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Rangers Riding Their Vets

Via Larry Brooks at the NY Post,

And not only are Jagr (fifth in the league among forwards at 22:36), Shanahan (12th at 21:36), Martin Straka (15th at 21:29) and Michael Nylander (25th at 20:48) being asked to assume too much of the burden and too soon, there isn't a set of young legs among them. Straka and Nylander each turned 32 within the last two months. Jagr will be 35 in February. Shanahan will turn 38 in January. At the same time, while the top of the lineup is being overworked, others are wasting away.

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Boston Could Use Raycroft Now

from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

As he prepares for his highly publicized return to Beantown, goaltender Andrew Raycroft insists the Boston Bruins gave up on him far too early. "Yeah, absolutely," he said. "And I'm not exactly sure why." He's not the only one who feels that way. During a pair of phone interviews yesterday, both Joe Thornton and Glen Murray, former teammates of Raycroft in Boston, agreed that the Bruins may have prematurely cut bait this past summer when they dealt Raycroft to Toronto for highly regarded goaltending prospect Tuukka Rask, the 21st overall pick in the 2005 entry draft.

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Preds Spreading The Wealth

Via the Daily Tennessean,

The Predators have only four players on the roster who have yet to score a goal this season. The only other team to have that few players without a goal is Atlanta, which is second in the Eastern Conference behind Buffalo. For the Predators, that shows a scoring balance that makes them hard to stop. "I think that really helps your team stay at a constant pace because everyone can contribute, everyone is dangerous, and everyone is responsible," Predators Coach Barry Trotz said.
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Wings Welcome Nemesis To The Joe

Understatement of the year from Mathieu Schneider,

"This is a team that's given us problems."
Yep. He's talking about the Oilers. More from the Detroit News.

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Blues Searching For Consistency

From the St. Louis Post Dispatch,

Forty-eight hours earlier, the Blues were waltzing through their locker room, giving each other high-fives and celebrating a 4-1 victory over the Colorado Avalanche. But the next time we saw the Blues, on Saturday against Calgary, they were back to their old habits. "A couple of games below .500 is not where we want to be," Bill Guerin said afterward. "One step forward, two steps back."
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Nothing Happened

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

It was clear that not all of them (gm's) took this meeting terribly seriously. Some started sprinting for planes 90 minutes before the meeting ended. And a whole string of them, from places like Washington, Florida, Atlanta, Columbus, Nashville and St. Louis, went rushing past the waiting TV cameras without stopping to comment. This is perfectly understandable, of course, since hockey has far more popularity than it can handle in those markets. In fact, no fewer than nine GMs dashed past the media before John Muckler of the Ottawa Senators took the time to make a comment.

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Nobody’s Worried In Ottawa

Despite a 5-7-1 record, none of the Senator execs seem as concerned as the team's fan base. Via the Ottawa Sun,

While fans are calling on Eugene Melnyk to fire GM John Muckler and coach Bryan Murray in the wake of a four-game losing skid, the Senators owner remains supportive of the club's management. Senators president Roy Mlakar told the Sun yesterday that he and Muckler had a telephone conversation with Melnyk before Monday's 4-3 OT loss to the Capitals in Washington and everybody is confident things will get turned around.

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Hossa At The Top Of His Game

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

So while Hossa can bring fans to their feet, as he did with his rousing goal in Monday's win over Boston, the finer points of his game can go unnoticed. It might be covering the point for a defenseman who pinches into the offensive zone, or making the safe, smart clearing play to avoid a turnover. He is the quintessential coach's son — he knows hockey and rarely makes a mistake. They are all reasons he is a leading candidate at this juncture for the NHL's Hart Trophy, as the league's MVP. It seems the lessons of his father, who also coached Hossa as head of the Slovakia Olympic team this year, have paid off. Said Thrashers coach Bob Hartley, "He always makes the right play."

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Emery Injures Wrist

via TSN,

Ottawa Senators' goalie Ray Emery suffered an injury in practice today - believed to be a wrist injury on his glove side - and sources say he is likely to be sidelined because of it. Sources say the Senators are awaiting the medical prognosis on how long Emery will be out, but sources told TSN that it is a 'potentially serious' injury and Emery could be 'out awhile.'

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Tanguay Frustrated

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Their partnership lasted just half-a-dozen games before it was dissolved by Calgary Flames coach Jim Playfair, but both Jarome Iginla and Alex Tanguay know that in professional hockey, things can change in a hurry. "I know, as players, the chemistry only comes when you both play well," said Tanguay, "and right now, I haven't been playing well, but Jarome is. So hopefully, I can start contributing a little more. That's been a little hard on me and a little frustrating, because I know I can be better."

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