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Voting On Head Hits

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Of 33 NHL players who responded to the question, “would you support a penalty for hits to the head,” 27 voted yes, five players voted no and one player said more research is required….

Of 26 general managers who responded to the question, 11 said yes - they would support a penalty for hits to the head; nine said no - and six said the issue is too complex for a “yes” or “no” answer.

The poll was anonymous, but Anaheim ducks general manager Brian Burke went on the record with vehement opposition to a new head checking penalty. “Our sport overreacts to any injury that occurs in clusters,” he said. “I have been a GM for over 800 games and this is a dangerous path to start down.”

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Waddell’s Job Still Safe in Atlanta

From Craig Custance at his Sporting News blog:

The job of general manager and executive vice president Don Waddell is safe—although [Thrashers co-owner Bruce] Levenson wouldn’t rule out any future changes.

“There’s nothing new with Don,” Levenson told sportingnews.com. “We look at our coaches and general managers all the time. We’ve made changes in the past—coaching and general managers in our organization (the Atlanta Spirit, which also owns the Atlanta Hawks). We look at that all the time.”

Waddell was hired as the general manager of the expansion Thrashers in 1998, and the team has only made the playoffs once. Early indications are that this year’s team is a longshot for postseason play.

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  Tags: don+waddell

The Best NHL Player Right Now

per TSN…

1. Ryan Miller

2. Tim Thomas

3. Alexander Semin

4. Shea Weber

5. Andrei Markov

more with a breakdown by position…

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Carolina’s ‘Cape Fear’

From Mike Sundheim of the Carolina Hurricanes:

Cam Ward was trying out new headgear at today’s morning skate, our first morning skate of the season. Here are some photos of the new mask, which includes some of the North Carolina themes of his past masks, along with a new twist… An evil stare from the movie “Cape Fear”.

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*photos are property of the Carolina Hurricanes site. More images there.

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  Tags: cam+ward, goalie+masks

Panthers Thinking Player Moves

from the Florida Panthers Blog at the Sun Sentinel,

General Manager Jacques Martin spoke today about the Panthers’ 4-6-1 start and noted that he’s considering moving some veteran players who aren’t producing.

“When I look at our performance so far, I don’t think it’s good enough,” Martin said. “We made some moves in the offseason and some of our players have to be better. Some of our veterans have to give us a better performance.”

Martin said he was troubled by the team’s defense as a whole—forwards included—and the number of goals allowed (35).

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Now What New Jersey

It’s not the worst-case news: That would be a year-ending injury. But losing Marty Brodeur for 3-4 months it’s tough stuff for the Devils. We asked hockey writers Rich Chere and Colin Stephenson to break down the situation:

1. We know Brodeur is “better” than Kevin Weekes. He may be better than every other goalie in the world. Give us your thoughts on Kevin Weekes’ skills? Is he good enough to be a No. 1 goalie?

continued at the Star-Ledger…

added 4:34pm, from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

“I’m in shock a little bit, but I don’t feel too bad,” the Devils goaltender said this afternoon. “This is something that I didn’t see coming, but I understand the whole process of it. We took our time. We didn’t make a decision on it right away. We made sure we saw a few doctors and we did our homework about the surgery that is going to be done.”

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Franzen Feeling Better, Chelios Still Sore

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Johan Franzen (sprained left MCL) and Chris Chelios (fractured right tibia) were on the ice for the first time since they were injured, both skating before the team started practice.

Franzen fared much better, saying his range of motion feels good and doesn’t anticipate being out as long as he was last year (10 games) with the same type of injury. Chelios only skated for a few minutes and quickly learned he’s not close to returning.

“I felt good,’’ Franzen said. “I’m starting slow so I don’t want to risk anything, just long strides and go in laps.’‘

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  Tags: chris+chelios, johan+franzen

Price Will Be Great

from Louis Jean at Sportsnet,

Anyone who knows a little about hockey can see what great potential Price has. What they can’t see is his determination. He lost 30 pounds this summer to ensure he’s ready for the rigours of an 82-game season. And although Price has given up a few soft goals so far this season, every single general manager in the NHL would build their team around him in a heartbeat.

So it made absolutely no sense when veteran writer and broadcaster Stan Fischler said Price was a stiff, he was cocky and inept on the weekend. It’s one thing to offer an opinion based on facts, however, taking personal shots at someone simply to increase your own exposure and TV ratings is ludicrous.

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  Tags: carey+price

NHLPA Files Charge Against The NHL

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The NHLPA filed an unfair labor practice charge against the NHL with the National Labor Relations Board in New York today, The Post has learned.

The action by the Players’ Association immediately followed notification that the union had lost its grievance against the NHL regarding “defected player status” for drafted and unsigned Europeans.

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Brodeur Out 3-4 Months

via Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur will have surgery Thursday morning to repair a torn distal biceps in his left elbow and will miss three to four months, Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said this morning.

Update 2:07pm ET: (alanah): Eric McErlain at AOL Fanhouse has video of Brodeur’s injury, and some comments on what this means for the Devils.

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  Tags: martin+brodeur

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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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