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Own A Piece Of Ranger History

Bid for a part of the 1968-98 NY Rangers bench. image More hockey items and general information about the auction, which ends December 6th, can be found here.

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Shooting For The Wrist

from the Ottawa Citizen,

Ray Emery has become a marked man. Ottawa Senators coach Bryan Murray didn't think it would happen. At least he wasn't too worried at the start of this four-game road trip. However, it has become easy for everyone to see that Emery has a bull's eye on his back. Or, more closely, on his left wrist.
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Learning From a Legend

From Kevin Fee of the Grand Forks Herald (via INS News),

Keith Ballard admits he was a little nervous during his first NHL training camp in 2005. Blowing the whistle on the ice was perhaps the greatest NHL player ever, Wayne Gretzky, the Phoenix Coyotes head coach. "It was exciting last year at training camp," said Ballard, a Phoenix defenseman and former University of Minnesota and Lake of the Woods High School star. "I was nervous to be around him. It was fun to come in and give a good impression. Things have gone well since."
Continued... Voted the Hardest Worker on the Phoenix Coyotes last season, the 24 year old defenseman is struggling through a hand injury so far this year.

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Connolly Still Sidelined

from the Buffalo News,

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said Connolly is no closer to being cleared to exercise because of concussion-related problems. And because he will need several weeks to get into shape once he is allowed to work out, his earliest possible return wouldn't be until January.... "You know there's going to be a breaking point where he's going to feel better," Ruff said. "In my eyes, it has maybe taken a little bit longer, but we know, from our point, there's nothing we can do. The last time around was a long one, and this one is turning out to be a long one, too." Connolly has stopped hanging around Buffalo's dressing room because not being able to play was too agonizing.
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Nashville Looking For Backup

from the Tennessean,

With Nashville goalie Tomas Vokoun out for as many as six weeks with a thumb injury, Predators General Manager David Poile said he has started making phone calls inquiring about available backups. Two of the Toronto Maple Leafs' three pro scouts were in attendance Saturday, which could be significant because the team has three goalies — Andrew Raycroft, Jean-Sebastien Aubin and Mikael Tellqvist — on its NHL roster. Raycroft is the team's top netminder and won't be going anywhere, but the Leafs might be willing to part with Aubin (2-1-2 record, .891 save percentage and 3.21 GAA) or Tellqvist (0-1-0, .895 save percentage and 2.03 GAA).
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Phantom Calls

from the Sun-Sentinel,

"You just hate to see the calls that are made that have absolutely no meaning on the game itself, or the situation of the game and it costs the team a win," said winger Gary Roberts before Florida played Atlanta on Saturday. "That's what's frustrating -- the timing of some of the calls that are phantom calls. When you look at it, it's obvious to see on tape, too." Roberts said he supports rule changes cracking down on penalties and said referees have done well officiating some games, but it's been tough with two referees making calls. "There's always one calling it tighter than the other," he said. "So it's really tough to have that consistency throughout a game to know what he's calling, what you're getting away with, what you're not."
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The #1 Debate In Ottawa

from Erin Nicks of the Ottawa Sun,

If Ottawa acquired an elephant -- a 32-year-old elephant born in Switzerland, no less -- shouldn't someone have alerted the international media by now? It's the metaphorical elephant in the room that no one from the Sens' front office wants to talk about. Especially as he resides on the bench, pulling down a 3.7-million dollar salary (all terms US) this year, with two left to go on his contract. Said salary anointed Martin Gerber as Ottawa's premier backstopper. But does he still hold that position?
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Oilers Looking For “D”

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe has inquired about Lubomir Visnovsky, but Los Angeles apparently isn’t willing to deal him. The St. Louis Blues might be looking to move a blueliner. The Oilers probably would give up a forward, perhaps even a minorleaguer with upside such as Marc-Antoine Pouliot or Rob Schremp. There have been rumors that the Oilers are interested in Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle — a lot of teams would love to have him — but it’s not likely the Bolts will be moving him.
a few more trade talk items...

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Nap Time

from the Denver Post,

In a sport steeped in tradition, the game-day nap is one of those traditional touches. Between 1-4 p.m. on the day of an Avalanche game, it is almost certain that every player will be sound asleep. Not every player knows how or why they become so adept at falling asleep in the middle of the day, but they are. Anybody who hangs around NHL players knows not to bother them in the afternoon hours of game days. If the player is married with kids and the game is at home, the wife and children become accustomed to doing everything quietly. On the road, hotel front-office staffers know only emergency calls are to be put through to a player's room
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Forsberg Waive Good-Bye To Philly

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Injury-prone centre Peter Forsberg has insisted publicly he doesn't want to be traded, but it's believed he wouldn't balk if the club decided to deal him. The Avalanche, it is believed, wouldn't mind bringing him back to help take some of the pressure off captain Joe Sakic. The word is that Colorado is dangling defenceman Karlis Skrastins as part of a package.
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