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Hotstove Hockey Talk

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Pierre LeBrun, Mike Milbury and David Shoalts join Ron MacLean on the HNIC Hotstove.

Make sure to check out the “fight-helmet” Pierre introduces.

added 11:10pm A recap of the Hotstove talk at CBC if you wish to read instead of watch.

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Cam Ward Cut By Skate Of Rick Nash Tonight

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Ward left the ice bleeding from the upper leg area and taken to the hospital.

update 10:15pm, Ward will spend the night in a Columbus hospital.

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Jason Williams Has A Broken Right Leg

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In an innocent play along the end boards, Jason Williams right leg was caught underneath him and he was helped off the ice during the first period of the Wings/Leafs game tonight.

Wings TV crew just announced he has a broken right leg.

added 10:02pm, Video of Williams breaking his leg.

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The Battle In The NHLPA Continues

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

On the surface, the fight inside the NHLPA is all about Paul Kelly’s firing. But, it goes deeper than that. Right now, the union finds itself at a crossroads, in the middle of its most important decisions since the overthrow of Alan Eagleson. It’s not only about who will lead - it’s also about where to go with the next CBA, how to motivate a disinterested majority and how to rebuild an organization rife with distrust.

“I don’t know how it got this bad,” one player, active within the union, said this week. “We have a lot of work to do.”

read on (suggested reading)...

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73 Men Sailed Up For This Live Blog and It Was 19 Who Led Them

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

One of my favorite tunes of all time and a tribute to the best frigging Captain in the history of professional sports.  What became inevitable on June 7th, 1997 won’t actually occur for 48 more hours.  But you just know tonite’s all about 19.

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Afternoon Line

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“For 15 years I’ve said that it should be mandatory and should never be the players’ decision, because you give us a choice and the chances are we make the wrong one. In saying that, I haven’t worn a visor my whole career and I’ve had no problem with it, either. So I think when it comes down to it we’re all men, we should have the choice, but for myself, if they tell me to wear a visor because I have to, then I have no problem with it.”

-Brad May of the Detroit Wings stating visors should be mandatory for NHL players.  More on this topic from May by Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press.

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Lundqvist Out With Minor Injury

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from Steve Zipay of Blue Notes,

Less than 24 hours after coach John Tortorella declared that Henrik Lundqvist would start the final game of this three-game trip, he reversed gears and said backup Steve Valiquette would be in the nets for his second consecutive game. “Vally is going. It’s just rest for Hank,” was all Tortorella would say, but the Rangers No. 1 goalie is fighting a nagging injury.

        Lundqvist (8-5-1, 2.52 GAA) mentioned the other day that the ice pack on his “stiff” right upper thigh/groin was for something minor, and indeed, both goalies participated in the skate at the Saddledome and Valiquette left the ice first while Lundqvist chatted at center ice with Sean Avery and other players. In the dessing room, Lundqvist removed his equipment and disappeared for treatment for more than an hour. When he emerged he said that was pretty confident that he would play against Atlanta on Thursday, a nine-day layoff.

continued

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“Celebrate The Stevie”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pavel said we have to and so we will.

And check out who congratulates The Captain first in goal #2.  Irony.

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A Skinny ‘Monster’

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from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,

For about six years now, Jonas Gustavsson has been skinny. Not slender, just skinny. His legs are skinny. His waist and chest are skinny. And even his face is skinny. Dress him in a skinny black tie and a skinny black suit and Gustavsson would not look out of place in a jazz club full of New York hipsters, circa 1955.

“It doesn’t matter how much I eat or how much I practise—I get stronger, but I just can’t get any bigger,” says the Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender who begins each day with bacon and eggs, toast and an assortment of fruit, and ends it with a bedtime snack. “Everything I eat, I burn away. But I think this is the right way for me.”

continued

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I NOW Consider Joe Thornton A Hall Of Famer

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

I like to try to pinpoint the time in a player’s career when he cements himself as Hall of Fame player.  This is the point where his Hall of Fame credentials are strong enough that anything that does or does not happen in the remainder of his career cannot threaten his value as a Hall of Famer.  Today, I believe that Joe Thornton has made it to this level.

With the year 2010 less than two months away, it is natural to start looking at the results over the decade 2000-2009 (some might chose decades as 2001-2010 or to correspond with the start and end of NHL seasons but the results remain about the same).  It is clear that Joe Thornton will be the highest scorer in the NHL over the 2000-2009 decade.  He has 783 regular season points so far.  This puts him ahead of a Jarome Iginla and Daniel Alfredsson tie for second place with 712 points.  Jaromir Jagr is fourth with 671 points and is no longer playing in the NHL.  It is clear that Thornton will be the top scorer in this (2000-2009) decade and extremely likely that he will be the top scorer in the 2001-2010 decade (he currently has an 80 point lead).

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