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Markov Not Ready For Return

via Louis Jean of Sportsnet,

Montreal Canadiens’ defenseman Andrei Markov told reporters on Tuesday he is not ready to return to the line-up.

The Russian blueliner was hoping to resume play on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils but says he doesn’t feel strong enough. Markov underwent reconstructive knee surgery to repair a torn ACL in his right knee during the off-season. No timetable has been set for his return.

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Top Goals And Saves Of The Week

First the goals, then the saves below…

added 2:12pm, added hits of the week too.

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Cormier Pleads Guilty On Assault Charge

from the National Post,

Former Quebec Major Junior Hockey League forward Patrice Cormier pleaded guilty Tuesday to a charge of assault causing bodily harm and received an unconditional discharge.

The charge stemmed from a vicious elbow to the head Cormier delivered to Quebec Remparts defenceman Mikael Tam during a game last winter.


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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lightning/Stars, 10/18/10

When you get waxed as the Tampa Bay Lightning did Saturday night in Sunrise, 6-0 to the Florida Panthers, all you can ask for is a rebound to the tune of two points in the following game. The Bolts got just that last night against Dallas, so complaints can be held to a minimum. Besides, as head coach Guy Boucher said during the preseason, this team won’t be at their best in the first 5, 10, 15 games of the season. And who would want them to be? Certainly, all would rather a club peak much, much (much, much, much) later, no?

Nevertheless, analyze we must.

Hence, the original: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly...

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  Tags: adam+hall, alex+ovechkin, brad+richards, brenden+morrow, dana+tyrell, dominic+moore, guy+boucher, james+neal, jeff+vinik, michael+vernace, mike+smith, nate+thompson, sean+bergenheim, sidney+crosby, steven+stamkos, toby+petersen, victor+hedman

Talking About Fighting

from Paul Bissonnette at The Hockey News,

Speaking of fighters, who are the five toughest in the game? I call them gamers: guys who come out swinging and don’t back down. Boogaard is obviously No .1: that guy is just scary. Colton Orr is certainly one. Steve MacIntyre in Edmonton. Eric Godard. And D.J. King is a tough guy, too.

But when it comes to actual rivalries, I always butt heads with Dallas’ Krys Barch. I actually fought him four times last year. Don’t get me wrong, I respect him because he’s an honest fighter and he’s clean, but we’re paid to hate each other – we just don’t like each other.

I tell you what, I was surprised to see Pavel Datsyuk fight Corey Perry and I was pretty impressed with how he did. Actually, I don’t know how Perry missed Datsyuk’s head; it’s like Stewie’s from Family Guy. In warmups, I’ll be chirping Datsyuk about it, tap him on the shin pads and tell him, ‘so I hear you’re the new Red Wings fighter.’

more from Paul…


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The Bolts Beat, 10/19/10: Lightning on the Road and a Look Ahead, Plus NHL Officiating Issues & More

In the latest episode of The Bolts Beat, the boys discuss the Tampa Bay Lightning’s first road swing of the season and preview the week ahead for the Bolts, Jon’s “What the Hell Was That?” segment brings up an interesting debate on replay, major penalties and the like, Mike defends referees (a sure sign of the apocalypse) and much more.


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  Tags: adam+hall, andrei+kostitsyn, blake+comeau, brad+richards, brett+clark, dan+ellis, dana+tyrell, dominic+moore, guy+boucher, headshots, instant+replay, josh+bailey, kris+letang, martin+st.+louis, mattias+ritola, michael+vernace, mike+smith, nate+thompson, pavel+kubina, randy+jones, ryan+malone, sean+bergenheim, simon+gagne, simon+gagne, steve+downie, steve+yzerman, steven+stamkos, t.j.+brodie, victor+hedman, vincent+lecavalier

Brad Richards Is Not Joe Thornton

Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News answers some emails…

“Why don’t the Stars just offer Brad Richards an extension for the same amount that the Sharks just gave to Joe Thorton (three years at $7 million a year)? It wouldn’t increase their overall payroll from this year and besides, what are they going to do with the cap space if he leaves?”

HEIKA: ...my guess is that Richards would not take that.

Thornton suggested getting the extension done and said he wants to stay in San Jose for the rest of his life. As such, he didn’t mind giving up the possibility of free agency and also lowering his salary from $7.2 million a year.

Richards (who makes $7.8 million this year) could be the biggest fish in free agency in the summer and also could get the chance to choose where he plays. Why would he give that up when we don’t even know if this team will have a new owner or what that new owner will want to do?

more Q & A regarding the Stars…

If you were in his shoes, would you sign for three years, $21 million? I can assure you that your agent would not recommend it.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/19/10

Today’s salute to the performances of yesternight, honoring those who shined in leading their clubs to victory:

***Cheers to Tampa Bay Lightning defenseman Victor Hedman, who is showing marked improvement early this season and who was named first star in Tampa’s 5-4 win over the visiting Dallas Stars last night. Hedman managed a pair of assists and led all skaters in ice time, sparking an offensive rush on several occasions and, most importantly, playing adept defense in his own end. It is early, as we must continue to note for all who have had fast starts, but Hedman’s growth in year two will play a major factor in the Lightning’s fortunes. So far, with few hiccups, they must be pleased. (Note: They are. Coach Guy Boucher singled Hedman out with post-game praise after the Dallas game.)

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Versteeg Not Used To Losing

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Kris Versteeg hadn’t lost a real game since winning the Stanley Cup with Chicago, and the taste of defeat was much different than champagne.

But Leafs Nation did find out their new first-line winger truly hates to lose.

“It’s crappy,” Versteeg said after his goal was taken away on a controversial call, he was given a rough ride and took a retaliation penalty and, especially, after he lost control of an overtime breakaway on bad ice, all in the course of a 2-1 loss to the Islanders. “We controlled the game the whole way, it wasn’t even close.”

He didn’t take the gracious way out either, when it was suggested that New York’s 41-year-old fountain of youth, Dwayne Roloson, was just too much for his team.

“I don’t care about how Dwayne Roloson plays. I care how we play,” Versteeg snapped.


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Canes Looking For Some Jump

from Chip Alexander of the News & Observer,

If the Carolina Hurricanes were a pretty happy bunch a week ago, the smiles have vanished.

The glow of the Canes’ 2-0 start in Finland quickly has been replaced by more of a grim reality on their first road trip in North America. The October travel load has taken a toll, it appears, but some weaknesses and trouble areas also may have been exposed in two losses….

The Hurricanes, who face the San Jose Sharks tonight in the third game of the five-game trip, are searching for cohesive, productive lines. They’re trying to decide if rookie Jeff Skinner should play center or left wing. They’re trying to decide where Patrick O’Sullivan should be - in the press box watching or on the ice playing.

Several defensive combinations have been tried, and none has really clicked. Maurice went back to the Tim Gleason-Joe Corvo pairing for the Canucks, but the two veterans struggled along with everyone else in a Canes sweater.

Corvo said he felt sluggish and indicated the travel - to Russia, on to Finland, back to the U.S., then to points west - had robbed the Canes of their jump.

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