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Buccigross Goes Crazy

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

My body needed a timeout, so I took a solid 90-minute power nap in order to have enough energy to watch the Canucks and Avalanche at 9 p.m. What follows is a running diary of watching that game on the Denver regional sports network, Altitude.
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Is This It For Yzerman

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

You really have to seriously wonder if the end is near for Steve Yzerman. Now, near is a funny word. Near could mean the end of this season. But near could also mean the end of this week. And were that to be the case, no one should be too surprised. The truth is these must be difficult days, on and off the ice, for Yzerman, a Detroit hockey icon if ever there were one.
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Maven Rumblings

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Is Vancouver planning a trade? One source suggests that it’s possible. “There are rumors of Ed Jovanovski, Todd Bertuzzi, or Dan Cloutier being traded,” says our insider. “If anyone is traded, however, it will be Brendan Morrison. He’s been Marc Crawford’s whipping boy on and off for years. Despite Brendan’s substandard start, he should make the Canadian Olympic Team and thus have value. -This may sound sacrilegious, but Mario Lemieux [minus-16] has been as much a detriment as an on-ice asset to the Penguins. -Flyers boss Ed Snider – he’s the sole owner on the Competition Committee – is fed up with “diving,” as we are as well. “The officials have to start calling the dives and not just the penalties,” asserts Snider. “They seem reluctant to call it because they are not absolutely sure it is a dive.”
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He’s Back- Again

via The Pittsburgh Penguins, Here we go again.

The Pittsburgh Penguins have recalled goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury from their American Hockey League affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, it was announced Monday by General Manager Craig Patrick.

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TSN Power Rankings

The Avalanche, Predators and Sabres make upward moves as the Hurricanes and Leafs drop down in this week's edition of TSN.ca's NHL Power Rankings. 1. Ottawa 2. Los Angeles 3. Philadelphia 4. Colorado 5. Dallas more

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Rangers Depend On Comeback Players

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Rangers trio leads trend of comeback players in 2005. One thing that makes Jagr happy in New York is his teammates -- especially Michael Nylander and Martin Straka. Nylander had a nomadic season away from the NHL playing in Finland as well as for two teams in Russia. His return to form after an injury-riddled 2003-04 season has sparked New York's top line. Nylander's puck-possession passing game -- his career assist-to-goal ratio is well over 2:1 -- buys time until Jagr springs free. The pair spent the 2002-03 together in Washington, so the familiarity factor was something the Rangers were counting on.
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McEachern On Waivers

per Sportsnet,

The Boston Bruins have place veteran forward Sean McEachern on waivers. McEachern signed a two-year deal at $1 million per season to join the Bruins following the NHL lockout.

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Defense Must Be Offensive

from Scott Burnside of ESPN, With wide open play and a plethora of power-play opportunities, teams that cannot count on offensive production from defensemen face an uphill struggle to make the NHL playoffs. Heading into play this past weekend, our friends at Elias Sports Bureau reported that Minnesota, St. Louis and Columbus ranked 30th, 29th and 28th in point production from their defensemen. Wild defensemen had produced a paltry 20 points, the only team in the league with fewer than 30 defensive points and 46 fewer points than league-leading Philadelphia. read on and check out more NHL news...

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Spezza, Morrison Are NHL POW

via the NHL,

Ottawa Senators center Jason Spezza, who led all scorers with eight points (four goals, four assists) in three games, has been named the NHL’s Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, November 27. Edmonton goaltender Mike Morrison, who backstopped the Oilers to three consecutive victories, two by shootout, and recorded a 1.58 goals-against average and .933 save percentage, is the League’s Defensive Player of the Week.

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MLB Player Believes He Could Have Played In The NHL

from USA Hockey, Darin Erstad, a first baseman with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, certainly made the right choice in deciding to chase his baseball dreams, but he still believes he could have made a go of it in hockey. “It takes a different breed of athlete to play hockey,” said Erstad. “But I’d like to think I would have had some fun and would have played the game pretty well. I don’t know if my skills would have helped me make the NHL, but I think I would have fit in just right.” read on image

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