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Goalie Movement

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via Sportsnet,

In a clear indication Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Craig Patrick is trying to create a fulltime spot in the NHL for Marc-Andre Fleury, sources tell Sportsnet Pittsburgh has placed goaltender Sebastien Caron on waivers.
via TSN,
The Vancouver Canucks acquired goaltender Maxime Ouellet from the Washington Capitals on Friday in exchange for a fifth-round pick in the 2006 draft. Ouellet will report directly to the Manitoba Moose of the AHL.

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Q & A With Babcock

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from ESPN,

If things had worked out a little differently, Red Wings coach Mike Babcock might have been Wayne Gretzky ... with a British accent. The 42-year-old Babcock went from star player in England to coaching prodigy in North America. The only piece of hardware that has eluded him is the most prized piece, the Stanley Cup. In this week's Facing Off, Hockeytown's coach discusses Jiri Fischer's NHL future, why he flew the coup in Anaheim and why he isn't getting much sleep right now.
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Nashville Game Against Wings Rescheduled

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Get this, the game is scheduled for January 23rd, which was originally a home game for the Preds against the Wings, but will be shifted to the JLA. The interesting point of this is the game will start 1-0 Nashville, but the they will start a new game, yes 1-0 Nashville before the puck is dropped in a full game. Nashville will play the Wings at home on March 30th also to make up for the lost game. update 5:17pm, via NHL.com,

National Hockey League Game #312, the Nashville Predators against the Detroit Red Wings at Joe Louis Arena - the game that was interrupted on November 21 - has been re-scheduled for Monday, January 23, 2006, at 7:30 p.m., Detroit time. As a result, NHL Game #720, the Red Wings against the Predators at Gaylord Entertainment Center, has been rescheduled from Jan. 23 to March 30 at 7 p.m., Nashville time. The original game, which was halted at 12:30 of the first period due to a medical emergency involving Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer, will be replayed for a full 60 minutes of regulation time, plus any potential overtime and shootout. The rescheduled contest will begin with the Predators ahead, 1-0 - the score at the time play was stopped Nov. 21. "In reaching a determination as to how best to deal with this unique and extraordinary set of circumstances, our first consideration was fairness to our fans. We did not think it fair to ask them to come out again for only 47 minutes of regulation hockey," said Colin Campbell, NHL Executive Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations. "However, in light of the circumstances that led to the termination of play on Nov. 21, and after consultation with both teams, we also have decided that the rescheduled contest will begin with the Predators ahead, 1-0. A goal will be credited to Greg Johnson, with assists to Ryan Suter and Scottie Upshall. All other statistics will be expunged."

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Esche Out

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from the Courier Post,

Just when Robert Esche had gotten himself in a goaltending groove, he was forced to pull himself from the Flyers' lineup with what is believed to be an abdominal strain. Coming off his first starts in back-to-back games this season, both of them victories, Esche left Friday's practice with pain in his right abdomen and did not join the team for their flight to Nashville, where they will take on the surprising Predators tonight.
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Down They Go

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via the AP,

The Columbus Blue Jackets today assigned seven players to the Syracuse Crunch, the club's minor-league affiliate in the American Hockey League. Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean says forwards Dan Fritsche, Steven Goertzen, Nikolai Zherdev, Geoff Platt and Joe Motzko were assigned to the Crunch. They will be joined by defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and goaltender Pascal Leclaire. MacLean said that the assignments were made because the Blue Jackets have a week off between games and this was a way to keep them playing in the break
. Maybe Doug forgot the other part, a cost saving measure!!!

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NHL Officials Leading The Way

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It has not been an easy birth. But if we accept that what has transpired in a few short months amounts to a rebirth of the National Hockey League, then the referees and linesmen are the game's midwives helping to deliver the sport back to relevancy. Quite simply, all of the feel-good stories, the attendance records, the often frenetic product on the ice, are but a whisper, a dream, without the referees and linesmen.
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Yzerman Meets The Press

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Yzerman chatted with Detroit media after today's practice at the JLA. Some people who have been spreading the rumor around the Detroit area that Yzerman was going to retire today will be disappointed in this news; he did not retire. update 3:17pm, Yzerman was asked about the 'McKenzie Report'- Yzerman said they should inteverview the person who wrote the article, he seems to know. Yzerman says some days he feels he could play forever, some days he doesn't. Yzerman is not to happy about the article, said McKenzie seems to know more about what his plans are than Yzerman does. update 3:36pm, Yzerman was also refering to a few other articles written by Detroit scribes. But I know he is not happy with the McKenzie article at all but does say they have the right to comment on anything they want to.

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NHL ROM Awarded To Phaneuf

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via NHL.com,

Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who led NHL rookie defensemen in scoring with nine points (three goals, six assists), including two game-winning goals, and logged more than 20 minutes of ice time per game (20:08) as the Flames went 10-2-1, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November. Phaneuf edged Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (10-4--14 in 14 games) and defenseman Ryan Whitney (0-9--9 in 14 games), Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery (4-0-0, 2.25 GAA, one shutout), New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (4-1-0, 2.58 GAA), Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin (7-5--12 in 13 games) and Colorado Avalanche right wing Marek Svatos (7-6--13 in 15 games) for the award.

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What Is A Carnival Without Dirt!

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Every Carnival needs a strongman and a clown and it looks like Sharks GM Doug Wilson and the Bruin's Mike O'Connell are up to the task. Their blockbuster Thornton for Sturm-Stuart-Primeau swap pulled in a big crowd.
So we are off and running with the 14th edition of the NHL Carnival. Great job by MT of Hockey Dirt.

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The ‘Doc’ Is In

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via NHL.com, Mike Emrick covers the NHL this week in just over six minutes (will open wmp audio). Listening to Mike just puts me at ease, I get a feeling all is well with the NHL.

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