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TooToo Can Practice With Predators While Continuing Outpatient Care

TORONTO/NEW YORK/ (January 31, 2011)—The National Hockey League and the National Hockey League Players’ Association announced today that forward Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators has entered the follow-up care phase of the Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program of the NHLPA and the NHL. Tootoo is cleared to return to practice with the Predators while he continues his outpatient care. Tootoo is not cleared to play in NHL games or to travel with the Nashville Predators on their road trips.

      On December 27, 2010, Tootoo voluntarily entered an in-patient care program. Tootoo’s care continues to be administered by SABH Program Doctors Dave Lewis (NHL) and Brian Shaw (NHLPA).

      There will be no further comment at this time.

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Time To Sell

from Jamie Bell of TSN,

No team wants to be sellers when it comes to the busiest transaction day of the NHL season, but by this point in the season reality has to have set in for several teams.

The New York Islanders and the New Jersey Devils have already kicked off the salary shedding proceedings as the Isles shipped defenceman James Wisniewski to the Canadiens for draft picks while the Devils did the same with Dallas for captain Jamie Langenbrunner.  Both teams appear ready to be even more active going forward as they attempt to set themselves up for next season.

The Ottawa Senators may be the next team ready to deal as veterans such as Mike Fisher, Chris Phillips, Sergei Gonchar and Jarkko Ruutu are all reportedly available to the top bidder.

Across the province, Toronto Maple Leafs general manager Brian Burke has let fellow GMs know that he is open for business and looking to make a move as players such as Tomas Kaberle, Francois Beauchemin and JS Giguere could all be in play.

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Stars Of The Month

NEW YORK (January 31, 2011)—Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron, Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Keith Yandle and Nashville Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the month of January.

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Do You Wan To See Forsberg Back In The NHL?

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Like a lot of you out there, I’m torn. A big part of me wants to see Peter Forsberg come back and play again for the Avalanche. Another side of me doesn’t want him to end up looking like Johnny Unitas in a San Diego Chargers uniform.

Forsberg, in case you hadn’t heard, is attempting a comeback to the NHL at age 37. Matt Duchene, who played in the NHL All-Star Game on Sunday, was 4 years old when Forsberg first came into the league.

Americans are suckers for a good comeback story, and it’s no different with me. And on paper, this one isn’t some far-out fantasy like, say, Jim Palmer trying to pitch again with Baltimore at age 46 or Mark Spitz trying to come back and dominate swimming 17 years after winning seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics.

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Back To Reality

The final push for the playoffs begins tomorrow, when 26 teams take to the ice.

Teams will practice today and most All-Star game participants will probably be given the day off.

Philadelphia (8-2-0), Dallas (7-2-1) and Calgary (6-1-3) were the ‘hot’ teams before the ASG, will they continue with their winning ways?

The Red Wings get healthier with Pavel Datsyuk, Dan Cleary and Tomas Holmstrom returning sometime this week.

Will the LA Kings and Carolina Hurricanes, both sitting out of the Top 8 in their conference, make a push and end up a playoff team?

Can Tim Thomas continue with his unbelievable play, will Carey Price be able to handle the pressure of being in a playoff race?

How about the rookies?  Many in the past have hit a wall at about the 60 game mark, will it be the same this season?

We are about to find out, no more fantasy drafts, no more no-contact games.  Time to settle in for the next 2 1/2 months and watch it all play out.

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Oh By The Way, Can We Double The Greatest Streak In Hockey

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

(Glenn) Hall says that 502/552 is a statistic of which he’s fiercely proud. But then in our chat he dropped this bomb, dramatically adding to his lore with a personal ledger that charts his career:

In junior and minor pro, Hall says he didn’t miss a single game, including matches that don’t exist in the sketchy record-keeping of the 1940s and ‘50s.

So he adds his consecutive junior and minor-pro matches, including playoffs, to his NHL iron man streak, and arrives at 1,024 games.

Four decades after his retirement, Hall has quietly clarified his personal history that already was breathtaking.

“I’ve not talked about this because we’re not looking for numbers,” he said. “But that’s a big number, eh?

“And the glory of it was just playing a bunch of games. Win or lose.”

more on Hall…

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Late Evening Line

The NHL couldn’t wait to congratulate itself for its pro-active measures against head shots. But the notion that the media’s interest in this story was a knee-jerk reaction to Sidney Crosby’s injury is, quite frankly, insulting.

Head shots first made news skeds after the ‘97-98 season when the great Pat LaFontaine retired after suffering multiple concussions. That was 13 years ago and we don’t have the space to list the players whose careers were altered or ended by concussions since then. We can also say the media kept this story alive when the NHL didn’t seem particularly interested in it.

The NHL is just now reacting to something it should have addressed a decade ago.

-Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province where you can read more hockey notes.

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What You See Is What You Get With The Sharks

from Gary Peterson of the Oakland Tribune,

There’s no getting around it—the Sharks have been skating in sand all season. Odd, that. They were coming off a highly successful season, postseason and offseason (when Wilson crossed off all the big-ticket items on his to-do list: re-signing Patrick Marleau and Joe Pavelski, and extending Joe Thornton). They figured to be a team smack in the middle of its window of opportunity playing at the peak of its powers.

Instead, they’re fourth in their division, just a point out of the cellar. Instead of being suited for every kind of hockey, they have trouble consistently playing any kind of hockey. They seldom outskate their opponents. They don’t outmuscle them with any regularity. When it comes to outworking the other team, well, that’s a flip of the coin.

Even when the Sharks do outwill or outskill the opposition, it doesn’t last for long. They have perfected the third-period meltdown, and they haven’t won more than four consecutive games this season.

You can do the forensics by numbers. Their scoring is down (from 3.13 goals per game last season to 2.72, from fourth in the NHL to 15th), and their goals-against average is up (from 2.55 per game to 2.72, from eighth in the NHL to 13th).

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Video- Missed The ASG?

The condensed version of the ASG can be watched below.

It runs 17 minutes and you may want it to buffer a bit once it starts.

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Raleigh Pulls It Off

from Michel Farber of Sports Illustrated,

The “non-traditional” All-Star venues have been problematic. And by problematic, I mean awful. Los Angeles swallowed the All-Star game without even bothering to chew while the mid-season hockey festivals came and went in Tampa Bay and Florida without leaving a footprint in the sand. The Atlanta event didn’t register within 100 yards from the arena. In all these cases, the tedium was the message.

But the Triangle region of North Carolina faced the challenges of holding an All-Star game—the diffuse nature of the area, the distance of the arena from the modest Raleigh downtown—and stared them down with a smile. This wasn’t Montreal 2009—it was some 60 or so degrees warmer, for one thing—but it was the next best thing, a reminder that hockey can have universal appeal.

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