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Gagne Out With Groin Tear

via the AP,

Philadelphia Flyers forward Simon Gagne, the NHL goal leader with 23, is expected to be sidelined two weeks because of a groin tear. An MRI revealed the tear Friday.

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Taking A Look At The BOG Meeting

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There will be discussions about revenue projections for the current season; a report on the new substance abuse program; on possible scheduling and playoff format changes; a report on discussions with the Professional Hockey Players' Association over the controversial re-entry waiver rule; and a review of possible rule changes necessitated by the shootout format. Specifically, they'll want to tweak the rule book so that videotape can be used to review controversial goals; and they'll also want to reword the penalty-shot rule so that a player that moves the puck backwards on his stick in making a move on a goalie is allowed to do that.
continued...very insightful

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Roenick Responds

Transcript of the chat with J.R. today at NHL.com.

kashkropsntokes JR, who's the most "Roenick-esque" young player in the league? Jeremy Roenick Hmmm, that's a tough question. I'd say Eric Staal. He's strong, he's fast and has good hands. He's not afraid out there and he's got good passion. vaness_habs What do you do before a game? Do you have some rituals ?? Jeremy Roenick Way way too long to go into. It's a daily process from the moment I wake up to the moment I go to sleep.
read on

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The Flow Is Back

from the AP via Fox Sports,

Defensemen have a choice: Let him go in alone, or hold him up and spend two minutes in the penalty box. Obstruction is gone from the new NHL, and the art of hockey is back on the ice. "Whatever they learned all their life goes straight out the window," New Jersey goalie Martin Brodeur said. "You can't do the pin and hold, you can't do the old can opener, you can't do anything anymore. It's definitely hard for the D, especially if mobility is not one of your assets." The big, burly defenseman still has a role in the game, but his effectiveness has been severely compromised in this new world of free-flowing hockey. Not only can't he hold up an onrushing forward, he can't clear players out from in front of the net, either.

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Nashville Depth Will Help

A few days ago, Nashville Owner Craig Leipold answered a few questions from Pred fans. One of the questions was:

Q: Injuries to key personnel could be debilitating to the Predators, but not this season. Why? Is Milwaukee the secret weapon that other teams do not have? A: Easy answer: because we've drafted so well that the players in our system now are ready to move up to the Predators.
I guess that depth will come in handy now, Vokoun out 2 weeks and Legwand out about a month after artho knee surgery.

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Forsberg Back

from the Courier Post (Saturday edition),

The Flyers' wait for Peter Forsberg is over. On Friday, two weeks after suffering a slight tear to his right groin, the star center proclaimed himself fit to play in today's 2 p.m. game against the Minnesota Wild at the Wachovia Center. "It feels good to be back," Forsberg said after skating for about 40 minutes with goaltender Robert Esche. "It's going to be great. I missed way too many games already." Esche also was cleared after missing three games with a tear of his abductor tendon and Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said he will serve as Antero Niittymaki's backup today.

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Hamrlik Out With Sprained Knee

via TSN,

Calgary Flames defenceman Roman Hamrlik has a sprained MCL in his left knee and expects to be out of action for a couple of weeks. Hamrlik hurt his knee in the first period of Calgary's 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday and did not return.

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Teams Can’t Wait To Be Great

from Bill Fleischman at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

In the "new NHL," it's more difficult to wait for teams to improve. "We're into immediate self-gratification," Nashville Predators GM David Poile said. "The dollars are high and the exposure with media and the Internet (is greater). Teams can't be as patient. Boston and San Jose were both rated very high in (preseason) predictions. Maybe, unfortunately, you're going to see more big trades, not just in hockey but in all sports, because of the pressures.

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The 15th Edition Of The NHL Carnival

So here’s the edition for this week — with a Carnival Cruise Line-esque photo of Kathie Lee Gifford along for the ride, just for poops and giggles — which hopefully will focus on the best hockey posts of the week while not betraying our relative ignorance on the topic. We apologize in advance. Enjoy the goodness after the jump.
Great job by the folks at Deadspin! Who's Next?

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The Other Calder Candidate

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

If one was handicapping for the Calder Trophy, the Colorado Avalanche's Marek Svatos probably would be a longer shot than, say, Luxembourg in World Cup soccer. Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin are the prohibitive favorites, and Calgary's Dion Phaneuf at least is getting significant third-place mention as the best in an impressive group of first-year defensemen. And what of Svatos?

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