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Doan Still In The Mix

from the Arizona Republic,

Many experts considered Doan, who scored the World Cup-clinching goal for Canada in 2004, a lock to make the Olympic team before the NHL season started. But Doan has struggled offensively, and the emergence of younger players Sidney Crosby, Jason Spezza and Eric Staal could end up costing Doan a trip to Turin, Italy. When asked whether he felt he deserved to be on the team, Doan, who has six goals and 14 assists in 30 games this season, politely said: "I have no say whether I deserve it or not." Doan added that he doesn't feel any pressure to play extremely well in these final days as Gretzky and other Team Canada officials put their finishing touches on the roster.
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If The Pens Move

from the Toronto Star,

Could the "Return of the Winnipeg Jets Campaign" finally bear fruit? Would the Penguins move from one Steeltown to another? Does the NHL adore Quebec City? And what about new possibilities on the NHL map, places like Houston, Las Vegas and Kansas City? The largest city in the U.S. that doesn't have an NHL team is Houston, the country's fourth biggest. Also big, puck-less and potentially profitable are San Francisco, Seattle, Las Vegas and Kansas City. Ryder calls relocating the Penguins to an American city Plan A. Plan B, he said, would be deciding the NHL is in fact a regional sport and thereby moving the franchise to Canada. The six largest Canadian cities already have teams, but Winnipeg, Quebec City, and Hamilton — all about the same size — and much smaller Halifax could all be in the mix.

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Moore Brother Meets Bertuzzi

from the NY Times,

As a 25-year-old rookie playing a supporting role, forward Dominic Moore has quietly been a valuable contributor to the Rangers' surprising rise to the top of the N.H.L. standings this season. For at least one night, however, Moore will reluctantly be thrust into the spotlight. The Rangers play host to the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday at Madison Square Garden in a matchup of two of the league's better teams. The Rangers (20-8-4) lead the Atlantic Division, and the Canucks (18-9-2) are only 2 points behind first-place Calgary in the Northwest Division. It is the teams' only meeting this season. But the main subplot is the first meeting between Moore and Vancouver right wing Todd Bertuzzi.

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Bruins Try To Focus On Positive

from the Boston Globe,

Coach Mike Sullivan took a different tack yesterday, canceling the Bruins' on-ice workout at the Ristuccia Center and holding an off-ice session and team meeting instead. The idea was to accentuate the positive and purge the negative aura that has enveloped the club more and more since the losses started mounting.
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Let It Go Fisch

from Mitch Albom of the Detroit Free Press (Tues. edition) via the Mercury News,

Choking back tears, the Red Wings' Jiri Fischer gives thanks and admits he's lucky - but won't give up hope of resuming his career He entered with a smile, but within seconds he was sniffing back tears, trying to do the impossible, say "thank you for saving me" and "don't forget me" at the same time. And even as young Jiri Fischer spoke, earnestly, passionately, you couldn't help but hear what fate was whispering in his ear. The only thing worse than almost dying on the ice is dying on the ice. Let it go.
continued update 7:45am Tuesday, link to Detroit Free Press now available Also, from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,
But this wasn't only about what Fischer doesn't know. This was about what he probably does know, deep in his chest. Hockey is suddenly secondary, maybe an impossibility now, and the mere thought staggers him. "Life without hockey -- I hope I don't have to face it for some time," Fischer said, speaking to the media for the first time since collapsing on the Wings' bench and being revived by doctors. "This is what I know, this is what I work for my whole life. I don't want it to be taken away."
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Lindros Out With Wrist Injury

from Sportsnet,

The Toronto Maple Leafs will be without Eric Lindros for tonight's game against Anaheim, and possibly a lot longer, because of a ligament tear in the forward's right wrist. Lindros missed practice on Sunday and underwent an MRI in Toronto today, revealing the extent of the injury.

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FYI Detroit Area Comcast HD Subscribers

The Wings-Penguins game is being shown live on INHD2. No notice from Comcast about the switch, the TV Guide says nothing about it. The tape delay of the game is still scheduled for 11pm on INHD. This is the thing the NHL must get on Comcast about, how are we supposed to know the game is on without any notice. As I mentioned, even the channel guide does not show this, it says Twilight Zone from 7-8pm.

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Yzerman Tears Groin

via TSN,

Detroit Red Wings veteran Steve Yzerman will be out approximately three week after suffering a slightly torn groin muscle Sunday in practice.

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Gagne Injury More Serious Than Thought

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

The Philadelphia Flyers are putting a best-face forward on the injury to forward Simon Gagne, but there is serious concern. Gagne has what club officials describe as a torn right adductor muscle (read groin muscle) and they list him as out for at least two weeks. What they don't say is that given the nature of the injury he could be out a whole heck of a lot longer. (Possibly a month or more and that's if surgery is not required).
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Jiri Fischer Press Conference

Jiri Fischer not thrilled with what happened, broke down a bit and thanked the Dr. who helped him, called him his guardian angel. Very emotional, said many people don't get a second chance like he did. Thanked everyone for their prayers and said he was the lucky one on that day, a 15 year old girl died the same day locally with the same problem Jiri had. Fischer sadi the people who helped him really know and he wants to thank them again and again. Was asked if he will return to the ice, he would like to think he would one day would but left it at that. He said everyone should live their life to the fullest, but who knows what that is until something like this actually happens. Was asked by Mitch Albom if he should play hockey again? It comes down to if someone will let you play in the NHL. It comes down to the technology in medicine today. There are areas that can be explored in the next month or years that may allow him to play. He believes there are many smart people out there who could help him, doesn't see himself coming back in the next few weeks, but this is what he does. Sounds like to me he is holding on to any hope available to him. This is a raw post, excuse any misspellings. 2nd part 4:20pm....Fischer is very emotional when it comes to thanking everyone who helped him. Talked about his fiancee Avery while breaking down and how dedicated she is too him. Was asked if a Dr. has advised him not to play. Fisch responded all the doctors are being as cautious as possible, and preventing any further problems in the future. He holds hope for the future that something can be discovered that will allow him to play again. Fischer is being constantly monitored, what goes into his body and he is not worried about that (as many of you know, he is a health freak and refrains from anything bad for his body). Said when he was home, his heart rate raised out of the blue and things need to be figured out. 3rd part 4:26pm...Was asked if he has faced the fact that he may not play again. He feels a lot of tests need to be done that will clarify the situation, and as mentioned before, medical advances may come about in the matter of months, so he is holding out to find out exacty what happened to him until he gets a specific answer. He hopes he does not have to face life without hockey in the future. Mitch Albom asked Dr. Colucci if he would advise Jiri to play. He said testing is still going on so too early to talk about anything like that at his point. 4:31pm, Press Conference over...My take, Fischer still wants to play and will exhaust all means to find a way to get him on the ice again. As he said, he is only 25, what else is he supposed to do? If by chance the cause of this is discovered, Fischer will want to get back onto the ice. But will it is the question that needs to be answered. note: sorry for the delay, as you can see I thought this post was updating while I was typing. I just realized wasn't until I checked the blog. update 5:00pm, from the CP via TSN,

Detroit Red Wings defenceman Jiri Fischer says he feels lucky to be alive and hopes to resume his hockey career in the future. Fischer could barely contain his emotions as he spoke to the media for the first time since Nov. 21 when he collapsed on the team's bench during a game against Nashville. He often choked back tears and needed several breaks to compose himself.
more update 7:13pm, The Detroit News has a link to listen to the presser. You will find it in the sidebox on the right side.

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