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The Instigators

from MultiChannel News,

NESN Thursday will debut The Instigators, a weekly show featuring Boston Bruins’ studio analyst Mike Milbury, color analyst Andy Brickley and play-by-play announcer Jack Edwards debating and discussing the most controversial national hockey topics of the day.

The series drops the puck Thursday, Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. ET on the regional sports network and will air at both 6 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. each week….

NESN is owned by the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins and delivered to over 4 million homes throughout the six-state New England region and nationally via DirecTV and Dish Network.

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Note: Video at NESN.

 

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Brodeur Doing Light Rehab

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Thursday will make it four weeks since Brodeur’s surgery. He has an appointment to see the doctor on Wednesday. His rehab right now is simply to get his arm to straighten out fully.

“Just baby stuff, trying to get my range of motion,” Brodeur said. “I’m almost there. I’m almost straight out now. It’s probably another 10 degrees to go without feeling any pulling in the tendon. It should take another week to two weeks before it heals and after that I should be able to work harder and do more stuff.”

Although the tendon was torn off near his elbow, Brodeur has to work on strengthening his wrist too.

“It’s like a sprained wrist almost,” he said. “When I’m in the brace it’s not bad. When I’m not in the brace, there’s no support.”

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  Tags: martin+brodeur

Good Point

Tapeleg at Jerseys and Hockey Love,

From Bob Harwood of Versus at the top of the postgame show:

In fact, there are so many goals we can’t show them all.

And this quote is why I am sick of the NHL on Versus.  The worst hockey highlights this side of ESPN Sportcenter.

No, instead of showing you goals, we are going to have an interview with Ryan Smyth.  And we won’t even ask mhim anything interesting like what he said to the ref that got him sent back in the box for the second Wild power play goal.

6-5 Avs.  Over the Wild.  That’s like a Nashville - Islanders score.  The new NHL lives on.

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Tocchet Shakes-Up Lineup

from Bolts Report,

First of all, Radim Vrbata is a healthy scratch tonight, the second time this season he’s been a healthy scratch. Vrbata didn’t say much about the situation this morning, but he’s noticeably upset about sitting out tonight. Ryan Craig will join Vrbata in the pressbox.

Gary Roberts has been placed on injured reserve after pulling his groin muscle during practice on Monday.

The team has called up both Radek Smolenak and Paul Szczechura and both will be in the lineup tonight.

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Avery Stirring The Pot

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

As he emerged from the dressing area at the back of the visiting dressing room, he asked if a TSN camera were present.

When he saw that it was, Avery stepped in front of the microphones, didn’t wait for a question to be asked and started talking.

“I’m really happy to be back in Calgary; I love Canada,” began Avery. “I just want to comment on how it’s become like a common thing in the NHL for guys to fall in love with my (former girlfriends).

“I don’t know what that’s about, but enjoy the game tonight.”

And with that, Avery walked away and didn’t stick around to explain any further.

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Tonight’s Stars/Flames should be a good one to catch on Center Ice!

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  Tags: sean+avery

A Look At Rick Jeanneret

NHL Network profiles one of the NHL’s signature voices, play-by-play man, Rick Jeanneret, of the Buffalo Sabres, tonight at 7:30pm ET.

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Leafs Need A Great Goaltender

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

I’m not arguing that a Toskala move needs to be made today or even before Burke’s self-imposed Christmas no-trade zone (beginning Dec. 9). I’d even argue having him stay on until the Leafs establish an identity and where they are likely to finish this season, but at some point down the road, if Burke follows his game plan, goaltending has to be the No. 1 issue.

Burke knows that. His coach, Ron Wilson, knows that. Anyone who has watched Toskala’s total contribution in a Leafs uniform can at least suspect it.

He’s good; but not Stanley Cup championships good.

Toskala’s goals against average, including a solid effort Monday night in Los Angeles is 3.02, good enough for 34th on the NHL stats list. His save percentage a paltry .891, a not so good 38th place. But if teams are going to go big in this league and be a true Cup contender it can’t have goaltending that’s just good, it has to be great.

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  Tags: vesa+toskala

Too Many Games = Uninspired Play

from Kevin Sylvester of BuffaloSabres.com,

There are too many regular season games in the NHL.

The evidence was Monday night at HSBC Arena when the Sabres and Predators trudged through the first two periods. Neither team had any legs because they were each playing their third game in four nights and for the Sabres, their fourth in six nights.

The result of the compact week is uninspired hockey and a poor product.  It’s not fair to the owners, coaches, players or fans.

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Over the Hill at 25

From James Duthie in the Ottawa Citizen:

For it seems that to be a true superstar in today’s NHL, you cannot be out of your frat-boy years.  Just take at the top look at the scoring race:

1.Evgeni Malkin—39 points (22 years old)
2.Sidney Crosby—34 points (21)
3.Ryan Getzlaf—31 points (23)
6.Aexander Ovechkin—30 points (23)
8.Patrick Kane—28 points (19)
9.Devin Setoguchi—27 points (21)
10. Alexander Semin—27 points (24)


That’s right.  Seven of the top ten players still cannot legally drink in New Delhi, India (minimum 25 years old).

Read on. Duthie goes on to compare the current group to the leading scorers of a decade ago, and the age contrast is notable.

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  Tags: hockey+stats

How To Get Into The NHL Organist Business

Lisa Freedman of Time Out New York interviews NY Islander organist Paul Cartier,

There is an unofficial exclusive Web ring, where the NHL organ players exchange ideas and stories and some even play in a fantasy hockey league. How can you break in? “You need to be persistent without being a pest,” he warns. Call the team’s office and ask who’s in charge of music. “Introduce yourself and let them know that you’re always willing to help out in any way.” And don’t overlook the minor-league teams—they’re good experience and a great way to get your name out there.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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