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Pascal Leclaire Hurt Early In Senators Game

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It didn’t take long for Pascal Leclaire to get injured ... again.

With the confidence of a fourth straight start bestowed upon Leclaire by coach Cory Clouston, the often-injured goalie left the game only 2:06 into the first period against the Carolina Hurricanes with what appeared to be a right leg injury.

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No Discount In Phoenix

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Good news for hockey fans in Winnipeg.

Matthew Hulsizer’s bid to buy the Phoenix Coyotes from the NHL has stalled because the Chicago businessman wants a big discount on the $165-million (all currency U.S.) the league wants for the team, two sources say. This, the sources add, is despite the fact Hulsizer, 40, has an agreement in principle with the city of Glendale, Ariz., on a multiyear arena lease that could pay him $100-million toward the Coyotes’ annual losses through parking charges, taxes and property levies from a community-facilities district created around Jobing.com arena.

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added 9:16pm, via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources say that Chicago based businessman Matthew Hulsizer, the NHL, and the city of Glendale have conceptually agreed to a deal that would see Hulsizer become the new owner of the Phoenix Coyotes.

However, by no means is this a “done deal.”

There is no written agreement in place, so there remains the possibility that this sale could turn sour once again.

If negotiations continue to progress, the best case scenario would see a deal close by the end of  November.

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Bouwmeester Defends Himself, Jokinen Wishes Panthers Well

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

While Bouwmeester gets the blame heaped upon him, he remains a pretty popular figure among the Panthers. Bouwmeester remains friends with a number of players and coach Pete DeBoer, who only had Bouwmeester for one season, continues to rave about his talents.

—Jokinen, the Panthers former captain and the franchise’s all-time leading scorer, says he is hopeful the franchise is going in the right direction.

“They’ve gone through a lot of changes and I hope for the best, I hope they have it figured out,’’ said Jokinen, who keeps his offseason home in Broward County. “It looks like they have a good guy now leading the charge in Dale Tallon. It’s been tough times for the fans in South Florida. They still have fans and support, but it’s tough for them year after year missing the playoffs.’‘

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How The Cap Has Hurt Hockey

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

When Sidney Crosby began the hockey season, he was skating on a line with Eric Tangradi and Mike Comrie.

Which is a lot like putting figure skates on Georges Laraque and expecting him to be elegant.

Ginger Rogers should dance with Gene Kelly. And Crosby, the most accomplished centre in the National Hockey League, should not be forced to carry around plodders, also-rans, wannabes, and those who can’t possibly comprehend or take advatnage of his immense talents.

And how do I say this nicely? This is what the salary cap era has done to the National Hockey League. It has stepped all over the toes of the greatest players in the game. It has, in a very serious way, choked the life out of hockey, at least in the big picture, out of the game I love.

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Two Different Paths

from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

A high-ranking player development figure for an Eastern Conference team had an interesting way to describe a key conundrum that faces every franchise:

“I call it the hobby/horse decision,” said the figure, who spoke on condition his name not be used. “Really early on in players’ careers now, (GMs) have to decide what kind of investment they want to make in them….

With the help of that player development figure, let’s take a look at five young-ish NHLers and decide what side of the hobby/horse debate they fall on:

Patrick Kane – Chicago Blackhawks
“Sorry – and maybe it’s just because I compare him to (Jonathan) Toews, who is a horse-and-a-half – but I think Kane is still at the hobby stage,” the developer said. “He’s a 21-year-old kid who has fantastic natural talent, a lot of money and he’s in one of the world’s best cities, so to a degree, I can see why he hasn’t had to push himself to his limits.

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Michalek Out 2-4 Weeks

via the Penguins Report at Penguins.com,

Dan Bylsma had a couple of updates on some injured Penguins:

-Zbynek Michalek is out 2 to 4 weeks with an upper-body injury
-Forward Arron Asham (upper body) skated for the first time Thursday; as did Jordan Staal
-Brooks Orpik is still day-to-day with a groin strain

“(Michalek) has an upper-body injury,” Bylsma said. “It’s tough to estimate, but 2 to 4 weeks on Z. Brooks is day-to-day. Arron Asham skated today. He was out indefinitely, now it’s around two weeks.”

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Ducks News- Toni Lydman Cleared To Play

from the Ducks PR department,

Ducks defenseman Toni Lydman has been cleared to play. Lydman, who was suffering from double-vision, has been practicing with the team daily, but has not appeared in a regular or pre-season game. In addition, defenseman Brett Festerling has been assigned to Syracuse (AHL).

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/14/10

Today’s three cheers, in honor of outstanding performances from last night’s action:

***Cheers to Tampa Bay’s Ryan Malone, whose three-point effort was capped with an overtime winner in Montreal, leading the Lightning to their second win in as many tries on the young season.

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  Tags: clarke+macarthur, ilya+kovalchuk, martin+brodeur, ryan+malone, ryan+miller

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: Lightning at Canadiens, 10/13/10

Death, taxes and JJ’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

The alternative to the standard game recap became a staple of my Tampa Bay Lightning coverage last season and it was only a matter of time before it made its season debut here.

Sure, the title of the regular feature has now been copied by a second-rate Bolts blog as of this morning but the content can’t hold a candle to the original and, hell, you’re here with me and they’re, well… They’re sleeping, I’m sure, on Pacific Time and what not… (Lightning coverage from California? Now that’s insight!)

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Dirty Hit By Maxim Lapierre On Steve Downie?

from Damian Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

The incident took place with 4:02 left in the second period as both players chased a puck to the side boards. Downie was in the lead, and it appeared Lapierre extended his arms to push him into the boards.

Lightning coach Guy Boucher and GM Steve Yzerman said they did not see what happened and could not comment. C Steven Stamkos called it “a dangerous hit” and asked the referees why Lapierre was not thrown out of the game. “He said if Downs would have been hurt, (Lapierre) would have gotten tossed,” Stamkos said.

more and watch the video below…

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