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NHL Conference Call with Phil Kessel

Today’s guest on the NHL’s conference call was Boston Bruins right wing Phil Kessel, who answered questions from numerous members of the hockey media.

    Earlier today Phil was named NHL ‘First Star’ for the week that ended yesterday after leading the National Hockey League in scoring with three goals and five assists for eight points. The Bruins won three of four games for the week. Phil has the NHL’s longest active point streak, which is currently at 15 games, and the longest streak for a Bruin since Adam Oates had a 20-game streak in January and February of 1997. The Madison, Wisconsin native ranks second on the Bruins in scoring with 31 points and his 19 goals are third in the League behind Thomas Vanek of Buffalo, who has 24, and Jeff Carter of Philadelphia with 21.

Q & A

    Q. Are you still playing mostly with Marc Savard at center and Milan Lucic on the left wing?

    PHIL KESSEL: Yeah, that’s who I’m playing with right now. I enjoy playing with both those guys. They’re both great hockey players.

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Winter Classic 2008 Popular in HD Sports

On the Electronic House list of the Top 10 Sports HD Broadcasts of 2008, the Winter Classic came in at #2:

As if the hockey gods had scheduled it, there was snow during the game—how perfect! And the icing on the cake? It came down to a shootout, and a goal by one of the best players in the NHL, Sidney Crosby. It all made for incredible HD video from NBC, not to mention the audio of players being checked into the boards and hearing the old-time organ through my surround speakers.

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The whole slideshow of the Top 10 can be seen here.
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*my twitter thing can be very handy at times, which is how I owe a hat-tip to Michael DiLorenzo for tweeting this link. Thanks!

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A Warning About Fighting

From Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

It was a hockey fight that started the way thousands of others have over the years, but it ended with a 21-year-old fighting for his life in a Hamilton hospital.

The fact the fight took place in the backwaters of senior hockey in Ontario will undoubtedly prompt some to dismiss it as a one-time accident, largely because that’s what it was. But it has long been the opinion of this corner that it is only a matter of time before an NHL player dies as the result of a hockey fight and only then, maybe, will the game do something about fighting.

Because of a hockey fight, the parents of Don Sanderson of the Whitby Dunlops are sitting by their son’s bed in a Hamilton hospital wondering when, or if, their son is ever going to wake up. After one surgery and some 60 hours after his fight with Corey Fulton of the Brantford Blast last Friday night, Sanderson was still in a coma.

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Update 4:42pm ET: More on this from Jamie Fitzpatrick at About.com as well.

Update 5:57pm ET: Bob McKenzie at TSN weighs in—

I’m afraid, for me anyway, that parenthood trumps journalism at a time like this.

Which is to suggest, I am also sick over how this tragedy has become a jumping-off point today to either rally around the game and how it’s played or to use it as an example of all that is wrong with hockey.

I don’t want hear the pro-fighting boosters tell me it’s part of the game, that it’s a tough sport and that accidents happen. I know that, but it makes it no less sickening.

And I don’t want to hear the anti-fighting cause wag a finger and say it was bound to happen sooner or later, because that reeks of opportunism in the face of great tragedy.

The truth is, depending upon your view, you can make this sad story whatever you want it to be.

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Gaborik Looking At A Wednesday Return

via Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,

All signs point to Marian Gaborik returning to the ice for the Wild on Wednesday night.

“It looks pretty good,” he said of the possibility he would be ready to play against the Calgary Flames on Wednesday night at the Xcel Energy Center, adding that his status remains “day by day.

“Today was a good day. Hopefully, it’ll be another good day tomorrow, and if everything goes good, hopefully jump into the game Wednesday.”

Wild coach Jacques Lemaire said Gaborik “looks very good” and added, “I just want him back.”

But, Lemaire cautioned, “It’ll be up to him.”

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Down To Two Teams For Sundin

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Unless someone pulls a rabbit out of the hat at the last minute, Mats Sundin will be, by the end of this week, either a Vancouver Canuck or a New York Ranger.

Sundin met with Rangers’ GM Glen Sather on the weekend, but sources say the Rangers have yet to formally indicate exactly how much they are prepared, or able (because of the salary cap), to pay Sundin. Once Sundin’s agent J.P. Barry gets that information, perhaps in the next 24 to 48 hours, Sundin is expected to make a final decision on where he will play….

In the meantime, Sundin is heading home to Sweden. He has completed his training in North America and plans to keep skating while in Sweden, spending Christmas there before joining his new NHL team immediately after that.

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added 4:12pm, Bob McCown of Fan590 just reported he has been told Sundin has made his decision and he has chosen the New York Rangers.  It will be announced later this week.

added 5:06pm, Link to Fan590 quoting Bob…

Update 6:12pm ET: (Alanah)  TSN added to their story with this—

There had been speculation that Sundin had already made his decision and that he was about to sign with the Rangers, however Barry dismissed the rumours.

“No decision has been made,” Barry told TSN. “(It is) inaccurate speculation.”

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Hockey School

from Kristina Rutherford of CBC Sports,

Mitchell Humphries moved halfway across the world to devote his life to hockey for the price of $28,000 a year.

Melbourne, Australia, isn’t exactly a breeding ground for hockey stars, after all, so the 15-year-old packed his bags and moved to Banff, Alta., to attend the Banff Hockey Academy. There, he goes to high school and plays hockey.

“My goal is to play division one college hockey,” Humphries says. He’s not the only one who’s traveled a long distance to make it happen, either.

Of the 25 elite hockey players who attend the academy, more than 50 per cent are from outside Canada.

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It May Have Helped Stamkos To Play In WJC

from Craig Simpson of Hockey and Blogs at CBC,

First of all, I want to start this with saying I don’t want to join the debate that has been brewing between fired head coach Barry Melrose and the Tampa Bay Lightning organization about whether or not first-overall pick Steve Stamkos belongs in the NHL or not….

I have to wonder why the team didn’t push to give Steve Stamkos an opportunity to play for his country again at the world junior tournament. With the Lightning struggling and sitting in last place, how can it hurt?

Stamkos would only benefit from having another great international experience and a chance at building his confidence and leadership abilities. Returning for another world junior championship would put him in a starring role and give him a chance to be a veteran on the team.

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Rivet Out With Bad Shoulder

from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres defenseman Craig Rivet revealed today that he’s dealing with an injured shoulder and the team’s captain is going to be out least two weeks while he tries to rehab the shoulder.

“It’s something that I tried to play with and it was really limiting what I could do on the ice,” Rivet said after taking part in practice in a limited role at HSBC Arena. “It’s really affecting my game so we took a different game plan. The pain issue, you can get through. But when it starts making it that much more difficult on the ice, you have to take a step back. We’re going to try to rehabilitate it.”

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Dec. 15, 2008)—Boston Bruins right wing Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Petr Sykora and Buffalo Sabres left wing Thomas Vanek have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Dec 14.

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Bah, Humbug

from Lyle Richardson at the Hockey News,

Since the imposition of the salary cap in 2005, only four notable players – Joe Thornton, Sergei Fedorov, Doug Weight and Andy McDonald – were dealt in early-season trades. The rest were lesser talented players carrying more affordable salaries, which made them easier to move.

So if you’re hoping to see a blockbuster trade by Friday involving players who have been frequently mentioned in trade rumors this season - like Florida’s Jay Bouwmeester, Minnesota’s Marian Gaborik or Chicago’s Martin Havlat – your hopes will most likely be dashed.

Sorry for playing the Grinch, but that’s the reality in today’s salary cap world.

read on for some rumor talk…

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