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Is There A Difference Between Getting Your ‘Bell Rung’ & A Possible Concussion?

Many people questioned Marc-Andre Bergeron playing the full game after this hit last night.

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Coyotes Talk On NPR

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The Latest Rumor Talk

from Spector’s Hockey,

SPORTING NEWS: yesterday reported it’ll be interesting to see how LA Kings forward Alex Frolov responds to being benched for his recent poor play. The report also noted this is how trade rumors get started, noting a report out of Edmonton claiming the Oilers might be interested in Frolov.

SPECTOR’S NOTE: Frolov is an unrestricted free agent next summer and there’s considerable speculation the Kings could shop him later in the season. For now however I don’t expect they’ll make such a drastic move, hoping Frolov will snap out of his malaise.

more names & rumors…

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Iginla Back On The Offensive

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Sauntering down the press box with six and a half minutes remaining, the injured Mike Commodore glanced up from fiddling with his BlackBerry, spotting a familiar face tapping tentatively on a laptop.

“Hey, how’s it going?’’ asked the long-ago local folk hero, his trademark red fright wig/afro shorn fashionably short.

A noncommital shrug.

“Not bad. Same old.’’

“Yeah, I hear you,’’ replied the former Calgary Flame. “Same old . . . ’’

He shook his head, glanced heavenwards, in knowing resignation.

“Same old Jarome.’’

Yup, same old Jarome. At last.

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Looking At The Third Sweater

from Rocky Bonanno of NHL.com,

The NHL’s third jersey program, which began in 1995-96, has allowed participating teams the chance to present a new and exciting style for their fans and players, while still holding on to their core identity as a franchise. Judging by several stylish new jerseys that will be unveiled in 2009-10, the third jersey program retains has a strong foothold in the League.

The teams that will participate this season are the Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators.

When third jerseys are modeled after designs used in previous seasons, they sometimes take on the name of throwback, retro or vintage jersey. In that regard, you can add the Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins to swell the list of teams to 11 for this season.

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The Drama-Less Rangers

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The power play is snappy and the lineup is filled with kids in prominent roles, but the most striking difference between this Rangers squad and the scores of teams preceding it is that drama only comes in the games.

There is no doubt the Blueshirts have deficiencies. There is no down payment with the jewelers. They go back to work today in order to correct the fatal flaws that were on display in Monday’s 7-3 lashing by the Sharks, which put an emphatic end to their seven-game winning streak. They go back to work.

An era is over at the Garden. The Rangers no longer operate as a cult that revolves around a particular star’s personality. The Blueshirt play up-tempo hockey that by nature is entertaining, but John Tortorella isn’t on Broadway to direct a show.

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Keep The Kid On The Roster Or Not?

from the CP at the Sporting News,

Don Maloney has plenty of on-the-job experience when it comes to evaluating whether a teenager belongs in the NHL. Over the past two seasons, Peter Mueller, Kyle Turris, Viktor Tikhonov and Mikkel Boedker have all spent significant time with his Phoenix Coyotes before celebrating their 20th birthday.

There’s been a slight change in philosophy this season for the Coyotes, who are off to a solid 5-2-0 start. Mueller, now 21, is the team’s youngest player because Turris, Tikhonov and Boedker are skating for the team’s top affiliate, AHL San Antonio.

Maloney acknowledges now that he probably shouldn’t have relied on so many teenagers in the past.

“If a 19-year-old player is on your NHL roster and not producing 30 goals or playing 25 minutes, you really should have him somewhere else,” Maloney told The Canadian Press on Tuesday. “And yet, that’s the fantasy world. The real world we live in now is we’re all scrambling to put the best players we can find into our roster to help us win.”

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Need Goaltending Help?

from Kevin Allen of Mucking and Grinding,

Now three weeks into the season, the Toronto Maple Leafs look like a team in need of a goaltending switch. History says there will be others. Goalie go into slumps. Goalies become injured, and no team wins with inferior goaltending. That’s just the way it is.

  Can Chicago win with Cristobal Huet? Is Ray Emery the right guy in Philadelphia? Is Chris Osgood play sharp enough to help Detroit overcome the reality that they don’t have the same level offensive firepower it had last season?

  You know those questions have been asked around the NHL.  If a team needs a goaltender, here are scenarios to ponder:

  + Ondrej Pavelec has looked sharp for the Atlanta Thrashers, and maybe when Kari Lehtonen returns to health general manager Don Waddell might consider moving Lehtonen who makes $3 million. That could be an affordable option for some teams.

  + With Jonas Hiller playing well, the Ducks would love to move Jean-Sebastien Giguere and his $6 million cap hit and $7 million salary next season.

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Keeping The Kids In Colorado

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Matt Duchene? Hardly surprising. Ryan O’Reilly? Now that one we didn’t see coming three weeks ago.

The Colorado Avalanche announced this week they’re keeping both 18-year-old centers and not returning them to junior hockey, a huge accomplishment for both kids. Once they play in their 10th NHL game Friday night, their NHL entry-level contracts kick in regardless of whether they are later sent back down to junior. They’re in for the long haul.

“Certainly their play dictated the majority of that decision, along with the fact our head coach and coaching staff were very comfortable with these two players, both Matt and Ryan, not only with their minutes but also in crucial parts of the game,” Avs GM Greg Sherman told ESPN.com.

But it’s not an easy decision in the world of this collective-bargaining agreement.

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Byfuglien Sets Up In Front Of The Net

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

Byfuglien has picked up where he left off in the playoffs with 4 goals in the Hawks’ first eight games. Standing in front of the net is not Byfuglien’s favorite role, but it is helping make him a star.

“It’s my job now, and I guess I don’t really have a choice to do it or I don’t know where I’d be,” Byfuglien said. “It’s all right. It’s growing on me. It’s fun and you get to play with the good players and get better opportunities to be out there more.”

Having a strong presence in front of the net is a key in Quenneville’s system, and Byfuglien has quickly become one of the better players in the NHL at bothering goaltenders.

“He found a niche there and it has helped his game,” Quenneville said. “Over the course of (last) year he was just going through it where he was just an ordinary player, but getting to that level where all of a sudden he was a factor in games and dominating games and being annoying for other teams and being a major distraction in front of the net, he filled that role extremely well.

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