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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Nov. 24, 2008)—Boston Bruins center Marc Savard, Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 23.

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Oilers Hoped Penner Would Be Good

from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,

If only I could feel bad for the Oilers and their serious case of buyer’s remorse.

What, exactly, did Edmonton think it was purchasing with that offer sheet? Penner was a 6-foot-4, 245-pound winger who had played two seasons of college hockey, two seasons in the American League and one full season in the NHL (plus 19 games in part of one other season)....

Did they know his legs were “inconsistent” and his conditioning sometimes an issue? Did they know that the “competitiveness” part of his game has “always been a problem?”

That’s the reason GMs snicker. Edmonton didn’t know, but they hoped. They paid an exorbitant price and hoped for the best. They now have buyer’s remorse.

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Friction In The NHLPA

from Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal,

The NHL Players’ Association overhauled its constitution a year ago to prevent the union from repeating the errors of its past, but the union’s new structure is now causing friction between Executive Director Paul Kelly and ombudsman Eric Lindros.

Kelly and Lindros, once staunch supporters of each other, are increasingly at odds over their roles at the union, according to numerous hockey and sports industry sources.

continued and thanks to Sports Business Journal for allowing a normally paid subscription to be posted.

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  Tags: eric+lindros, paul+kelly

A Non-Blogger Responds

I wanted to draw your attention today to the KK Member Blog area, where HockeyinHD gives a side of the story we do not normally read about on this topic.

Also, for the folks who have been writing their own blog there, may I suggest updating your KK member profile.  I know a few folks involved in the business who want to know a little bit more about you so updating your profile may be to your advantage.

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Briere Concerned About Groin Pull

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

When Danny Briere suffered what the Flyers termed a “slight” pull in his left groin on Nov. 11 on Long Island, he thought a few days off the ice would allow the pull to heal.
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Nearly two weeks later, Briere says he is no better today than he was last week and is growing concerned about what might be the problem.

“I have no power,” he said Sunday, after skating at the Skate Zone. “I can’t stop and start, and that’s my game. I need to be quick taking off and jumping into holes, and right now I can’t do that.”

Briere insists the slight tear in his groin is unrelated to the sports-hernia surgery he underwent Oct. 25. That surgery was expected to require three to four weeks of rehab, but Briere returned to the lineup in 16 days,

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The Masks From The Past

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

“Bank robbery,” Marc Poulin says, hopefully in jest, “is still in planning.” On Poulin’s kitchen table in Lachine are probably 15 masks he could use for a heist. Sadly, he’d probably not get far - it wouldn’t be hard to find a fleeing Ken Dryden, Terry Sawchuk, Eddie Giacomin or Gerry Cheevers with a sack of loot in his fist.

For the past three years, Poulin has used his hands and imagination to produce dozens of styles of vintage fibreglass goalie masks, painstakingly detailed masterpieces of a bygone NHL.

Upon close inspection of his work, you marvel at the courage of the men who wore the genuine article. And the guts of those before them who had lumbered barefaced and scarred into action.

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Morrison Not Happy With Benching

from Chris Foster of the LA Times,

Brendan Morrison is trying to get off that track, though it is a course change that has been difficult to make. Morrison, who suffered a torn knee ligament in March and signed a $2.75-million contract in July, has two goals and four points.

Morrison did not play against Dallas on Saturday. It was the first time he has been held out of a game as a healthy scratch since Feb. 25, 2000, when he was with the New Jersey Devils.

“It doesn’t sit well,” Morrison said about the benching. “Am I upset about it? Yeah. As an athlete, the day you aren’t upset when you’re not in the lineup is the day you shouldn’t be playing the game.

“I feel I have something to contribute to team. It’s early in the season, but it’s time to get going and start making a difference.”

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Bruins Go Black

from the Boston Bruins,

The Third Jersey System includes a new jersey and new socks, and is predominantly black.  The jersey itself is black with gold trim at the neck, and has two gold stripes and one white stripe on the arms.  The Bruins secondary logo, which is featured on the shoulders of the primary Bruins jersey, is featured on the chest of the third jersey. Alternately, the Bruins primary logo (the Spoked-B) is located on each shoulder. The socks are black with two gold stripes and one white stripe.

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Time For A Rangers Shake-Up

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Rozsival’s game has gone from bad to worse. Redden’s has gone from bad to somewhat better to worse after a relapse the last two matches. Neither is the least bit physically involved. (Wait, that’s what both are - the least bit physically involved.)

Neither has been acute reading the rush. Neither has been decisive with the puck. Neither has been able to make the power play hum.

At the same time, neither has been benched for so much as an even-strength shift by coach Tom Renney. Neither has been scratched.

That’s not possible with the Rangers carrying the minimum six defensemen so that GM Glen Sather can burn up to $3.6M of cap space every night on three scratched forwards.

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Your All-Star Goalies

from Mick Kern at the XM204 Home Ice Blog,

In the name of restoring some sanity to the choices for the 2008-09 NHL All-Star Game, I’ve cut through all the hype and hysteria, and come up with the six goaltenders who’ll be making the trip to Montreal.  No need to thank me.  Now you can go back to using the internet for what it was initially intended for, watching people make total fools of themselves on YouTube….

These three gentlemen are obvious choices; there’s no way anyone can construct a rational argument against them.

- Roberto Luongo - Vancouver Canucks
- Niklas Backstrom - Minnesota Wild
- Marty Turco - Dallas Stars

I know what you’re saying, what the heck is Turco doing on this list?  Have you seen this guy play recently?  Yes, indeed I have.  Turco has been a top notch goaltender over the past few seasons, and his fall-from-grace this fall has been stunning.  If anything, he’d be perfect for the All-Star Game, since everyone wants to see goals, goals, and more goals.

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