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Time For A New Arena On Long Island

from Mark Herrmann of Newsday,

It’s too trite to say “Give the Devils their due,” but kudos to owner Jeff Vanderbeek and the team that probably ranks last among New York-area franchises in Q rating. They’re finally first at something. With their home opener last night, they became the first in this generation to build a new house.

Last night was an occasion, the kind that makes you feel, “If it can happen here, it can happen anywhere.”

It also made you think, if you happen to be from someplace, say, east of New York City, “How come we can’t pull off something like this?” As a member of the Islanders organization said the other day, “I’m jealous.”

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  Tags: arenas, new+york+islanders

A Worthy Cause For Drew Miller

from the LA Times,

All 30 teams are recognizing one home game in October as Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Night and the Ducks are doing their part tonight to raise money to benefit the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.

But 23-year-old (Drew) Miller already has a long history with his work in that area. During his sophomore and junior seasons at Michigan State, the winger started a program called Spartan Buddies, in which many of the school’s student-athletes made visits to children in the hospital.

The program has continued after Miller left school to turn pro.

read on (reg. req.)

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  Tags: drew+miller

Julien Calls Hit On Bergeron “Dirty”

fromm Matt Kalman of the Hockey Journal,

Everyone was able to release a slight sigh of relief – knowing that the result of Jones’ reckless action could’ve been even worse. Bruins head coach Claude Julien was still cautiously optimistic because he knows things could turn in the days ahead. When asked if he thought the hit was dirty, Julien didn’t pull any punches.

“I had the opportunity to look at it, and if people are calling that accidental, when a guy puts his arm behind a guy’s head, his feet leave the ice, I don’t think that’s accidental. So yes, it was a dirty hit,” the bench boss said.

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  Tags: boston+bruins, patrice+bergeron, philadelphia+flyers

Tocchet’s Status May Be Decided This Week

From Scott Morrison at CBC,

Rick Tocchet could have his status with the NHL determined by the end of this week.

According to sources, the long-awaited Cleary Report, an internal investigation into Tocchet’s involvement in a gambling ring, is expected to be delivered to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman this week. Once Bettman digests the report, authored by lawyer Robert Cleary, he will conduct a meeting with Tocchet and determine whether he will be allowed to return as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes any time soon.

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  Tags: phoenix+coyotes, rick+tocchet, suspensions

Gaborik & Backstrom Out

from the Pioneer Press,

Marian Gaborik injured his groin in practice Saturday and will miss Sunday’s game against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center.

General manager Doug Risebrough said he made the decision to sit Gaborik as a precaution. The right wing is officially listed as day to day, which is how his 34-day layoff last season started.

“I’m definitely not going to miss 40 games again,” Gaborik said….

That wasn’t the only bad news the Wild absorbed at practice Saturday. No. 1 goaltender Niklas Backstrom also left practice early because of a groin injury and will not play against Colorado

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  Tags: injuries, marian+gaborik, minnesota+wild

Patrice Bergeron Taken To Hospital

update 7:03pm, Bergeron has full movement, concussion and broken nose.

Note 5:33pm,  I will be adding to this post, so make sure to check the permalink page on occasion.  Also, Jaci at Wicked Bruins Fan was live blogging the game and is updating as information becomes available.

5:35pm, Video added on the permalink page.

5:55pm, Randy Jones issues a statement, found at the bottom of the post, go to the permalink page…


Bergeron was hit from behind by Randy Jones.  He was stablized on a stretcher and taken to the hospital. 

No report yet… You can follow along at this thread on HFBoards...

added 5:16pm, TSN report...

added 5:19pm, from the Sports Ticker via Yahoo,

Bergeron was in the offensive zone and had just passed the puck when Jones checked him from behind, crashing Bergeron headfirst into the glass and metal divider.

Bergeron lay motionless for 10 minutes while team doctor Thomas Gill tended to him. Gill and Bruins trainers worked to get the assistant captain on a flat support before lifting him onto a gurney.

The crowd gave Bergeron an ovation as he was taken off the ice and to an ambulance to be taken to a local hospital.

Jones was given a five-minute boarding penalty with a game misconduct.

added 5:24pm. from the AP via NHL.com,

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  Tags: patrice+bergeron

WOW & Center Ice

I have received a few emails lately asking me how to get Center Ice back on to WOW (Wide Open West).

The emails have come from people in the Detroit area who are very upset they don’t even have the option to subscribe to CI.  Are there any WOW customers getting CI?  If so, where are you located.

My only suggestion is to keep hammering your local WOW office and demand CI.  I do wish I could be of more service, but your provider is the one that needs to hear it from you.

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  Tags: wow

Naslund On Forsberg

from Duffer’s Dabbles at the Windsor Star,

Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund is good friends with fellow Swede Peter Forsberg and he isn’t buying any of the recent speculation that Forsberg could be back in the National Hockey League by Nov. 15, with Philadelphia and Colorado listed as supposed landing spots for the former Hart Trophy winner. “I haven’t talked to him since the summer, so I don’t know where he’s at,” Naslund said. “I know he’s back skating (with MoDo of the Swedish Elite League), but I don’t think he’s going to make a decision anytime soon.”

more NHL bits…

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Pattern Developing For Ducks

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

While it’s too early to say the Ducks are on the same path as the Canes were last year in following up their Cup victory by missing the post-season tournament, there are some similarities, and falling from 52 to 40 wins was enough for Carolina to accomplish that dubious feat.

Interestingly, the Ducks – who may get Bertuzzi and Schneider back next week – are off to a slightly worse start than were the Hurricanes a year ago after the same number of games, and because Randy Carlyle’s team plays in a much tougher division, the slow start could be equally deadly.

Tampa Bay, meanwhile, hasn’t won a playoff series since it won it all in 2004. These days, with the salary cap and free agency a tough challenge for all quality teams, being the NHL champ seems to be a precursor to tough times.

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Vokoun Returns To Nashville

from the Tennessean,

Under normal circumstances the Panthers likely would rest their starter tonight. But with the buzz sure to accompany Vokoun’s return, this isn’t a normal situation. Trotz said he would enjoy a matchup between Vokoun and his former backup, Chris Mason.

“I would love that,” Mason said. “I have a lot of respect for Tomas, and it would be a thrill to compete against him.”

Vokoun was not so sure.

“I have mixed feelings about that,” he said. “Sometimes people come back and say, ‘I have something to prove.’ I don’t feel that way. When I got traded I knew the exact reason why I was traded. Everyone was so nice to me from the bottom to the top. I play for Florida and want to win the game, but I wish nothing but the best for the Preds.”

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  Tags: tomas+vokoun

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