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Start Delivering Suspensions

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

With all the recent focus on hits to the head following last Saturday’s violent collision at the Coliseum in which Doug Weight concussed Brandon Sutter with what is classified as a legal hit in the NHL, it is beyond mind-boggling that notorious repeat offender Chris Pronger was allowed to escape a suspension, let alone a penalty, for the shoulder blow he delivered to Pavel Datsyuk’s head on Wednesday night.

The puck was some 40 feet away on the boards when Datsyuk came across the line and appeared to first encounter defenseman Francois Beauchemin. Pronger came second against the off-balance Detroit center and got the shoulder high into the head.

continued and if you have not seen the hit, watch it here...

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Modano Has Had Enough

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog, Here’s Mike Modano after the penalty filled game in which Steve Ott and Sean Avery were jawing with officials and fans:

“Tonight, it was idiotic and stupid,’’ Stars center Mike Modano said when asked what the team identity was. “It was one of the most embarrassing things I’ve seen. If that’s what we’re going for, then they need to find me an office job.”

“It was dumb penalties, dumb situations, that’s kind of been the trend all season,” Modano said. “There’s no mental toughness. We’re allowing the refs to get involved in the game with and spending more energy on them than the details of winning the game.”

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I was able to catch some of this game last night, and Avery and Ott were an embarrassment to the game!

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  Tags: mike+modano

DiPietro Out 4-6 Weeks Following Knee Surgery

From TSN:

The New York Islanders will be without goaltender Rick DiPietro for 4-6 weeks after knee surgery.

The 27-year-old had arthroscopic surgery to repair a meniscus issue, the team announced on Saturday.

More updates may become available later at the Islanders website as well.

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  Tags: injuries, rick+dipietro

Boudreau On Semin & Crosby

from Tarik El-Bashir at Capitals Insider,

I asked Bruce Boudreau if he had any thoughts on Alexander Semin’s comments about Sidney Crosby.

“I thought that was the biggest comment I’ve seen from him in three years,” Boudreau said. “I’m just glad to see he’s talking. Obviously, you don’t want top give anybody [bulletin board] stuff. But he said it. If it might mean he’s coming out of his shell a little bit, then good for him.”

“Not good for him that those comments were made,” he added. “I think Crosby is unbelievable. I think he is a great player and all of those things. But it was also through an interpreter, so it could have been taken out of context….”

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  Tags: bruce+boudreau

Saturday Hockey Talk

The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features host James Murphy with guests Tom Lynn (Minnesota Wild), Ken Belanger (Relocation.com), Joe Beninati (Capitals play-by-play) and Rob Simpson (NHL Network and MSG), Tim Rosenthal (Inside Hockey) and Bob Snow (NHL.com),

The show broadcasts from 2-4pm on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on The Team 990 in Montreal, and 1120 AM WBNW in Boston. It can be heard online at Team 990 or Money Matters Radio.  Chime in by calling 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Slow Start

from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Most teams don’t get too concerned about making big moves until the 20-game mark, but it’s never too early to start looking at some players that may not be living up to expectations.

Here’s a look at some early-season underachievers in this week’s edition of Backchecking.

Brendan Morrison, C, Anaheim (0-1-1, minus-5 in 11 GP, one year, $2.75M)
Comment: Still a step slow coming off knee surgery.

Shawn Horcoff, C, Edmonton (3-1-4, minus-2 in 9 GP; seven years, $36.6M)
Comment: Strong two-way player, but at his price tag he needs to provide offence.

read on plus a wrap-up of all the trade talk this week…

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Early Game Today & Some Teams Not Televised

Edmonton at Carolina starts off our hockey viewing day at 3pm ET.

I have received numerous emails regarding the three games that will not be televised tonight and feel free to express your thoughts in the comments.

Below is the full NHL Schedule for today…

Continue Reading »

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What Could Have Happened

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

In the middle of the second period Oct. 22, with the Devils leading 1-0, Brodeur cleared the puck past an on-charging Dallas winger - Brodeur’s nemesis, Sean Avery.

“I saw somebody,” Brodeur told The Post. “It’s hard to know who it is when you’re playing the puck.

“I got the puck by him, saw it was him, and said, ‘[Rats], I should have hit him.’ “

A possible brawl was averted, but only by the slimmest of margins.

read on

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  Tags: martin+brodeur

Chicago Could Use A Center

from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,

The Hawks need another top-six forward, preferably a center, and possibly another defenseman. Dale knows this, but he’s right up to the salary cap and has no money to make anything happen without disrupting the roster.

Sending Nikolai Khabibulin ($6.75 million cap hit) or Cam Barker ($2.7 million hit) to the minors would open up cap space, but Nik has been the best goalie so far and Barker is an upgrade over Jordan Hendry, so he has to stay for now with little other options until either Wisniewski comes back or Hjalmarsson is ready to return from Rockford.

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Mixing Politics and Hockey

Whoever said hockey and politics can’t mix?  James Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen finds us some evidence:

Just take a look at the following actual quotes from the key figures in the race. (Now, I can’t 100-per-cent confirm the context of the statements, but I’m pretty sure I know what they were talking about.)

“I have fought against excessive spending my entire career, but we need to make it a priority to take care of our veterans.’‘
—Republican presidential candidate John McCain, on the Daniel Alfredsson contract extension.

“It’s not something that I’m proud of. It was a mistake as a young man.’‘
—Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama, on the time he bet on the Leafs to win the Cup.

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  Tags: barack+obama, john+mccain

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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