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Still Waiting

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

When Mark Parrish signed on with the Dallas Stars last month, the Limbo Club lost a member.

Limbo as in veteran players who remain without an NHL job, the likes of Yanic Perreault, Bryan Smolinski, Jocelyn Thibault, Glen Murray, Kevyn Adams, Martin Lapointe and Dan Cloutier—brand names that got lost in the shuffle this past offseason.

They are the victims of a postlockout NHL that is growing younger and younger, victims of a salary-cap system in which teams have difficulty finding money for these types of veterans. It’s like musical chairs—when the music stops, not everyone will find a seat.

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Morning Line

“It was like an NHL team against a non-NHL team, we have a long way to go before we are a top team.”

-Rangers goaltender Henrik Lundqvist after losing to Montreal last night.  More on the Rangers from Larry Brooks of the NY Post.

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Keep Winning, Keep Playing

from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

As long as the Panthers keep winning with Craig Anderson in goal, he’ll remain the starter.

Coach Pete DeBoer said after Thursday’s 2-1 win against the Sabres at BankAtlantic Center that Anderson will make his fifth consecutive start Saturday against the Bruins.

Anderson began the season clearly the team’s No. 2 netminder behind Tomas Vokoun, but has emerged as a co-starter the past nine days.

Anderson made 45 saves Thursday while facing 46 shots – both season highs. The Panthers finished with 25 shots.

continued with more on Anderson…

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More Problems For ‘Boots’

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

The legal travails of former Silicon Valley venture capitalist William “Boots” Del Biaggio — a former part-owner of the NHL’s Nashville Predators — are about to deepen.

Federal prosecutors in California have charged Del Biaggio with fraud, and the U.S. national securities regulator has slapped him with an injunction as part of a $65-million scheme to bilk a raft of small investors and several banks.

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Evening Line

Brian Burke’s certification as Maple Leafs monarch has plural positives for Toronto. For the first time since the Conn Smythe-Punch Imlach Eras, Toronto boasts a commanding leader who gives a face to the franchise.

Smythe and Imlach have 10 Stanley Cups between them. Now an eleventh will be possible once Burke gets the house in order; and that will only take a year.

-Stan Fishchler at the Hockey Journal where you can read more hockey notes from The Maven.

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Too Much Black

from Sarah Kwak of Sports Illustrated,

The NHL introduced its third jersey program in 1995, when five teams brought fresh looks to the their closets. Since then,hockey fans have seen the good, the bad and plenty of the ugly. And after a year without them—the league-wide uniform switch to Reebok last season meant no thirds for 2007-08—they’re back.

In black.

Seven of the 19 clubs sporting thirds this season have chosen to go with a predominantly black jersey. I know hockey players like their AC/DC, but come on. That’s more black than a Fashion Week runway. It’s said that a dark jersey intimidates opponents (foes of the the NFL’s Oakland Raiders may beg), but with so many black jerseys in the NHL, the collection of this season’s thirds is somehwat bland.

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KHL Takes a Lesson From the NHL

From WABC:

imageThe NHL won’t have the only outdoor hockey game this season.

The Continental Hockey League announced Thursday its first ever All-Star Game will be held outdoors Jan. 10 at Red Square.

Team Yashin, featuring Russian-born players and led by former New York Islanders center Alexei Yashin, will take on Team Jagr, made up of players from the rest of the world and captained by former New York Rangers star winger Jaromir Jagr.

Voting on the KHL All Star game has been going on here. Photo is from Sharkspage where PJ included it on this post a couple years ago about another notable hockey game that took place in Red Square.

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Brian Campbell Talks Chicago & Wings In Winter Classic

Brian Campbell participated in a tele-conference today… Q. As David mentioned, Chicago is greatly improved on the power play this year.  I think you are seventh in the league; whereas, they have not been in the top 20 in several years.  Could you talk about the effectiveness of the first unit, and talk about how the coaches worked in other partners with you on the point and what’s been working the best.

BRIAN CAMPBELL:  Well, we struggled out of the gate the first couple of games on the power play.  And I think even until we found the right mix, it took a while.  So over the last, probably 15 games maybe, we started to click pretty good.

Obviously it helps when Patty Kane is a year older and Jonathan Toews, and Patrick Sharp has his confidence going.  And obviously on the point, I’ve worked with—we found to get on the right sides and everything with Cam Barker and myself on the one unit that we are using right now.

So, you know, I think for us, we have been finding knowing our areas where to go and finding holes and we know all of our options out there, I think that’s the biggest thing about a power play is to know where your options are at all times.  For us, I don’t even have to look in a lot of instances and I know where guys are going to be in what areas.

You know, it’s good.  You need that to be a playoff team.  You need to be up there in special teams in those areas.

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Upshall Hears From Campbell

from the Delco Times,

Scottie Upshall didn’t think he was going to be penalized for his check on Tampa Bay’s Evgeni Artyukhin, but the morning after being slapped with a major penalty and a game misconduct, Upshall found himself talking to NHL discipline boss Colin Campbell.

Upshall wasn’t suspended, or even fined, but he was given a stern talking to by Campbell who is on a mission to take dangerous hits and eradicate them from the league entirely.

“I’m glad I’m not suspended, but I definitely don’t think I should have been kicked out of the game,” Upshall said. “(Campbell) wanted me to try my best to let up on guys who are in a vulnerable position and that’s what I try to do. He said we’re not going to suspend you, but we’re trying to crack down on these hits….”

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Sean Avery—Decision Pending

From NHL.com:

After the meeting,  [Brett] Hull spoke to the media outside the building before leaving and said that he expected a decision by later today or Friday. Avery departed after Hull and did not speak to reporters as he was escorted to a waiting car.

If a decision comes down today from the NHL, we’ll be sure to update this post.

Incidentally, Eric McErlain at AOL’s NHL Fanhouse published an interesting interview today that relates to another recent Avery incident. 

update 6:18pm, The NHL will release their decision Friday morning regarding Avery.

 

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  Tags: brett+hull, sean+avery, suspensions

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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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