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Keeping It In-House

from Jay Feaster at ESPN,

While we realize fans and media may want to know about injuries, we also recognize there are lots of things they would like to know, from our trade deadline strategy to whether we intend to make a coaching change. Nonetheless, we do not give the public access to this information (except, perhaps, in very general terms) for a host of competitive and business reasons.

The bottom line: the extent and severity of a player’s injury is proprietary business information and most GMs would like to keep it “club confidential,” even if nondisclosure gives members of the press and some fans an upper-body ache.

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added 11:47am, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Because there is proof of targeting, we can buy the players’ safety issue. But our argument would be that the policy should be amended so full disclosure still exists from mid-September (the start of training camps) through March 1 (the beginning of the stretch run). From then through the playoffs, teams can hide injury details all they want.

Holland didn’t shoot down our idea.

“I mean, listen, we’ve disclosed Johan Franzen has a Grade 2 ACL sprain and that he’s out 3-4 weeks,” said Holland. “We disclosed the Andreas Lilja injury. For me personally, I just think over 82 games you’re probably going to play your player when they’re healthy. But the playoffs are different.”

Exactly.

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Stars Facing Challenges

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

But one thing that isn’t sitting well with me is the Avery addition. Mike Modano exploded to the media after last Saturday’s loss in Boston, a game in which the antics of Avery and fellow agitator Steve Ott essentially cost the Stars in a third-period collapse. Avery and Ott got into it with fans and on-ice officials. Modano called it “idiotic and stupid.”

And you might suspect, Tippett did his best to downplay it to me. That’s his job.

“Mike’s got no problem playing with Avery or Ott,” said Tippett. “He’ll be on a line with Avery today at practice. There’s no problem there at all. It’s the frustration of losing that’s got everyone upset.”

Still, Tippett did have a chat with his agitators.

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Winning Draws

from Wayne Fish of phillyBurbs,

He might be pushing 60 but Bob Clarke can still show them a thing or two.

The Flyers legend accepted coach John Stevens’ invitation to step on the ice yesterday and share a few tips about winning faceoffs.

Considering the Flyers are third-worst in the NHL (46.0 percent) on draws, any input was going to be helpful.

In this case, youngsters like Jeff Carter (42.4 percent) can learn something from a Hall of Famer who used to snarl at linesmen: “They’re not paying money to watch you drop the puck!”

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Just A Big Mess

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

The owner of the Los Angeles Kings has joined the owner of the Minnesota Wild in a legal motion aimed at recouping the $17 million (all figures U.S.) they loaned to a William (Boots) Del Biaggio so he could buy part of the Nashville Predators….

The bankruptcy court will hear arguments on Nov. 21 from lawyers representing Anschutz’s AEG Facilities, which is owed $7 million, and Leipold, owed $10 million. They’ll argue they should be allowed to foreclose on the loans they gave Del Biaggio ahead of all other creditors who are owed money from the disgraced financier. He owes about $57 million.

That would give them part ownership of the Predators, but the NHL would likely force both to sell.

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Morning Hockey Notes

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

We did the Oilers and Blue Jackets game Wednesday night.  Columbus has two of the best rookies in the NHL in Derek Brassard and Jakub Voracek.  Coach Ken Hitchcock, not one to over hype young players, calls them this year’s version of Toews and Kane.  Brassard scored Wednesday, and leads all NHL rookies in goals and points.  He has arguably been the best player on the team.

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Early Season Trends

from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,

In an NHL season that so far has been exciting but fairly nondescript, let’s take a look at a few emerging trends.

The early mediocrity of the Southeast Division: No one expected this to be a powerhouse division, but Carolina, Washington, Tampa Bay and Florida are all hovering around the .500 mark, and none of those teams are showing convincing signs of getting hot. No team in the division has scored more goals than its opponents

read on for more trends…

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Yzerman Meets New Challenges

from the CP,

Now 43 and busier than ever, Yzerman paradoxically looks younger and fresher than he did during the final injury-filled seasons of his career with the Detroit Red Wings. The intensity that made him one of the greatest NHLers in history is still there, but there’s also a renewed vibrancy that has come with new challenges.

Perhaps that’s why it seemed just a little strange to see him among the inductees to Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday. Yzerman is a little more than two years removed from announcing his retirement, but his contributions to the game continue as a vice-president with the Red Wings and the executive director of Canada’s 2010 Olympic men’s hockey team.

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What Else Could They Do

from Brian Hamacher of NHL Blog at the NY Post,

I’ve spent the past few days trying to figure out a way to be unhappy with the way the NHL is handling ticket sales for the Winter Classic at Wrigley Field in Chicago on New Year’s Day. As much as I generally disagree with much if not most of what Gary Bettman and his NHL crew do, I hate to say it but they got it right this time.

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Upgrade In Goal Would Help Avalanche

from Terry Frei of All Things Colorado Sports at the Denver Post,

Do I think the Avalanche should be considering taking measures to upgrade in goal? Absolutely. And they should be considering that possibility, whether it’s the drastic step of using all the available cap space (and a little more) to land Khabibulin or anything else. (Budaj to Chicago as Huet’s backup to clear the cap room and give Chicago a No. 2? Well, that would make sense except for the fact that Budaj would be playing for Joel Quenneville, which raises all sorts of issues.)

But for now, Budaj’s far from the only problem.

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Jack Johnson Could Return Ahead Of Schedule

via Rich Hammond of Inside the Kings,

Jack Johnson was expected to be out until after the all-star break, as he recovers from surgery to repair a partially torn labrum in his shoulder, but Johnson’s recovery is going faster than expected and he might return a month ahead of schedule. That could put him in line for a late-December return, but that depends on his continued progress.

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