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Tanguay Frustrated

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Their partnership lasted just half-a-dozen games before it was dissolved by Calgary Flames coach Jim Playfair, but both Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay know that in professional hockey, things can change in a hurry. "I know, as players, the chemistry only comes when you both play well," said Tanguay, "and right now, I haven't been playing well, but Jarome is. So hopefully, I can start contributing a little more. That's been a little hard on me and a little frustrating, because I know I can be better."

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Flyers Need Changes

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Peter Forsberg needs a new nickname. In case you haven’t heard Peter goes by the moniker of...gulp…Foppa. Isn’t that some sort of skin ailment that killed helpless African children in the 19th century? Sure, Daniel Alfredsson may look like a Muppet but Peter Forsberg is one. This has to change, quickly. Who wants to follow a man whose name resembles a term of endearment for your 96-year-old Croatian grandfather?
more suggested changes...

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Jeff Carter Out With Broken Bone

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

Flyers Strength and Conditioning Coach Jim McCrossin announced on Tuesday that forward Jeff Carter will be out of action for approximately six weeks due to a broken bone that was revealed following an MRI today. McCrossin: “Jeff had an MRI today performed on his left ankle which revealed that he sustained a fracture of the distal end of his left tibia. The injury is located on the inside of his left ankle area. He should be out for approximately six weeks. "Over the past couple of days the inflammation in Jeff’s ankle had subsided. He has been able to walk better, but he still had point tenderness over his ankle. Speaking with our medical staff we felt it was warranted to get an MRI and investigate his injury a little bit closer. The MRI did reveal a crack. "His ankle won’t be placed in a cast. He was placed in a walking boot. This way we will be able to treat him. We have him on bone stimulation right now and we will be able to maintain his conditioning.”

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Edmonton Fans “Pathetic”; Hockey’s “Only A Game”

By Bill Houlihan Oh, and according to Jamie Fitzpatrick of Pro Ice Hockey, those raising funds in Alberta (yes, all of Alberta...Calgary fans are now donating, as well) are "misguided."

What's the most pathetic aspect of this pathetic story? That so many people take a hockey game so seriously? Or that so many can find no better use for their charitable dollars? (The article notes that nobody expects MacTavish to accept the money, which will ultimately go to charity. One blogger suggests the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. Ha-ha.)

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Would Nedved Fit In Ottawa

from the blog of Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Interesting to note that apparently the Philadelphia Flyers have recalled centre Petr Nedved from the minors in the hope somebody will claim him. The Senators are in the market for a second-line centre and Nedved, when he’s motivated, would fit the bill.

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No Decision On Schedule

According to the CP, the NHL general managers could not come to an agreement on the schedule issue. They will continue to talk and have some time since the BOG would have to approve any change and they don't meet until December. update 4:15pm, recap of the GM meeting by David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail...

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Chances Slim For Fischer Return

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Jiri Fischer hasn't ruled out a return to hockey, but he realizes the odds are slim. Fischer, who suffered a cardiac arrest nearly a year ago on the Red Wings' bench, said Tuesday a comeback hasn't been on his mind as much as people might expect.

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from the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that future hall-of-fame defenseman Al MacInnis was named Vice President of Hockey Operations. “We are honored to name Al as Vice President of Hockey Operations,” said Davidson. “His knowledge and awareness of the game are well respected in the NHL. He is a first class person and will play a major role in our quest to build a winner in St. Louis.”

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A Couple Of Moves

Jaci at Wicked Bruins Fan reports Hannu Toivonen was assigned to Providence today. TSN reports Nedved has been recalled by the Flyers, in hopes a team will claim him.

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Player Development Takes Time

Steve Wozniak of the South Bend Tribune,

Marc-Andre Fleury was supposed to be the savior of Pittsburgh hockey when he was drafted first overall by the Penguins in the 2003 NHL draft. But rather than let the teenager develop further in junior hockey, the Penguins threw him to the wolves in desperation for an immediate winning turnaround. And the wolves, of course, ate him alive, pummeling the overwhelmed rookie and sending the Penguins to another losing season in 2003-04. [...] Pittsburgh realized it had made a mistake in trying to rush perfection, with then-general manager Craig Patrick saying, "We thought it was best for him to go back to his junior club, considering our circumstances, and put him in a situation where he's got a chance to win some championships."
continued on matters of the NCAA and NHL draft

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