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Canes Shorthanded

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The Carolina Hurricanes will likely be missing two of their top six forwards, top scorer Rod Brind’Amour and first-line winger Erik Cole, when they play the Toronto Maple Leafs on Friday night.
Also among the missing will be forward Andrew Ladd, who was stricken by appendicitis on Thursday night and had an emergency appendectomy. Head coach Peter Laviollette said after the Hurricanes’ game-day skate on Friday morning that Ladd will be out for two to four weeks.


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Mathieu Biron Goes To The Canadiens

MONTREAL (December 15, 2006) – The Montreal Canadiens announced today the acquisition of defenseman Mathieu Biron from the San Jose Sharks, in return for defenseman Patrick Traverse. Biron, 26, has played six full seasons in the National Hockey League with the New York Islanders (1999 to 2001), the Tampa Bay Lightning (2001-02), the Florida Panthers (2002-04) and the Washington Capitals (2005-06). In 253 career regular season games, the 6’6’’, 230-pound defenseman scored 12 goals and added 32 assists for a total of 44 points, with 177 penalty minutes. Mathieu Biron will report to the Hamilton Bulldogs today.

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A Grandfather In The Business

from the Globe and Mail,

Another member of the Leafs family, forward Jon (Bates) Battaglia, also was looking forward to locking horns with his former team. But when the word family and Battaglia appear in the same sentence, there can be a different connotation for the power forward. Battaglia recently disclosed in an interview that his grandfather was Sam (Teets) Battaglia, the former head of the crime organization known as the Chicago Outfit. That sort of revelation usually provides enough fodder for dressing-room banter, but Battaglia hasn't heard a peep from his teammates.
read on Update: For further reading, here is a full-length feature article on the history of the Battaglia family, from Joe O'Connor in last week's National Post. Thanks to a fellow hockey blogger for passing it on.

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The Son Of Wayne

from the New York Times,

...The commotion in Fort Frances partly illustrates why Gretzky and his wife, Janet, enrolled their son at the small boarding school in rural Minnesota, about 50 miles south of Minneapolis-St. Paul. Players like Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Zach Parise of the Devils once played at the school. Parise’s father, the former Minnesota North Star and Islander J. P. Parise, ran the hockey program for almost a decade and is now the school’s director of prospect evaluation. Gretzky wanted his son to have top-level coaching and to grow as a player away from the spotlight, without someone trying to label him the next Great One.

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McSorley Being Recognized

from the Contra Costa Times,

It's one thing to try to replace a franchise player. But replacing a franchise broadcaster? That's the task at hand for new Sharks television analyst Marty McSorley, who has taken over for the enormously popular Drew Remenda. Not only was Remenda well-liked by Sharks fans as a broadcaster, he may have been the most popular member of the organization, including players and coaches. "I don't think it's out of bounds to say that maybe until Joe Thornton showed up, Drew was the face of the team," Sharks TV play-by-play man Randy Hahn said. "Patrick Marleau could walk through Valley Fair Mall (in San Jose) and get recognized. If Drew did, he'd get mobbed."

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The Price For Winning

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There is a price of success, and it will be paid by Rangers fans. Steve Mills, the president and COO of Madison Square Garden sports, said last night ticket prices will increase again next year if the Rangers qualify for the playoffs for the second straight season. "We've looked historically at our prices, at the fact that we didn't increase prices when we missed the playoffs and had a 10 percent decrease [following 2003-04]," Mills, seated beside Garden owner Jim Dolan, said in a press briefing before last night's game here against the Stars. "We believe that our tickets are priced reasonably, and given the performance of the team, if we make the playoffs, there will be a price increase next year.

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Kopecky Breaks Collarbone

via the AP,

Detroit forward Tomas Kopecky left the Red Wings’ game against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday night after he lost his footing and hit the boards in the opening minute of the third period.
The Red Wings center was motionless on the ice for a few minutes before being helped to the dressing room by members of the Detroit training staff.
As he approached the Chicago blue line, Kopecky went down and slid into the left boards before Blackhawks defenseman Jim Vandermeer fell on top of him.

Report just in, broken collarbone for Kopecky.

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Possible Resolution In Moore/Bertuzzi Case

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will meet with representatives of Steve Moore and Todd Bertuzzi next week in New York to explore the possibility of an out-of-court resolution to a $19.5-million civil suit filed by Moore, sources tell TSN.


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Hail Sid

from the AP via ESPN,

Sidney Crosby seems almost embarrassed by all the praise coming from his own locker room a day after he took over as the league’s leading scorer.
Pittsburgh Michel Therrien called Crosby the best player in the NHL. And teammate Mark Recchi compared him favorably to current and future Hall of Famers.
“That’s up to other people to decide,” Crosby said after practice Thursday. “Obviously my coach, he’s probably on my side. But I don’t put pressure on myself to be that guy. I want to be my best, and that’s all I try to do.”

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No Problem, No Issue

from the CP via 680 News,

Jeremy Roenick insists everything is fine with the Phoenix Coyotes and head coach Wayne Gretzky says he still wants the veteran centre on the team….
“It’s kind of unfortunate that the media tries to do this,” Roenick told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “Especially with a team struggling like ours, to try and make it worse.”
The 36-year-old Roenick insists “there’s no problem, there’s no issue, there’s no controversy, there’s no animosity, there’s nothing.”


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