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Oilers Depending On “D” Depth

from the CP via Yahoo,

...That’s a card the Oilers are going to have to play now as they’ve lost third-year rearguard Matt Greene to a broken left ankle that will keep him out of the line-up as long as three months.

Greene, injured in the second period of a 2-1 loss to Detroit Tuesday, will need surgery. He joins Sheldon Souray, out since Oct. 10 with a sprained left shoulder, and Joni Pitkanen, out another month after surgery to repair damaged knee cartilage, on the shelf….

“These (comments) could come back to haunt me and I don’t normally throw these out there, but I’m not all that worried about the injuries on the back end,” MacTavish said.

“From what I’ve seen, with (who) we have healthy, we’re going to be able to overcome it.”

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  Tags: edmonton+oilers, injuries, matt+greene

Skate Boys

from the CP via NHL.com,

Maurice didn’t say very much to his team Wednesday. The punishing skating drills spoke for themselves.

“On a day like today where it’s a very physically demanding day for the players, there’s not a lot of talking,” he said. “That’s not an easy day for the fittest of athletes so you don’t try to do four or five things all at the same time.

“Today was to get our legs burning and get a conditioning skate in.”

The second-year coach has preached conditioning since taking over the Leafs job but this seemed to be taking that message to another level.

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  Tags: toronto+maple+leafs

Leipold Extends Deadline

from the Tennessean,

Nashville Predators owner Craig Leipold has extended today’s deadline for a sale of the hockey team.

A mostly-local investors group had been trying to close the deal by today. Leipold met with Mayor Karl Dean today and later announced he would extend the deadline.

“Based on the progress being made, I am convinced all parties will benefit from extra time to complete this transaction so we will extend the purchase agreement,” Leipold said in a statement, “with a goal of completing the sale as soon as possible.”

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  Tags: craig+leipold, nashville+predators

Hossa Not Feeling It

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Marian Hossa wasn’t feeling it. The Thrashers had just played Montreal even through three periods and five minutes of overtime. It was time for the shootout.

Don Waddell turned to Hossa to see if the Thrashers star forward still wanted to be the second shooter, just like he was all of last season when he scored five shootout goals.

But surprisingly, one of the most prolific scorers in the NHL declined.

“Don asked me and I said, ‘I don’t think I should go in this time. I just don’t feel it,’” Hossa said.

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, marian+hossa

Senators’ Spezza Possibly Out

From CBC,

Ottawa Senators star Jason Spezza missed practice Wednesday, and might miss Thursday night’s game against the Atlanta Thrashers because of a slight groin pull.

He sat out practice after suffering the injury during Tuesday’s skate. He has one goal and 12 assists in 10 games, the second-highest points total on the team.

“It happened yesterday [Tuesday] and right now it doesn’t feel that good,” Spezza told reporters Wednesday. “We’re just going to kind of take it day by day.”

Meanwhile, veteran forward Dean McAmmond declared himself fit to play. He has missed all 10 games this season while recovering from a concussion and shoulder injury suffered when Philadelphia Flyers forward Steve Downie ran into him in pre-season.

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  Tags: dean+mcammond, injuries, jason+spezza, ottawa+senators

Holland Always Worried About The Next Game

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

“For me, I’m scared coming to the rink every day,” said Wings general manager Ken Holland. “I’m already worried about Thursday night in Calgary. I’ve been living like that for three years.”

Scared? Worried? But Ken, the Wings are leading the Western Conference and riding a six-game win streak.

“We’ve found a lot of ways to win by a goal,” he told The Canadian Press on Wednesday.

Holland may not want the attention, but the way in which the Red Wings continue to win merits a closer look.

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  Tags: detroit+red+wings, ken+holland

Hatcher Out 2-4 Weeks

from the AP via Yahoo,

Flyers defenseman Derian Hatcher will undergo surgery to repair cartilage damage in his right knee and will miss two to four weeks.

The 35-year-old Hatcher, who had his streak of 107 consecutive games recently snapped because the knee was bothering him, said he aggravated the injury lifting weights.

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  Tags: derian+hatcher, injuries, philadelphia+flyers

Learn French Saku

from The National Post,

An unlikely name popped up Tuesday at provincial public hearings looking into reasonable accommodation for religious minorities in Quebec: Saku Koivu.

Lawyer Guy Bertrand, a separatist-turned-federalist-turned-separatist-again, dropped the gloves about the Montreal Canadiens’ captain’s lack of fluency in French.

Bertrand was critical of the Finnish-born Koivu’s failure “to respect the right of Quebecers to be served in French.”

Updated 6:46pm ET:
From TSN, a response from Koivu,

“I’m not perfect,” he told a scrum of reporters at the Bell Centre. “There’s nothing we can do when politicians have opinions on the team or on me Sometimes you can’t control what’s being said out there.”

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  Tags: montreal+canadiens, saku+koivu

Masked Men In Columbus & LA

from E.J. Hradek at ESPN,

Halloween is a time for masks, right?

That being the case, I guess I should talk about the two masked men who’ll likely face one another Wednesday night in Hollywood.

Those two goaltenders are the Kings’ Jason LaBarbera and the Blue Jackets’ Pascal Leclaire. The Kings bring a four-game winning streak into their meeting with the Jackets, who are on their own three-game roll.

I’ll start with the 24-year-old Leclaire, who might be living up to the billing that led the Jackets to select him with the eighth overall pick in the 2001 draft.

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, goalies, los+angeles+kings

Hedican Makes It Back

from the News & Observer,

A long offseason of recovery and rehabilitation have paid off, however. Diving in front to block two 5-on-3 slap shots in Toronto, notching a goal and two assists last week en route to posting a gaudy plus-5 against Buffalo, Hedican has convinced himself and his coach that “the old Bret” is back.

And clearly, that’s not another way of saying “too old,” not for a defenseman who ranks second on his team in ice time (19:06) while ranking among the league leaders at a healthy plus-9 for the season.

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  Tags: bret+hedican, carolina+hurricanes

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