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Markov Tweaks Knee

from MLive:

Defenseman Danny Markov, in his first preseason game with the Wings, sustained what the club called a slightly sprained left medial collateral ligament late in the first period of Friday's 5-4 win over Tampa Bay. Markov will have an MRI today, but the team said it doesn't appear to be a serious injury. The rugged defenseman has been injury-prone during his career.
Sprains are better than tears, and Schneider (rotator cuff) and Howard (groin) are nursing injuries already. Markov and Hasek have something in common--every little tweak will be blamed on their propensity for sustaining injuries. continued

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AHL’s Ahead Of The Curve

from TheAHL.com:

The American Hockey League and B2 Networks announced today the introduction of B2 Power Play, a new service that will provide complete coverage of AHL action to fans on a worldwide basis. Included in the B2 Power Play package are access to watch every regular-season game of your favorite AHL team, free access to the AHL Game of the Week and exclusive weekly highlights. And in addition to broadband viewing on personal computers, B2 Power Play will also be available on the new B2toGO network, allowing fans to watch American Hockey League games on cell phones and other wireless devices.
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Five For Fighting

from John Ondrasik (of the band Five for Fighting) at Sports Illustrated,

I named my band after a hockey fight. Of course, that was more than 10 years ago -- the Golden Age. You remember the names ... or at least the nicknames: Rob Ray, Shane Churla, The Twister, The Grim Reaper. Every team had one, and on their respective slabs of ice these men were kings. They were more adored and despised than any Great One, Super Mario or Dominator perched between the pipes.
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Getting To Know Anson

from the Columbus Blue Jackets, CBJ.com,

CBJ.com - Q: What is it about hockey that you love the most? Anson - A: I think it's just being in the locker room with the guys and just the feeling of winning and scoring goals. You can't explain the rush of having 20,000 people behind you, yelling, screaming and cheering when your team does well. Q: If you weren't playing pro hockey, what would you be doing? Anson - A: That's a tough question. There are a lot of interesting professions out there. I'd probably be a movie producer. I kind of like having to put together the parts and assemble a team, similar to being a general manager in hockey. And [being a GM] is right up there as well. I think GMs and producers are both similar in what they have to do in terms of managing budgets and putting together the pieces that you need to have a successful team or movie project.
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All Sidney

Tele-conference with Sidney Crosby today,

Q. We all know how much in the spotlight you are all the time. Do you ever get a chance to be a teenager, do the stuff that teenagers do? SIDNEY CROSBY: Yeah, I do. Of course, away from the rink, my life is pretty normal, I think. I have to pick my spots. I don't go to busy areas. I don't go to the mall on a Saturday afternoon, things like that. No, for sure, I have to live life to the fullest and do the things everyone else does, hang out with my teammates, my friends. Away from the rink, I think I'm pretty much a normal guy. Q. You've been called, rightly or wrongly, the savior of the franchise, some people called you after the lockout the savior of the league. There's a lot of expectations for you to act in a certain way when a lot of times people forget how young you really are. SIDNEY CROSBY: No, I think, of course, there's going to be expectations. I think I've dealt with those throughout my life. I have to look at myself in the mirror and see what mine are. I can't worry about other expectations too much. Of course, I want to be a good role model, be a good person, but at the same time as far as hockey's concerned, all I can do is be my best.

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All Bases Covered

Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail covers it all this week. From Crosby to Ovechkin to Malkin to the NHLPA with team news thrown in too.

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Greg Johnson’s Health

via the Detroit News,

Center Greg Johnson, who failed his physical at training camp, still is not ready to play for the Wings. Johnson, who had an abnormal EKG reading during his physical, went to the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota for tests on Wednesday. The Wings have received the results but have not been given permission from Johnson's agent, Tom Laidlaw, to discuss them. Contacted Friday morning, Laidlaw said, "Everything is up in the air. I don't mean to sound evasive but we just don't know at this point (whether Johnson will return at the start of the regular season).

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Looking For Bloggers

Wizbang Sports is looking for hockey bloggers...

We are looking for some fans who would be interested in blogging about "their" team. We're not looking for professional writers, and if you are only in it for the money you are going to be severely disappointed -- there isn't any. But, if you love hockey and would be interested in sharing your views and opinions we would love to hear from you.
Just a tip folks, change the logo!!!

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Hinote Credits West Point

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

"It wasn't easy to leave because the academy is the academy,'' Hinote said. "You're so proud to be there. But the way my family and I figured, you can always go back to school. Your window of opportunity for hockey is so small. You never want to look back and wish you did something." Hinote acknowledges that his time at West Point changed him, and not just because after you've gone through an Army boot camp, an NHL training camp is nothing. "I think (West Point) changes everybody,'' Hinote said. "You fully understand what you're capable of taking mentally. Once you go through that first year, you realize the capability of your mind and body. After that, you think, 'I went through that. I can handle (anything).' "
more update 2:15pm, Heard there was a knee on knee hit last night on McKee during the Blues/Wild contest. McKee is out with a knee injury and it could be a month until he returns. update 3:12pm, from the News-Democrat,
St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay McKee sustained a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee Thursday in a preseason game against Minnesota and will be out for at least two weeks and possibly longer. That could keep McKee out of the lineup when the Blues open the regular season Oct. 5 at San Jose. McKee was injured on a hard check in the third period by Minnesota's Derek Boogaard. "If he wants to hit me that's fine," McKee said Friday after getting treatment at the Blues' practice facility. "But when a guy's exposed and his legs are hanging out, it's not very hard to back off. It's just asking to injure a player when you do that. "If that's what he wanted to do, he achieved his goal."

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She’s Back

Alanah must be back in town after her too long vacation. She has some more information on the new NHL.com website and I hope she starts blogging in a hurry. She should be nice and refreshed after her west coast swing, so start bringing it Alanah.

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