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Tootoo Enters Substance Abuse Program

      NEW YORK/TORONTO (December 27, 2010)—The National Hockey League Players’ Association and the National Hockey League announced today that forward Jordin Tootoo of the Nashville Predators has voluntarily entered in-patient care as part of the Joint NHL/NHLPA Substance Abuse and Behavioral Health Program (SABH).

      Tootoo’s care will be administered by SABH Program Doctors Dave Lewis (NHL) and Brian Shaw (NHLPA). Tootoo will continue to receive his full salary and benefits and will have no penalty imposed, provided he complies with his prescribed treatment and follow-up care program.

      There will be no further comment.

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Video- Tootoo Hit On Frolik

Jordin Tootoo with a big-time hit on Michael Frolik tonight. No penalty for the hit.

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  Tags: jordin+tootoo, michael+frolik

Report- Rinne Out Up To A Month With A Knee Injury

via Bryan Mullen tweet,

Rinne out 2-4 weeks with left knee injury, per a Predators official.

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Video- Who Do You Root For?  Avery Or Tootoo

Sean Avery and Jordin Tootoo went at it tonight in Nashville.

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  Tags: jordin+tootoo, sean+avery

Top Shot

from Sean Fitz-Gerald of the National Post,

As a clinician and a professor of biomechanics who has worked with golfers and baseball players, Dr. Kevin Robinson was eager to apply science to a growing hockey legend. And that interest only grew after watching Shea Weber step into his first few slap shots after a recent practice.

It is a shot that ripped through an Olympic hockey net this year, leaving behind what one news agency described as “scorch marks” on the mesh. It moves with the ferocity that has reportedly broken bones in no fewer than four teammates while elevating Weber, a first-year captain of the Nashville Predators, into an object of childhood wonder.

“With that guy on skates,” Robinson said, “I was a dwarf.”

Robinson, who teaches at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., analyzed Weber’s shot last month with help from a digital camera and a computer program. He asked the 6-foot-4, 234-pound defenceman to take about a dozen shots in open ice, and asked the same of Predators teammates Jordin Tootoo and Cody Franson for the sake of comparison.

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  Tags: shea+weber

Nashville Notes

from Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,

You have to won­der. What’s worse? Losing like the Pre­da­tors did on Satur­day against the Kings, and get­ting beat in every way, shape and form. Or losing on a goal with 1.7 seconds remai­ning against the Ducks on Sun­day. I’m going to go with Sunday’s game. To come back from four defi­cits, score late, think you have the point wrap­ped up on the road, and then lose? That’s a tough way to go out. Any­way, here are a few thoughts from the game.

  * What’s going on with Shea Weber? He was pla­ying at a high level—I even heard one analyst men­tion him as an early Norris Trophy can­di­date—until this recent skid. Even more trou­bling is that Weber is a minus-seven since Ryan Suter got hurt. All pla­yers hit rough patches from time-to-time, and they often coin­cide with team-wide issues. Still, that plus/minus is a really tough num­ber to swa­llow for your cap­tain and best player.

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Video- Shoulder-To-Shoulder Or Shoulder To Head Hit?

via Josh Cooper of the Tennessean,

With his arms folded in the Nashville locker room, Jordin Tootoo wore a look of confusion after Nashville’s 3-0 loss to the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

With 6:49 remaining in the third period, Tootoo was given a five-minute game misconduct major for charging at defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo. Tootoo lowered his shoulder and exploded into Colaiacovo behind the net. The Blues player fell to the ice, giving St. Louis a power play that it converted into its final goal.

Colaiacovo did not return. Tootoo defended the hit.

“Obviously, my understanding is it was a blow to the head,” Tootoo said. “You look at the replay, shoulder-on-shoulder, it’s a tough league to play in — keep your head up out there. I think the bottom line, when you hit someone hard, the refs are going to take a second look at it. I’m speechless.”...

“I saw a shoulder-to-shoulder check, and he didn’t leave his feet, so I’m a little bit confused on that,” Trotz said.

Watch the hit below…

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  Tags: carlo+colaiacovo, jordin+tootoo

Various Paths to Tampa Bay’s Early Success

It’s been said, time and again, that the truly great teams can beat their opponent on any given night with any particular style of play. While this year’s Tampa Bay Lightning shouldn’t be too quick to anoint themselves the NHL’s next great club - after nine games, that would just be silly - the results have been impressive to this point and wins are coming in a variety of ways.

Tonight’s triumph over visiting Pittsburgh was of the comeback sort, with the Lightning rebounding from a pair of first period shorthanded tallies by the Penguins, an early goaltending change with Dan Ellis replacing Mike Smith after three goals allowed on seven shots and a 3-1 deficit overall. While no team wants to get in the habit of having to battle back like that and, surely, it can drive a coach crazy, that the Lightning have already proven capable of doing so gives them immeasurable confidence and should pay dividends down the road.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, dana+tyrell, guy+boucher, martin+st.+louis, mike+smith, steven+stamkos, vincent+lecavalier

The Bolts Beat, 10/26/10: Week in Review, Rypien, Kovalchuk, NHL Surprises/Underachievers & More

In the latest episode of the show, Jon, Mike and Mark review the Lightning’s 2-1-1 record in the week just past, discuss some minor injuries currently nagging the club as well as possible recalls, analyze the recent messes with Rick Rypien in Vancouver and Ilya Kovalchuk in New Jersey and offer up their early season surprise teams and underachievers. As usual, Mike gets all emotional with his Missed Call of the Week, while Jon’s What the Hell Was That? segment features a sincere apology to the fans on behalf of the show and a call for increased responsibility in the “fan blogger” community. Finally, Mark gets his wings, debuting his new end-show segment, “Missing the Mark” - (a temporary title, as he reaches out to the show’s audience for feedback and other ideas).

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  Tags: ilya+kovalchuk, rick+rypien, simon+gagne, simon+gagne, steven+stamkos

JJ’s Three Cheers: 10/25/10 (Catching Up on the Weekend Edition!)

We’ve got some catching up to do as I intentionally stayed off the radar this weekend. (For the first time since the arrival of our second son, we had no visitors! Bliss!) Quick cheers for Friday and Saturday night’s action and then onto toasts and a few highlights from yesterday’s games:

Friday’s Three Cheers:
***Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa: Hat trick, 1,000th career point in 4-2 Senators’ win in Buffalo.
**Rene Bourque, Calgary: Hat trick, assist in 6-2 Flames’ win in Columbus.
*Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay: Hat trick, assist in 5-2 Lightning win in Atlanta.

Saturday’s Three Cheers:
***John Tavares, NYIslanders: First career hat trick in 4-3 loss at Florida.
**Jaroslav Halak, St. Louis: 31 saves in 1-0, overtime blanking of visiting Pittsburgh.
*Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit: Two goals, four points in a 5-4 squeaker over Anaheim at the Joe.

And, finally, on to Sunday’s honors:

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  Tags: anders+lindback, daniel+alfredsson, henrik+zetterberg, jaroslav+halak, john+tavares, miikka+kiprusoff, rene+bourque, steven+stamkos

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