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Bruins Still Searching For Goaltending

from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,

Supposedly, the Bruins are interested in San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov or Philadelphia goalie Robert Esche, which may be the only accurate part of the rumors. Esche, like all the Flyers, is off to a horrible start, but who wouldn’t be interested in a 28-year-old goalie with career numbers of 2.68 and .900? Ditto for the 31-year-old Nabokov (2.44, .910), although his $5 million salary would be a lot harder to swallow than Esche’s $1 million. The bottom line: The Bruins wouldn’t pull the trigger on a major deal this early knowing what panic trading did to this team last year, not to mention what it did to Wall Street in 1929.
more on the Bruins...

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Nolan Not Happy With Lack Of Calls

via Newsday,

The day after the Islanders' 3-2 shootout loss Friday night in Tampa, coach Ted Nolan still couldn't get over the fact that the Lightning played 65 minutes of hockey without being whistled for a single penalty.... "The coach on their team ranted and raved about the inadequacies of the referees a couple days before, and all of a sudden, he gets no calls against," Nolan said. But he's not planning to lodge his own complaint with the NHL. "I'm not sure if squeaky wheels get some grease or not, but we're not here to complain about that."

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Tallon Wants A Fair Trade

from the Chicago Tribune,

Sources in Vancouver ay the Canucks, the Hawks' opponent tonight in the third game of their road trip, are ready to part with veteran center Brendan Morrison. The Canucks would love to pry Brent Seabrook, the 21-year-old defenseman who grew up in British Columbia, from the Hawks, who need a centerman to play with Havlat. This deal probably won't come off because Hawks general manager Dale Tallon is reluctant to part with his young players. ''It depends on the player [offered],'' Tallon said. ''We wouldn't want one at the end of his career. To give up a prospect, you have to get a young player back.''
more on Chicago, and you might be interested in what ex-Blackhawks play by play man Pat Foley has to say about his old team...

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Backing It Up

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Parros may be not be the NHL's toughest guy -- that's still Georges Laraque, who went after Derek Boogaard and beat him -- but it's Burke's longstanding feeling that players need a night watchman on patrol in case trouble breaks out. That goes against the grain of today's NHL where many teams -- Edmonton, Calgary, Detroit, Vancouver, Dallas, Colorado, Carolina -- are choosing not to dress a heavyweight. But Burke wanted one after Todd Fedoruk broke his cheekbone when Boogaard nailed him. Enter Parros. "There's a split amongst general managers on this where some feel team toughness is enough," said Burke. " Me? There's physical contact. You need to back it up.

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Say It Ain’t So

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The CFL may be looking to the NHL for its next commissioner. John Shannon, the NHL's senior vice-president for broadcasting, will meet next week with the headhunting firm Korn Ferry International after being contacted by league representatives last week. Shannon, who was instrumental in founding the Canadian Football Network in the late 1980s and is well known in CFL circles, refused to comment yesterday whether he is seriously interested in the commissioner's job.

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No Panic Moves For Blues

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

"It's different in the sense that, in the (broadcast) chair, I did so many different games," Davidson said. "I did all the Rangers games, and then I'd do the network games. And so you were not emotionally attached to the way the team plays, as opposed to how it is now. You're much more emotionally attached now, and you get frustrated at times when you know things could be better." Fire the coach. Trade this player, that player. Davidson has heard it all, and the Blues' season is only 1½ months old. Believe it or not, he pays attention. "We need fans," he says. "I pay attention to them. A good fan is a fan that loves the Blues and is an emotional person about it. And that's great. But it's my responsibility to not be panicky about it. That's my job."
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Cam Finally Has Hip Replacment

from the Boston Globe:

More than 10 years after playing his final shift for the Bruins, Cam Neely underwent hip replacement surgery Thursday at the New England Baptist Hospital. According to Neely's longtime agent, Jay Fee, the 41-year-old Hall of Famer will remain hospitalized through the weekend and was told by his orthopedic surgeon, Stephen Murphy, that the procedure was without complications. "All of it was pretty routine," Fee said yesterday afternoon, just prior to visiting the legendary power forward. "He's recovering, and the first few days are pretty painful, from what I understand. But he's doing OK."
Neely said he'd need his hip replaced sooner than later when he retired; when Ulfie Samuelsson whalloped him in the 1991 playoffs, Neely suffered a charley horse so severe that part of his thigh muscle calcified, requiring his left hip to compensate. The joint just wore down. continued

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NHL Expansion—Kansas City?

From the AP, via Sports Illustrated,

A California businessman said Saturday he will work with local officials to bring a National Hockey League team to Kansas City and be the team's owner. William "Boots" Del Biaggio III is a limited partner of the NHL's San Jose Sharks and part owner of the United States Hockey League's Omaha Lancers. Del Biaggio, president and chief executive of Sand Hill Capital, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture finance company, intends to own the Kansas City team when the $250 million Sprint Center opens next year in downtown Kansas City.
Continued... (Biaggio also previously had an investment in the Pittsburgh Penguins as well.)

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Todd Fedoruk’s New Face

From Tim Panaccio at The Philadelphia Inquirer (via Mercury News)

Todd Fedoruk might be the only player in the NHL whose face is largely man-made. That's because the most recent former Flyer to return has titanium plates for cheekbones on both sides of his face, after his latest surgery to repair a broken right cheekbone and orbital injury following a fight last month with Minnesota's Derek Boogaard. "At least my face doesn't set off the alarms at the airport," Fedoruk deadpanned. "This was a significant break, worse than the last one (in 2005). But I'm still capable of doing my job."

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Goodbye, Columbus

The Ohio State Buckeys beat the University of Michigan 42-39 in Columbus. Let's hope that Paul and the U's fans get out of Dodge safely.

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