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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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Minor Trade

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via Sportsnet,

The Florida Panthers have finally found a home for Kristian Huselius. Sportsnet has learned Huselius has been traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenceman, Steve Montador.

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Sabres Expect Profit

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from the Buffalo News,

Buoyed by an 11.5 percent jump in tickets sold for their first dozen games this season at HSBC Arena, the Buffalo Sabres are projecting a slight profit in their first season of the "new" National Hockey League. And that is without considering projected revenue from a possible - perhaps even probable - playoff appearance. Sabres officials aren't talking about any multimillion-dollar profit bonanza this season, the first under the NHL's new streamlined salary structure. But based on the results of the first 12 games in Buffalo, heading into tonight's game against San Jose, the team's number-crunchers are projecting $51.8 million in revenue for the season, just above a projected $51.5 million in expenses.
read on

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Boston Players Meet With O’Connell

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Sources told the Sun yesterday that O'Connell was summoned to the dressing room by upset Bruins veterans, who were demanding an explanation as to why their captain was shipped to San Jose. The meeting, according to sources, was somewhat "fiery." "I told the players that improving this team is my job," said O'Connell. "I have to make moves that will make this team better. If I don't do what it takes to make the Boston Bruins better, then I'm not doing my job."
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What A Mess

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from Bob McKezie of TSN,

In a memo from Klatt to all NHLPA certified agents, a copy of which was obtained by TSN, Klatt is inviting the agents to meet informally with Bob Lanza, the legal counsel being retained by the dissidents, on Dec. 12 in Chicago, the day before the agents are scheduled to meet with NHLPA executive director Saskin. Those informal information sessions would be followed by a formal meeting on the morning of Dec. 13, just before Saskin’s scheduled session with the certified agents.
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San Jose Gets Their Superstar

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from the San Francisco Chronicle,

In newly acquired Joe Thornton, the Sharks have their first legitimate superstar who is in the prime of his career. Think about the elite players San Jose has had: Igor Larionov, Sergei Makarov, Teemu Selanne, Bernie Nichols and Mike Vernon. All were past their prime. Drop another level to high-profile stars: Adam Graves, Vincent Damphousse, Craig Janney, Gary Suter, Joe Murphy, Tony Granato, Al Iafrate and current general manager Doug Wilson -- all were riding out their careers.
continued

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Esche Always Fighting For #1

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from the Daily Times,

There is no goaltending controversy in Philadelphia. Esche is clearly the starter. Antero Niittymaki is clearly his backup. Advertisement But when Esche doesn’t play up to par, or his teammates fail him and leave him hanging out to dry, it would be difficult to pry that notion from the back of Esche’s mind. That’s because he witnessed it first hand just a few short years ago, albeit from a whole different perspective. When Esche arrived to the Flyers along with Michal Handzus in a trade that sent the popular Brian Boucher to Phoenix, he was considered a throw-in. He was the prototypical backup goalie.
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Milbury Talking Trade

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from Newsday,

Milbury is rarely out of the trade game -- "I've talked with a lot of teams lately," he said -- but it doesn't sound like he is planning for anything near the seismic deal the Bruins and Sharks made. Still, after 25 games, his team has a 12-12-1 record, which is enough evidence to suggest Milbury wants a change, whether it is personnel or attitude. "The record is what the record is. Right now, we're mediocre," he said yesterday from his office at Nassau Coliseum. "Nobody here can be content."
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