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All Tough Guys

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Last season, a lack of grit among some of his Flames teammates led to Regehr bluntly calling them out more than a couple of times.

That sentiment hasn’t softened after a longer-than-expected summer.

“We moved out some really skilled players, but they were players also that didn’t fit our new philosophy as a team,” the big blueliner said yesterday, before the team took off to Edmonton for tonight’s pre-season matchup against the Oilers.

“They were also players that were a little soft sometimes, and that didn’t really bode well for us in the tough games and also in the playoffs.”

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Senators Need To Keep Alfredsson

from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

Alfredsson’s expiry date has become a topic because his contract expires at the end of this season.

There are three option years attached to the deal with this kicker: as revealed in the Sun, if Alfredsson plays 70 games and gets at least 70 points this season, he has the option to accept $3.8 million (all terms US) for next season or declare himself an unrestricted free agent.

If he doesn’t hit the 70-70 combo, the Senators have him for $3.8 million, a bargain. But the Senators certainly don’t want to run the risk of having their captain become a free agent.

Talks between Senators general manager Bryan Murray and J.P. Barry, Alfredsson’s agent, are in the preliminary stages.

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson

Time For Penguins ‘D’ Depth To Make An Appearance

from Empty Netters,

When Ray Shero re-signed Mark Eaton back on July 1, many questioned the decision to bring back a player who spent much of his previous two seasons on injured reserve. With some of the Penguins other needs in free agency at the time, why devote a decent chunk of change to an oft-injured defenseman?

Two months later, Shero’s looking like a genius. Granted, he couldn’t have foreseen what would happen to his two most prolific defensemen before the season started, but he saw the value of having depth. With Eaton and Brooks Orpik back in the fold, the Penguins ensured they would have nine NHL-caliber blueliners in the organization. Without Gonchar and Whitney, the Penguins still seven solid reliable players they can dress on the blue line.

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Torres Separates Shoulder In Fight

from Michael Arace of Puck-rakers,

The Jackets’ A team played the Blackhawks’ B team in an exhibition at Nationwide tonight. The Jackets won, 7-1 But they lost left winger Raffi Torres to a separated shoulder. Torres will miss six weeks.

“Very costly. Disappointing,” Jackets coach Ben Hitchcock said. “It works every time. Every time you play against a (largely minor-league) team like that brought in here, something bad happens.”

At 14:29 of the second period, Torres backed away from the faceoff circle and squared off with Ben Eager. Torres apparently called out Eager, a noted pugilist, because Eager had slashed Jackets rookie Jake Voracek across the hands during the previous shift.

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  Tags: raffi+torres

Sens Go As Gerber Goes

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

While we can conclude very little from any pre-season, it’s clear we have ourselves an Ottawa Senators team with more question marks than the Riddler’s outfit, and an Eastern Conference as wide open as Saskatchewan….

That leaves it wide open for….take your pick…Montreal, Philadelphia, the Rangers, Washington…

...Ottawa?

The early line on the Sens is Sesame Street simple.  If Martin Gerber is really good, they finish somewhere between 4th and 7th in the conference.  If Martin Gerber is…uhh…what Martin Gerber was most of last year, then they’ll be golfing by mid-April.

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Tarnasky Traded To Nashville

from Lightning Strikes,

The Lightning traded rugged wing Nick Tarnasky to the Predators for a conditional 2009 draft pick. Tampa Bay received a sixth-round pick that would turn into a fifth if Tarnasky plays at least 50 games.

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Everyone Is Talking Hockey

from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

We came to practice in Traverse City, and it’s a sellout [every day] for practice,” Hossa said. “It’s a small arena, but that shows me something. Obviously, in Atlanta there were good fans, but it’s not a traditional hockey market. You can tell the difference.”

It’s a difference, he said, that helps the Red Wings.

“You’re still playing the same game, [but] there’s definitely more atmosphere,” he said. “You get more fired up before the game. Everybody’s talking about it. You’re more under the microscope. Everybody’s talking about hockey.”

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  Tags: marian+hossa

Blues Lose Woywitka With Cracked Foot Bone

from Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues defenseman Jeff Woywitka has a cracked bone in his right foot and will miss four to six weeks, according to the team.

Woywitka suffered the injury while blocking a shot in Friday’s 9-4 victory over Atlanta at Scottrade Center.

He becomes the third Blues’ defensemen to be injured during the preseason, leaving a huge void less than two weeks before the start of the season.

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Report- Gonchar Out 4-6 Months

from ESPN,

Sergei Gonchar of the Pittsburgh Penguins will mis 4-6 months due to surgery on a dislocated left shoulder, a source told ESPN.com’s Pierre LeBrun on Monday.

The team is expected to announce Gonchar’s injury status on Tuesday.

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added 9/30/08, via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar will undergo arthroscopic surgery on his dislocated shoulder Thursday and will be sidelined for four to six months.

UPMC physician Dr. Mark Rodosky will perform the surgery to repair cartilage and ligament damage to his left shoulder.  Gonchar suffered the injury during the first period of the Penguins’ pre-season opener against Tampa Bay on September 20.
 
“It is always difficult to lose a very talented player and leader for an extended period of time, but we all believe this is the best decision for Sergei,” said Ray Shero, the Penguins’ executive vice president and general manager. “We are confident that he will come back strong after this surgery. In the meantime, we’ll look to our other defensemen to step up in his absence.”

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  Tags: sergei+gonchar

Playing With Sid

from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

Riding shotgun for Sidney Crosby seems like the easiest duty the NHL has to offer. Sometimes, though, looks can be deceiving.

It takes a player with a special set of skills—and a high dose of confidence—to play on Crosby’s flank. The Penguins are hoping Ruslan Fedotenko, signed as a free agent from the New York Islanders this summer, emerges as that player.

“I think with Sid, you need to be a certain type of player,” Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. “I like the way (Fedotenko) plays. He’s got decent speed, he’s good on the boards, and he has the capability to finish.”

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  Tags: ruslan+fedotenko

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