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Cleary Takes Advantage Of Opportunity

from the Windsor Star,

This season, Cleary, 28, has moved from the fourth line to one of Detroit's top two units. Recently, he's added time on the Wings' power-play and he's one of the team's key penalty killers. Heading into tonight's home game versus St. Louis, Cleary is second on the team in goals behind Henrik Zetterberg. He's already equaled his point total and nearly tripled his goal output from last season. "I was given a good opportunity," the six-foot, 211-pound Cleary said.

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Goalie Pads Should Adjust To Goalie Size

from Anthony SanFilippo of the Delco Times,

The league maximum on pad size is 38 inches, which is the size Niittymaki wears. Although, there are so-called experts who believe he can wear smaller pads and still be protected properly. One former goalie, Kay Whitmore, who works in the hockey operations department for the league, suggested to ESPN the Magazine that each individual goalie should have pads measured out to fit their body only, preventing super-sized equipment in the NHL. "We have to customize the length of the pads for each goalie," Whitmore told the magazine. "If we do that, each goalie would be properly protected, and no one will have an unfair advantage."

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Norrena’s Play Sparking Columbus

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Growing up in Pietarsaari, Finland, Fredrik Norrena was a playmaking, goal-scoring center. It wasn’t until his early teens, when his club was short on goaltenders and absent of volunteers, that Norrena donned the bulky pads and headed for the other end of the ice. A distinguished career was born that day, but Norrena’s instincts, his love for playing with the puck on his stick, never died. And it is that combination that led him to back-to-back shutouts for the Blue Jackets, including an eye-popping 42 saves Tuesday in a 3-0 victory over the Colorado Avalanche in the Pepsi Center. Three days earlier, he had 21 saves in a 4-0 victory over Edmonton.

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MRI Today For Alfredsson

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Senators could be without their captain for an extended period. Daniel Alfredsson wasn't in the lineup last night against the Washington Capitals and he'll be sent for an MRI today in Ottawa to find out the extent of the damage of what's believed to be a hip injury he suffered Tuesday.

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Treadmill Designed For Skaters

I am sure many Wings fans have seen the treadmill designed for skaters. Kris Draper (top left in picture) has promoted it a few times during a Wings pre-game show and actually made the radio rounds promoting it too. Thanks to Glen of Hockey Music who passed the video on to me. Glen found it at the blog of Ted Leonsis. image

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Play By The Rules

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

The reason that a team can't change personnel if it ices the puck is that the National Hockey League wants to discourage icing. So if a team ices the puck to ease pressure when one of its players is without a stick, why not keep that premise in mind? If one of your players is without a stick when you ice the puck, then one of your players should be without a stick on the ensuing face-off.
continued, plus a little schedule talk...

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Words of Wisdom from Walter Gretzky

From Kirk Penton of the Winnipeg Sun:

Gretzky said Hockey Canada's campaign to silence verbally abusive parents is working, but he added that the problem will never go away entirely. After all, Gretzky himself used to be one of those parents. The biggest problem today, he said, is parents who have those unrealistic expectations for their children. "More parents think their son is going to be a millionaire when he's 17 years old and in the NHL than ever before," he said. "Never before did I encounter more people who truly, truly ... they don't hope their son gets to be in the NHL, they expect him -- expect him! -- to be there."
More from Gretzky here

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Joe Who? Joe Nieuwendyk, That’s Who!

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The end — for the man they called Joe Who — came unexpectedly, and maybe not quite the way he imagined it would. In a perfect world, Joe Nieuwendyk would have skated out on top, alongside long-time teammate Gary Roberts, who signed with him in Florida last year just so they could get one more chance to play together. It didn't quite work out that way. Persistent back problems that limited Nieuwendyk to only 15 of the Panthers' first 29 games this season ultimately forced him to announce his retirement Wednesday after 20 seasons at the age of 40.

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Legace Goes On IR

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that goaltender Manny Legace was placed on injured reserve after suffering a head injury in Wednesday’s practice. The club has recalled goaltender Marek Schwarz under emergency conditions from the Blues’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.

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Nieuwendyk Hangs Em Up

via the Sun-Sentinel,

Panthers center Joe Nieuwendyk announced his retirement Wednesday, saying that he had no choice but to follow doctor's recommendations to stop playing because of back problems. Nieuwendyk, 40, in his twentieth NHL season, played in just 15 of the team's first 29 games, because of injuries. He visited a back specialist in Cleveland last Friday. "I have the reached the stage where structurally my back isn't going to get any better. It's not the way I intended it, but I have to be realistic as well, " Nieuwendyk said. Nieuwendyk informed his teammates of his decision in what he described as a "pretty emotional meeting" before practice Wednesday.
thanks to Spector at his Fox Sports Blog for the tip...

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