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Back Problem Forces Leighton To Leave Game

from Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News,

After grinding through 65 minutes, starter Michael Leighton needed to be yanked because of a lower back injury, forcing coach Peter Laviolette to insert a cold Brian Boucher off the bench just in time for a shootout in last night’s 4-3 exhibition win over the Maple Leafs.

“We needed to make the move, physically,” Laviolette said after a long pause when asked about the move. “At this point, I really don’t want to comment until we get a better understanding.”

Leighton was not available for comment after the game.

General manager Paul Holmgren said he is “cautiously optimistic” that Leighton will be back in action soon, though the injury seems deeper than that.

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Luongo Seems To Be The Story

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Luongo’s detractors will tell you he wasn’t very good in back-to-back second-round losses to the Chicago Blackhawks in successive springs. His backers will tell you he was in net when Team Canada won perhaps the most pressure-packed hockey game in the modern era this past February at the 2010 Olympics in this very city.

Somewhere in between probably lies the truth: a great goalie with gold medals at both the men’s World Championship and the Olympics, but no NHL championship.

In a season in which the Canucks are being hyped up as serious Stanley Cup contenders, Luongo will be a popular topic all year.

“I know there’s a lot of doubters out there, but I don’t need to prove it,” Luongo told ESPN.com. “I’ve done it my whole career. I’ve been successful at every level. I don’t think there’s a bigger stage in the world than last February. Unfortunately, it hasn’t happened in the NHL yet, but we’ve got a great window of opportunity here with these guys and we’ve got a few years here to make something great happen.”


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Jere Lehtinen Still Undecided If He Wants To Play

via Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Winger Jere Lehtinen has not decided whether or not he wants to retire, and Stars general manager Joe Nieuwendyk said he doesn’t think Lehtinen needs to make a decision anytime soon.

Lehtinen, 37, has played out his contract, but Nieuwendyk said the two sides will probably keep the door open for Lehtinen to return possibly later in the season.

“Jere and I have talked a lot, and I think we both understand each other,” Nieuwendyk said. “There’s no reason for us to make a decision right now, and there’s no reason for him to make a decision right now. This is something that can be open-ended.”

Lehtinen is living in North Texas as his family has returned to attend school. He said he’s working out and that he will take his time on making a decision.

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Canadiens add another D-Man

The Montreal Canadiens have (surprisingly?) inked another defenceman, 28 year old Regina native Neil Petruic. This signing comes as a bit of a surprise given that the Habs have a plethora of defencemen at both the NHL and AHL level. Petruic, a 2001 8th round pick of the Ottawa Senators, is a veteran of the ECHL, AHL and even played a year in Italy. His career high for points was 13, recorded in 2007-2008 for the Binghamton Senators. More information below in the official Canadiens release.

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Harding Leaves Game With Right Leg Injury

via Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Wild goaltender Josh Harding left tonight’s exhibition game with 6:23 left in the first period after St. Louis Blues forward Brad Boyes accidentally fell on his right leg. Harding was in visible pain and could put no weight on the leg after he left the ice.

He’s been replaced by Matt Hackett.

Harding underwent surgery to repair the labrum in his right hip in April. I don’t want to guess, but I’m fairly certain this injury isn’t to his hip. He’ll be evaluated tomorrow in Minnesota, and hopefully I can get more information after the game.

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You Want Hockey Talk?  Well, You Have It

from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen at the Montreal Gazette,

Every goal, nearly every shot on goal, in meaningless exhibition play, gets tweeted. Media websites, fan websites, soak up the most minute details of training camp and pre-season games and churn them out for public consumption.

Rookie prospects are hyped beyond reality for scoring a goal or posting a shutout, even against lineups with minimal NHL talent dressed.

Media and fan overkill? You bet.

But what a feast for today’s hockey consumer, and what a change to fans of a certain age who remember when hockey was televised once a week, and at that, a broadcast joined in progress at on a Saturday night.


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Don’t Judge Price Just Yet

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

Jaroslav Halak left Montreal as one of the most beloved athletes to play for the Canadiens. Even after the goalie was traded to the Blues this summer, fans in Montreal have continued to support him.

Part of the public frustration in Montreal already being shown to Canadiens goalie Carey Price is the inevitable comparison to Halak. Price was booed in his first action of the exhibition season when he allowed four goals on nine shots on Wednesday.

Halak thinks it’s way too early for any judgment of Carey Price in Montreal.


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Jack Johnson Showing Offensive Side

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

Another player who impressed last night was Jack Johnson, and it seems as though Johnson might benefit from Terry Murray’s new emphasis on playmaking, including the thumbs-up for defensemen to be more active in initiating and joining plays.

Johnson was known as a strong two-way defenseman at the University of Michigan, but that top-level offensive ability has yet to show itself at the NHL level. Johnson had eight goals and 28 assists in 80 games last season, but his voice picked up a noticeably more excited tone when he was asked about his desire to be more active in the offensive zone.

“Absolutely,” Johnson said. “It’s no fun to never cross the red line. You want to get involved at both ends of the ice and try to contribute at both ends. I think that’s what makes the game fun. Just to be a one-sided player, I don’t think it makes it as fun.”


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Nick Boynton Suspended For One NHL Regular Season Game

TORONTO (September 24, 2010) – Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Nick Boynton has been suspended for one game for making a throat slashing gesture towards Tampa Bay Lightning player Blair Jones during NHL pre-season game #11 on Wednesday, Sept. 22.

      Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Boynton will forfeit $2,688.17.  The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

The incident occurred at 13:04 of the second period.  He was assessed a game misconduct (Rule 75.5) for his actions. 

Boynton will miss the Blackhawks’ season opener at Colorado on October 7. 

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Habs news and notes for September 24th

A few notes from Habsland as the Canadiens prepare for the Senators tonight:

- Markov’s return: Big news for Habs fans. According to RDS’ Renaud Lavoie, via Twitter, Andrei Markov will be back in October. This is great news, as Markov’s knee injury could have potentially held him out until November or December. My take? Even if he’s ready in week one, sit him against Toronto. You can’t trust that Grabovski.

- Carey Price says chill: As you’ve likely already heard, Carey Price suggested fans overreacted the other night with their booing and asked them to calm down and relax. And you know what? He’s right. It’s September. It’s the pre-season. It never ceases to amaze me how seriously people take these games. Enjoy watching the hockey, but fear not – Carey Price will be ok and the Habs will be a competitive team.

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