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Backing It Up

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

Parros may be not be the NHL's toughest guy -- that's still Georges Laraque, who went after Derek Boogaard and beat him -- but it's Burke's longstanding feeling that players need a night watchman on patrol in case trouble breaks out. That goes against the grain of today's NHL where many teams -- Edmonton, Calgary, Detroit, Vancouver, Dallas, Colorado, Carolina -- are choosing not to dress a heavyweight. But Burke wanted one after Todd Fedoruk broke his cheekbone when Boogaard nailed him. Enter Parros. "There's a split amongst general managers on this where some feel team toughness is enough," said Burke. " Me? There's physical contact. You need to back it up.

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Say It Ain’t So

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

The CFL may be looking to the NHL for its next commissioner. John Shannon, the NHL's senior vice-president for broadcasting, will meet next week with the headhunting firm Korn Ferry International after being contacted by league representatives last week. Shannon, who was instrumental in founding the Canadian Football Network in the late 1980s and is well known in CFL circles, refused to comment yesterday whether he is seriously interested in the commissioner's job.

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No Panic Moves For Blues

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

"It's different in the sense that, in the (broadcast) chair, I did so many different games," Davidson said. "I did all the Rangers games, and then I'd do the network games. And so you were not emotionally attached to the way the team plays, as opposed to how it is now. You're much more emotionally attached now, and you get frustrated at times when you know things could be better." Fire the coach. Trade this player, that player. Davidson has heard it all, and the Blues' season is only 1½ months old. Believe it or not, he pays attention. "We need fans," he says. "I pay attention to them. A good fan is a fan that loves the Blues and is an emotional person about it. And that's great. But it's my responsibility to not be panicky about it. That's my job."
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Cam Finally Has Hip Replacment

from the Boston Globe:

More than 10 years after playing his final shift for the Bruins, Cam Neely underwent hip replacement surgery Thursday at the New England Baptist Hospital. According to Neely's longtime agent, Jay Fee, the 41-year-old Hall of Famer will remain hospitalized through the weekend and was told by his orthopedic surgeon, Stephen Murphy, that the procedure was without complications. "All of it was pretty routine," Fee said yesterday afternoon, just prior to visiting the legendary power forward. "He's recovering, and the first few days are pretty painful, from what I understand. But he's doing OK."
Neely said he'd need his hip replaced sooner than later when he retired; when Ulfie Samuelsson whalloped him in the 1991 playoffs, Neely suffered a charley horse so severe that part of his thigh muscle calcified, requiring his left hip to compensate. The joint just wore down. continued

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NHL Expansion—Kansas City?

From the AP, via Sports Illustrated,

A California businessman said Saturday he will work with local officials to bring a National Hockey League team to Kansas City and be the team's owner. William "Boots" Del Biaggio III is a limited partner of the NHL's San Jose Sharks and part owner of the United States Hockey League's Omaha Lancers. Del Biaggio, president and chief executive of Sand Hill Capital, a Menlo Park, Calif.-based venture finance company, intends to own the Kansas City team when the $250 million Sprint Center opens next year in downtown Kansas City.
Continued... (Biaggio also previously had an investment in the Pittsburgh Penguins as well.)

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Todd Fedoruk’s New Face

From Tim Panaccio at The Philadelphia Inquirer (via Mercury News)

Todd Fedoruk might be the only player in the NHL whose face is largely man-made. That's because the most recent former Flyer to return has titanium plates for cheekbones on both sides of his face, after his latest surgery to repair a broken right cheekbone and orbital injury following a fight last month with Minnesota's Derek Boogaard. "At least my face doesn't set off the alarms at the airport," Fedoruk deadpanned. "This was a significant break, worse than the last one (in 2005). But I'm still capable of doing my job."

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Goodbye, Columbus

The Ohio State Buckeys beat the University of Michigan 42-39 in Columbus. Let's hope that Paul and the U's fans get out of Dodge safely.

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Willie Gets The Nod; LTI Explained

from the Detroit Free Press:

Forward Jason Williams will be in the lineup tonight when the Red Wings play the Oilers.
“I’ve felt pretty good the last 4-5 days and each day I feel better,” he said Saturday after the morning skate. “To get in tonight, just to get back into a game situation, will feel good. I just want to try to help this team get back on a streak again. I’m just sort of anxious to get out there, give a hit, take a hit, see what happens.” Williams is likely to play on a line with Robert Lang and Henrik Zetterberg. Coach Mike Babcock said Josh Langfeld will be scratched.

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Jax Get Serious In Search For Head Coach

from the Columbus Dispatch:

Doug MacLean has presented Blue Jackets owners his list of coaching candidates to replace Gerard Gallant, who was fired Monday. The list includes five names, said MacLean, the team’s president and general manager. Ken Hitchcock, fired in October by the Philadelphia Flyers, is known to be on the list, as is Gary Agnew, currently the Blue Jackets’ interim coach. Other names believed to be included are former Los Angeles Kings coach Andy Murray, former Toronto Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn and former Blue Jackets player Kevin Dineen, now coaching the Anaheim Mighty Ducks’ top minor-league affiliate in Portland, Maine.
Update from TSN:
"I hope it's done within a week," MacLean told the Columbus Dispatch. The interview process likely will begin this weekend and carry over into the early part of next week. "We'll start with three interviews," MacLean added. "Then we'll take a step back, evaluate how the interviews went and decide if we want to go any further, if we want to talk with the other two. "Really, there are three guys in the top group, and that's because of their experience. The other two guys don't have the same experience, but they're great candidates."

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Dasvedanya, NHL?

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News:

All of these legal battles and the lack of Russian involvement in the NHL/IIHF transfer agreement will impact the drafting of Russian players in the future. Teams won't want the hassle of legal action or want to risk having to pay a large fee to get the player to North America. Those two issues still stand in the way, but at least with legal precedent staying in favor of the NHL, hopefully teams will find the players worth any possible inconvenience. If a judge ever rules in the other direction, watch for a massive dropoff in Russians drafted, particularly in those drafted high. Nobody wants to waste a pick on a player they may never get out of Russia.

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