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Yzerman Tears Groin

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via TSN,

Detroit Red Wings veteran Steve Yzerman will be out approximately three week after suffering a slightly torn groin muscle Sunday in practice.

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Gagne Injury More Serious Than Thought

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

The Philadelphia Flyers are putting a best-face forward on the injury to forward Simon Gagne, but there is serious concern. Gagne has what club officials describe as a torn right adductor muscle (read groin muscle) and they list him as out for at least two weeks. What they don't say is that given the nature of the injury he could be out a whole heck of a lot longer. (Possibly a month or more and that's if surgery is not required).
read on...including MOC on his last leg with the Bruins...

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Jiri Fischer Press Conference

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Jiri Fischer not thrilled with what happened, broke down a bit and thanked the Dr. who helped him, called him his guardian angel. Very emotional, said many people don't get a second chance like he did. Thanked everyone for their prayers and said he was the lucky one on that day, a 15 year old girl died the same day locally with the same problem Jiri had. Fischer sadi the people who helped him really know and he wants to thank them again and again. Was asked if he will return to the ice, he would like to think he would one day would but left it at that. He said everyone should live their life to the fullest, but who knows what that is until something like this actually happens. Was asked by Mitch Albom if he should play hockey again? It comes down to if someone will let you play in the NHL. It comes down to the technology in medicine today. There are areas that can be explored in the next month or years that may allow him to play. He believes there are many smart people out there who could help him, doesn't see himself coming back in the next few weeks, but this is what he does. Sounds like to me he is holding on to any hope available to him. This is a raw post, excuse any misspellings. 2nd part 4:20pm....Fischer is very emotional when it comes to thanking everyone who helped him. Talked about his fiancee Avery while breaking down and how dedicated she is too him. Was asked if a Dr. has advised him not to play. Fisch responded all the doctors are being as cautious as possible, and preventing any further problems in the future. He holds hope for the future that something can be discovered that will allow him to play again. Fischer is being constantly monitored, what goes into his body and he is not worried about that (as many of you know, he is a health freak and refrains from anything bad for his body). Said when he was home, his heart rate raised out of the blue and things need to be figured out. 3rd part 4:26pm...Was asked if he has faced the fact that he may not play again. He feels a lot of tests need to be done that will clarify the situation, and as mentioned before, medical advances may come about in the matter of months, so he is holding out to find out exacty what happened to him until he gets a specific answer. He hopes he does not have to face life without hockey in the future. Mitch Albom asked Dr. Colucci if he would advise Jiri to play. He said testing is still going on so too early to talk about anything like that at his point. 4:31pm, Press Conference over...My take, Fischer still wants to play and will exhaust all means to find a way to get him on the ice again. As he said, he is only 25, what else is he supposed to do? If by chance the cause of this is discovered, Fischer will want to get back onto the ice. But will it is the question that needs to be answered. note: sorry for the delay, as you can see I thought this post was updating while I was typing. I just realized wasn't until I checked the blog. update 5:00pm, from the CP via TSN,

Detroit Red Wings defenceman Jiri Fischer says he feels lucky to be alive and hopes to resume his hockey career in the future. Fischer could barely contain his emotions as he spoke to the media for the first time since Nov. 21 when he collapsed on the team's bench during a game against Nashville. He often choked back tears and needed several breaks to compose himself.
more update 7:13pm, The Detroit News has a link to listen to the presser. You will find it in the sidebox on the right side.

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Jiri Fischer To Retire Per Sportsnet

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via Sportsnet,

It's believed that at the 4 pm press conference called today by the Detroit Red Wings, defenceman Jiri Fischer will announce his retirement from hockey. Fischer, who suffered a seizure during a game in November hasn't played hockey since.
update 4:33pm, Sportsnet jumped the gun on this story. Although the hockey future for Fischer is in doubt, he did not announce he was leaving the game. A story like this should never be a hit or a miss, Sportsnet blew this one.

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Better Than Gretzky, Orr & Howe

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Today's hockey history lesson... from Steve Milton of Sportsnet,

Rocket Richard. You may remember what happened when The Rocket, just four years short of his death from cancer, was introduced on the Forum's closing night in the late winter of 1996. An 11-minute standing ovation. Try clapping for, say, six straight minutes. Or five, or even three. You will see how much emotion and adrenalin you'd need to sustain yourself to 11 minutes. And the ovation only died because Richard asked it to, just as he asked the fans of Montreal to calm themselves after the St. Patrick's Day riot of 1955.
read on

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How Will Olympic Hockey Be Called

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel insists the group will use the NHL model to root out the obstruction that has become a blight on the international game in recent years. "For the first time in hockey history, we have the opportunity for the IIHF and the NHL to be on the same page when enforcing the rules and calling restraining fouls like hooking, holding and interference. ... It is our responsibility toward the game and its fans to seize this opportunity and showcase hockey as a sport of unique speed and skill to a projected TV audience of 2.3 billion viewers." That will be easier said than done given the IIHF is determined to employ just one referee instead of the two-man crews that have been crucial to reducing the obstruction fouls in the NHL this season.
continued...and around the rink, ESPN style...

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NHL POW

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San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton, who tallied eight points (two goals, six assists) in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week. Calgary Flames goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff, who recorded a 0.47 goals-against average and .983 save percentage in two appearances, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week. New York Rangers right wing Jaromir Jagr, who posted nine points (2-7=9 in four games) and St. Louis Blues left wing Keith Tkachuk (5-4=9 in three games) were runners-up for offensive honors, while goaltenders Martin Biron of the Buffalo Sabres (2-0-0, 1.97 GAA), Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers (2-0-0, 1.33 GAA) and Curtis Joseph of the Phoenix Coyotes (2-0-0, 1.49 GAA) were runners-up for the defensive award.

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In Case You Were Wondering

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Now that NHL star Joe Thornton has replaced his Bruins 'B' with San Jose's Shark, St. Thomas is following suit. In the coming weeks, the city will replace seven Joe Thornton signs displaying the Boston Bruins logo with a collage, depicting the local star's other hockey accomplishments. "Rather than taking the Boston one off, (we'll) put the new Sharks one on and we're contemplating putting the Davos (Switzerland) and Canada Cup (logos) on as well," said alderman Bill Aarts. "We still have to get them made -- that'll likely start next week."
- via the St. Thomas Times-Journal

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OLN Features

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from NHL.com,

NHL Productions and OLN will offer hockey fans special coverage this Monday night before and after OLN's telecast of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Detroit Red Wings (7p.m., E.T), highlighting two of the NHL's most beloved players, Darren McCarty and Mario Lemieux. The network will first air "Darren McCarty: Homecoming" at 6:30 p.m., ET. Produced by NHL Productions, the show takes a look at the former Red Wing and fan favorite during his recent return to Detroit (Dec. 1) with his new team, the Calgary Flames. NHL Productions followed Darren for two days; from the moment he arrived at the airport to his return home to spend time with his family as they prepared for the holidays. McCarty wore a wireless microphone during the Calgary-Detroit game where some colorful exchanges were captured between Darren and former teammates Brendan Shanahan and Mathieu Schneider.
more...including a short video... Remember, the Wings-Pens game will be shown at 11pm tonight on IHND due to a scheduling conflict.

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Pittsburgh’s Problems- Off The Ice

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from the Delco Times,

As much as Lemieux has done for the city, he’s quickly learning that Stanley Cup Championships, All-Star Game appearances, and a Hall of Fame hockey career means nothing in the political spectrum. When it comes to politics, the only stats that matter are the ones that highlight pocket-lining by interest groups and lobbyists in terms of campaign contributions. There’s no question that on that front, the Penguins aren’t even on the radar. For example, the family that operates Forest City Enterprises, a Pittsburgh-area company that has partnered with Harrah’s, has contributed $264,942 to the campaigns of elected officials and other political interests since 2002, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The Penguins, by contrast, have contributed a mere $5,250 through team president, Kenneth Sawyer.
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