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The NHL & Europe Talk

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The NHL will continue to send teams to Europe to kick off its regular season, and the world’s best players will meet in the 2011 World Cup of Hockey after the league and players’ association reached a compromise on how revenues from those international efforts will be divvied up, ESPN.com has learned.

Those international events—important to the league’s efforts to increase a worldwide presence and generate revenue—were in jeopardy as the two sides could not agree on how the players’ union was going to be able to use the money it receives for taking part.

A handshake agreement between the two sides has been reached, however, and barring some dramatic turn of events, the NHL will send six teams to three European cities to kick off the 2009-2010 season.


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Dubielewicz Claimed By Columbus

via IslandersPointBlank,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have plucked Wade Dubielewicz off the waiver wire. Columbus, without Pascal Leclaire, was the other NHL team that really wanted the goalie.

added 12:55pm, from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Shortly after Wade Dubielewicz came off the ice at the Islanders’ pre-game skate this morning at the Coliseum, he received a telephone call from general manager Garth Snow informing him that he had been claimed on waivers by Columbus.

“I thought he was joking at first, but he wasn’t,” Dubielewicz said. “He was disappointed, and I’m disappointed.”

Dubielewicz quickly packed his gear and headed out to catch a flight to Vancouver to meet the Blue Jackets.


added 1:08pm, from Puck-rakers,

Blue Jackets assistant general manager Chris MacFarland said the move does not indicate that Pascal Leclaire will miss the rest of the season because of his ankle injury. That determination is still being made.

“We needed a goaltender,” MacFarland said. “We needed an insurance policy. We’ve gone the last two weeks with the bare minimum.”


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  Tags: wade+dubielewicz

Battle For First In The West

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

One point.

That is all that separates the Sharks and Red Wings before the clash of the titans Saturday night in San Jose.

“We’ve been looking at the standings all season long, knowing that they’ve been atop our conference and they’ve been the team to beat this year,” Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom told ESPN.com Friday. “It’s a game we’re looking forward to playing. It’s a bit of a measuring stick for our team to go up against the top team.”

That was Lidstrom’s understated way of saying: We want to kick some butt Saturday night.


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Saturday Hockey Talk

Inside Hockey

Today, check out the Inside Hockey Radio Show with hosts James Murphy and Todd Carroll and their guests:  Greg Wyshynski (Puck Daddy, Yahoo! Sports), Damian Cristodero (St. Petersburg Times), Bob Snow (NHL.com) and former NHL enforcer Jim Cummins.

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204, on TEAM 990 and also now on YouCastr.com.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

Live from Wayne Gretzky’s

After Inside Hockey, at 4pm ET you can tune into Live From Wayne Gretzky’s.  This week, hosts Rod Black and Bob McGill talk to Steve Mason (Columbus Blue Jackets), John Stevens (Flyers Head Coach), Phil Esposito, Tom Renney (Rangers Head Coach) and Vancouver Canucks defenseman Kevin Bieksa.

The show can be heard online or by local radio via these stations:  XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Team 990 and others.

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Sekera Out With Ankle Injury

via BuffaloSabres.com,

Buffalo Sabres Head Coach Lindy Ruff updated the status of defenseman Andrej Sekera following Saturday’s morning skate.

The blueliner will be out at least two weeks after sustaining an ankle injury Wednesday night in Chicago. Sekera took a hit from Blackhawks’ winger Dustin Byfulgien in the second period of Buffalo’s 4-1 loss and did not return.

“We’ll just evaluate it [after] at least a couple of weeks. Maybe longer,” Ruff said.

Sekera has 13 points (1+12) in 43 games for the Sabres this season.

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  Tags: andrej+sekera

Penguins Trade For Mathieu Garon

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired goaltender Mathieu Garon from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for goaltender Dany Sabourin, forward Ryan Stone and a fourth round draft pick in the 2011 Entry Draft, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero.

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  Tags: dany+sabourin, mathieu+garon

Sutter Talks Phaneuf

from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald,

From complaints about his goal output (four in 43 games) to concerns about his defensive play (minus-eight), Phaneuf no longer enjoys untouchable status when it comes to criticism from fans and media types. The all-star snub undoubtedly came as a shock to the Edmonton native. After all, Phaneuf already has two trips to the winter extravaganza on his resume.

He leads the league in ice time with an average of 27:41. He has 24 assists to bring his point total to 28.

“I think on the positive side—minutes played, points and penalty killing—those are all things he’s right at the top of the league at or at least close in, ” Sutter said. “I think most of the talk from people is very selective. Meaning, they only look at goals.

“I didn’t know that’s how you evaluate defenceman—by goals. But apparently some people do.”

read on

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

No Break For Blue Jackets

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

For some reason, perhaps because they’ve yet to make the playoffs, the Jackets rarely get the benefit of doubt. Heck, they don’t even get the clear calls. Remember Rick Nash’s high stick in Minnesota? Manny Malhotra’s kick-in in Dallas?

Last night, there could have been a hooking call on Madden, a slashing call on Clarkson and a no-goal call from Toronto—all on the same play, the one that ultimately decided the game.

Where’s the balance?

more on the Devils controversial goal last night.  Bethany’s Hockey Rants chimes in too.

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The Bruins Position Of Strength

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

There have been long stretches this season when Coach Claude Julien has rotated his goalies. There also have been times when he has ridden the hot one, though neither has started more than five games in a row. Both are No. 1 goaltenders to the veteran coach, who said the careful management of their playing time is a good problem to have.

“I know there have been situations where it has been” a problem with other teams, said Julien, whose Bruins face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals tonight at Verizon Center in a showdown between the Eastern Conference’s top two teams. “But not in our situation. Both goaltenders have reacted very well and have been very supportive of each other. It’s been our position of strength.”


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A Look At Jacques Plante

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Unlike today, doors were open to the media. The Garden’s press box was close to the ice, so it was only a short trip to the clinic, where I found Plante, his nose only inches away from a mirror. He probed at the cut with his fingers.

“Pretty ugly, isn’t it,” he said quietly.

“I guess you could say that,” he was told.

Plante continued to study the wound until the Rangers’ doctor interrupted.

“That’s enough of that,” he snapped. “Get over here on the table. We’ve got to sew you up.” A few minutes later, Plante was on his way to the Canadiens’ room. He wasn’t a pretty sight. He also wasn’t prepared to return to the game unless he was allowed to wear the mask he had been trying out in team practices. Coach Blake wanted no part of it, but with no other goalie, he had no choice but to allow it. The Canadiens won 3-1.


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  Tags: jacques+plante

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