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Jiri Fischer Still In The Game

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

(Jiri) Fischer laughingly describes his job as a hockey season with no home games, where no day and no week is the same. He travels mostly within North America and relishes every moment he’s home in metro Detroit, where he and his wife are raising their 2-year-old son. The boy has become another example of how Fischer has changed.

“Before, I wanted to raise a hockey player,” he said. “Now I just want to raise a happy kid, a kid that I can be proud of. Priorities certainly have shifted from my career life. Sometimes, we get so career-focused and we let other things become important, and I believe it’s just not worth it in the end.”

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Morning Line

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I’m an old guy now,”  I think I’ve gotten to that realization that ‘Hey, I can’t stop that one that went in last night. I’ve got to stop the next one that’s coming at me.’ It’s a different look at it when you get a little bit older, you’ve got to respect the game a little more.”

-Blues goaltender Manny Legace.  More on Manny from Norm Sanders of the Belleville News Democrat.

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Fernandez Wants To Get Back Into The Game

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from Bud Barth of the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,

“Somewhere in there, right after the surgery, I hit my low point,” admitted (Manny) Fernandez, who is still bitter over being advised against surgery in Minnesota. “It was overwhelming — too much happening too fast.”

In all, Fernandez has dressed for only 15 of his teams’ last 108 games the past 20 months, and has played in just four of them — the bum knee being directly or indirectly responsible for all 93 missed games.

You can forget an awful lot in that time, but some of it is starting to come back as Fernandez prepares for the 2008-09 season.

“Every day, it seems like I make one save that kind of reminds me of what I used to be, so that’s good,” he said on Friday…

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A Disgusting Sound

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

When Carolina Hurricanes winger Justin Williams tore his right Achilles tendon while running this week, it was sickening stuff for everybody who was watching the accident prior to the players getting on the ice for training camp.

“Joe Corvo told me it was the most disgusting thing he had ever heard. He said it echoed because they were in this huge warehouse,” (Erik) Cole continued. “Willy just dropped and said, ‘What the (bleep) is that?’ All the medical staff knew what had happened. Everybody was like (drawing in their breath).” Williams has had surgery and is out four to six months. He’s in a full leg cast.

many more NHL notes…

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Clark Dealing With Groin Issue

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from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

Once the Caps’ season ended, Clark gave up on his short-term rehab plan and started a summer-long one. Every third week he traveled from his New York home to Vancouver to visit groin specialist Rick Celebrini, who helped former Caps forward Brian Sutherby a few years ago.

He began a process that involved lots of stretching and working out with elastic bands. There was no weightlifting and no skating so Celebrini could pinpoint what did and didn’t help the process.

“I learned how to - it is very complicated - but move correctly,” Clark said. “It is all the right muscles - you’ve got to fire the right muscles from [your core] out. You need to learn that because it is not something you do naturally, but if you do it correctly it stabilizes your whole body.”...

“I still have a 45-minute warmup before I even think about getting on the ice,” Clark said. “It is something I’ll probably have to do the rest of my career. It’s not some little thing that will go away. It is something I can control though. It won’t be perfect.

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Injuries Are A Grey Area

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When I earlier wrote about the Philadelphia Flyers decision to create salary cap room by placing Derian Hatcher on the long term injury exemption list, it touched on the problem that many injuries are hard to properly quantify.  Most longterm NHL players suffer from a chronic or degenerative condition of some sort that could be considered an injury if it is convenient to do so and could be played through if that is considered convenient.  In the case of Hatcher, he has a bad right knee, which he originally hurt in 2003.  He has been able to play (although not as well as he did before the injury) with the pain.  He has had to have his knee repeatedly drained between games, but he has been able to play.  Now that his salary cap hit is seen as a liability by the Flyers, his knee condition is a long term injury that has most likely ended his career.

There is another case, where the player is attempting to benefit from the unclear grey area that falls between definitely injured and definitely healthy.  That is the case of David Tanabe of the Carolina Hurricanes.

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Sharks Have Question Marks

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from Drew Remenda of the Seagate Broadcaster Blog,

The biggest storyline for the Sharks is not how many games they’ll win, ( they’ll win a lot) but it’s when will they win them (as in April and May). Here are the other big storylines for the Sharks this season.

PATRICK MARLEAU-Can the Captain continue his strong play from the playoffs and start the year off with a bang? Can he maintain a consistent leadership presence on and off the ice all season? Can Patrick get to a new level with a different and more positive coach backing him?

more question yet to be answered…

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Evening Line

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“That’s a possibility. But there’s no sense talking about that until it happened. All I can say is I have certain goals I want to achieve and I hope to do that at some point.’‘

-Steve Yzerman when asked about running another NHL team.  More from Yzerman from Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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A Different Atmosphere In Dallas

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

“I think you have to start out fresh each season, because it is a different team,” Tippett said. “The chemistry is different, players take different leadership roles, people are at different stages in their careers.”

Modano, Sergei Zubov and Jere Lehtinen are moving into support roles in terms of leadership, while players such as Richards, Ribeiro and Stephane Robidas are stepping up on the ice and in the locker room behind the leadership core of Brenden Morrow and Marty Turco.

The Stars are now more a team of 20-somethings than 30-somethings, and that means a different kind of atmosphere, on the ice and off.

Yet, for all that change, Tippett said he wants to maintain the same identity – a hard working, hard team to play against that loves puck possession and loves to create plays

more on the Stars…

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Sharks Add JFJ To Scouting Staff

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from TSN,

The San Jose Sharks have bolstered their scouting departments with a pair of faces that should be very familiar to hockey fans.

On Saturday the Sharks added former Maple Leafs’ general manager John Ferguson Jr. and former Chicago Blackhawks coach Dirk Graham to their staff as professional scouts.

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