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Columbus Fans Frustrated

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Fans started leaving Nationwide Arena in droves with about eight minutes left in the third period last night, proof that the faithful held out little hope of a Blue Jackets’ comeback against the Nashville Predators. The fans know their team. The Blue Jackets lost 3-1 to the Predators, their sixth straight defeat, including three to Nashville within the past six days. "It’s very frustrating," said Wendy Stevens of New Albany, whose family had season tickets since the inaugural 2000-01 season before dropping them this season.

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John Ferguson Battles Bone Cancer

from Sun Media via the Toronto Sun,

Through 500 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, John Bowie Ferguson was the undisputed heavyweight champion accumulating 1,214 penalty minutes in 500 games. Today, Ferguson is "starting the toughest challenge" when he begins radiation treatment for bone cancer in Toronto. "It's another setback that we're back fighting this problem," Ferguson, 68, told Sun Media yesterday. In September 2005, Ferguson had his cancerous prostate removed at a London, Ont. hospital and appeared to be healthy.

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Pre-Scouting the Toronto Maple Leafs

From Al Strachan and the Toronto Sun,

There's nothing particularly new about the Maple Leafs' bread-and-butter scoring play. And because every NHL coach relies heavily on pre-scouting these days -- now that Pat Quinn is out of the league -- it can't come as a surprise to the opposition. But it continues to be productive. It opened the scoring last night and it added the third goal as the Maple Leafs rolled to a 4-2 victory over the New York Islanders. It's really nothing more than a diagonal pass to a trigger-man stationed just off the far post who doesn't stop the puck but one-times it into the net.
Continued... (Note: the Leafs are currently in 8th place in NHL scoring.)

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Expect Very Few Trades

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

"I know you guys don't want to hear this, but there is 'zero' discussions," said Risebrough before last night's game at Scotiabank Place. "Just think about it. It's hard to do. I mean you can't find a fit. It's got to be $7 million for $7 million. It's got to be $2 million for $2 million. "The reality of it is, our business has changed. I guess if you look at the system that has the cap, which is (the NFL), they're the same way, right? You pile it up in the summer, make changes at the end and start again."
read on

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Fraser Prepares For Return

via Hockey Refs,

Veteran NHL referee Kerry Fraser returns from the injured list this week with stops in the American Hockey League. Fraser, 54, will make stop in Binghampton on Thursday, Rochester on Friday and Hershey, Pennsylvania, on Saturday. He has been on the sidelines since undergoing surgery in the offseason to fix ligaments in his left knee. And for the first time in his 33-year career, Fraser will be required to wear a helmet.

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Buccigross Makes You Think

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

If you break your stick, sprint to the bench and get a new one; or, or even better, make a shift change. Someone replacing you when you are a few feet from the boards is quicker than getting a new stick. This would take at least three seconds, at the most, probably 8.9. Teams have played 5-on-4 before, or even 5-on-3, for three to nine seconds. There are exceptions, but I believe staying out there for 20 seconds without a stick does more harm than a five-second line change.
much more from John and from a personal standpoint, I sure do miss him talking hockey on ESPN...

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Talking Groins

from the CP via Metro News,

Medically speaking, it's the juncture between the abdomen and the thigh, a group of five muscles that pull the legs together and assist with movements like sprinting and kicking. And skating. Generally speaking, these adductor muscles are better known as groin muscles. Hockey poolies also know these muscles are easily pulled or strained. And are a powerful pain in the butt. Groin injuries are as maddening in fantasy hockey as they are common in the NHL. Healing time is always uncertain and players listed as day-to-day can be off the ice for weeks and weeks.

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Ricci Back With Yotes

Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have recalled center Mike Ricci from the San Antonio Rampage, the club’s American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate.

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One Quarter Way Through

Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail looks at the first quarter of the NHL season, writing about...

1. The rise of the expansion teams 2. Attendance woes 3. Woe Canada
read on...

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Coversation With Brind’Amour

Rod Brind'Amour took part in an NHL tele-coference call today...

Q. Do you feel like the local fans in Carolina are becoming more educated in hockey? ROD BRIND A'MOUR: Oh, yeah. Q. They're well versed in the game now? ROD BRIND'AMOUR: For sure. I mean, it's a great thing for us not only to win, but in the area, the community, how they all rallied around their team. It's become hip now to be a 'Canes fan. It's kind of we're the in thing right now. We have good crowds and, you know, there's a lot of talk and buzz about our team, so that's nice. Q. You been with this team for several years and you were there 2002. I'm just wondering how you feel your role as leader has evolved over the years. You took over the role from Ron Francis and there been a progression up to last year and even beyond into this year as well. ROD BRIND'AMOUR: You're right. Whether or not Ronny was here, it was definitely his team and he had his fingerprint all over it and did a great job. You know, and I kind of don't want to say sat in the back, but just went about my business. He stepped down, and I guess I had to fill in. But the beauty is we brought in a lot of new players last year, and who we brought in were good leaders in their own right. It's never been a situation where I have to do something drastically different than I was comfortable with. I think we lead by committee kind of thing with a lot of guys. It's a pleasure just to be around them, because we do have a lot have good, veteran players here.

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