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Walz Still Absent

from the Star Tribune,

Thursday morning, the Wild front office said Walz, one of the most popular players in team history, would be away for “two or three days.” Saturday night, General Manager Doug Risebrough referred questions regarding Walz to his agent, Jay Grossman.

Via e-mail Sunday, Grossman said that he understands the concern and the need to address Walz’s absence, but “the matter is personal and he is going to need additional time.”

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Update 12:23pm ET: More from Michael Russo

...I think we’ll hear from Walz soon — whether he announces his retirement or says he’s thoroughly refreshed and ready to return.  He’s an emotional player who has contemplated retirement before. After taking some days away from the game to clear his head, he’s always decided to stay.

This might be different though. He’s never left the team in the middle of the season, and from talking to people that know him, if he doesn’t feel he can play at the highest level, he’d walk away at peace.

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No More Wood

from the Toronto Star,

They’ve scored untold millions of goals on rinks, ponds and streets across the country, but in a few weeks’ time workers will lovingly fashion the last of Sher-Wood’s signature Quebec-made wooden hockey sticks.

It’s yet another sign of changing times: After 58 years, Sherwood-Drolet will, starting in January, farm out the mass production of wooden sticks and concentrate on the increasingly popular – and vastly profitable – business of making composite sticks fashioned from graphite, Kevlar and other synthetics.

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Pens Need Some “Dirty” Goals

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

After the Penguins’ 3-2 loss on Long Island Saturday, Therrien spoke of their inability to get breaks of late. But a few hours earlier, he suggested that some of his forwards have been reluctant to venture into the areas where blue-collar goals are scored.

“When a player struggles offensively, you have to get the dirty goals,” Therrien said. “This is how it’s going to start for those guys. You just have to put the puck at the net and go there and get whacked. Eventually, you’ll get rewarded. Right now, too many players are playing on the outside.”

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Weekes Hopes To Be A Link To Newark Community

from the NY Post,

A black Toronto native whose parents immigrated to Canada from Barbados, Weekes envisions the marvelous new arena invigorating the strife-stricken city and its residents. With Newark’s largely black population, not hockey’s usual fan demographic, Weekes hopes he can provide a link to the community.

“I’d like to think I can make a positive contribution, and when you have people who contribute positively, they are ambassadors,” Weekes said. “It’s extremely important for the sport, too, at the end of the day. We want to have as many different people, ages and demographics as possible among our fans.”

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The “New” Zherdev

from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

Nash said as much when he was asked about the difference between the 2006 Zherdev and the 2007 model.

“I think the biggest thing is his work ethic,” Nash said. “He’s out there every single shift working 110 percent. And that was a team problem in general, not just him. Last year, a lot of the guys were taking nights off, myself included.”

Zherdev didn’t single-handedly hold the Blue Jackets below their potential, even if he seems to be a glistening example now. While the change in Zherdev’s play seems incredible, it likely started during the summer when Howson and coach Ken Hitchcock made a special trip to Ottawa to meet with Zherdev and his agent, Rollie Hedges.

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Slammin Shootout

from James Duthie of TSN,

It’s time for a hockey version of the NBA Slam-Dunk Contest.

I want the most ridiculous “How’d he do that!?!” dekes, the sickest spineramas, the lacrosse-like over the shoulder flips.

I want celebrity judges with placards (Hey, I know a guy who could get Hilary Duff). I want screaming fans holding up “10” signs. I want more YouTube hits than D*** in a Box.

“Well, it’s something that was brought up in our meetings,” says NHL VP Colin Campbell. “We know we have to do something to spice up the all-star weekend to make it more exciting for the fans. So it’s worth considering.”

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Boyle To Undergo MRI Tomorrow

from Lightning Strikes,

Dan Boyle did not practice Sunday and will have an MRI Monday to make sure the three surgically repaired tendons in his left wrist are healing properly. Coach John Tortorella said Boyle will not play Monday at Florida, and said the team has some concerns about the strength in the hand.

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Observations

from Steve Zipay at Newsday,

Columbus’ Sergei Federov is 3-3-6 and a minus-2 in 12 games. He’s an aging superstar on a young team on the rise ... The Blues’ Doug Weight. Another vet in trouble. He has no goals and two assists in 11 games ...

Pittsburgh reps have been following the Stars from city-to-city. The hunch: Assessing Dallas G Marty Turco and/or defensemen.

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Jagr Bothered By Slippery Stick

from the NY Daily News,

Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr ain’t happy with his twigs at the moment. And he believes that while much fuss has been made about his getting used to a new center, his modest start to the season is also due to unfamiliarity with his hockey sticks. But there appears to be little he can do about that, because Reebok doesn’t make his preferred model anymore.

“Look at this - just touch the stick, how slippery it is. How am I supposed to shoot?” Jagr said, disgustedly trying to get tape to stick to the ultra-smooth surface of the RBK sticks he’s felt stuck with this season.

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Anson Carter 100%

fromm Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Ex-Bruin Anson Carter hoped to kick-start his career with a return to Edmonton this fall, joining the Oilers on a tryout basis, but suffered a concussion during the first shift of his first exhibition game. Tryout over. “He’s fully recovered and ready to go now,” said his agent, Pat Brisson, who also guides the career of one Sidney Crosby. “Let us not forget that he had a career high of 33 goals a couple of years ago.”

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