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Hecht Out Two Weeks

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from the AP via the Globe and Mail,

Sabres forward Jochen Hecht will be lost for two weeks with a sprained MCL in his left knee. Hecht was hurt by a controversial hit from Toronto's Darcy Tucker in the third period of Buffalo's 3-2 shootout win over the Maple Leafs on Monday night. After the game, Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff lashed out at Tucker, saying he wanted the player suspended and fined. The league informed the Sabres Tuesday no disciplinary action would be taken. "That really bothers me," Ruff said following practice Tuesday. "I disagree with it. They agreed that his elbow grazed the head, and to me, that's a shot to the head. When you're going after somebody's head, you've got intent to hurt. Don't tell me the knee is accidental after that. He knew exactly what he was doing, and should pay a price for it."
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Witt Suspended

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from the Tennessean,

Predators defenseman Brendan Witt has been suspended by the NHL for one game because of a hit on Columbus forward David Yyborny in Nashville’s 3-1 loss Monday night. Witt, who will sit out tomorrow night’s game in Chicago, said he disagreed with the ruling. Witt’s first-period blue-line check, on which he appeared to hit Vborny’s leg with his knee, left Vyborny with a Charlie horse. It had Columbus Coach Gerard Gallant calling for a suspension.

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Red Wings On NBC Tonight

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from the Hockey News,

The fictional Sacred Heart hospital finds itself in the middle of a takeover by the Detroit Red Wings, as numerous cast members of the show Scrubs will adorn the team's jerseys during tonight's episode.
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On The Comeback Trail

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Is Terry Crisp thinking about a comeback? That's Bubba Pete Weber on the left and Terry Crisp on the right, AKA as the Nashville TV broadcasting team. image

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Consider The Consequences

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

On the heels of Monday night's 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Kings, for maybe the first time all season, the real possibility that Vancouver could actually miss post-season play has to be considered. ...So now they have five days to regroup for their five-game sprint to the finish line that needs to include more discipline, more urgency and simply, more production from the players that are supposed to make a difference: Morrison, Markus Naslund and Todd Bertuzzi. The time for soul-searching is over, gentlemen. The time to put some wins on the board better begin right now.
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Canes Are Proof The New NHL Works

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Every day in New York, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman must find a window with a southerly exposure and offer up profound thanks to Carolina GM Jim Rutherford, head coach Peter Laviolette, renaissance player and captain Rod Brind'Amour, superstar in the making Eric Staal and the rest of the dynamic Canes. They are Bettman's new NHL. They are living, breathing, skating, scoring proof that the lockout worked, that the salary cap works, that the new rules (and enforcement of the old ones) work. Forget the lame "Art of War" ad campaign, the NHL should have just brought some cameras into the RBC Center and let 'em roll.
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Repeat Performance

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Dominik Hasek's stint in Ottawa is playing out very similar to his time in Buffalo and Detroit. Which ending will we see this time? I don't for a moment believe that someone inside the Ottawa Senators organization didn't tell Ottawa Sun reporter Don Brennan that the Senators don't expect goalie Dominik Hasek back anytime during the regular season or the playoffs. I don't for a moment believe that Ottawa Senators General Manager John Muckler isn't telling the truth when he said that the plan is to have Hasek return at some point and play in the playoffs. So who's telling the truth? Well, it's quite possible they both are.
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Hockey Has Lost Its Place

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Eric at Off Wing Opinion pointed his readers to Tony Kornheiser of the Washington Post,

Hockey is dead. At least it's dead right here, right now. Hockey is so dead in America, the players may as well still be locked out. You can't find hockey anywhere on television unless you're looking for the Bicycle Race network.
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Top 10 Under 30

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

I am grateful when you in Hockey Nation provide a cool column idea. There are certainly more than 10, but here are my top under-30 players, in no particular order, who I think will one day be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. 10. Eric Staal Why Staal? Well, primarily because I think he will have a career that looks eerily similar to Mike Modano. At this time next season, Modano will be a 500-700-1,200, two-way guy. I can see Staal being that kind of player.
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Atlanta Trying To Reach Goal

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Thrashers GM Don Waddell made a bold move before this season, guaranteeing Atlanta fans the first playoff berth in the team's short history. But with only eight games left on the schedule, the Thrashers still aren't guaranteed anything. Instead, they're in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and on the outside looking as time ticks down on the regular season.
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