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Van Massenhoven Bouncing Back

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from the London Free Press,

Don Van Massenhoven expects to be back refereeing National Hockey League games Jan. 11. In February, he expects to be in Turin, Italy, refereeing Olympic games. And yet, less than three weeks ago he was lying on an operating table, the septum of his nose driven through his forehead resting on his brain. Another millimetre or so and Van Massenhoven would have been fighting for his life rather than prepping for a high-profile gig at the Olympics.
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Gretzky Upset With Olympic Deadline

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from the Toronto Star, He blamed the NHL and the NHL Players' Association for insisting that Team Canada be identified by Dec. 22 when official International Olympic Committee deadlines are weeks away. "There's no reason to name this team (on Dec. 21)," Gretzky said. "I think they're wrong. I voiced my displeasure a month ago and was told this was the way it's going to be and said, `Okay, we'll accept it.' I just hope all the players understand the consequences. read on

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Around The NHL

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-Forward Jason Blake of the New York Islanders had complete feeling in all of his extremities and didn't sustain any serious back or neck injuries when he crashed headfirst into the boards last night in a 4-3 loss to the Minnesota Wild. Blake was still undergoing tests a few hours after the game and was expected to remain in hospital overnight as a precautionary measure. "Our thoughts are with Jason tonight," Islanders coach Steve Stirling said late yesterday. "We look forward to getting him back, but that's for another day. The good news is that he's going to be OK." - via the AP -During the Wings/Thrashers game last night, 5, 5 on 3 goals were scored. -No one that I've seen before, during or since could score goals like Brett Hull. He's exemplified playing the game the way it should be played within the rules, he is a winner, he's been a class individual. There's no kid who has ever played who could make a father prouder than Brett Hull did, as far as I was concerned. - Bobby Hull on son Brett, via the Chicgo Tribune, check out more from the Senior Hull...

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Fedorov Ready For The Challenge

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Gallant said when word spread through the locker room that Fedorov was joining them, some players asked, "Does he really want to come here?" Fedorov insists that he did. In Columbus, he was closer to his parents, who still live in Detroit. He was closer to his off-season home in Bloomfield Hills (he splits his time between there and Miami). And he was familiar with the ways of middle America, even though his new city is dominated by Ohio State football. At a down-home diner north of campus famous for its $5 plates and opinionated locals, a conversation popped up last week about the nascent hockey team. "You hear Sergei Fedorov got traded here?" "Who the hell is Sergei Fedorov?" "A hockey God." "Oh."
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Giving And Taking At The BOG

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from the Globe and Mail,

However, there is much potential for conflict in the discussion that will follow on hockey revenue and revenue sharing. The wealthy club owners who will contribute to the revenue-sharing pool ("revenue giving," as one of them likes to put it) will be keeping a sharp eye and perhaps a sharp tongue on the less fortunate, who will be collecting. This may be the season for giving, but these governors may be looking to tighten the criteria for those looking to receive.
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Look Around- Groin Pulls Everywhere

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from the Philadelphia Daily News,

So what's the cause? Are players really not prepared to play this type of game? The answer is yes. After being off for an entire season and then coming back to a different game, players and coaches are finding that they are going to have to change. For the players, how they prepare, and for the coaches, how they train their players. "There's definitely a lot more skating," Forsberg said. "People are used to holding and grabbing and all that stuff where you couldn't skate before. "But it's probably a combination of that and guys being out that long. But there is definitely more skating up and down the ice and back and forth and the way the game is now you have to be ready to skate every time you're out there."
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Fedorov Opts Out Of Olympics

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via the AP,

Columbus Blue Jackets forward Sergei Fedorov will not play for Russia in the Turin Olympics Fedorov, a six-time NHL All-Star and former Detroit player who turned 36 on Tuesday, said he needed the time to recuperate from a nagging injury and to adapt to his new team. "I don't think it is appropriate to delay my decision about the Olympics any further," Fedorov said in a statement released through IMG, which handles his business affairs. "As much as I would enjoy representing my country in Italy, I'm afraid that at this point in the season my focus has to remain with the Columbus Blue Jackets."
update 9:22pm, Got to love the Aussies, the papers there have this headline- Anna's ex to miss Games!

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Cloutier Out Four Months

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via TSN,

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Dan Cloutier will undergo knee surgery to repair a damaged Anterior Cruciate Ligament, the team announced Tuesday. Cloutier injured his knee in the first period of the Canucks game at Anaheim on Sunday, November 20th. Cloutier will have the procedure done on Thursday, December 15th and is expected to be out of the Canucks lineup for up to four months.

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Tougher Than You Think

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I could only get two of the other three, the player I didn't get right surprised me. from the STATS Blog at NHL.com,

Rod Brind’Amour got his 900th career penalty minute in the ‘Canes last contest in San Jose on Saturday night---since joining the league in 1989-90, Brind’Amour is one of just four active skaters to accumulate that many PIM and tally 900+ points during that span.
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Trouble Brewing

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from TSN,

The civil war within the NHL Players’ Association went to a new level of nastiness on Wednesday in Chicago, where certified agents representing NHL players got together for two separate but stormy meetings. Sources say Lanza told Saskin that if Saskin were to agree to step aside during an “independent review” by a law firm of the dissidents’ choosing, Lanza said the dissident group would stand down and not pursue any further action until the conclusion of the review. Sources say Saskin emphatically rejected that notion, which prompted Lanza to threaten a federal lawsuit against Saskin and the NHLPA.
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