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NHL Playoff Expansion

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

When the NHL Board of Governors gets together next week in Scottsdale, Arizona, one of the most significant items they'll be discussing is the "play-in" to the playoffs concept that would see 20 teams instead of 16 see some action after the conclusion of the regular season. But just because it will be discussed at length doesn't mean the new format is going to be approved, at least not yet.
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Lemieux Admitted To Hospital With Irregular Heartbeat

via the CP,

Pittsburgh Penguins star Mario Lemieux has been admitted to hospital after experiencing an irregular heartbeat. The Penguins say he had the problem after practice and will spend the night in hospital for observation. “Mario experienced an irregular heartbeat after practice today, and we thought the best precaution was to have him enter the hospital for observation,” said Penguins general manager Craig Patrick.
update 9:00pm, from the AP via Forbes,
Last week, Lemieux missed a team practice so he could be examined by a doctor. At the time, the team said the problem was related to his flu bout. "They kind of fit him in for a checkup," coach Eddie Olczyk said on Nov. 30. "He said he was feeling fine, and just wanted to make sure he's being looked after."

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Rumor Update

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.

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Sabres Are Work In Progress

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.

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No Stunt Doubles In The NHL

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."

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Havlat Update

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. "

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Visor Debate

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):

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Desjardins Undergoing MRI

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.

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Columbus Playing Ugly

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.
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Olie Optimistic

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.
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