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Perreault Drawing Interest

from Louis Jean at Sportsnet,

After undergoing abdominal surgery in the off-season, Yannick Perreault has finally received the green light from doctors to resume his career. It's a well known fact the Senators are among a handful of teams that have shown interest in the face-off specialist. Nashville, Calgary, Tampa Bay and the Islanders have also kicked the tiresNo matter who gets him, Perreault will come cheap. He will sign for roughly $1 million and since the Senators are slim up the middle, they could use the proven veteran who has shown he can still contribute offensively.
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Havlat On IR

from Bob Foltman of the Chicago Tribune,

Blackhawks winger Martin Havlat was able to walk without crutches Saturday, albeit with a limp, one day after injuring his right ankle late in the third period of Friday's 5-4 loss to the Dallas Stars. X-rays taken in Dallas after the game did not reveal a break, but Havlat was to have an MRI Saturday to determine whether there is any structural damage to the ankle. In any event, Havlat will be placed on injured reserve retroactive to Friday. Saturday the Hawks called up both winger Brandon Bochenski and defenseman Danny Richmond from Norfolk in the American Hockey League. Players on injured reserve are ineligible to play for a calendar week, meaning Havlat could technically be eligible to play next Saturday when the Hawks host the Anaheim Mighty Ducks.
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Groin Strain For Gaborik

via the Star Tribune,

But the Wild has a whole lot more to worry about than one simple loss. With the Wild already playing without checkers Wes Walz and Pascal Dupuis, right wing Marian Gaborik didn't play most of the third period with what the team called a "mild groin strain." One problem, though. There's no such thing as a "mild" groin strain when it comes to Gaborik.

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Visiting Columbus

from Jim Lang of Sportsnet,

The only way to adequately describe my road trip to Columbus, Ohio is to break it down into a number of fun and easy to read chapters. Chapter 4 - "Tim Horton's" - I always wondered what Christopher Columbus felt when he finally discovered America. I experienced much the same sensation when Rick and I discovered a Tim Horton's drive-thru after feeding our game day stories. For the first time in all my travels in the mighty US of A., I was able to get a decent cup of coffee. I can't wait to call my wife. Columbus has an NHL team, Tim Horton's and a Target store. If I ever have to move; I am coming to Columbus.
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Welcome To The Hockey Community

ESPN sideline reporter Erin Andrews is dating an ECHL player. Time to step up to the NHL Erin. Erin can be seen on the sidelines today during the Iowa/Michigan football game on ESPN ABC. image

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Struggling Flames

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The theory is out there: The Calgary Flames -- check that, the struggling Calgary Flames -- are built too much for the 'old NHL.' Which means, they have no hope of being good enough in the 'new NHL.' It doesn't take Leonardo da Vinci to come up with that idea. After all, the Flames' best recent success came in the run to the Stanley Cup in 2004, the peak of the plodding, hook-and-hold, clutch-and-grab NHL. It doesn't look like they've changed their game plan.
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Yanking The Goalie

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

“It happened to me once, in my first year with the Islanders,’’ said Vancouver goalie Robert Luongo. “I let in nine against Pittsburgh and (Butch Goring)played me the whole game.’’ Not fun. “I think sometimes it’s better to take somebody out after three or four goals to change the momentum,’’ he said. “It’s tough on you mentally when you stay in the whole game and you let in nine.’’
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Win And They Will Come

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via Canada.com,

On the other hand, I find it hard to agree with my pal Gary Bettman's view that "it's too early to be concerned about attendance around the league. It's a little premature two to three weeks into the season to be writing attendance stories," the commish told Los Angeles Times hockey writer Chris Foster. The reason for the lagging attendance was that "the schedule was a little different." Say what? A lot of things have changed in the new My NHL, but the constant has been that lagging attendance never has had anything to do with the schedule being "a little different." All you have to do is win.
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McKee Breaks Hand After Returning From Knee Injury

via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues were just as amazed about the defeat, and for them it wasn't even the biggest loss of the night. Defenseman Jay McKee, who was making his Blues debut, suffered a broken hand on his third shift and will miss an estimated four to six weeks. McKee was blocking a shot off the stick of Rory Fitzpatrick when the puck hit him. "I don't know when that cloud is going to leave us," Blues coach Mike Kitchen said, referring to the string of injuries to the club's key defensemen over the last half-dozen years.
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Target Shooting

from Uni Watch,

I was talking to a friend who works for [a company that does some number-crunching for the NHL]. He was telling me that they have data supporting the theory that teams with symmetrical logos, or more rounded logos, have a goaltender advantage. He said that they’ve noted a higher save percentage in goalies who have what they call a “target” logo...
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