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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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The Game Is Evolving

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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

"If you compare the hockey we have now to two years ago, I think it's a tremendously more exciting and more entertaining brand of hockey," said Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland. "And I also think for the most part, the players I've talked to enjoy the style of hockey in this new NHL. But like anything else, when you're making a transition, from the old standards and the old rules to the new standards and the new rules, I think there's probably some things that we need to iron out. But I think Colin Campbell and his people are doing a good job or working with the referees to work on the standard."
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Our Captain

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from the Christian Science Monitor (now that is a first),

Inside a small souvenir shop at Joe Louis Arena, just off the Detroit River, a cashier is on the phone. "There's only one Yzerman hat left. Send up some more," she says. There's only one problem: There are no more. The stockroom is out. "OK, well, if you get more we could use some." She looks over the register. "We sell a lot of Yzerman hats here. We sell a lot of Yzerman everything." Indeed, if one wanders the streets here on a night when the Detroit Red Wings are playing at home, it can seem like a large portion of the city is named Yzerman.
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Fischler Reports Yzerman To Retire After The New Year

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from the Maven of MSG Network,

-With all the fuss – and speculation – about Steve Yzerman’s future, one of his closest pals predicts that the Wings’ captain will hang up his skates after the New Year. -Best sign that there’s a wholesome thawing in NHL-NHLPA relations is Association leader Ted Saskin’s upcoming appearance at this week’s governors’ meeting. -Andrew Ference tells us that too much fuss has been made about broken sticks: “Somebody on TV got all excited and thought that the composite sticks were breaking a lot more. There’s a reason guys use composite sticks -- because they’re stronger and better.”
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Who Wants A Shanny Jersey

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Wow- Great hockey related items up for auction at Classic Auctions! image

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Out With The Old

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Does anyone else agree that the NHL needs to hire a "sweeper" to delete all of the old pictures of Gary Bettman? I suggest Bettman should pose for some new pictures, maybe an action shot on skates or how about a a shot of the Commish at the BOG meeting lounging at the pool? imageimageimageimage

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