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Spinning Forsberg Injury

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from the Delaware County Times,

Peter Forsberg was skating all by himself during a shift near the end of the second period in Boston last week. That’s when he felt something pull in his groin followed by some tightness. He tried to work it out between periods and returned to the ice for the third stanza. But, after just three shifts, it wasn’t feeling right, so Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock sent him to the locker room. Advertisement Afterward, both Forsberg and Hitchcock used their spin-doctoring degrees and said it was a minor groin pull, and it was no big deal.
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Hot Hand In Edmonton

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from the Edmonton Sun,

With one too many goalies, and one too many unanswered questions about each of them, Craig MacTavish could analyze himself into an ulcer trying to decide what to do in goal. Is Mike Morrison for real? How much more does he have to prove before you mortgage the season on a guy who's never started in the NHL before? Has Ty Conklin lost it, or was October just a temporary glitch? Does he deserve a shot at redemption when he comes off IR? How does he get that shot without somebody being demoted to free up the roster spot?
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The Situation In San Jose

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from the Monterey Herald,

Sharks coach Ron Wilson might wait until Wednesday to decide whether Evgeni Nabokov or Nolan Schaefer starts that night in Dallas, but in either case he is looking for one goalie to get a hot hand. If Schaefer gets the call and performs well, Wilson said he would stick with the rookie for a bit. Schaefer is 5-1 with a 1.94 goals-against average. ''We have to persevere and play through this,'' Wilson said Monday of the club's nine-game losing streak. ''I don't have a definitive answer on who should play goal in Dallas or what's the best way to get Nabby back on top of his game. Is it to play him through it and live with the results? Or do you make a goaltending change? Is that the right way?
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A Goalie’s Life

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from the Journal News,

Between every whistle when Kevin Weekes is in net, the Rangers' goaltender will sweep his stick around the arc of the crease, then slap both his pads. He will alternate kicking each of his legs out to the side for several seconds, then touch the right post with his stick, followed by the left post with his catching glove. If players on the ice listen closely, they can also hear Weekes talk to himself: "Stay positive," he says. "Stay in the moment. Stay focused." To the long list of marginalized segments of society, be sure to include a group of athletes that is widely misunderstood, and often ridiculed. Decked in cumbersome pads and colorful masks, hockey goalies are derided as an eccentric breed, a group whose very existence is defined by a willingness to ignore a basic human impulse.
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Fans- Game Is Significantly Improved

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from the Globe and Mail,

Pat Quinn, Steve Yzerman, Don Cherry and the entire Chicago Blackhawks team may not like the way the game is being played these days under the National Hockey League's new rules. But the paying customers certainly do. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support that conclusion. And now there are numbers, too, at least in Canada. "It's performing above expectations," Toronto-based brand consultant Gordon Hendren said of the new-look NHL. "Compared with the old product, fans see it as significantly improved."
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Is Joseph MVP Material

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from Darren Pang of Fox Sports,

My choice for the best off-season pickup goes to general manager Mike Barnett of the Phoenix Coyotes, who signed veteran Curtis Joseph to a base salary of $900,000 per season. When Barnett asked my opinion of CuJo, I had sincere hesitations. I have known him, played against him and greatly admired his character in the net and in the locker room and his ability to handle the media, all important qualities when you are building a winner in a non-traditional hockey market. Joseph has been the best goalie in the NHL and is quite possibly the league MVP.
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Clarke Worried About Primeau

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from the Phildadelphia Inquirer (Tuesday edition) via the Mercury News,

Primeau has not played since Oct. 28 because of a concussion. Monday morning, while he worked out on a stationary bike at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, general manager Bob Clarke, whose office is next door, sat and wondered: When will his team captain get back on the ice? "Yeah, I'm worried," Clarke admitted. "It's the strangest injury. Like I said to him, `You do an MRI and does it show anything? No.' Other players, like (Boyd) Devereaux, were told to retire. He came back and played and hasn't had a concussion since. "Other guys get concussions and have all sorts of problems. There are no answers. Not for Keith. Not for us."
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Buccigross Goes Crazy

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

My body needed a timeout, so I took a solid 90-minute power nap in order to have enough energy to watch the Canucks and Avalanche at 9 p.m. What follows is a running diary of watching that game on the Denver regional sports network, Altitude.
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Is This It For Yzerman

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

You really have to seriously wonder if the end is near for Steve Yzerman. Now, near is a funny word. Near could mean the end of this season. But near could also mean the end of this week. And were that to be the case, no one should be too surprised. The truth is these must be difficult days, on and off the ice, for Yzerman, a Detroit hockey icon if ever there were one.
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Maven Rumblings

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Is Vancouver planning a trade? One source suggests that it’s possible. “There are rumors of Ed Jovanovski, Todd Bertuzzi, or Dan Cloutier being traded,” says our insider. “If anyone is traded, however, it will be Brendan Morrison. He’s been Marc Crawford’s whipping boy on and off for years. Despite Brendan’s substandard start, he should make the Canadian Olympic Team and thus have value. -This may sound sacrilegious, but Mario Lemieux [minus-16] has been as much a detriment as an on-ice asset to the Penguins. -Flyers boss Ed Snider – he’s the sole owner on the Competition Committee – is fed up with “diving,” as we are as well. “The officials have to start calling the dives and not just the penalties,” asserts Snider. “They seem reluctant to call it because they are not absolutely sure it is a dive.”
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