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Words of Wisdom from Walter Gretzky

From Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun:

Gretzky said Hockey Canada's campaign to silence verbally abusive parents is working, but he added that the problem will never go away entirely. After all, Gretzky himself used to be one of those parents. The biggest problem today, he said, is parents who have those unrealistic expectations for their children. "More parents think their son is going to be a millionaire when he's 17 years old and in the NHL than ever before," he said. "Never before did I encounter more people who truly, truly ... they don't hope their son gets to be in the NHL, they expect him -- expect him! -- to be there."
More from Gretzky here

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Joe Who? Joe Nieuwendyk, That’s Who!

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The end — for the man they called Joe Who — came unexpectedly, and maybe not quite the way he imagined it would. In a perfect world, Joe Nieuwendyk would have skated out on top, alongside long-time teammate Gary Roberts, who signed with him in Florida last year just so they could get one more chance to play together. It didn't quite work out that way. Persistent back problems that limited Nieuwendyk to only 15 of the Panthers' first 29 games this season ultimately forced him to announce his retirement Wednesday after 20 seasons at the age of 40.

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Legace Goes On IR

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that goaltender Manny Legace was placed on injured reserve after suffering a head injury in Wednesday’s practice. The club has recalled goaltender Marek Schwarz under emergency conditions from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

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Nieuwendyk Hangs Em Up

via the Sun-Sentinel,

Panthers center Joe Nieuwendyk announced his retirement Wednesday, saying that he had no choice but to follow doctor's recommendations to stop playing because of back problems. Nieuwendyk, 40, in his twentieth NHL season, played in just 15 of the team's first 29 games, because of injuries. He visited a back specialist in Cleveland last Friday. "I have the reached the stage where structurally my back isn't going to get any better. It's not the way I intended it, but I have to be realistic as well, " Nieuwendyk said. Nieuwendyk informed his teammates of his decision in what he described as a "pretty emotional meeting" before practice Wednesday.
thanks to Spector at his Fox Sports Blog for the tip...

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Concussions Declining In The NHL

from the AP via the West Central Tribune,

After a decade of ever-increasing concussions, the National Hockey League seems to be solving the problem. A combination of better helmets, an increased awareness of the risks involved, more flexible safety glass edging the rink and stiffer rules aimed at promoting a smoother flow of the game have led to fewer headsplitting attacks. Nonetheless, NHL spokesman Frank Brown said there are always going to be some concussions in ice hockey. "One concussion is too many, but with more than 700 players contesting 1,230 games of at least 60 minutes, when they're skating at great speeds and regularly colliding with each other, no matter what preventative measures are taken there are going to be events that cause concussions," said Brown.... Players are also increasingly aware of the dangers, and despite their aggressive games, some players are trying to keep their fights clean. "We have to be more respectful of not going after each other's heads," said San Jose Shark's captain Patrick Marleau. "We have to be more careful that way."
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Danny Markov Out With Broken Hand

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Wings defenseman Danny Markov will be out for three weeks because of a broken right hand, the club said Wednesday. Markov was injured during the third period of Tuesday's 5-1 win in St. Louis, when he was hit by a shot. The Wings will likely recall a defenseman from Grand Rapids -- either Derek Meech or Jonathan Ericsson -- for Thursday's game vs. the Blues.

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Dropping The Gloves

HockeyFights.com has a new and improved look. Take a click over there and check it out. In my opinion, David did a super job. The new logo is great too, looks like Ovechkin against Briere to me! image

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Covering The Sharks- High School Style

from the San Jose Sharks,

On Nov. 19, during the Sharks vs. Philadelphia game, the team hosted its second consecutive High School Writers Day for aspiring journalists in the Bay Area. Established to provide insight to students interested in a career in sports journalism, High School Writers Day gives participants the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a sports reporter.

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All Briere

David Amber at ESPN does a Q & A with Daniel Briere...

Q: Alexander Ovechkin gave you a shot from behind a few days ago and got kicked out of the game. What happened there? A: We got stuck in our zone chasing the puck for a while. Finally, I got the puck, dumped it out and I skated to our bench, and about 3 or 4 seconds after I dumped the puck, I got hit from behind. I had no clue anyone was coming, so I wasn't protecting myself. It was a very gutless play on his part, I was defenseless, I couldn't protect myself, I couldn't see him because he was coming from behind. At the same time, I have to do a better job protecting myself, so I take some of the blame, too.
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Odds Are Pens Will Stay

from E.J Hradek of ESPN the Magazine,

Listening to several different sources in Pittsburgh, though, I get the sense the Penguins will remain in Pittsburgh. Contrary to current public perception, however, those same sources agree it probably won't be because of the Pens' deal with the Isle of Capri. No one with knowledge of the situation rates the Isle of Capri as the favorite to get the nod; they believe the Forest City Enterprises/Harrah's Entertainment bid stands the best chance of winning the license. Why? Why else: money.
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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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