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Garon Suffers Groin Injury

from the LA Times,

Kings goaltender Mathieu Garon suffered a groin injury during practice Wednesday and will not play in today's game against the Phoenix Coyotes. Garon was hurt making a save at the end of practice. He stretched his left leg to block a shot on net, then immediately collapsed and had to be helped off the ice. Garon will undergo treatment but said, "I've never had this before so maybe I'll respond quickly, maybe I'll be feeling better tomorrow. There is no reason to panic." There could be some call for panic, given that the Kings have to start Dan Cloutier in net.
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Hockey Ratings In Canada Way Down

from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

National ratings for CBC and TSN show a significant decline from last season, the first after the NHL lost an entire season to a labour dispute. And while the league has been touting the attractiveness of the "new NHL," with its new rules designed to open up the game, ratings thus far indicate the league is not much more popular here than it was prior to the lockout. There are some possible explanations, but TV executives are mystified by the size of the decrease. Hockey Night In Canada ratings are off 19 per cent for the early game and a whopping 33 per cent for the late one compared to last year. TSN's ratings have dropped 18 per cent.
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Thrashers Looking For Offensive Center

from the Globe and Mail,

Waddell said he would like to add an offensive centre to play between Hossa and Kozlov. Right now former Michigan State forward Jim Slater has that spot and hasn't disappointed the Thrashers GM. "We've made a commitment to Jimmy," Waddell said. "But the one spot that has me concerned, and it's no secret, is finding a centre to play with Hossa and Kozlov. "Of course, a centre who makes no money," he added, jokingly.
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Elias Struggling Early

from the NY Post,

Especially noticeable is his minus-14 rating, tied yesterday for second-worst in the NHL with Petr Nedved among forwards, better only than Phoenix rookie Enver Lisin's minus-16. This from the guy who led the league at plus-45 in 2000-01. "It's killing me," Elias told The Post yesterday. "I'm shocked, too. I never was minus in my career. It's disturbing. Even on this road trip, we'd make two or three mistakes and I'd be on the ice, and it'd go in. And when you have chances and don't score, it's going to show."
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Turning Tragedy Into Hope

from the Associated Press:

The parents of a former Norwich hockey captain, who died from injuries in an attack outside a Toronto bar, have donated their slain son's organs. In a statement released Wednesday, Michael Serba's family said the organ donations would allow their son's legacy to live on through others. Serba, a graduate student at Norwich University in Northfield, Vt., died Tuesday. The 25-year-old Serba had been on life support after being struck in the head with an unknown object, possibly a brick, early Saturday after he left a bar. Nicholas Crowdis, 22, of Toronto, was arrested early Saturday, police said. His next court appearance is Dec. 4. "Out of this tragedy we are comforted that Michael's great many qualities of strength, determination, compassion and goodness continue to shine through beyond his life," Serba's family said in the statement.
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Flames To Retire Vernon’s #30

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail:

For only the second time in franchise history, the Calgary Flames will raise a retired number to the rafters. Goaltender Mike Vernon, who holds all the National Hockey League team's major career net-minding records, will have his No. 30 retired by the Flames on Feb. 6 in a pregame ceremony prior to a game against Chicago, it has been learned. Vernon made 526 regular-season appearances on the part of the Flames, posted a 259-170-13 record, plus a career goals-against average in a Calgary uniform of 3.26 and a .601 winning percentage. Vernon was also in goal for the Flames during their first two trips to the Stanley Cup final — in 1986, when Calgary lost to the Montreal Canadiens and again in 1989, when the Flames turned the tables on the Habs and won the only championship in team history. Many thought Vernon — and not defenceman Al MacInnis — should have won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP that season.
Eight years later, he won it:

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IIHF Hockey Hall of Fame Inducts 12

Guest Submission by Joe Pelletier With the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto inducting Patrick Roy recently, the IIHF class of 2007 announcement flew right under the radar here in Canada. Part of the reason is there are no household names by North American standards. Heck, you'd have to be an old school diehard of the international game to know any of the 9 players who will get their official induction on May 10, 2007.

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Join The Club Mike

from the AP via the Kansas City Star,

Coach Mike Kitchen, whose team finished last overall in the NHL last season and last in goals, thought he wouldn't have to worry about scoring anymore - either on the power play or at even strength. "That's the toughest thing, creating offense," Kitchen said. "I thought with some of the free agents we signed, we'd be able to score goals. We've got to get better, that's all I can say."
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A Friendly Reminder

We normally do not see a Wednesday game on Versus, but tonight is different. The Sharks play the Wild at 8pm ET (TSN in Canada). Now if Versus decided to run a little banner ad on KK and other hockey blogs, I would not have to do this.

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Cam Ward Just Sitting

from the CP via TSN,

More than a few eyebrows were raised around the NHL over the past week with John Grahame making three straight starts in goal for the Carolina Hurricanes while Conn Smythe Trophy winner Cam Ward sat on the bench. The question is, will it be four straight when the Montreal Canadiens visit on Thursday night? Only Hurricanes head coach Peter Laviolette knows for sure and he didn't deviate from his long-standing policy Wednesday of divulging his starting goalie to the media.
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