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No One To Fight

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via the Globe and Mail,

"If you can't skate and play, you just stopped your team from having four lines," Detroit Red Wings coach Mike Babcock said Tuesday. The Wings, as a result, don't have a traditional enforcer. "The league's flying out there," Babcock said from Detroit. "And if you think you can play three lines, I think you're wrong. I myself could be wrong, but I don't think you can. I think your players all should be able to contribute." Are the Wings worried when they face a opposing team with an enforcer? Not really. Just ask Laraque, the NHL's most feared fighter. "Teams are discovering that if you don't have a fighter, it doesn't matter," said Laraque. "If you play a team with a fighter, even though your team doesn't have one, does it matter? What's he going to do? Who's he going to fight?..."
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The Nolan Influence On Yashin

Alexei Yashin took part in a tele-conference today...

Q. Could you just talk about what the arrival of Ted Nolan has meant for you personally and for the team? ALEXEI YASHIN: I think it's a great impact on the team. What happens is we’re kind of having a learning process, learning his systems, learning the way to prepare ourselves for the game. It's really been terrific for everybody because we really concentrate on what we have to do on the ice. He teaches us what to do with the system. It's what already said, prepare ourselves. He gives us a lot of rest so we make sure we are ready to play every night. Q. I saw a story where when he met you, he was impressed with what a quality guy you were. Did you sense you had good chemistry, that he was going to have great trust in you and believe in you? ALEXEI YASHIN: Again, I am who I am. I’m glad some people see something special in me. Again, it's always kind of great when you have a connection, especially with the coaching staff, right away. It seems like it's been going well. I hope I can play as well as I can to help the team to be successful and help Ted to build something great here.

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Foppa Talk

As Spector points out at his Fox Sports blog, there is talk Forsberg may be traded within the next 24 hours, Unlike some bloggers who throw out outlandish trade scenarios, the source of this rumor has a good history of reporting these types of trades.

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The 7th Greatest Canadian

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Clad in matching nylon workout pants and jacket, looking like he might be preparing to coach a game later that afternoon, the seventh-greatest Canadian of all time makes his way up through the stands at the Hershey Center in the western Toronto suburb of Mississauga. Though he hasn't coached a National Hockey League game in 26 years, this is still Don Cherry's element — the hockey rink.
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Staios Signs Extension

via TSN,

The Edmonton Oilers have secured a major piece of their defence corps, signing Steve Staios to a four-year contract extension, worth $10.9-million.

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KK- Update On Questions For John Shannon

The questions many NHL fans submitted to John Shannon will appear a week from today. Also, this feature will be expanded and offered on a montly basis. More information on this early next week.

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Draft Right & Win

from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,

Enough with the excuses. I am amazed by the excuse makers in the NHL who say that the NHL entry draft is an in-exact science. If that were true, then how come the same teams always seem to get it right, even if they are picking way down the line each and every draft?... General Managers are under the microscope more than ever before when it comes to building a team. The best way to keep your job as a GM is to go out and hire top quality scouts who can deliver draft day results.
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Fractured Wrist For Osgood

via ESPN,

For once, Dominik Hasek isn't the goalie whose injury woes have left the Red Wings shorthanded. Detroit general manager Ken Holland announced Tuesday that backup Chris Osgood will miss three to four weeks with a fractured left wrist. Osgood practiced Monday for the first time since Nov. 12, when he was hit in practice by a shot on the inside of the wrist. He said the wrist was sore, but he didn't think it was broken. Because of the swelling, X-rays taken a week ago didn't reveal anything. "I thought it would feel better today, after not taking any shots for a while, but it doesn't feel as good as I thought," Osgood told the Red Wings' Web site after practice, before learning the wrist was broken. "I had broken hands before; [this] is not the same thing."

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On the Hockey Blogs

By Alanah D This week's selection of entertainment from around the hockey blogosphere has a bunch of good links to feed your hockey addiction. To start, The Ice Block has written an opinion piece on the YouTube deal with the NHL, announced last week. While some have suggested the NHL would be better off hosting all their own video highlights, TIB's David Singer comments on what those pundits seem to forget:

The underground effect. Youtube is way overground, but it’s not nhl.com. Despite being owned by Google, it’s still not “the man”. Bitter hockey fans are still hockey fans. They watch, they might be willing to upload or simply share a link to a clip, but they’re not going to do it for the league itself. They will on Youtube.

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Stop The Clocks

One year ago today, Jiri Fischer's heart went into fibrillation the Red Wings' bench. his doctor was able resuscitate Fisch's heart using an automatic external defibrillator (AED), and he was taken away to hospital. The spontaneous heart fibrillation, it turned out, was due to a medical condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, which means that Fischer's heart walls are thicker than normal. The resulting electrical imbalance (your brain doesn't assume that your heart muscles are thick or thin) caused a catastrophic chain of events--his heart went into what's called ventricular fibrillation, where the ventricles begin to flutter and stop pumping blood, his brain began to react by attempting to speed up his heartbeat to over 300 beats per minute. As the brain became starved of oxygen, he experienced a seizure. To some extent, he was lucky. His doctor had seen patients with this condition before, and he knew the seriousness of the situation--people with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy tend not to recover when their heart begins to fibrillate, because the brain and heart aren't quite in sync to begin with. The combination of heart condition, "v-fib," and seizure mean that it takes a very long time to get the heart to actually pump blood again When the heart's finally pumping oxygen through the system again, multiple organs could have failed from extended oxygen starvation, including the brain. Fisch was just that one-in-several thousand patients who came back quickly, and, at the same time, was diagnosed as not simply having had a heart attack.

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