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Pat Burns Battles Every Day

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from the Toronto Star,

Come the weekend, Pat Burns will saddle his Harley and roar off down the road. But not into the sunset. Not yet. And Monday morning, the former Maple Leaf coach will submit to yet another round of intensive, debilitating chemotherapy. Then he'll come home, likely spend the whole day shivering in bed, vomiting repeatedly. "The stuff's poison, right? After the past year, my body's full of poison. It knocks the s--- out of me."
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Jeremy Jacobs Is The Problem

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from Alan Adams of Sportsnet,

The Bruins have become and will remain a laughingstock as long as Jeremy Jacobs is in charge. Jeremy Jacobs took the easy way out when the hawkish owner of the Boston Bruins gave his seal of approval on the trade that sent Joe Thornton to the San Jose Sharks. If Jacobs was at all keen on seeing the Bruins resume their once-familiar role as a Stanley Cup contender, he would have cleaned house. He would have fired the coaching staff, canned General Manager Mike O'Connell, President and alleged elder statesman Harry Sinden and then sold the team and let new blood take over.
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Blockbuster Trade

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via Sportsnet,

In an effort to shake up their struggling franchise, the Boston Bruins have dealt away their star player. Sportsnet has learned the San Jose Sharks have traded Brad Stuart, Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau to Boston for Joe Thornton.
update 10:03pm, via TSN,
Thornton was a restrcited free agent and signed a 3-year, $20 million deal with the Bruins and is scheduled to make $6.66 million this season. Sturm is making $2 million this season, Stuart $1.9 million and Primeau $1.1 million.
update 10:19pm, via Slam,
Thornton, 26, is a three-time all-star who had nine goals and 24 assists in 23 games this season for the Bruins. The six-foot-four, 223-pound power forward is due to make $6.66 million US this year. "He is a leader who scores points and makes other players around him better," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "To get a player of this calibre, you have to give up something to get something. You would make this trade last month, this month or next year. It follows our philosophy of making our team better for this year and next year."
via the Boston Bruins,
The Boston Bruins have acquired defenseman Brad Stuart and forwards Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Joe Thornton, it was announced tonight by Bruins General Manager Mike O'Connell. All three players are expected in the Boston lineup Thursday night when the Bruins host the Ottawa Senators at TD Banknorth Garden at 7:00 p.m. More to come...
update 10:25pm, via the San Jose Sharks,
Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson pulled off maybe the biggest trade in Sharks history Wednesday night when he acquired perennial All-Star center Joe Thornton from the Boston Bruins. The transaction came with a price as San Jose moved wingers Marco Sturm and Wayne Primeau, along with defenseman Brad Stuart. However when all is said and done, the best player landed in the Bay Area.
more update 10:33pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
In Thornton, the Sharks received the player chosen first overall in the 1997 entry draft, just ahead of Patrick Marleau, their top scorer. The two are virtually mirror images of one another in terms of size and scoring ability and immediately give the Sharks one of the best one-two punches down the middle of any team in the NHL.
read on update 10:45pm, from the Mercury News,
"This is a dominant player in the league," Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson said. "We're excited to get him. But Boston is getting very good players who are great people that have done wonderful things for this organization. I have very, very mixed emotions right now. But it's not often that a player like Joe Thornton becomes available. "As I've always said, we're looking for people at the right age that fit, and our goal is to win the championship. I know Boston is getting players that will help them accomplish the same thing."
continued update 11:03pm, The Sharks will have a press conference with Thornton participating by phone at about 11:15pm EST. tonight. I am sure PJ at Sharks Page will be covering this throughout the night, while Jaci at Wicked Bruins Fan is still in shock. update 11:08pm, from the San Jose Sharks,
San Jose is struggling to find goals right now, but the addition of Thornton will provide some much needed relief. Plus Thornton knows what the Sharks lineup can do when they have everything rolling. “I watched them in the playoffs last year,” said Thornton. “They are a great team with great goaltending.” The combination of Thornton and Marleau could give the Sharks the NHL’s best one-two combination up the middle. “I’ve known Patty a long time,” said Thornton. “I think the world of him as a person and a hockey player. Hopefully it will be a good combination.” “It’s tough never playing anywhere but Boston, but I know Patty (Marleau), Hannan and obviously Scott is there,” said Thornton. “It is tough, but it is exciting. A couple of guys have come over tonight and they’ve been traded two to three times. They told me I’m lucky this is my first time.”
update 11:30pm, Goodnight!!! (will open wmp audio)

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Mario Helps With A Dream

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Cancer is a scary word to anyone. Mitch Konkle gets a little relief and inspiration knowing Mario Lemieux overcame that dreaded six-letter term. Konkle, a 9-year-old from Michigan, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in June. One thing that’s kept him fighting is the knowledge that his hero, Lemieux, battled and beat Hodgkin’s disease.
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Sabres Are Hot

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from Barry Merose of ESPN,

One of the hottest teams in the NHL is the Buffalo Sabres. The team has won four straight and has just one loss in its last eight games. One of the big reasons for the Sabres' success is their power play -- they have the fourth-best in the league (21.7 percent). Another reason is their high level of skating, a big plus in the new NHL. Daniel Briere, Chris Drury, Ales Kotalik and Tim Connolly are just some of the great skaters.
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Belfour Still Working Hard

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Back in the Leafs' training room, there is some joking with Belfour about the evening's Hall of Fame ceremonies and how he'd better get familiar with the process, maybe start thinking of who'll he thank in his acceptance speech. But Belfour isn't thinking Hall of Fame just yet. Still some unfinished business in Toronto. "I didn't know what to expect [when I came to Toronto],"he said. "Obviously, I heard all of the stories about the media. But at the same time, being such a focal point, I thought it was going to be a great challenge and I always have liked challenges and this would be the best place to win a Stanley Cup. "Still working hard toward that and praying for that."
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Fischer Experiences Abnormal Cardiac Rythm

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from ESPN,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer went to the hospital for more tests this week after experiencing "a brief, abnormal cardiac rhythm," the team announced Wednesday. According to the statement released by the Red Wings, Fischer was resting at home on Monday evening when he experienced the abnormal rhythm and he returned to Detroit Medical Center for further testing and observation.
more update 4:40pm, Babcock was quoted today as saying people should not overreact to the latest incident with Fischer. He mentioned he would not be surprised if everything turns out very well for Fisch.

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No Bites

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from TSN,

As busy as Tuesday was on the NHL waiver wire, Wednesday has been quiet. None of the three players available on waivers - Pittsburgh goalie Jocelyn Thibault, Florida forward Kristian Huselius and Chicago forward Mikhail Yakubov - were picked up by anyone and all three will, for now, remain with their current teams.

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On The Road With A Rookie

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from Todd Simpson of the Chicago Blackhawks,

I sure have gotten to know my roommate, Duncan Keith, much better over the past 10 days. He really enjoys his sleeping and showers and eating and ... well I better not get too personal. I'm trying to type softly (is that possible?) as he is sleeping right now! Oh, to be 22 years old and embarking on an NHL career; every new city and rink brings excitement for him. Full of questions. And lucky for him, his roommate has all the answers! Honestly, he is a great guy, and not just because he does everything I tell him. His exuberance rubs off and reminds me of myself a little bit all those years ago. Duncs has a great attitude and I am just trying to help him any way I can. One of the fun things about being a veteran that is roomed with a rookie is teaching him the rules -- the unwritten ones that is. The same rules apply with every roommate all over the NHL. Here are a few of them-
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First NHL Coach To Go

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More and more talk around the NHL about which NHL coach will get fired first. The two leading candidates are Ed Olczyk at Pittsburgh and Jaques Martin in Florida. The 2nd tier of coaches on the hotseat are Mike Sullivan in Boston and Steve Stirling of the Islanders. If they are replaced, who would replace them? I am sure Dave Lewis would be one of the names tossed around. image

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