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Cherry Talks Fighting

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

During his Hockey Night in Canada spot, he insisted he was against keeping a player in the lineup for the sole purpose of lumbering onto the ice and, with a wink and nod to his counterpart, starting a fight.

“I never believed in having a mad dog sit on the bench and have two or three shifts, and go out there and fight,” he said. “That’s not hockey.”

In the wake of the Don Sanderson tragedy, is Cherry softening his position?

Perhaps, but he made it clear that he feels fighting is permissible and necessary as long as the right guys, which is to say real players, are throwing the punches.

more and watch Don from Saturday’s Coaches Corner below…

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Need A Player- Some Teams Use The Draft Correctly

from Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters,

Stop us if you’ve heard this before, but the Penguins could stand to acquire a scoring winger to play along side Sidney Crosby. But how does Ray Shero and company go about getting one?...

What about drafting and developing players? While selecting all-world talents like Alex Ovechkin or Ilya Kovalchuk first overall takes the brain power of a piece of toast or even Don Waddell, unearthing gems like Henrik Zetterberg (above) in the seventh round takes a sharp mind like Ken Holland’s.

In that regard, the Penguins have stunk dating back to the Craig Patrick regime….

How inept have the Penguins been in finding scoring wingers through the draft? They’re one of four teams which currently don’t have a winger who scored 20-goals in 2007-08 or are on a pace for 20 goals this season on the roster which was acquired through the draft. The others are the Hurricanes, Islanders and Lightning.

read on and check out the imformative chart…

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Columbus Could Use Sanford But Forget Spezza

from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Within the next few days, the Vancouver Canucks are expected to relieve their logjam at goaltender by trading Curtis Sanford. The Blue Jackets are a possible destination.

The Blue Jackets need depth at goaltending. That’s pretty clear. Behind Steve Mason, they have Pascal Leclaire (gimpy ankle) and Dan LaCosta, who has 34 minutes of NHL experience….

Also, pay no mind to the rumors out of Ottawa. The Blue Jackets have no interest in acquiring center Jason Spezza and his $8 million contract.

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What Will The Senators Do?

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

GM Bryan Murray—still on the job despite a flurry of rumours of imminent change—returned from scouting meetings last night and is expected to deal with the goaltending and coaching situations today.

It’s not out of the question Martin Gerber, a healthy scratch Saturday night as rookie Brian Elliott got the start, has played his last game as a Senator.

Speculation is that Gerber will be placed on waivers with an eye toward sending him to Binghamton to take Elliott’s spot, but no action is likely until Murray sits down and talks with Gerber, likely today.

It is also not clear if owner Eugene Melnyk will be willing to eat the approximately $1.8 million remaining on Gerber’s contract to have him toil in the minors, though it would take his salary off the books at the NHL level.

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Road Trip Hockey Stories

from Dave Joseph at FloridaPanthers.com,

There was the bed shaped like a pony in Edmonton.

Then there’s the moose that got hit on the way back from Sault Ste. Marie. The plane engine that caught fire. The accident in the parking lot of Tim Hortons. The hotel operator needing a snowmobile to get supplies in Winnipeg.

Welcome to life on the road in the NHL.

When the Panthers flight from Toronto to South Florida was delayed nearly 24 hours last week due to mechanical problems and then bad weather, it was an inconvenience. But Panther players and coaches have had their share of strange trips – some scary and others funny – when it comes to life on the road in minor and professional hockey.

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Luongo Ready For Return

from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

Vancouver Canuck superstar goalie Roberto Luongo will partake in a full team practice on Monday and appears set to return to game action this week.

Luongo survived a rigourous 75-minute workout run by goalie coach Ian Clark today at GM Place.

Seven players took shots on Luongo in a variety of drills designed specifically to test his injured groin.

“I pounded it pretty hard and the groin is feeling fine,” said Luongo. “We pretty much explored everything today. There were some broken plays where you kind of had to react and kick your leg out and be in a bit of a vulnerable position and I didn’t have any problems. So that’s really encouraging. I’m really happy with the way things went.”

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Thrashers Bet On Kovalchuk

from Ben Wright of Blueland Blog,

We have a captain! Following the player introductions here at Casino Night Don Waddell presented Ilya Kovalchuk with a new jersey- one with a C on it. After consulting with the alternate captains and coaching staff it was decided that Ilya will serve as the Thrashers team captain.

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Lukowich May Be Facing Surgery

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

That nagging injury that kept Brad Lukowich out of the past two games is a sports hernia problem that could mean surgery for the Sharks defenseman as early as this week.

Sharks Coach Todd McLellan confirmed a tip that came my way earlier today that Lukowich, who had sports hernia surgery while he was with the Tampa Bay Lightning, is dealing with the same issue again.

The source said a decision has been made to have the surgery, but McLellan said it was his understanding that options were still being weighed — though the answer could come as early as later today when McLellan and trainer Ray Tufts are to meet with General Manager Doug Wilson.

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Yotes Lose Sauer For A Month

from Russell Brooks of PhoenixCoyotes.com,

Coyotes defenseman Kurt Sauer suffered a lower body injury during the third period of Saturday night’s victory over Dallas and is expected to miss the next four weeks.

“It is a big blow for us,” General Manager Don Maloney said on Sunday. “(But) it will open up an opportunity for someone else to step in and play well.”

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Panthers Need To Hang Onto Bouwmeester

from Ethan J. Skolnick of the Sun-Sentinel,

Most are predicting, with good reason, that he will not re-sign. The fact that he hasn’t agreed to an extension, when the Panthers want to retain him, is evidence enough. Why would he go? Well, he’s 25, and he hasn’t played in the postseason since the Panthers drafted him third overall in 2002, one pick after Atlanta took Lehtonen. He is from hockey-crazed Alberta, and while playing in relative obscurity here seems the best fit for Bouwmeester’s introverted personality, his father, Dan, told New Times that South Florida “shouldn’t even be in the NHL” and “it’s not a hockey town.”

So all signs point to relocation to the North, to play for a fan base that better appreciates his attributes, even if it might also be more critical of the inconsistency of his physicality.

This has all inspired the assertion that the Panthers should get value for him now, while they can. After all, better to get 80 cents on the dollar than nothing.

That would be a reasonable argument, and the prudent approach, for any franchise other than this one. The Panthers will never get any traction, or respect, without a playoff appearance.

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