started sprinting for planes 90 minutes before the meeting ended. And a whole string of them, from places like Washington, Florida, Atlanta, Columbus, Nashville and St. Louis, went rushing past the waiting TV cameras without stopping to comment. This is perfectly understandable, of course, since hockey has far more popularity than it can handle in those markets. In fact, no fewer than nine GMs dashed past the media before John Muckler of the Ottawa Senators took the time to make a comment.
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Nobody’s Worried In Ottawa

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Despite a 5-7-1 record, none of the Senator execs seem as concerned as the team's fan base. Via the Ottawa Sun,

While fans are calling on Eugene Melnyk to fire GM John Muckler and coach Bryan Murray in the wake of a four-game losing skid, the Senators owner remains supportive of the club's management. Senators president Roy Mlakar told the Sun yesterday that he and Muckler had a telephone conversation with Melnyk before Monday's 4-3 OT loss to the Capitals in Washington and everybody is confident things will get turned around.
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Hossa At The Top Of His Game

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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

So while Hossa can bring fans to their feet, as he did with his rousing goal in Monday's win over Boston, the finer points of his game can go unnoticed. It might be covering the point for a defenseman who pinches into the offensive zone, or making the safe, smart clearing play to avoid a turnover. He is the quintessential coach's son — he knows hockey and rarely makes a mistake. They are all reasons he is a leading candidate at this juncture for the NHL's Hart Trophy, as the league's MVP. It seems the lessons of his father, who also coached Hossa as head of the Slovakia Olympic team this year, have paid off. Said Thrashers coach Bob Hartley, "He always makes the right play."
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Emery Injures Wrist

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via TSN,

Ottawa Senators' goalie Ray Emery suffered an injury in practice today - believed to be a wrist injury on his glove side - and sources say he is likely to be sidelined because of it. Sources say the Senators are awaiting the medical prognosis on how long Emery will be out, but sources told TSN that it is a 'potentially serious' injury and Emery could be 'out awhile.'

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Tanguay Frustrated

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Their partnership lasted just half-a-dozen games before it was dissolved by Calgary Flames coach Jim Playfair, but both Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay know that in professional hockey, things can change in a hurry. "I know, as players, the chemistry only comes when you both play well," said Tanguay, "and right now, I haven't been playing well, but Jarome is. So hopefully, I can start contributing a little more. That's been a little hard on me and a little frustrating, because I know I can be better."
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Flyers Need Changes

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Peter Forsberg needs a new nickname. In case you haven’t heard Peter goes by the moniker of...gulp…Foppa. Isn’t that some sort of skin ailment that killed helpless African children in the 19th century? Sure, Daniel Alfredsson may look like a Muppet but Peter Forsberg is one. This has to change, quickly. Who wants to follow a man whose name resembles a term of endearment for your 96-year-old Croatian grandfather?
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Jeff Carter Out With Broken Bone

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via the Philadelphia Flyers,

Flyers Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim McCrossin announced on Tuesday that forward Jeff Carter will be out of action for approximately six weeks due to a broken bone that was revealed following an MRI today. McCrossin: “Jeff had an MRI today performed on his left ankle which revealed that he sustained a fracture of the distal end of his left tibia. The injury is located on the inside of his left ankle area. He should be out for approximately six weeks. "Over the past couple of days the inflammation in Jeff’s ankle had subsided. He has been able to walk better, but he still had point tenderness over his ankle. Speaking with our medical staff we felt it was warranted to get an MRI and investigate his injury a little bit closer. The MRI did reveal a crack. "His ankle won’t be placed in a cast. He was placed in a walking boot. This way we will be able to treat him. We have him on bone stimulation right now and we will be able to maintain his conditioning.”

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Edmonton Fans “Pathetic”; Hockey’s “Only A Game”

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By Bill Houlihan Oh, and according to Jamie Fitzpatrick of Pro Ice Hockey, those raising funds in Alberta (yes, all of Alberta...Calgary fans are now donating, as well) are "misguided."

What's the most pathetic aspect of this pathetic story? That so many people take a hockey game so seriously? Or that so many can find no better use for their charitable dollars? (The article notes that nobody expects MacTavish to accept the money, which will ultimately go to charity. One blogger suggests the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Ha-ha.)

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Would Nedved Fit In Ottawa

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from the blog of Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Interesting to note that apparently the Philadelphia Flyers have recalled centre Petr Nedved from the minors in the hope somebody will claim him. The Senators are in the market for a second-line centre and Nedved, when he’s motivated, would fit the bill.
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