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Ducks Get Home From Long Road Trip… And Practice

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from Mark Medina of the Fabulous Forum,

Despite the Ducks having a week-long, winless, four-game trip, Coach Randy Carlyle held a noon practice Tuesday hoping that more time on the ice will change the team’s fortunes….

“We should try to and get on the ice as much as possible to try to improve our overall execution level,” he said after Tuesday’s practice at Honda Center. “That, first and foremost, was missing last night. It wasn’t where it needs to be in the last three games, four games. That’s been frustrating for everybody.”

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You Call This A Goal Celebration?

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Henrik Andersen with a goal, and then…

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The ‘Skinny’ On The Chicago Signings

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the Hawks are in the process of finalizing long-term contract extensions for Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith.

Kane and Toews are believed to be getting five-year extensions, with each of them worth in excess of $6 million per year. An announcement on those two deals appears to be imminent.

Keith’s deal is said to be more complicated, perhaps as long as 13 years, and worth less than what the Hawks will pay their two star forwards, which is to suggest it will likely average less than $6 million per year. Because the NHL is so closely scrutinizing the ultra long-term contracts, it may take longer to dot all the i’s and cross all the t’s on the Keith extension.

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Evening Hockey Bits

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Another reason: Imagine you’re the Florida Panthers. You’ve committed $25.5 million to David Booth. He may never play again. Tell that to your owner.

What does this say for Chris Pronger? Traded from St. Louis in 2005, the Blues need three years to get back to the playoffs. Traded from Edmonton in 2006, Oilers are 0-for-3. Now, Anaheim’s in trouble.

Why does anyone think Toronto would trade for J-S Giguere? It makes no sense.

read on for exactly 27 more hockey bits from Elliotte…

 

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Injury Talk

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via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

The Kings’ injury updates are not good.

Ryan Smyth will not play tomorrow night and will be out “longer than that, for sure,” according to Terry Murray. Smyth, still officially listed with an upper-body injury, is scheduled to see a team doctor tomorrow for an evaluation. Hopefully we’ll know more after that.

Murray said Rob Scuderi came to the practice facility for treatment this morning but also will not play tomorrow. Murray said he is “progressing, but not ready.”

via Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Semin played through the wrist injury (and other bumps and bruises) while Ovechkin was out, but apparently the wrist was not improving.

It’s unclear how much time he’ll miss.

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Evening Line

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Shanahan was one of the few players willing to buck the Pollyanna flow and actually say what was on his mind – to his ever-lasting credit. He will be missed, not just by the scribblers who enjoyed crowding around his locker to exchange views about the state of the game, but by anyone who could appreciate his rare combination of skill and physicality.

-Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail.  Much more on Shanahan…

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Little Gary:  “They Love Me In Hockeytown”

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Or something like that.  The emperor posted a MacLean’s interview with Rosby’s Daddy today and one portion of it stuck out even more than the rest.  Don’t get me wrong, every answer is filled with lies and ineptitude.  But this one hits home for many of us.

Q: You were booed when you presented the Stanley Cup—and that was in the United States.

A: I was booed presenting the Stanley Cup in Detroit to the Pittsburgh Penguins. Had I been presenting it in Pittsburgh I probably wouldn’t have been booed.

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Shanahan Retires

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from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

Brendan Shanahan, who scored big on and off the ice during his 21 NHL seasons, Tuesday announced his retirement.

Shanahan leaves the game with 656 goals and 1,354 points in 1,524 games. He’s 11th all-time in goals and 23rd in points. He’s also the only player in NHL history with at least 600 goals and 2,000 penalty minutes.

He won three Stanley Cups, an Olympic gold medal and played in eight NHL All-Star Games, but Shanahan’s ultimate legacy will be how he helped lead the game coming out of the labor stoppage that forced the cancellation of the 2004-05 season.

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added 3:28pm, This just added to the same story as above…

“I would like to thank my family and all of the friends who have helped me achieve and maintain my childhood dream of playing in the National Hockey League,” Shanahan said. “I am enormously grateful to all of my coaches and teammates I’ve had the privilege of learning from and playing along side of, throughout my career. While I always dreamed of playing in the NHL, I can’t honestly say that I would have ever imagined that I’d be this fortunate and blessed. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me fulfill this dream.”

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Signing Of Three Key Blackhawks May Be Premature

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from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

It’s no secret the Blackhawks want to keep Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Duncan Keith around for a long time, but—despite recent published reports—none are signed for next year yet.

“I guess there’s a little bit of a rumor out there,” Kane said after practice on Tuesday, “but it’s between my agent and Stan (Hawks’ general manager Stan Bowman) and the Blackhawks’ organization.”

Because the NHL’s salary cap might drop for next season Bowman could be facing a big challenge in keeping the nucleus of his promising, young team together. Signing all three stars might be difficult, and the reports of an imminent signing of any of them could be premature.

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Sharks Get A Double Dose Of Injuries

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Actual news today: Both Brad Staubitz and Devin Setoguchi will be out of the lineup tonight.

For Staubitz, it’s because of an injury during a very lightly attended practice yesterday as a puck struck him hard on the right side of the face below the eye. It happened as he was trying to screen goalie Thomas Greiss when defenseman Jason Demers took a shot….

For Setoguchi, the problem is a recurrence of the same leg injury that caused him to miss seven games from Oct. 25 to Nov. 7.

Todd McLellan said Setoguchi would be day-to-day and it was too soon to know the extent of Staubitz’s injury; he remained here with the team and will be examined back in San Jose tomorrow.

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