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Counting Dollars

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

The NHL Players’ Association is hiring the so-called godfather of the forensic accounting industry to pore over the financial statements of the NHL’s 30 teams and determine whether they’ve being honest about how much revenue they’re generating.

The 62-year-old represents a critical addition for the NHLPA because player salaries are tied directly to how much money the league and its teams generate. This season, for instance, roughly 55 per cent of league’s overall revenue has been pledged toward player salaries.

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Forsberg Unsure Of His Return

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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Forsberg may have instructed his agent, Don Baizley, to canvass offers for his services, but neither the 34-year-old center nor anyone else is certain he will return to the NHL this winter or spring. The center’s ailing right foot continues to be problematic.

Holmgren, who spoke directly to Forsberg during his scouting mission in Sweden, cannot get a handle on his status.

“I honestly don’t have a feel for what his decision will be, and I didn’t get to see him skate,” Holmgren said. “From talking to him, I’m not sure he is ready in his own mind. He doesn’t seem to know if he’s OK. When he’s ready, he’ll make a decision.”

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Evening Line

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from the OC Register,

“The fact that we’ve lost six in a row, there is a temptation to panic, but I don’t panic easily,” General Manager Brian Burke said. “We’ll look at all scenarios, but I’m not a big trade-deadline guy.

“I believe in this group. I’ve seen what this group can do. We’re playing without Mathieu Schneider and Sammy Pahlsson — two pretty good players. Let’s get them back, and get Teemu in, and see what we’ve got.”...

“We might have to add some offense, but at what price?” Burke said.

more on the Ducks…

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Canadiens Send Down Halak

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via RDS (translated),

After the defeat of 5-3 that he suffered face the New York Rangers on Sunday afternoon, the team announced that goalkeeper Jaroslav Halak was ceded to the Hamilton Bulldogs in the AHL….

Therefore, it is expected that Carey Price was recalled shortly.

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Bettman Visits Denver

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from Terry Frei at All Things Avs,

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is planning to be at the Avalanche-Coyotes game in Denver Monday night, and is scheduled to meet with the media before the game….

But my biggest criticism of him is his devotion to the art of the “spin.” I really believe hockey’s fandom — and I’m not talking about the wacko wing, but the intelligent core — appreciates candor and frank talk…even if heads aren’t nodding in agreement

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Kovalev Elbows Hollweg Who Then Hits Sergei Kostitsyn

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Alex Kovalev delivered an elbow to Holweg that was missed by the refs.  Hollweg’s first shift after the hit, delivered a hit from behind on Sergei Kostitsyn.

Ryan Hollweg was given five for boarding and a game.  According to Mike Emrick, this type of penalty also brings an automatic one game suspension.

Watch video of both hits…

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  Tags: alex+kovalev, ryan+hollweg, sergei+kostitsyn

Orr’s Partner

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from Naples News,

Almost 40 years ago, when hockey players didn’t wear helmets, sticks were wooden, and penalties were rare—Don Awrey hoisted the Stanley Cup with his Boston Bruins teammates. Twice: once in 1970 and again in ‘72. His Montreal Canadiens team also won in ‘76, but Awrey didn’t get his name on the Cup because he missed the playoffs, despite playing in 72 regular-season games that year.

Hockey was knock ‘em down, drag ‘em out Broadstreet Bullies back then, and Awrey was among the best of the era’s grittiest players.

Teamed with Hall of Famer Bobby Orr on the Bruins’ blueline, Awrey was the punch to Orr’s pop. He stayed back and played defense, knocked guys around the front of the net while Orr zipped into the offensive zone and scored.

continued

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Lafleur Remains Positive

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from the CP,

Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur says being dumped into the media spotlight last week over legal trouble surrounding his son Mark has been a hellish experience.

But the former Montreal Canadiens star was philosophical over his legal woes in his weekly newspaper column in the Journal de Montreal on Sunday.

“No matter what happens to us in life, we must get back on our feet and continue on the path,” Lafleur wrote. “Yesterday there was a storm, today it looks good.”

Lafleur says a positive approach is the only way to get out of problems and nothing is worse than dwelling on things and feeling sorry for yourself.

continued

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Can The Wings Win 63?

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from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

Victory after victory after victory, there’s still one team that the Detroit Red Wings cannot put behind them in the points race.
The Red Wings won their 40th game of the season, Saturday, coming in just their 54th outing. Their rate of success is phenomenal and has them 17 points ahead of the second-best team in the Western Conference (through Saturday) and 16 points ahead of the second-best team overall. That’s tremendous separation when you consider that the deviation between any two teams that are second through 30th in the standings is two points except for a four-point gap between the 28th and 29th place teams.

continued

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Senators In Hangover Mode

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from Ian Mendes at Sportsnet,

Your Senators are sitting in first place and have not lost a single meaningful game this season. Who cares about Saturday’s loss to the Maple Leafs? That rivalry now has as much intensity a mid-November meeting between Columbus and Carolina.

Four losses in four games to the Capitals? If it happened in April, I’d be really concerned. But when it happens in January, you have to admit it’s slightly humorous from a media person’s perspective.

Losses to these inferior teams are the sign that Stanley Cup hangover has officially hit the Ottawa Senators.

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