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Gaborik Returns To Minnesota

from Jim Cerny of NewYorkRangers.com,

Many, including Wild forward Cal Clutterbuck, have said that, despite all of his success in Minnesota, Gaborik will be booed this evening.

“I can’t control how they are going to act,” Gaborik said of the Wild fans. “Hopefully it’s going to be pleasant. I think I’ve done a lot of good things there and had good success as an expansion team, so hopefully it’s going to be positive.”

Gaborik’s current teammate in New York, as well as former teammates in Minnesota, Derek Boogaard, hopes that Gaborik receives the warm response he feels he deserves.

“He put in a lot of good years for that organization and he did a lot of good things there, so if anything it should be all positive,” said Boogaard.

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Report- Brodeur Out At Least Ten Days

via Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

There will be no late appearance in St. Louis from Devils goalie Martin Brodeur.

Brodeur has informed people close to him that he had an MRI and has been told to rest his bruised right elbow for at least 10 days.

That means he won’t be back until early December and will likely miss at least five games. The Devils play the Montreal Canadiens at home on Dec. 2, which is surely a game Brodeur will not want to miss.

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Savard Practices But No Contact

from Fluto Shinzawa of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Marc Savard, cleared yesterday to participate in non-contact practice, wheeled around the TD Garden ice during the morning skate with his teammates. After the session, even following some conditioning work, Savard was all smiles about the skate he had just powered through.

“It felt unbelievable,” Savard said. “It’s been a long time. It’s pretty special to make it to this step. Hopefully I’ll gradually feel better and go from there.”

Savard said he turned a corner approximately two or three weeks ago. Savard has been symptom-free in that time period. Savard credited his teammates, the Bruins’ staff, and fans for helping him overcome his postconcussion syndrome.

During his darkest times, Savard acknowledged wondering about the future of his playing career. In retrospect, Savard understands that it was depression that played a significant role in clouding his temperament.

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At some point, Savard has to participate in contact drills, then see how he recovers from those drills.

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Remembering Pat Burns on HNIC Tonight

Ron MacLean with some Pat Burns stories,

The loss of Pat Burns will be foremost in our hearts and minds tonight. As I’ve told a few friends in the press, Pat conjures three key memories for me.

The first is from 2003 in Anaheim, Calif. I was up early to catch a flight back to New Jersey for Game 7 of the Stanley Cup final. The Ducks had beaten the Devils hours earlier to force the deciding game. Pat, the Devils’ head coach at the time, was already up and pacing around on the lawn in front of the hotel, talking on a cell phone. At 5:30 a.m.!

I thought, poor man. Pat already had a history of tough experiences: the 1987 world junior brawl in the Czech Republic; the 1989 Stanley Cup final series that his Canadiens lost to Calgary; Game 7 of a 1993 conference final, which his Maple Leafs lost to L.A., and here we go again. But Pat elected to dress an old warhorse, Ken Daneyko, and the Devils won the Cup.

Read more from Ron at CBC.

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All Rick Dudley

from Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Q. Are there trades, call-ups in the works, and how do you see this roster changing?

A. That’s a tough question to answer. Have a talked to people about trades? Sure. I try to talk to people on a semi-constant basis. Is there anything imminent? No. I don’t look at it and say we are going to make a trade. Do I anticipate that we are going to try to tweak things? Yeah, that’s the way I work. I think I’ve made a lot of trades that have helped the hockey teams I’ve been involved with simply because I don’t care if I help the other team. There are some guys that want to [fleece] you every time they talk to you. If we are toward the deadline and there was a team that we were tied with for seventh or eighth in the conference, would I be hesitant? Yeah. If it’s not that situation, I don’t care. The reality is trying to get better than 29 teams and in the conference better than 14 teams. Do I care about helping another team? Not if it accomplishes what we are tying to do. We’ll keep talking.

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P.K. Subban Playing Like A Veteran

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

He rocks from side to side so wildly during the anthem that it seems one more and he has to topple. Once the singing is over, he leaps onto the ice even though he is not pencilled in to start, grabs a water bottle to spray his head and stands shaking so hard in front of the bench it seems his veins contain Red Bull rather than blood.

The Montreal Canadiens rookie defenceman keeps telling people “I haven’t even played 20 games yet in the NHL” but as of tonight, against the Toronto Maple Leafs, he can say that no more.

It seems, however, that he has been around for years, and in a way he has. They began chanting his initials “Pee!Kay! ... Pee!Kay!” at the 2009 World Junior Championships in Ottawa, where he starred in Canada’s fifth-straight gold-medal run. And they have roared it in Montreal since he became the surprise of last spring’s playoffs, coming in late in the first round and helping the Canadiens to upsets of the Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins. His visor-to-visor staredowns with Sidney Crosby, his risky spins on the ice and his mouth both on the ice and in the dressing room led one paper to tag him “P.K. Cocky.”

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“My Dad Hates Losing”- Katie Burke

As Brian Burke prepared to mark his 1,000th game as a general manager in the National Hockey League this weekend, his daughter Katie Burke wrote to The Globe and Mail in response to media columnist Bruce Dowbiggin’s article on Friday. Dowbiggin reported a debate as to whether the media in Toronto is holding back criticism of the Maple Leafs General Manager out of sympathy, as Brian Burke continues to grieve the loss of his son Brendan in a car accident last year.

As Brian’s oldest daughter, I wanted to take a moment to clarify some of the assumptions made in the ongoing conversation within the Toronto media:

First and foremost, my dad hates losing. Hates it. He hates losing at Scrabble, he hates losing a bet, and he really hates losing hockey games.

Growing up, the first thing you told any friend who attended a hockey game with you was that if the team lost, they would be well advised not to speak to my dad after the game. I can guarantee you that there is nothing the media could write or say about the Leafs’ performance that my dad hasn’t thought himself, and no one is more critical of his own work than my father.

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Video- Alexander Burmistrov Of The Atlanta Thrashers

Burmi buries it. The goal of the night!

 

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Video- The NHL Coaching Career Of Pat Burns

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‎“You don’t cry because it’s over; you’re happy because it happened.” - Pat Burns, 1952-2010

The world is a little less bright today after the loss of Pat Burns. Not just a great hockey coach, but a wonderful and inspiring man who fought to the end.

I’d go on a rant about the Hockey Hall of Fame, and the shame they should feel, but I don’t feel it’s appropriate at this time.

We’ll miss ya, Pat.

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