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Fedotenko Out With Broken Hand

Penguins forward Ruslan Fedotenko will miss four to six weeks with a broken right hand, it was announced today by Executive Vice President and General Manager Ray Shero. 

Fedotenko suffered the injury January 6 versus the Atlanta Thrashers and has been placed on injured reserve.

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Bergeron Plans To Play This Year

from Fluto Shinzawa of Bruins Blog,

Patrice Bergeron, making his first public appearance since suffering a concussion on Dec. 20 against Carolina, spoke for approximately 15 minutes in the home dressing room at TD Banknorth Garden this morning.

“I’m very confident I’ll play this year,” said Bergeron. “It’s a matter of when. That’s why I don’t want to put on a date on it and get disappointed like I was last year in the playoffs. I’ve learned from that. So yes, I do think I’ll be back.”


Update 7:45pm ET (alanah): More on Bergeron from James Murphy at NHL.com. Murphy also told me that Bergeron looked much better and was in much better spirits than he expected.

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Realignment Talk

Our weekly “Faceoff” features ESPN.com NHL writers Scott Burnside (based in Atlanta) and Pierre LeBrun (based in Toronto), who duke it out over any given hockey topic. Let the games begin!

This week’s topic: Should the NHL consider realigning its 30 teams?...

Scott Burnside: ...When you see compelling games like the Flyers-Caps tilt the other night, it makes you pine for more. It brings us to the question of realignment, which pops up every now and then, and will likely continue to do so as we discuss the future of franchises in Phoenix, Atlanta and Nashville, among others.

The assumption has long been if the NHL ever gets to a point where it is serious about realigning the conferences, the first order of business will be to move Detroit into the Eastern Conference, which would set up some interesting rivalry possibilities with Toronto, Buffalo and Ottawa.

Pierre LeBrun: Scotty, I wouldn’t be so sure about moving Detroit. I think Chicago, among others, would have serious issues with that.

read on

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If Kings Make A Trade, It Will Be For Help Up Front

from Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

I highly doubt that this will discourage any Internet gossip-mongering, but Dean Lombardi said yesterday that the Kings aren’t close to any type of significant trade. And when the Kings do start seriously looking, it will be up front, not in goal.


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A Fragile Team

from Sportsnet,

Ottawa Senators captain Daniel Alfredsson admits that a big part of his team’s struggles this season are a result of his team’s inability to overcome adversity and show mental toughness.

“We’re very fragile,” Alfredsson said on Friday afternoon. “When we get a goal against us, we get away from our game plan. We don’t follow through and trust. It’s individual mistakes and when we make them, we can’t overcome them.”


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The Race For The Presidents’ Trophy

What team do you pick to finish 1at at the end of the regular season?  The standings listed below are as of this afternoon.


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The YoungStars

from Brad Holland of NHL.com,

Less than a year ago, Milan Lucic, Brandon Dubinsky, Nicklas Backstrom, Marc Staal, and Kris Letang were the rookies, the wide-eyed, first-year skaters heading to the NHL All-Star Game simply to savor a taste of the experience.

Only a year later, and my how things have changed! The peach fuzz may still remain, but the wide-eyed stare has been replaced with the seen-it-all glare of an NHL veteran.

Five of the boys are back in town for their second All-Star Game (six, along with Patrick Kane, named to the Western Conference starting line), in the hockey-mad city of Montreal.

The five veterans of last year’s YoungStars Game returning for the 2009 incarnation will be joined by five more of their contemporaries—Atlanta’s Bryan Little, San Jose’s Devin Setoguchi, Edmonton’s Andrew Cogliano, Vancouver’s Mason Raymond and the Kings’ Erik Ersberg—and the 10 players will take on the “younglings,” the rookies from the 2008-09 season, in a battle of the brightest of the League’s future.


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Panthers Grasping DeBoer System

from Glenn Odebralski for FloridaPanthers.com,

It took awhile for the Panthers to grasp head coach Peter DeBoer’s attacking, aggressive system, starting out the season 7-11-1, but they seem to be playing it now going 12-5-5 in their last 22 games, including a 4-2 victory over Carolina Thursday night.

“We have to be the hardest working team out there,” said winger David Booth who leads the team with 17 goals. “Getting pucks in the offensive zone and cycling teams and wearing them down. Finishing our hits. Getting pucks to the net, jamming, getting rebounds. I think that would be the identity of our team.”


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Morning Line

“I don’t think I’ve played good enough to be an All-Star.  I’m not mad or sad or anything. I just haven’t played good enough.”

-Henrik Zetterberg of the Detroit Red Wings via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.

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Did You Know?

from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

As Paul Maurice said in his postgame comments, last night’s game in Florida was indeed unusual, but it wasn’t the first. The Canes’ two games there this season, both losses, have been statistically two of the strangest games in team history.

The first one, which Florida won by a 3-2 score, was the franchise’s first penalty-free game on the road since 1980. Last night’s game, a 4-2 win for the Panthers, was the first time Hartford/Carolina didn’t have a power play on the road since 1981. Each of this year’s games had just two total penalties.


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