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Boyle Returns To Tampa, Wants To “Stick It To ‘Em”

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

(Dan) Boyle said “it’s only natural” to want to play well against a former team. “I’m like anybody else.” He was more direct with San Jose’s Mercury News.

“I’m not going to sit here and lie and say that it doesn’t mean anything,” he told the paper. “As a player, as a competitive person, you want to stick it to ‘em. I want to win, and I want to win bad. I want to go out there and have a good game and win decisively.”...

“It’ll be exciting to see him,” Lightning captain Vinny Lecavalier said. “He’s a great player, one of the best in the league. We’ll have to try to contain him because we know he’ll come hard.”

But Boyle, who had an assist Friday for five points in his past three games, insisted he is not coming to Tampa to even a score. “I know it’s cliche, but it’s about us playing a hockey game. It’s more about that than me versus the owners.”

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Morning Line

“I think if things continue to go like they’re going, we have to start changing some people around.  I don’t mean coaches; I mean other people. Changing the coach sends the wrong message. I believe we’re a good team. I believe that we lost three and (tied) three is a little misleading…I think we’re better than that.”

-Flyers GM Paul Holmgren.  More on the Flyers at Broad Street Bull.

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How Manny Got Hurt

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

I was going to ask (the arena worker) to move (the carpet), but he had his foot there, so I figured he was trying to secure it,” Legace said. “He’s yelling at us, ‘Careful, the carpet ... Careful, the carpet.’

“I’m like I can’t jump over it. It’s too far and my little legs won’t jump that far. I just figured he’s holding it and the other end is usually secure, so I’m just worried about it sliding (one) way. As soon as I went down, he lifted his foot off the carpet ... I knew I was coming down and I just couldn’t catch myself.

“It’s not that serious ... we’ll just see what happens tomorrow.”

more on the Blues loss to the Kings last night and watch a video of Manny hitting the red carpet below…

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Friday Night Injury Report

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner suffered an undisclosed injury and the Flyers defeated the Devils 5-3 tonight at Prudential Center.

Langenbrunner headed to the Devils’ locker room with the trainer after taking a hard hit from Flyers defenseman Luca Sbisa along the right wing boards in the Philadelphia zone 7:55 into the second period. It appeared Langenbrunner had a left leg injury, but it was difficult to tell.

more on the game…

via Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,

With 11:38 left in the second period, Rangers coach Tom Renney was clipped on the left side of the head by Rostislav Klesla’s stick during a scrum at the bench.

He went down to the floor, an official said between the second and third period, may have lost consciousness, was assisted off the ice and was being X-rayed. Assistants Mike Pelino and Perry Pearn took over. Renney did not return before the end of the period.

A Rangers spokesman said during the intermission that Renney “was OK. He was hit on the top of the head.”

added 10:11pm, from Norm Sanders of the New-Democrat,

St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace suffered what the team called a lower-body injury Friday and did not return for the second period against the Los Angeles Kings.

Legace may have been injured when he slipped on a piece of carpeting coming out for pregame warmups. The carpet was on the ice for a pregame ceremony involving Republic vice-presidential nominee Gov. Sarah Palin.

a little more...

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  Tags: jamie+langenbrunner, manny+legace, tom+renney

The Changing Media Landscape of Hockey

From Craig Custance at the Sporting News,

[Hockey blogging is] becoming a big business, and Kevin Allen, the president of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association, only sees the influence growing.

“We’re kind of the Johnny-come-lately of the blogging world,” said Allen, the national hockey writer for USA Today. “For a decade now, in the entertainment world, bloggers have been very powerful in terms of the impact they can have on movies. We now see politicians hand-delivering scoops to bloggers who blog from their pajamas in their house—giving them information mainstream media can’t get. If it’s happening in entertainment and in politics, I don’t know why any of us would have thought it wouldn’t enter our world too.”

read on

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  Tags: hockey+blogging, media

Daniel Briere Possibly Out For a Month

From TSN:

The Philadelphia Flyers are expected to be without forward Daniel Briere for up to a month after suffering a torn abdominal muscle in Wednesday’s shootout loss to the San Jose Sharks.

‘‘Danny has a slight tear in his reptus abdominis, which is a stomach muscle,’’ said Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren. ‘‘He will be out of the lineup approximately 3-4 weeks.’‘

Holmgren said that the 31-year-old Gatineau, Quebec native is slated to undergo surgery Saturday morning.

continued…

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Paul Kelly’s First Year

From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN,

It’s time to stop calling Paul Kelly the “new” leader of the players’ union. On Friday, he celebrated his one-year anniversary on the job as executive director of the NHL Players’ Association.

“Today is the big day,” Kelly told ESPN.com in an interview Friday.

Much has changed in his 365 days in office. The players’ union was a divided group when Kelly came on board, still reeling from its controversial decision to accept the sport’s first salary cap in order to end the NHL lockout three years ago.

continued… with a look back and looking ahead

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  Tags: nhlpa, paul+kelly

Who’s Getting the Power Play Time

From Scott Cullen at TSN:

This week’s edition of Backchecking is going to examine the newcomers and surprises when it comes to power play ice time.  We all know that Datsyuk and Zetterberg are on the Red Wings power play, right?  Sure.  But, who would have guessed that Radek Bonk is still getting PP time in Nashville?

A team-by-team look..

continued

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  Tags: power+play, special+teams, stats

Look Who’s Talking

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Responding to Hockey Night In Canada icon Don Cherry’s verbal punching yesterday on the Fan 590, in which Grapes ripped Wilson for, among other things, “throwing his players under the bus,” Wilson took the high road.

“I have no comment for that,” Wilson said.

But when informed later that Cherry called him “pompous and arrogant, one of those Americans that know everything,” Wilson couldn’t suppress a sarcastic chuckle.

“Me pompous and arrogant? Wow,” Wilson said implying it was a case of the pot calling the kettle black. “I just laugh.”

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Update 4:57pm ET: From Mike Toth at Sportsnet:

You want a dirty little secret about the media?

We can be the biggest bunch of crybabies you’ve ever seen.

The war of words between the Toronto media and Maple Leafs coach Ron Wilson is just the latest example.

*original post-time was 7:38am ET

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  Tags: don+cherry, ron+wilson

Colorado’s Attendance Woes

James Mirtle at From the Rink,

Colorado has been one of the league leaders in attendance ever since moving to Denver back in 1995-96, but with the team going through a bit of a rebuilding phase and the problems with the economy, the Avs are experiencing some issues at the gate.

Denver Post reporter Adrian Dater said yesterday that many believed last night’s game against Edmonton could “be their lowest crowd of all time” and looking at the finally tally that very well may be the case.

continued…

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  Tags: arenas, hockey+fans

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