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Can Versteeg Keep Playing Like This?

Kris Versteeg’s 2-Goal effort against the Nashville Predators on Tuesday was the first time the Leaf winger has scored more than once in a game this season – not exactly a surprise considering he has only 4 goals on the season thus far. In fact, this was only the 4th moment in his 186-game NHL career that Versteeg has found the back of the net multiple times, and the first since November 19, 2009.

It is safe to say, then, that on Tuesday, Versteeg had one of the better offensive nights of his career in the regular season. His effort was a sigh of relief to Leaf fans, who have been waiting for the former Chicago Blackhawk to provide some much-needed secondary scoring.

Missing in the glory of a comeback victory, however, is the fact that a calamity of factors contributed to how well Versteeg played against the Predators.

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Report- Olli Jokinen Gets Three Game Suspension

via Craig Custance tweet,

Told that Olli Jokinen suspended for three games.

As I posted earlier today, you can watch the hit at TSN.

added 3:42pm, Darren Dreger tweet confirms,

3 games for Jokinen

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added 4:16pm,

TORONTO (November 18, 2010) – Calgary Flames’ forward Olli Jokinen has been suspended for three games and will forfeit $48,387.09 in salary for a cross check to the head of

Colorado Avalanche

Phoenix Coyotes player Wojtek Wolski in NHL game #266 on November 17, 2010.

Jokinen’s fine is based on his average annual salary and is calculated under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 10:32 of the third period and Jokinen was assessed a major penalty for cross checking and a game misconduct. 

Jokinen will miss the Flames next three games – Nov. 19 vs. Chicago, Nov. 21 at Detroit and Nov. 22 at New York Rangers. He is eligible to return Nov. 24 at New Jersey.

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No Email Trail In Burke’s Days With The NHL

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Brian Burke figured if there had been e-mail when he was the lord of the NHL’s office of discipline, the current firestorm over Colin Campbell’s indelicate messages to staffers would look like a single sparkler on a windy day.

“I felt exactly like Colie felt,” Burke told ESPN.com on Wednesday. “There were divers and clowns in our league and I called them that.”

The only difference is Campbell provided such assessment in electronic mail that lived on long past the moment that spawned the comments which ultimately ended up as evidence in a wrongful dismissal suit and fodder for the media.

“If I’d used e-mail, I’d have used the same language,” said Burke, who was vice president and director of hockey operations for the NHL from 1993-98. “Only I didn’t get caught because there was no e-mail trail.”

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Give Bobrovsky A Break

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

Rookie goalie Sergei Bobrovsky will make his 12th straight start Thursday when the Flyers play host to shorthanded Tampa Bay. It will be his 16th start in 20 games, putting him on pace to play 66 of the 82 regular-season games.

  After Thursday, the Flyers next two games are against elite Eastern Conference teams, Washington and Montreal. Based on coach Peter Laviolette’s past, Bobrovsky figures to start those games, too.

  Bobrovsky is 22 and in great physical shape. He should not have a problem starting 60-some games this season. But allowing him to start 14 straight _ assuming he also starts against Washington and Montreal _ is a bit much. He has never played more than 35 games in any of his pro seasons in Russia.

  It says here it’s good to rest a goalie for the mental fatigue as much as for the physical factors _ and the fear of wearing him down.

  Give the kid a day off. Let him relax and unwind. Then start him the next six or seven in a row.

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Marketing The Blackhawks

from Ken Schnepf of the Lake Zurich Patch,

The last time Dave Knickerbocker was at Kemper Lakes Golf Club, he was a valet parking cars for a wedding. Today, he returned as senior executive director, marketing and business development and guest speaker at the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce’s Business Connections Breakfast.

“One goal is our philosophy,” he said. “We want to be the best hockey team, offer the best hockey experience. We want everything to be first class. We’ll sweat every detail to get it that way.”

He’s in charge of all the marketing Blackhawks’ marketing efforts. That includes television commercials for the team, their TV show, the team website, the 415,000-fan Facebook page, player appearances in the suburbs and city and more. “Every single experience you have when you walk into the arena, we’re responsible for,” Knickerbocker said.

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Islanders Just Don’t Get It

As Jon Jordan hinted at yesterday, the Islanders have pulled the media credentials from Chris Botta.

from Greg Wyshynski of PuckDaddy,

From what we’ve learned, there wasn’t a specific instance that sparked the move, although Botta was a go-to source for other hockey media after the firing of coach Scott Gordon. Neil Best of Newsday attempting to find out more (sub. req.):

  The reasons behind the action are not entirely clear. Team spokesman Kimber Auerbach said, “We funded his blog for the first year. When that changed he went from reporting the news to making the news.’‘

  Auerbach added, “We have not stopped his blog. There are lots of bloggers out there who write from their homes, their couch, outside the arena. He just won’t have access.’‘

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Price Hearing Cheers In Montreal

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Is there a better story right now in the NHL? Price has won over a market that spent the summer lamenting the loss of playoff hero Halak, and it’s nothing short of remarkable. A lot of these fans were ready to pounce on Price seven weeks ago. The pressure was high entering this season.

Looking at it, you can’t picture a situation where there could be more pressure on an individual,” Jerry Price, Carey’s father, told ESPN.com via phone Tuesday from Williams Lake, B.C. “But I think for Carey, looking at the situation and seeing that, he just realized it is what it is. He’s grown up and matured. One of the big differences in Carey is the realization that all he can do is go play. There’s just so many things that are out of his control. He can only do what he can do. It’s been better for him this year.”

The 23-year-old Price had zero wiggle room when the puck dropped this fall. He was replacing the most beloved Habs goalie since Patrick Roy. There was only one way to the fans’ hearts: winning.

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“Hello, Son? It’s Me, Dad. You’ve Been Traded.” Plus News from the Farm:11/18/10

Our weekly look at the performance of the Southeast Division’s top minor league affiliates from the week gone by kicks off this week with a thought on Calgary Flames GM Darryl Sutter trading his own son, Brett, to the Carolina Hurricanes (where he’ll report directly to AHL Charlotte, assuming he clears waivers).

I remarked on Twitter that, though I had found trouble a time or two in my younger days, my father had only threatened to ship me to another country – a reference to the younger Sutter’s recent run-in with the law, stemming from his alleged involvement in a bar fight in Scottsdale, Arizona. Several outlets have reported, however, that the trade – Sutter, a seldom-used forward, and defenseman Ian White to Carolina for d-man Anton Babchuk and grinding winger Tom Kostopoulos – was in the works long before the incident in question.

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Video- How Byfuglien Got Hurt

The Thrashers should be updating his condition very soon.

added 12:37pm, Rich Dudley just said on NHL Live that the injury is a contusion and a cut.  Not long term, questionable for next game.

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Afternoon Line

Boxed in by a raft of capricious deals ladled out by general manager Darryl Sutter and noses jammed tight to the salary cap, the Flames find themselves stuck in a room without any windows or doors. Unable to off-load salary or make a significant move to upgrade immediately or, more vitally, stockpile precious draft picks. So what you see is what you’ve got. Break out the Visene.

This is swiftly deteriorating into a sorry tale of cataracts and contracts.

As head coach, the out-of-answers Brent Sutter is the man ultimately caught in the crosshairs. But in fairness to him, this is a collection of extravagantly-paid 30-somethings from non-contending organizations who are by now entrenched in their ways and are being required to do the most difficult of things - adapt to change.

-George Johnson of the Calgary Herald where you can read more on the Flames.

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