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Kevin Allen from USA TODAY was just on Detroit radio and stated the Bertuzzi trade rumors tend to be coming from a 'fan" site and are not true. Kevin mentioned Luongo to Colorado is a possibility.
from Fox Sports,
"It's about all 20 guys who are dressed any given night and not about one or two guys," says Regier, the Sabres affable general manager who has assembled one of the faster teams in the league. The Sabres have been hot and cold to far this season, and right now they are the NHL's hottest team, going 9-1-1 in their last 11 games. They also started the season by winning six of their first eight games and sandwiched in between was a stretch where they lost three straight and four out of five games.more
from the AP via the Mercury News,
The panelists were asked if their sports, all arms of the entertainment industry, are in a similar situation to that of the movies and theater, where child actors have been a mainstay for many years. Why not simply abide by existing labor laws and let an immensely gifted player compete regardless of age? Bettman - whose league features brutal checks and on-ice fights and does not allow a player to enter its draft before 18 - considered the theatrical analogy. "We don't have stunt doubles," he said. From LeBron James to Maria Sharapova, from Michelle Wie to Freddy Adu. The age-old question, once strictly the province of parents, now cuts across big-time sports: What to do about the kids? Bettman, whose league boasts the likes of 18-year-old Sidney Crosby and 20-year-old Alexander Ovechkin, is troubled by the relentless hype placed on phenoms, and the burden of having to carry a team or a market without ever having stepped onto an NHL rink. "It's a question of expectations," he said. "More often than not that doesn't materialize." He added: "I'm more concerned with the guys who were expected to deliver and wound up with mediocre careers."
via the CP,
Star winger Martin Havlat of the Ottawa Senators had his dislocated right shoulder re-examined by specialist Dr. Anthony Miniaci at the Cleveland Clinic on Wednesday. Miniaci was scheduled to consult with Senators physician Don Chow and team officials after the examination. Havlat must decide whether or not to have surgery, which would knock him out for four to six months. He could also decide to simply wait it out and hope the shoulder heals on its own over the next few weeks.update 12:30am, Thursday Dec. 9th, via TSN,
Havlat decided Wednesday to have surgery to repair his dislocated right shoulder, but hopes to be back in time for playoffs. Specialist Dr. Anthony Miniaci made the recommendation after re-examining Havlat at the Cleveland Clinic. "It's really disappointing," Havlat said in a conference call from Cleveland. "It's always bad if you can't play, if you can't be a part of the team on the ice. "
from the Hockey News via ESPN,
The Hockey News asked 29 NHLers: Should visors be made mandatory for players entering the NHL? They were given three options: • Yes -- 10 players (34.5 percent) • No -- 15 players (51.7 percent) • Indifferent -- Four players (13.8 percent) Here are the results from each team (some players asked to remain anonymous):continued
via Philly News,
Desjardins was taken out behind the Flyers' net by Darren McCarty, and suffered a partial dislocation of his right shoulder, the same shoulder he had surgically repaired 4 years ago. Desjardins is scheduled for an MRI exam today to determine the actual extent of his injury and how long he possibly could be lost. "His shoulder popped out and popped back in," Flyers trainer Jim McCrossin said.update 5:47pm, According to Comcast Sportsnet TV, Desjardins is out 8-10 weeks.
The Good, Bad & Ugly from Barry Melrose of ESPN,
You almost want to give up talking about them, but the Columbus Blue Jackets are ugly right now. The Sergei Fedorov trade, a desperate move that was supposed to motivate the team, so far has been a dud. Since the Nov. 15 deal, the team has gone 2-8, Fedorov has no goals and the Jackets have an extra $6.08 million in salary for the season. Adam Foote, who was supposed to be a season-saving acquisition has turned into an average player -- I didn't think that was possible.read on
The Capitals have done everything under their power to keep their fan base happy. Their future looks bright and I am glad to see Kolzig wants to stay in D.C. from the Washington Post,
Kolzig's feelings about his future in Washington have changed over the past two months. So have those of team officials. "I'm more optimistic about being here for the rest of my career than I was at the beginning of the season," said Kolzig, whose five-year contract expires after the season. "I'd love to be one of those rare athletes who starts and finishes his career, over a long period of time, with one team.more (reg. req.)
from the News & Observer,
The Carolina Hurricanes, the team that promises it's "Here to play, here to stay," has fulfilled the first part in the season's first quarter. The team widely expected to finish near the bottom of the Eastern Conference burst out of the lockout by winning 12 of its first 15 games, rising to the top of the Southeast Division and looking like it can make the playoffs by going .500 the rest of the season. So are they "here to stay?" Only Hurricanes owner Peter Karmanos knows, but he has said that the Triangle is strong enough as an NHL market so long as it has a competitive team. Attendance at Canes homes games is up from 11,676 in the 2003-04 season to 14,688 this year.more
from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,
When you look at the players the Red Wings have brought over from Europe and the Iron Curtain nations like Lidstrom, Sergei Fedorov, Vladimir Konstantinov, Slava Kozlov, Tomas Holmstrom, Jiri Fischer, Datsyuk and Zetterberg, along with a host of future prospects, you wonder why other teams don't do a more thorough job oversees. "There are unknowns, starting with showing up at a rink in Russia only to find out the game you wanted to see was played yesterday," Nill said, shaking his head. "And then there's the language barrier and culture shock that you have to deal with (with) many of the kids. I remember going over to see Pavel a couple of years after we drafted him and calling to him. Finally, he turned around and said, 'I don't know the English.'" His body language on and off the ice is just fine now.read on
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