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In Preparation For The BOG Meeting

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

As the league’s board of governors prepares to meet Monday and Tuesday in West Palm Beach, Fla., it’s clear that not only are the Canadian teams propping up much of the rest of the league — four of the top eight attendance teams are Canadian, while the bottom 10 are all American — they’re the teams that are elevating franchise values at the same time many clubs in U.S. cities are dragging those values down.

Indeed, while Canadian teams are being sold for record amounts, more than a few U.S. clubs either can’t find a buyer or are unable to attract decent bids….

While longtime stalwarts like Hotchkiss and Detroit’s Mike Ilitch have reduced their activity at the board level, individuals like Minnesota owner Craig Leipold are being viewed as rising power brokers. It’s intriguing that while Leipold’s stock rises, Dallas owner Tom Hicks, owner of a team that moved from Minnesota, is set to sell his club because of financial problems.

While the Avalanche struggle, there’s movement afoot to build a new area in that team’s former home, Quebec City, and attract a new NHL club.

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Markov Out For The Season

MONTREAL  – The Montreal Canadiens announced Friday that defenseman Andrei Markov will undergo a knee surgery on Wednesday, December 8. The surgery, to repair a meniscus and reconstruct the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), will be performed in Alabama by doctor James Andrews.

“We are very confident that Andrei will be able to fully recover from this injury,” said Canadiens’ general manager Pierre Gauthier.

The 31-year old Russian defenseman will not return this season. Markov suffered a knee injury during a game on November 13 against Carolina at the Bell Centre and missed the team’s last nine outings.

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Dangerous Blind-Sided Hits

Dr. Ruben Echemendia, the Director of the NHL/NHLPA Concussion Working Group, talks about the danger of blind-sided hits.

from the Chris Johnston of the CP at TSN,

The number of concussions reported by NHL players remains unchanged from last season despite the league’s attempt to reduce the injury by creating a rule outlawing blindside hits to the head.

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Report- Rinne Out Up To A Month With A Knee Injury

via Bryan Mullen tweet,

Rinne out 2-4 weeks with left knee injury, per a Predators official.

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Adam, Gerbe Get Prime Time Tonight

You might think Sabres coach Lindy Ruff would have to be desperate to put a pair of struggling youngsters on the top two forward lines.  Well, his 25th ranked offense is averaging a paltry 2.4 goals per game.  It’s hard to blame him for feeling a little antsy.

Enter Nathan Gerbe and Luke Adam, who are getting premium billing despite tallying only 4 assists in 20 total games between them this season.

Buffalo idly slid down the ladder during its five day break which ends tonight at home against Columbus, and the Sabres suddenly find themselves eight points behind eighth place Atlanta.  The gap is measurable now, and this team has a lot of work to do. 

For his part, Ruff is rolling out a new look lineup trying to kick-start his offense.

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, drew+stafford, luke+adam, nathan+gerbe

They Know Luongo

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

Before the last meeting between with the Blackhawks two weeks ago, Roberto Luongo was asked if there was any advantage having played Chicago so many times in the past two seasons.

His answer: “The more you play someone, the more you get familiar with them and their tendencies. But the same could be said about those guys being familiar with me.”

Good point. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp know Luongo’s tendencies better than his own teammates. If any team has Luongo’s number, it’s Chicago.

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Reviewing The Kovalchuk Trade

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In Kovalchuk’s first 50 regular-season games for the Devils, dating back to last year’s trade, he has scored 14 goals. In his first 49 games for the Thrashers, Niclas Bergfors, the principle forward going Atlanta’s way from New Jersey, has scored 14 goals. Officially, the deal also included Johnny Oduya, Patrice Cormier, plus a first-round pick that Atlanta subsequently swapped to Chicago to get all those ex-Hawks now making a difference for them this season. Not bad horse trading for a franchise not known for its bartering successes in the not-so-distant past.

more topics, including a look at the the Avalanche…

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Goons No Longer Needed

from Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com,

In truth, what does an enforcer do these days? So many of today’s fights are staged, they have nothing to do with determining the outcome of the game. It’s like a solo in jazz where the other musicians stop playing to allow one member of the band to showcase his technique for a minute or so. When was the last time a fight changed the tone of a meaningful game or had an impact on a playoff series? Not in the 21st century, that’s for sure.

And why would a coach put a goon on the bench to play him for five minutes when he could add some skill or checking prowess to his lineup? Indeed, if the goon is on his way out, perhaps he is being replaced by the superpest, the player who has a decent amount of skill, is small and not willing to fight a great deal, but who is good at needling the opposition. Think Steve Downie with the Lightning, Maxim Lapierre in Montreal, Alexandre Burrows in Vancouver, or the mother of all pests, Sean Avery with the Rangers, who is arguably mountains more effective than Boogaard.

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Is Chara An Elite Defenseman?

Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some email…

Why is Zdeno Chara always talked about as one of the NHL’s top defensemen? When the Bruins gave him a seven-year extension this year, I had to shake my head.

Sure, he’s got a heck of a reach and a blistering shot, but it seems like (a) he’s always getting burned at the blueline by small, agile skaters (like Martin St-Louis); (b) his shots are never on net; (c) he turns the puck over every time he takes more than two strides with it; and (d) he’s always taking mental-mistake penalties at the worst times….

Certainly, there are people in the hockey industry who feel as you do, but I’m not one of them. Which isn’t to say I put Chara at or near the top of my Norris ballot each year – in fact, he wasn’t in my top five last season.

That said, the guy averages two more minutes of ice time than any other Bruins skater; has missed an average of just five games in each of the past eight seasons; currently is tied for second on the team in plus-minus (at plus-13); and, since he was traded from the Islanders organization in 2001, has been a plus-156 in 639 regular season games.

That may not qualify him for Hall of Fame status, but in today’s NHL, Chara’s skill set is more valuable than you imply….

more Q & A inlcuding Detroit trading Jiri Hudler and a pick for Martin Brodeur….

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No Changes Planned In Toronto

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

There are no plans for drastic change in Toronto, including the firing of head coach Ron Wilson.

“No coaching change,” said Maple Leafs GM, Brian Burke via e-mail, no doubt frustrated by his team’s play and the predictable line of questioning that inevitably follows each Leafs’ loss….

“Have the players quit on Wilson?” “No,” said a source close to the team.

Brian Burke and Maple Leafs’ management continue to work the phones in search of a trade, but there is no deal at the moment the team believes is even remotely worth considering.

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