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Van Massenhoven Out 4-6 Weeks

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via the Globe and Mail,

Don’t tell Don Van Massenhoven that players are the only NHL participants who get injured in the line of duty. Just one week prior to the one-year anniversary of having facial reconstruction surgery, Van Massenhoven caught a rut in the ice at the Staples Center in Los Angeles Nov. 16 and is now on the shelf for four-to-six weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. “I zagged when I should have zigged,” said the veteran referee. “There had previously been a lot of scar tissue in there.”

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Sideshow Bob No More

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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

We recall the day Darcy Tucker found out they were calling him Sideshow Bob. It was during the playoffs against New Jersey in the spring of 2000 and a group of reporters caught up with Tucker in the Leafs' hotel. Someone mentioned that a New Jersey writer had come up with a new moniker for the feisty Leafs forward. Now, when someone tells you that you're being referred to as Sideshow Bob, you can react two ways: you can laugh it off and move on or you can blow a gasket.
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Name Calling Battle

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Ian Laperriere says Oilers coach Craig MacTavish called him a "loser" as the teams lined up for a faceoff after the Ryan Smyth check on Brad Richardson, but MacTavish denied disparaging the hard-nosed forward, who could play for the Oilers in a heartbeat. "Nobody likes to be called the "L" word, but I have a lot of respect for Craig. He's got four Stanley Cups. What am I supposed to do? It's just two emotional guys out there," said Laperriere.
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The Early Vote

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Linda Cohn of ESPN takes a shot at some early hardware picks...

Vezina Trophy This was a tough call for me, being a former goalie and all. Most would go with Kiprusoff or Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Meanwhile, the Kipper's Flames are struggling at ninth in the West (there is only so much this guy can do). Giggy is having a strong season for the Anaheim Ducks, but it's still not enough for me. My early pick for the top goalie award is Montreal's Cristobal Huet. Hang in here with me.
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Souray Talk Won’t Stop

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via Spector's Trade Rumours,

"David E" has more on this: "ON LES AMATEURS DE SPORT MONTREAL AM 730 OLD NHL REFEREE RON FOURNIER SAID THAT THE DETROIT RED WINGS ARE TRYING REAL HARD TO LAND ON D-MAN SHELDON SOURAY HE USED THE WORD DREWLING...
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Modano Settling Down

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from NBC5i,

Access Hollywood reports Dallas Stars center Mike Modano is engaged to “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Willa Ford. Ford broke the news to the entertainment show Thursday night at the Action Sports Awards in Los Angeles. Modano, 36, and Ford, 25, have been dating on and off for four years. Ford says Modano popped the question in bed, "We were out to dinner the other night, and I think he had it (the ring) with him the entire night. "He was really nervous. Then right before we went to sleep he asked me and I said, 'Yes.'”
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Attitude Key For Boumgartner

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from the Winnipeg Free Press,

...The result has Baumgartner, who, after nine seasons in the minors, had finally established himself as an NHL regular with the Vancouver Canucks last season, playing for the Philadelphia Phantoms at the Spectrum rather than across the parking lot at the Wachovia Center with the Flyers. "It was frustrating at first, but I understand the business -- I can't really get called up now because I'd have to clear waivers, and if somebody else picked me up, the Flyers would still be on the hook for half my salary," explains Baumgarter, whose Phantoms will play the Manitoba Moose Friday. "Ah, but it could be worse. I could not be playing hockey. I could be shovelling snow or dirt or something. It's not that bad."
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Nash Trying To Carry The Team

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Whatever happened to Rick Nash? Whatever happened to the kid who took the NHL by storm three years ago when, at 19, he became the youngest player ever to win a scoring title? Whatever happened to the junior sensation with Mario Lemieux's size and Brett Hull's finish who GM Doug MacLean was going to build his franchise around after drafting him first overall in 2002?... "He's carrying the weight of the franchise and I think it's affected him -- it's a lot to carry for a 22-year-old," said MacLean yesterday as his team boarded a Calgary-bound plane for tonight's game.
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Rathje Facing Retirement

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from the Courier Post,

Bothered by sciatic nerve pain that has limited his mobility for six years, Mike Rathje's 13-year NHL career is on the brink of ending. "You can only take drugs to play hockey for so long," a dejected Rathje said before sitting out Thursday night's game between the Flyers and New York Islanders. "This scenario of me needing medication to play has gone on for the last year. "I am always in pain."
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Where Are The Fans

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

...Or maybe hockey is no more than a passing fad here in the land of NASCAR and Tobacco Road college basketball. Whatever the reason, the RBC Centre - which was packed to the rafters in the spring when the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup - was a lonely place last night when the Hurricanes played the Canadiens. The announced attendance was 13,103, but there weren't more than 10,000 people in the arena. I know there is a core of fervent, knowledgeable fans in this area, but there aren't enough to suggest that the NHL will ever be a success in this market.
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