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Tootoo Enters Substance Abuse Program

      NEW YORK/TORONTO (December 27, 2010)—The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that forward Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators has voluntarily entered in-patient care as part of the Joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH).

      Tootoo’s care will be administered by SABH Program Doctors Dave Lewis (NHL) and Brian Shaw (NHLPA). Tootoo will continue to receive his full salary and benefits and will have no penalty imposed, provided he complies with his prescribed treatment and follow-up care program.

      There will be no further comment.

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Ducks Need A Productive Ryan

from Eric Stehpens of Ducks Blog,

Bobby Ryan’s numbers for the Ducks to date – 14 goals and 27 points – are respectable enough but look beneath the surface and you’ll find a winger who has come up dry in December.

Ryan has just two goals and three assists with just four days left in the month, facts are which Ducks coach Randy Carlyle readily pointed out Sunday in a clear attempt to get his two-time 30-goal scorer going.

“Bobby Ryan is, I would say, in a slump,” Carlyle said. “[He] has got to take some responsibility in providing some offense too. He’s got over 20 minutes a game played and bottom line is we need more than what he’s given.”

The sharp critique of his play didn’t blindside Ryan as he said he’s heard it straight from the coach’s mouth. And it is something that he has no issue with.

“I’ve had a horrific month and I think it comes from me just getting away from the things that have made me successful,” Ryan said following a 4-1 loss to the Kings. “I know it’s there. I know I’m better than I’ve been playing and it’s been addressed obviously.

“I need to take a day here. Look at yourself in the mirror and come back at it.”

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Spezza Out An Indefinite Period With Shoulder Injury

Numerous reports are Jason Spezza is out long-term with a shoulder injury.

The severity of the injury may not be determined for another week.

added 2:27pm, from Ian Mendes of Sportsnet,

The Ottawa Senators will have to play without their No. 1 centre for the foreseeable future.

Jason Spezza will be sidelined with a right shoulder injury that will keep him away from the ice for the next few weeks.

The encouraging news for the Senators is that the injury should not require surgery and Spezza should be able to return this season - although it will likely be after the NHL All-Star break.

“It’s going to be a while. I’ve never hurt my shoulder before, so there’s kind of a lot of grey area right now,” Spezza said on Monday morning, with his right arm in a sling. “It seems like it’s going to be fine without surgery. But it just happened, so it’s still fresh. We’ll get a better idea in the next week or so.”

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (December 27, 2010) – New York Islanders goaltender Dwayne Roloson, Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Dec. 26.

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Cleaning House In Calgary?

from Lyle Richardson at The Hockey News,

The Calgary Sun’s Steve MacFarlane offered up a detailed rundown of players the Flames should consider moving, including goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff (provided Henrik Karlsson proves he’s ready for more playing time), defenseman Robyn Regehr, pending UFAs Alex Tanguay, Brendan Morrison and Curtis Glencross, and, of course, Jarome Iginla, provided the captain was willing to accept a trade.

The word from Flames ownership several weeks ago was there wouldn’t be any drastic changes, which included telling Iginla he wouldn’t be asked to waive his movement clause this season.

Iginla won’t be shopped and Karlsson would have to out-play Kiprusoff on a regular basis in the coming weeks before the latter becomes trade bait. It’s doubtful significant moves will be made by mid-season, but if the Flames fail to gain any ground in the standings by mid-February a fire sale involving one or more of the other players noted by MacFarlane will become a real possibility.

more plus other trade topics…

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Who’s On The Ice At A Crucial Time?

Two scenarios for you… Current NHL players only.

1. What five man unit do you want on the ice protecting a one goal lead with a minute to go in a game?  Give me three forwards and two defenseman.  If you want to include a goalie, feel free to do so.

2. What five man unit do you want on the ice with two minutes to go in a game and your team is down a goal?  Again, three forwards and two defensemen.

You may have to take the ‘homer’ glasses off, so let’s read what you have to say.

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Pacioretty Explains His Hit On Eaton

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

“I remember going in on the forecheck and I thought he was going to turn into me but it didn’t end up that way,” Pacioretty said. “It’s a fast game and sometimes you make mistakes and I definitely made a mistake there and hurt our team. I obviously hurt that player. I’m disappointed with what happened and I wish I could take that back.”

The game misconduct triggers an automatic review by the National Hockey League and Martin was asked whether he thought Pacioretty would be suspended.

“I would hope not,” he said. “He’s not that kind of player. He went in with good speed to finish his check and their player turned at the last minute.”

more and watch the hit below…

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  Tags: mark+eaton, max+pacioretty, max+pacioretty

Spezza Suffers Upper-Body Injury

Jason Spezza left last night’s game after taking this hit from Kris Letang.  Letang received two for boarding and Spezza has an upper-body injury and more information should be available sometime today.

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Cleary Out With Fractured Ankle

via Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Cleary was hit in the ankle by a shot from teammate Brad Stuart with 11:18 to play in the third period. Cleary returned shortly after to play on the power play and played another shift as well.

He was limping badly after the game.

“It’s broken,’’ Cleary said. “A month at least.’‘

Cleary said it’s a non-displaced fracture that won’t require surgery. He’ll be put in a walking cast and will remain with the team for the rest of the three-game road trip.

“It hurt. I was hoping (it was) a bad bruise,’’ Cleary said. “I didn’t know what was going on. It was sore. I knew after the game something was wrong.’‘

Cleary was well on his way to his best season. He scored his team-leading 16th goal in the first period. That’s one more than he scored all of last season.

“I’m real upset about it,’’ Cleary said. “Four, five weeks, make sure I get back to playing the way I was.’‘

The Red Wings recalled forward Jan Mursak from the Grand Rapids Griffins. Mursak will make his NHL debut Monday night in Colorado.

added 12:16am on 12/27/10, watch how Cleary broke his ankle below…

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  Tags: daniel+cleary

Mathieu Perreault Takes A Hard Hit From Tim Gleason Tonight

Gleason received five for charging, a ten and game misconduct.

Matt Hendricks or the Capitals was given two for roughing.

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