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Briere Out 4-5 Weeks

via On The Fly at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

Flyers center Danny Briere will be sidelined for the next four-to-five weeks with a groin strain, according to general manager Paul Holmgren.

Briere left last night’s 4-3 overtime win over Tampa Bay after the second period. Prior to that game, he had missed the 14 of the previous 16 games with various injuries.

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Brooks On Avery

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Gary Bettman’s decision to indefinitely suspend Avery pending a hearing tomorrow in New York is extraordinary, unprecedented, and most importantly, an abuse of power that the NHLPA must vigorously oppose even if a vast majority of its membership would just as soon see Page Six Sean receive a dishonorable discharge from the NHL.

This suspension must be challenged in an independent forum where the burden of proof would be placed on the commissioner to demonstrate that saying the words “sloppy seconds” represents “[conduct] detrimental to [the NHL] or the game of hockey,” as Bettman is claiming in citing the language in By-Law 17 and Article 6 of the NHL constitution as grounds for imposing discipline.

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You do know there is a very simple solution to all of this?  Stars waive Avery, he clears, spends a few weeks in the minors.  Stars recall Sean, he gets picked up by Calgary.  Case settled!!!

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All Star Game Voting in the West

New York (December 3, 2008) – The Calgary Flames and NHL Winter Classic 2009 host Chicago Blackhawks heat up the Western Conference XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports. Meanwhile, Red Wings fans continue to vote in droves to support their Stanley Cup champions.

Detroit captain Nicklas Lidstrom extended his dominance in the balloting among defensemen by gaining over 75,000 votes last week to remain, for the second week in a row, the highest Western Conference vote-getter. Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf has a stronghold on second place, while Wings’ Brian Rafalski (135,074)is holdingoff Chicago’s Brian Campbell (133,265) for third place among defensemen.   

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg, hockey+fans

The Hockey News Is On The Air

Toronto, ON – The Hockey News, North America’s leading hockey publication announced today the launch of a brand new radio show on XM Canada, the country’s leading satellite radio service. The Hockey News Radio Show will air on XM Canada’s NHL HOME ICE (XM Channel 204) every Friday afternoon from 3pm – 4pm EST with a repeat on Sunday afternoon’s from 6pm-7pm EST.

The show, hosted by THN’s Adam Proteau and XM Canada’s Mike Ross, will be a one-hour hockey magazine style show focusing on current events, controversies and hot topics with weekly high profile guests.

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Afternoon Line

“It’s ridiculous we’re even talking about this, because our game is about great people doing great things and yet the attention our game is getting today in the U.S. is over this.’‘

-Wings coach Mike Babcock on the Avery issue.  More comments from the Wings from Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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Who’s the Best GM in the NHL?

Pierre LeBrun asks readers of his blog at ESPN:

Best GM in the NHL? The ESPN.com puckheads delivered again.

Ken Holland was the most popular answer, followed by Lou Lamoriello (Devils), Doug Wilson (Sharks) and Brian Burke (Toronto), among others. Because there’s been so much focus on Burke over the past week, we needn’t bother going over that again here.

Let’s take a look at other GMs:

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Sakic Out Minimum 6 Weeks

From TSN :

Joe Sakic will be lost to the Colorado Avalanche for at least six weeks due to a herniated disc in his back.

The captain originally injured his back during weight training but aggravated the injury on his first shift of the November 28th game against the Phoenix Coyotes.

“He’ll continue to be monitored by our medical staff who will prescribe a treatment regimen that will hopefully allow Joe to be back playing as quickly as possible,” said executive vice president and general manager Francois Giguere.

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Note: The URL for this post has been changed as it was posted on the wrong blog initially. My error and my apologies.

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More Games Going To OT

from Jesse Campigotto of CBC Sports,

NHL players are working overtime like never before to earn their six-, seven- and eight-figure salaries. Through Friday, 89 of the 333 games (26.7 per cent) played this season required more than 60 minutes to decide a winner.

That’s a notable increase from each of the three seasons following the 2004-05 lockout, when shootouts were introduced to settle contests still knotted through overtime. In those campaigns, the rate of games going to OT hovered between 22.1 and 22.8 per cent.

So what, right? More overtime equals more excitement. More fun. More hockey for your hard-earned (and, given the sickly state of the TSX, increasingly precious) dollars. Plus, you don’t exactly see fans filing for the exits before the start of a shootout.

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The Journeymen

from Sean Pronger at the Hockey News,

On the walk over to the rink you begin to question the decisions you have made and where it all went wrong. This is right about the time when you find out either:

a) Someone got called up and we’ll be a man short, or
b) One of the Euros isn’t feeling well and has decided to sit this one out - beautiful.

Here is a little tip for all of you future journeymen out there - before the game starts you’ll be asked to place your food order so it will be ready for you to take on the bus to your next disaster.

Your choices will look a little something like this:
a) spaghetti and meatballs
b) chicken parmesan
c) pizza
d) turkey sub

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Would You Want Avery?

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

“Had the league not have suspended him, the Dallas Stars would have,” Hicks said. “This organization will not tolerate such behavior, especially from a member of our hockey team. We hold our team to a higher standard and will continue to do so.”

To which I say: Give me a break. You’re telling me Hicks hadn’t heard a word about Avery’s penchant for classlessness before he approved the $15.5 million over four years?

Count Hicks as another hypocritical, clueless owner. He had no problems with Avery in July, despite the long list of behavior issues. Now, the Stars have a higher standard.

So, if the Stars are so mortified by Avery and want to be done with him, what’s next?

How about a Rangers reunion?

read on and would you want Avery to be a member of your team, vote below…

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