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Time For Penguins ‘D’ Depth To Make An Appearance

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Empty Netters,

When Ray Shero re-signed Mark Eaton back on July 1, many questioned the decision to bring back a player who spent much of his previous two seasons on injured reserve. With some of the Penguins other needs in free agency at the time, why devote a decent chunk of change to an oft-injured defenseman?

Two months later, Shero’s looking like a genius. Granted, he couldn’t have foreseen what would happen to his two most prolific defensemen before the season started, but he saw the value of having depth. With Eaton and Brooks Orpik back in the fold, the Penguins ensured they would have nine NHL-caliber blueliners in the organization. Without Gonchar and Whitney, the Penguins still seven solid reliable players they can dress on the blue line.

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Torres Separates Shoulder In Fight

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from Michael Arace of Puck-rakers,

The Jackets’ A team played the Blackhawks’ B team in an exhibition at Nationwide tonight. The Jackets won, 7-1 But they lost left winger Raffi Torres to a separated shoulder. Torres will miss six weeks.

“Very costly. Disappointing,” Jackets coach Ben Hitchcock said. “It works every time. Every time you play against a (largely minor-league) team like that brought in here, something bad happens.”

At 14:29 of the second period, Torres backed away from the faceoff circle and squared off with Ben Eager. Torres apparently called out Eager, a noted pugilist, because Eager had slashed Jackets rookie Jake Voracek across the hands during the previous shift.

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Sens Go As Gerber Goes

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

While we can conclude very little from any pre-season, it’s clear we have ourselves an Ottawa Senators team with more question marks than the Riddler’s outfit, and an Eastern Conference as wide open as Saskatchewan….

That leaves it wide open for….take your pick…Montreal, Philadelphia, the Rangers, Washington…

...Ottawa?

The early line on the Sens is Sesame Street simple.  If Martin Gerber is really good, they finish somewhere between 4th and 7th in the conference.  If Martin Gerber is…uhh…what Martin Gerber was most of last year, then they’ll be golfing by mid-April.

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NHL Hopes To Increase Brand Presence In Europe

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from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

Since European players began populating National Hockey League rosters in the late 1970s, their influence on the game has been unmistakable. The N.H.L. hopes to find out what impact it could have in Europe this weekend, when the regular season begins with games in Sweden and the Czech Republic….

“Our goal is to increase our brand presence there,” the N.H.L.’s deputy commissioner, Bill Daly, said. “We would like to have some sort of permanent presence, whether it is some kind of league office or stores or regular games, but clearly we want to extend our brand in Europe.”

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MSM Coverage Continues To Fade

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Economic woes combined with cutbacks in the newspaper business will reduce the level of print coverage given to the NHL in some U.S. markets.

In Florida, The Palm Beach Post decided last week to discontinue staff coverage of the Florida Panthers….

The Los Angeles Times has chosen to use just one beat reporter to cover both the Kings and the Anaheim Ducks, with Helene Elliott continuing to write hockey columns….

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s long-time hockey writer, Tim Panaccio, accepted a buyout after he was taken off the Flyers beat and assigned to cover the Philadelphia Eagles….

The New York Times will continue to focus most of its attention on the Rangers. In terms of coverage on the road, sports editor Tom Jolly said by e-mail, that the Times will pick its spots….

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Digging Tuesdays

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Chris Osgood’s your starter.  Groins and Chemistry.  Hudler and Helm.  Visors and vets.  Your Diggers shotgunned us this morning.  Not a single bit of repetition. Everyone doing their own thing.  Refreshing.  And, no, I don’t want to be one.

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Tarnasky Traded To Nashville

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from Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning traded rugged wing Nick Tarnasky to the Predators for a conditional 2009 draft pick. Tampa Bay received a sixth-round pick that would turn into a fifth if Tarnasky plays at least 50 games.

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Everyone Is Talking Hockey

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from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

We came to practice in Traverse City, and it’s a sellout [every day] for practice,” Hossa said. “It’s a small arena, but that shows me something. Obviously, in Atlanta there were good fans, but it’s not a traditional hockey market. You can tell the difference.”

It’s a difference, he said, that helps the Red Wings.

“You’re still playing the same game, [but] there’s definitely more atmosphere,” he said. “You get more fired up before the game. Everybody’s talking about it. You’re more under the microscope. Everybody’s talking about hockey.”

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Blues Lose Woywitka With Cracked Foot Bone

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from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues defenseman Jeff Woywitka has a cracked bone in his right foot and will miss four to six weeks, according to the team.

Woywitka suffered the injury while blocking a shot in Friday’s 9-4 victory over Atlanta at Scottrade Center.

He becomes the third Blues’ defensemen to be injured during the preseason, leaving a huge void less than two weeks before the start of the season.

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Report- Gonchar Out 4-6 Months

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from ESPN,

Sergei Gonchar of the Pittsburgh Penguins will mis 4-6 months due to surgery on a dislocated left shoulder, a source told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun on Monday.

The team is expected to announce Gonchar’s injury status on Tuesday.

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added 9/30/08, via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his dislocated shoulder Thursday and will be sidelined for four to six months.

UPMC physician Dr. Mark Rodosky will perform the surgery to repair cartilage and ligament damage to his left shoulder.  Gonchar suffered the injury during the first period of the Penguins’ pre-season opener against Tampa Bay on September 20.
 
“It is always difficult to lose a very talented player and leader for an extended period of time, but we all believe this is the best decision for Sergei,” said Ray Shero, the Penguins’ executive vice president and general manager. “We are confident that he will come back strong after this surgery. In the meantime, we’ll look to our other defensemen to step up in his absence.”

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