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Theodore Out 6-8 Weeks

from TSN and the CP,

Jose Theodore's bad season just got worse. Theodore suffered a broken right heel in a fall outside his home on Thursday night and will miss six to eight weeks of hockey. Theodore slipped while walking down the stairs outside his home. Freezing rain had made conditions in Montreal treacherous that day.
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What Now

Team USA loses to Slovakia 2-1 and if you saw the Canada/Swiss game you would swear you saw the same game but with different jerseys. The U.S did not have the offensive chances that Canada did, but the defensive style of both Slovakia and the Swiss were almost identical. Is it the wider ice, the coaching or is it the play around the world is catching up?

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Sakic To Have X-rays

via TSN,

Team Canada captain Joe Sakic is getting X-rays after taking a highstick in the face late in the game against Switzerland. Sakic was stitched up on the bench in the waning moments of the game, but had to go for X-rays after the game amid fears he may have sustained a broken cheekbone
update 4:22pm, via the CBC,
Team Canada captain Joe Sakic will play in Sunday's game against Finland after an examination of his left cheekbone revealed no fractures.

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Uh-O Canada

Hockey world in disarray. The Swiss upset the favored Team Canada 2-0 in a very exciting game. Interesting to note the ref was the same individual that was involved in the Nash incident that was brought up earlier this week at Kukla's Korner. The difference, Martin Gerber (51 saves-unofficial) stood on his head. update 12:15pm, from USA TODAY,

Every player on Canada's men's hockey team plays in the NHL. Just three of Switzerland's players are on NHL rosters. You know where this is going. There was another upset in hockey. This time Switzerland pulled off the shocker, defeating Canada 2-0 in a Group A game. It was Switzerland's first victory over Canada in Olympic hockey history.
update 12:51pm, more from the IIHF. update 2:43pm, from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
For Canada, the most pressing part of their game would be the ability to finish on the power play, something Heatley said is a work in progress. "It's something we're working on," Heatley said of the Canadian power play. "We're getting used to each other and how to move the puck." Perhaps with a little more urgency after this defeat.
more update 5:05pm, from Scott Burnside via ABC,
Is this one wacky hockey tournament or what? What's that? You can't hear me? That's because 4,000 zany Swiss fans, who somehow managed to smuggle giant cow bells into the Torino Esposizioni, are jumping up and down and singing and jingling in celebration of their national team's biggest hockey win, a 2-0 tilt over defending gold-medal winner Canada. "La Suisse, La Suisse, La Suisse" they chanted over and over, waving their red-and-white flags and jingling those bells. Want to know the weird part?
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A New V.P. At The NHL

from the NHL, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman today announced the appointment of Karen Durkin as Executive Vice President, Communications and Brand Strategy. Durkin will be responsible for overseeing Public Relations, Media Relations, Corporate Communications, Community Relations, League Diversity efforts, and Player promotional initiatives. In addition, Ms. Durkin will be charged with shaping the League's brand strategy across all NHL business functions to ensure a consistent and relevant message. more image

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Undiscovered Sport

from the Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier,

College hockey remains America’s great undiscovered sport. “I’ve got to be realistic about it,” said Chris Tok, the associate head coach of the Waterloo Black Hawks and a former player at the University of Wisconsin. “It’s still down on the … chart somewhere. Obviously, football and basketball and some other sports carry the weight.” There are no Dick Vitales selling it to the average fan in search of something new and exciting. The Division I national championship. known as the Frozen Four, appears on ESPN. Yet the Worldwide Leader keeps the hype relatively low key. Kobe Bryant’s trips to the mailbox get more attention.
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Stanley Cam

If you haven't watched the travels of the Stanley Cup (will open wmp video) through Turin, it is well worth your time if you are a true hockey fan. NHL.com has been doing a great job of giving us a look at Turin and I am looking forward to their daily reports. You can find it all here.

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I Knew It

Doc Emrick and J.D just mentioned the boards are 4 feet high, six inches higher than what we see in the NHL. Hmmm...

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Injuries A Big Concern

from the Globe and Mail,

There has been some concern that a single career-ending injury to an elite professional could put an end to NHL participation in the Olympics, but so far there has been no such incident. Despite waves of panic in Ottawa -- and an admission by the Senators that they all but ordered Hasek to return -- Hasek's injury is not considered, at the moment, that serious. Yet, even a small injury can have profound effect in such a short tournament where, toward the end, each game essentially boils down to sudden-death play.
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Butt!

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Troubled by a strained abductor muscle (located high up in the rear end), Hasek boarded a flight out of Turin to return to Ottawa to be examined by doctors. Though Ottawa doctors will have to confirm it, sources say Hasek will be out of action 10-14 days as a result of the injury. It could be longer, but you can be guaranteed the Senators will make sure he’s fully healed before he returns to action. “I’m disappointed,” said Hasek, who was trying to win his second gold medal after leading the Czechs to a victory in 1998. “But I’m not 100% and I’m not going to be able to help the team.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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