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Today is going to be interesting.  Not a game night.  As of 0426 no one’s been injured yet.  But I just read a ditty that is going to…well, it’s a gift to us all.

 

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It Doesn’t Feel Like April

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from Gary Peterson of the Contra Costa Times,

Less than two weeks ago, the skies were clear in San Jose, the weather was mild and the view was spectacular. Especially from where the Sharks sat. With a 19-6-4 record, they had the most points and best winning percentage in the NHL.

Thirteen days later, welcome to April in December.

The Sharks have lost five games in a row, the longest stretch of futility in the short tenure of coach Todd McLellan. But before we crank the air raid sirens, we’d like to concede it can be spun any number of ways.

One, it’s only December, four months removed from the adrenal rush and slushy ice of games that really matter.

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CBC Stands Behind Cherry

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

An apology from Don Cherry for telling a Toronto radio reporter to “f-off” during a profanity laced tirade on Sunday is highly unlikely.

  Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports, says Cherry is not to blame for the incident and in fact was incited by the reporter who was overly aggressive.

  “I think the apology should go the other way,” Moore said in an email.

  Moore went on CFRB radio in Toronto today at noon and stated the network is throwing its full support behind Cherry. Moreover, sources confirmed there will be no apology from Hockey Night In Canada commentator.

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BOG Update

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman was expected to kick things off Tuesday evening with his annual league business overview address. He was to be followed by director of hockey operations Colin Campbell’s state of the game (on-ice) with an update on the league’s plans to possibly crack down on blindside hits. That won’t get decided until GMs meet again in March.

The potential sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to the Ice Edge group was likely to be touched on by Bettman on Tuesday although the full update was slated for Wednesday when “franchise matter” were on the agenda.

Here’s an angle I hadn’t thought of with the Coyotes. One NHL governor, who requested anonymity, said he was curious to find out what slice of the pie the once-bankrupt Coyotes would get from this year’s revenue sharing formula.

“If they get handed a full share, there’s going to be some grumbling,” said the governor.

more including the Islanders situation is still in limgo…

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Lupul May Undergo Back Surgery

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from Curtis Zupke of Ducks Blog,

It looks like the Ducks will be without a significant piece of their offense for a while longer.

Winger Joffrey Lupul is a candidate for back surgery, Coach Randy Carlyle said after the morning skate.

“We don’t know if that’s 100 percent (sure), but it’s a probablility at this point,” Carlyle said.

Carlyle did not say what kind of procedure Lupul could undergo.

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Two Weeks, Indefinitely….Well?  Note To Diggers: Do Your Jobs

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Oh good.  Two weeks for the Big Rig, eh?  Yep.  That’s what every single one of our Deep Diggers is telling us….St. James, McCosky, Khan(!).  Party line.  Two weeks.

Why does it take one of you (thanks Captain Dennis Polonich) to point us to what could be less happy news?

Official Wing Release

Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson will be out of the Detroit lineup indefinitely after suffering a significant bone bruise to his left knee during last night’s 3-2 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes at Joe Louis Arena.

Semantics? Maybe.  Big word…sorry. Look it up Blues fans.

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Now Here Is A Unique Gift

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from the Buffalo Sabres,

The Buffalo Sabres today announced a $99 Birthday Card offer that includes a limited edition Buffalo Sabres Birthday Card with a pre-recorded Rick Jeanneret audio greeting.

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Tocchet Sending A Message

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from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

The Lightning will face the Predators tonight minus former all-star Alex Tanguay and center Jeff Halpern, both of whom will be healthy scratches tonight as Tampa Bay attempts to end a stretch of nine games in which the Lightning have one victory. Tampa Bay will field a team with eight defensemen in the lineup, with David Hale and Kurtis Foster expected to see time on the fourth line.

“We’ve got eight (losses) in nine and I don’t like the trend, certain individuals and as a team,’’ Tocchet said. “And that’s probably my fault for letting it go the past three or four games. Sometimes you put the onus on the players and certain people to straighten it. But ultimately it’s on my (rear end). Hopefully we’ll have 18 or 19 guys going and not just 11 or 12.’‘

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Boogaard’s Reputation

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

I’ll be doing my notebook lead on the two penalties called on Derek Boogaard Saturday night in Vancouver. The Hockey Night in Canada folks apparently went after referee Brad Watson pretty good, and Watson certainly appeared to call Boogaard with “reputation” calls.

I don’t know if Boogaard really angered Watson, or perhaps the ref wanted to showboat for the loud Vancouver faithful, but it was beyond belief how animated Watson got after the two penalties he called on Boogaard. He vivaciously waved Boogaard to the box on both calls like the Boogeyman had just committed murder—one after Darcy Hordichuk twice punched Boogaard in the face and Boogaard retaliated for the lone call and once when Boogaard fell (he may have embellished, but he swears he slipped because he was on one skate when bumped) after the Canucks committed the definition of textbook interference (fencing off) at the blue line. I thought it was Willie Mitchell, but Boogaard says it was Kevin Bieksa.

Regardless, Todd Richards couldn’t use him again—not because of Boogaard, but because he didn’t trust Watson.

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Your Favorite Hockey Related Websites/Blogs

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Today at NHL.com, I ask readers to list and give us a little background on their favorite websites and discuss a few more topics.

I also ask bloggers to list their blog too and please make sure to give us a little tease as to why we would want to visit your site.

added 11:53am.  Some of the comments may get caught in my spam filter due to the links being posted, but I am watching the comments and will quickly take care of the issue.

note at 2:48pm, Original post was this morning, just bringint it to the top of the blog so it won’t get lost.

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