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NHL: Burke Can Start Talking to Teams

From TSN:

Anaheim Ducks CEO Michael Schulman filed paperwork with the National Hockey League earlier today that would grant all teams permission to speak with former GM Brian Burke.

The league approved the documents and Burke is now free to speak to any team who inquires about his services.

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Some Gems in Los Angeles

From Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated:

I was looking forward to working Thursday night’s game between the Stars and the Kings for one reason—and no, it wasn’t to see how the stunningly out-of-sorts Marty Turco would shoot himself in the foot this time. Thursday was my first chance to catch the early leader for the Calder Trophy: Los Angeles defender Drew Doughty, in person. And brother, the 18-year-old did not disappoint.

read on for talk about Doughty and teammate Oscar Moller

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Time Needed To Heal

from Kristina Rutherfordatf CBC Sports,

“You don’t get a concussion every time that happens, but you’ve got to ask yourself, ‘OK, did I get a concussion as well?’ Often that facial injury gets all the attention, and the brain injury tends to get put on the back-burner until later.”

Because it’s an invisible injury only the athlete feels, it’s one they’re too often “playing through,” Czarnota says.

“There’s a culture, certainly in hockey and in all sports, that you don’t sit down. Players want to play through it so they don’t get labelled as soft. Sometimes there’s a fear that if a player sits out, they may lose their starting position. Players don’t want to let the team down.”

But returning to the ice too early can hurt players not only in the short run, but also down the road, the doctor says. That’s what he tells parents, players and their coaches when he sits down with them to suggest the athlete take some time off to heal.

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Kovalchuck Talks

from Greg Wyshynski aka Puck Daddy,

Just so we’re clear: Dmitry Chesnokov has translated this interview from Igor Arkhipov of Sovetsky Sport, but did not conduct it.

Questions and comments from Sovetsky Sport are in bold; Kovalchuk’s translated answers follow. We edited out a few clunkers and Russian-specific questions.

What if players in the NHL start speak critically about each other, what will happen in the NHL?

“Semin didn’t just start talking about Crosby. He was asked a question by one of your reporters…  You know, players here are frequently asked about who is better Gretzky or Lemieux. It is virtually in every interview. One can make a big deal out of this too. Let’s say you pick Lemieux. And what’s next? Will you be blamed for not liking Gretzky?

read on

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Khabibulin Red Flags Removed

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the post-lockout NHL, the trading game usually grinds to a halt between the second week of the season and the middle of February, but the one player that may legitimately get moved is the Blackhawks’ Nikolai Khabibulin, who inches closer to free agency every day; sees the dollars click off that $6.25-million (all currency U.S.) annual salary – and continues to play great. Khabibulin was sensational in last week’s 2-1 shootout loss to the Boston Bruins. Apart from the money, performance and attitude were the two red flag for teams pondering a move on Khabibulin had to consider. It doesn’t seem as if either is an issue at the moment.

many more hockey notes plus Burke made for Toronto…

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Criminal Investigation Continues in Cherepanov’s Death

The KHL’s Vice-President of Hockey Operations Vladimir Shalaeva and others addressed the media at a press conference today in Moscow, with updates surrounding the investigation into Cherepanov’s death. 

“Today November 14, 2008, there was a move to close the criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Aleksei Cherepanov, however the prosecutor ordered that the criminal investigation continue.

“A comprehensive forensic study, conducted by additional medical specialists is underway to more deeply and thoroughly analyze the case. We will not be able to share the cause of death of Alexei Cherepanov until this examination is completed in full.”

—Vladimir Shalaeva

Shalaeva also noted that the New York Rangers have provided their own medical records on Cherepanov to the KHL.

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What Could Have Been

from Greg Logan of Newsday,

The NHL schedule maker must have a cruel streak where Islanders fans are concerned. As if to cut through the scar tissue from the Mike Milbury era and re-open old wounds, the league scheduled back-to-back Coliseum visits for Ottawa forwards Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza Saturday night and Vancouver goaltender Roberto Luongo Monday night.

At a time when the franchise basically is starting over from scratch with a rebuilding program, that trio of NHL All-Stars represents the core of the Islanders team that could have been.

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The New NHL Defenseman

from Ulf Samuelsson at the Hockey News,

I never played in the new NHL, but I think nowadays you need pure skating skills if you’re a defenseman. You can’t get by with grit and hard-nosed play. You need to be able to dance with the forwards or you won’t be able to stay in the league. Simply, you need to be an exceptional skater in today’s NHL.

Of course, you have to be able to play the game; that’s No. 1 and that’s going to be No. 1 no matter what the rules are. You have to be able to see the game, process quickly and execute the right play on the ice.

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Pock Facing Hearing

from TSN & the CP,

Sources tell TSN New York Islanders defenceman Thomas Pock will have a hearing with the National Hockey League this afternoon at 2pm et to determine supplemental discipline following his hit on Ottawa Senators’ winger Ryan Shannon last night.

Pock received a 5-minute major and game misconduct for elbowing Shannon in the head.

continued and view the video at the 1:15 mark into the highlights…

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Fatherly Advice

from Doug Harrison at CBC Sports,

As Edmonton Oilers fans anxiously await the return of the “real” Sam Gagner, his father, Dave, sits two time zones away in his London, Ont., home confident that better days are ahead for the promising forward….

“I don’t think there’s a player that’s ever gone through stretches where things didn’t go the way they wanted,” Dave Gagner told CBCSports.ca. “As long as [Sam] continues to play the right way, things will eventually turn for him. I think he’s handling it fairly well.”

Through Nov. 13, young Sam had two assists and one goal in 16 games this season after finishing fifth in rookie scoring last year with 49 points as an 18-year-old.

read on

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