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Whitney Steps Up

from the News & Observer,

Without Stillman, Whitney's role and production have increased in his second season with the Canes. He ranks second on the team, and 15th in the NHL, with 29 points (nine goals and 20 assists). "You could tell, given Cory's status, that Ray came in here with the thought that he was going to be the guy," Erik Cole said. "And he has been. He has been really good for us."

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Wait Until Next Year

from Phil Coffey's Ice Age at NHL.com,

Vancouver's Brendan Morrison is a Michigan man, so folks around the Canucks did a double-take this week when he wore an Ohio State hockey helmet in practice. To those not paying attention, Michigan and Ohio State are bitter college football rivals. So, why the change in garb? He lost a bet to teammate Ryan Kesler, a former Buckeye, on the outcome of the Michigan-Ohio State football game. “I’m a man of my word,” Morrison said. “I said I’d do an interview with an Ohio State football helmet on. We couldn’t find a (football) helmet, so we went with a hockey helmet. I look like a goof right now. I would love to get him in a Wolverines helmet and make him look like a goof.”
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The Monthly Awards

NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2006) -- Pittsburgh Penguins forward Evgeni Malkin, who led all rookies in scoring with 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 14 games, has been named the NHL Rookie of the Month for November. Malkin edged Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar (3-7--10 in 13 games), Colorado Avalanche center Paul Stastny (5-5--10 in 14 games) and Anaheim Ducks defenseman Shane O’Brien (1-7--8 in 15 games). NEW YORK (Dec. 1, 2006) -- Anaheim Ducks right wing Teemu Selanne, Atlanta Thrashers right wing Marian Hossa and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet have been named the NHL's 'Three Stars' for November.

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Van Massenhoven Out 4-6 Weeks

via the Globe and Mail,

Don’t tell Don Van Massenhoven that players are the only NHL participants who get injured in the line of duty. Just one week prior to the one-year anniversary of having facial reconstruction surgery, Van Massenhoven caught a rut in the ice at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Nov. 16 and is now on the shelf for four-to-six weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. “I zagged when I should have zigged,” said the veteran referee. “There had previously been a lot of scar tissue in there.”

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Sideshow Bob No More

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

We recall the day Darcy Tucker found out they were calling him Sideshow Bob. It was during the playoffs against New Jersey in the spring of 2000 and a group of reporters caught up with Tucker in the Leafs' hotel. Someone mentioned that a New Jersey writer had come up with a new moniker for the feisty Leafs forward. Now, when someone tells you that you're being referred to as Sideshow Bob, you can react two ways: you can laugh it off and move on or you can blow a gasket.

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Name Calling Battle

from the Edmonton Journal,

Ian Laperriere says Oilers coach Craig MacTavish called him a "loser" as the teams lined up for a faceoff after the Ryan Smyth check on Brad Richardson, but MacTavish denied disparaging the hard-nosed forward, who could play for the Oilers in a heartbeat. "Nobody likes to be called the "L" word, but I have a lot of respect for Craig. He's got four Stanley Cups. What am I supposed to do? It's just two emotional guys out there," said Laperriere.

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The Early Vote

Linda Cohn of ESPN takes a shot at some early hardware picks...

Vezina Trophy This was a tough call for me, being a former goalie and all. Most would go with Kiprusoff or Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Meanwhile, the Kipper's Flames are struggling at ninth in the West (there is only so much this guy can do). Giggy is having a strong season for the Anaheim Ducks, but it's still not enough for me. My early pick for the top goalie award is Montreal's Cristobal Huet. Hang in here with me.
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Souray Talk Won’t Stop

via Spector's Trade Rumours,

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Modano Settling Down

from NBC5i,

Access Hollywood reports Dallas Stars center Mike Modano is engaged to “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Willa Ford. Ford broke the news to the entertainment show Thursday night at the Action Sports Awards in Los Angeles. Modano, 36, and Ford, 25, have been dating on and off for four years. Ford says Modano popped the question in bed, "We were out to dinner the other night, and I think he had it (the ring) with him the entire night. "He was really nervous. Then right before we went to sleep he asked me and I said, 'Yes.'”
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Attitude Key For Boumgartner

from the Winnipeg Free Press,

...The result has Baumgartner, who, after nine seasons in the minors, had finally established himself as an NHL regular with the Vancouver Canucks last season, playing for the Philadelphia Phantoms at the Spectrum rather than across the parking lot at the Wachovia Center with the Flyers. "It was frustrating at first, but I understand the business -- I can't really get called up now because I'd have to clear waivers, and if somebody else picked me up, the Flyers would still be on the hook for half my salary," explains Baumgarter, whose Phantoms will play the Manitoba Moose Friday. "Ah, but it could be worse. I could not be playing hockey. I could be shovelling snow or dirt or something. It's not that bad."

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