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Esche Out

from the Courier Post,

Just when Robert Esche had gotten himself in a goaltending groove, he was forced to pull himself from the Flyers' lineup with what is believed to be an abdominal strain. Coming off his first starts in back-to-back games this season, both of them victories, Esche left Friday's practice with pain in his right abdomen and did not join the team for their flight to Nashville, where they will take on the surprising Predators tonight.
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Down They Go

via the AP,

The Columbus Blue Jackets today assigned seven players to the Syracuse Crunch, the club's minor-league affiliate in the American Hockey League. Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean says forwards Dan Fritsche, Steven Goertzen, Nikolai Zherdev, Geoff Platt and Joe Motzko were assigned to the Crunch. They will be joined by defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen and goaltender Pascal Leclaire. MacLean said that the assignments were made because the Blue Jackets have a week off between games and this was a way to keep them playing in the break
. Maybe Doug forgot the other part, a cost saving measure!!!

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NHL Officials Leading The Way

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It has not been an easy birth. But if we accept that what has transpired in a few short months amounts to a rebirth of the National Hockey League, then the referees and linesmen are the game's midwives helping to deliver the sport back to relevancy. Quite simply, all of the feel-good stories, the attendance records, the often frenetic product on the ice, are but a whisper, a dream, without the referees and linesmen.
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Yzerman Meets The Press

Yzerman chatted with Detroit media after today's practice at the JLA. Some people who have been spreading the rumor around the Detroit area that Yzerman was going to retire today will be disappointed in this news; he did not retire. update 3:17pm, Yzerman was asked about the 'McKenzie Report'- Yzerman said they should inteverview the person who wrote the article, he seems to know. Yzerman says some days he feels he could play forever, some days he doesn't. Yzerman is not to happy about the article, said McKenzie seems to know more about what his plans are than Yzerman does. update 3:36pm, Yzerman was also refering to a few other articles written by Detroit scribes. But I know he is not happy with the McKenzie article at all but does say they have the right to comment on anything they want to.

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NHL ROM Awarded To Phaneuf

via NHL.com,

Calgary defenseman Dion Phaneuf, who led NHL rookie defensemen in scoring with nine points (three goals, six assists), including two game-winning goals, and logged more than 20 minutes of ice time per game (20:08) as the Flames went 10-2-1, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November. Phaneuf edged Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (10-4--14 in 14 games) and defenseman Ryan Whitney (0-9--9 in 14 games), Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery (4-0-0, 2.25 GAA, one shutout), New York Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist (4-1-0, 2.58 GAA), Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin (7-5--12 in 13 games) and Colorado Avalanche right wing Marek Svatos (7-6--13 in 15 games) for the award.

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What Is A Carnival Without Dirt!

Every Carnival needs a strongman and a clown and it looks like Sharks GM Doug Wilson and the Bruin's Mike O'Connell are up to the task. Their blockbuster Thornton for Sturm-Stuart-Primeau swap pulled in a big crowd.
So we are off and running with the 14th edition of the NHL Carnival. Great job by MT of Hockey Dirt.

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The ‘Doc’ Is In

via NHL.com, Mike Emrick covers the NHL this week in just over six minutes (will open wmp audio). Listening to Mike just puts me at ease, I get a feeling all is well with the NHL.

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Minor Trade

via Sportsnet,

The Florida Panthers have finally found a home for Kristian Huselius. Sportsnet has learned Huselius has been traded to the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenceman, Steve Montador.

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Sabres Expect Profit

from the Buffalo News,

Buoyed by an 11.5 percent jump in tickets sold for their first dozen games this season at HSBC Arena, the Buffalo Sabres are projecting a slight profit in their first season of the "new" National Hockey League. And that is without considering projected revenue from a possible - perhaps even probable - playoff appearance. Sabres officials aren't talking about any multimillion-dollar profit bonanza this season, the first under the NHL's new streamlined salary structure. But based on the results of the first 12 games in Buffalo, heading into tonight's game against San Jose, the team's number-crunchers are projecting $51.8 million in revenue for the season, just above a projected $51.5 million in expenses.
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Boston Players Meet With O’Connell

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Sources told the Sun yesterday that O'Connell was summoned to the dressing room by upset Bruins veterans, who were demanding an explanation as to why their captain was shipped to San Jose. The meeting, according to sources, was somewhat "fiery." "I told the players that improving this team is my job," said O'Connell. "I have to make moves that will make this team better. If I don't do what it takes to make the Boston Bruins better, then I'm not doing my job."
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