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Late Evening Line

It would be nice if, just once, a player who hits a guy in the head fesses up and says, “Stupid play, what was I thinking?” Instead, we get the same praddle. The latest from the Flyers’ Daniel Carcillo, who always skates a fine line between mayhem and feistiness, after nailing Ruslan Fedotenko. “My elbows were in. I know it looks bad, but I didn’t try and hit him in the head,” said Carcillo. Yes, you did.

-Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal where you can read more hockey notes.

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Leafs Continue To Fall

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It was one thing when it was Tim Thomas and Henrik Lundqvist.

But Jhonas (Don’t Forget the “H”) Enroth?

Of course, the fact that the Leafs couldn’t put more than three pucks (two in the game, one in the shootout) past the unknown 22-year-old Swedish goalie, who came into the game with almost four periods of NHL experience, really only cemented the obvious.

This one horribly offensively challenged Toronto squad.

Seeing Phil Kessel fall down not once but twice when breakaway opportunities presented themselves in overtime was just an exclamation point on the team’s offensive woes.


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Evening Line

“They got rid of the poison at the top, that’s what they were. Those guys were poison, so I’m thrilled. I’m happy for the city. I still have a place back there, and my folks are down there all the time. I couldn’t be happier for the organization and the people back there that they’ve turned it around.”

-Dan Boyle of the San Jose Sharks on the previous owners of the Tampa Bay Lightning.  More from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times.

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Doan Out With Upper-Body Injury

via Jim Gintonio of Ice Chips,

Coyotes captain Shane Doan suffered an upper-body injury in Friday night’s 6-3 loss at Dallas and his status is week to week.

  Meanwhile, defenseman Ed Jovanovski likely will be scratched from tonight’s game against the Penguins with the flu.

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Perron Out With Headache

from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

David Perron experienced headache symptoms during the Blues’ morning skate at TG Garden and will not play against the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Perron, who is tied for the team lead in goals with five, experienced the headaches as a result of a hit he sustained to the head on Thursday night at Scottrade Center.

San Jose forward Joe Thornton was given a major penalty and game misconduct on the play. A day later, the NHL handed down an additional two-game suspension to Thornton for blindside hit.

“It’s really unfortunate,” Blues president John Davidson said. “With head injuries, sometimes these symptoms show up a little later. We’ll just have to see how it goes with David, hopefully he’s all right.”

The situation places a large foot directly in the mouth of some national commentators, who criticized Perron for embellishing the play, insinuating his ability to return to the game and score a goal as corroborating evidence.


I wonder if those who claimed Perron embellished the play will make it right by saying they were wrong?

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The Latest Player Movement Talk

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• The Flyers are close to signing F Claude Giroux to a contract extension.

• It will be interesting to see what happens to Phoenix D Ed Jovanovski between now and the NHL trade deadline. While Coyotes GM Don Maloney would love to sign the potential UFA to a contract extension, his hands are tied because the team is in bankruptcy and waiting for new ownership

• Boston GM Peter Chiarelli, who will be hamstrung by cap issues once C Marc Savard and LW Marco Sturm return from injuries, is going to be a popular figure at this week’s GMs meetings in Toronto. “The sharks will be circling to help him out,” said one league executive. There’s a chance RW Michael Ryder could be dealt.


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Thornton Appeals Suspension To Bettman & Loses

Did Joe Thornton actually think his suspension would be overturned by Bettman?

Joe’s brother John, who was part of the appeal process, had this to say.

I guess being 5’9” was Joe’s only solution to avoid this suspension. We are extremely disappointed with the league’s decision and feel the continuing uncertainty with league actions will only hurt the fans of the NHL

The quote is via Pierre LeBrun’s twitter where you can read more on this topic.


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Video- It’s A Mullet Morning Skate For The Kings

Everyone looks like Ryan Smyth!

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Money Talk

from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

• The Nashville Predators could have had Shane O’Brien for nothing on waivers, but instead traded a decent young asset in defenseman Ryan Parent and cleared the decks of his whopping $850,000 salary to make room for O’Brien’s $1.6 million stipend.

• The NHL really locked out its players to enhance franchise values and has watched them plummet over the past two years. And don’t believe the NHL’s publicly stated selling prices any more than you believe the attendance figures in places such as Florida, Phoenix and Nashville.

• If Duncan Keith and Derek Boogaard play the same number of shifts this season as last, Boogaard will make $7,286.99 per shift ($1.65 million for 223 shifts) and Norris Trophy winner Keith will earn $3,307.15 per shift ($8 million for 2,419 shifts).


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Morning Line

When the GMs meet on Tuesday, the only issue should be whether the punishments are severe enough for blindside hits. The league is on the right track here. But if there is consensus in Toronto that the players and coaches are not getting it, then double the length of the suspensions, triple them, if necessary.

-John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal, where you can read more on this topic.

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