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Flames Extend Giordano

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Flames announced today that defenseman Mark Giordano has been signed to a contract extension through the 2015-16 season.

Giordano, a native of Toronto, Ontario, is in his fourth season with the Calgary Flames who originally signed him as a free agent on July 6, 2004. In 205 career games, Giordano has 20 goals and 48 assists for 68 points and 193 penalty minutes. Mark hit career highs last season in games played (82), goals (11), assists (19) and points (30). In 10 games this season he has three assists and is third in the NHL in blocked shots with 26.

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Versteeg’s Back Issues Flare Up

from Jonas Siegel of am640,

Sidelined in Boston on Thursday, Kris Versteeg visited a doctor Friday for a back problem that’s troubled him the last few days. Following a light practice Friday afternoon, Ron Wilson indicated the possibility of an MRI for the 24-year-old Versteeg.

“He’s had issues with his back,” said Wilson. “It gets sore every once in a while and he needs to rest it.”

“He’s gone to see the doctor, maybe along the way get an MRI, I’m not really sure.”

Versteeg was a late scratch for the Leafs 2-0 loss in Boston Thursday night, after missing practice a day earlier with stiffness in his back. In his last two seasons with Chicago, Versteeg was the picture of health, missing just six games due to injury.

“You always are concerned,” said Wilson, “but I’m not gonna speculate [on the severity] right now. I have no idea.”

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As The Season Progresses, Hopefully The Sharks Will Have A #1 Goalie

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

San Jose coach Todd McLellan is one of those pleasing truth tellers, which accounts for his soaring popularity among the players, even when things are just drifting along, as they are for his Sharks’ team in the early going.

And so when McLellan is asked about his team’s two-headed goalie monster - the sound-alike Finns, Antti Niemi and Antero Nittymaki - he is blunt about his plans, such as they are.

“I really don’t have a plan, to tell you the truth,” said McLellan. Okay, that stopped me in my tracks for a moment, or until he had a chance to go on. “We’re going to play for a little while and we’re going to see how the guys adapt and adjust. That’s why we have 82 games. We get to figure it out as we go along.

“I’m sure when playoffs arrive, and if we’re lucky enough to qualify, then we’ll have a good idea of who we want to start with. But along the way, we’ll build enough confidence in the other guy to be able to turn and use him.”

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Leafs/Devils Talking

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

The New Jersey Devils are weak on the blueline and the Toronto Maple Leafs are in the market for a top-six forward. Shouldn’t they be talking a little Tomas Kaberle? In fact, I have heard that is exactly the case. We all know Leafs GM Brian Burke has indicated he would honour Kaberle’s no-movement clause, but we also know Kaberle gave Toronto a list of teams that he would consider being sent to in a trade. You’d have to think Burke would be able to put pressure on Kaberle to accept a deal if the Devils offered him a quality forward.

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Around the Southeast this Weekend

A quick look at what’s happening (and what’s happened) with all five Southeast Division clubs as we head into the weekend:

We’ll go top to bottom:

Tampa Bay
1st place, 6-2-1 (13 points)
By and large, folks have been impressed with the Bolts thus far. As I wrote on Wednesday night, all six of their wins have differed significantly from one another and, though it is extremely early, that is a distinctive mark of a good team.

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Savard Improving

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Marc Savard skated on his own this morning, prior to the Bruins’ late-morning workout, and Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli sounded encouraged about the No. 1 pivot’s progress.

‘‘Savvy had a real good skate—a lot harder than anything so far,’’ said an upbeat Chiarelli. ‘‘He was moving. He is starting to ramp it up.’‘...

Savard’s progress, in part, has Chiarelli looking to slim down his payroll, be it by trades or other means. Watching from the stands here at this morning’s workout, Chiarelli boldly stated that he would not shy away from placing a current roster player in the minor leagues—perhaps sooner that anyone might expect—in order to save or relax payroll dollars.

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Pominville Fails Second Neuro-Psych Test

from WGR550.com,

Sabre forward Jason Pominville is on his way back to Bufffalo after failing a neuro-pysch test for the second time. Pominville must past this test in order to be medically cleared to play in a game again.

We’ll have more information as it becomes available.

There was hope that Pominville would be available to play this weekend, but this now appears much less likely.

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Not As Many Shootouts

from John Kreiser of NHL.com,

Love them or hate them, almost every hockey fan will stop what he or she is doing to watch a shootout. But so far this season, there hasn’t been much to watch.

The first three weeks of the new season have yielded just 10 shootouts in the first 136 games played—a huge comedown from last season, when there were 23 in the same number of games. Project those early numbers over a full season and there would be about 90 shootouts in 2010-11, less than half of the record 184 that took place last season.

It’s not that there haven’t been plenty of opportunities for shootouts. In all, 31 of the first 136 games (22.8 percent) have gone to overtime—the exact same percentage as in 2006-07, when there were 164 shootouts. But unlike the first five seasons of the shootout, in which about 57 percent of games that went to overtime were scoreless during the five-minute extra period, 21 of 31 games (68 percent) have been won in overtime this season; just 32 percent have gone to a shootout.

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JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/29/10

This morning’s salute to the top three stars from last night’s NHL contests:

***Cheers to Jaroslav Halak of the St. Louis Blues, who stopped 24 shots in Nashville to top the Predators, handing the home club their first regulation loss of the season. This was Halak’s second consecutive shutout, after blanking Pittsburgh on Saturday and the former Montreal Canadien now boasts a scoreless streak of 151:15 dating back to a second period goal by Chicago’s Brent Seabrook last Friday. So far this year, Halak is certainly proving that last season’s playoff success was no fluke, with a 1.55 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage.

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  Tags: brandon+yip, chris+stewart, daniel+winnik, jaroslav+halak, patrice+bergeron, t.j.+galiardi, tim+thomas, tyler+seguin

I Think It Is Called Parity

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

An Ottawa Senators victory with a couple of goals to spare?

Don’t get used to it. In today’s National Hockey League, comfortable wins, low on the Squirm Scale, are hard to come by.

“Every team is the same,” Senators general manager Bryan Murray was saying while watching the night’s opponent, the Florida Panthers, skate in the morning. Murray didn’t mean it literally, that every team is equal.

The Boston Bruins are not the Edmonton Oilers.

The Detroit Red Wings are not the Phoenix Coyotes. (But look who gave the Red Wings fits on Thursday?)

Murray’s point was that, as the NHL settles into the salary cap era, every team has a few good players, a few marginal players, a few injuries and a few needs.

On any given night, who knows how it’s going to turn out?

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