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Brad Staubitz Gets One Game Suspension

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TORONTO (October 8, 2009) – San Jose Sharks forward Brad Staubitz has been suspended for one game, without pay, for making excessive physical contact on an icing play, in NHL game #32 against the Los Angeles Kings, October 6, the National Hockey League announced today.

Staubitz was assessed a minor penalty for charging Kings player Davis Drewiske on the play, which occurred at 13:24 of the second period.

Under the terms of the Collective Bargaining Agreement, and based on his average annual salary, Staubitz will forfeit $2,590.67. The money goes to the Players’ Emergency Assistance Fund.

added 3:21pm, Watch the hit below (you’ll get a better view of the hit near the end of the video)...

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Afternoon Line

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“We had (Brad) May in a couple of games in exhibition and no one got hacked or whacked or touched. We don’t have him and we get run. You get tired of watching that.

“Our guys do a real good job of competing hard, but we don’t have a team that twists off helmets at stoppages and when you start seeing it all the time, it’s just nice when you got someone to look after that stuff now.

“Tough guys always play tough, I got no problem with that. But the guys that aren’t tough, when they play against you and are tough, that drives me crazy. So we’ve seen enough of that.’’

-Detroit Coach Mike Babcock.  More from Ansar Khan of Mlive.

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After Hard Times The Future Is Bright For Blues

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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The hockey operation is in great shape. Good organizational depth extends to the low minor league, junior hockey, the college ranks and Europe. The Blues are good now and they should remain good for many years to come.

Fans waited patiently while Blues president John Davidson, working at Checketts’ behest, stuck to his rebuilding plan. Now the project is almost complete.

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Semenov Back To Russia

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from Peter Adler at the Cult Of Hockey,

Alexei Semenov, he of the turning-down-Rangers-offer fame, and seen in San Jose silks last season, is returning to Russia: he’s just signed a one-year contract with Dynamo Moscow of the KHL for $1.6 million (all terms US), much to the delight of his wife.

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Questioning Limbaugh’s Relationship With Checketts

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from Adam Proteau of The Hockey News,

Let me get this straight: Ray Emery puts a picture of Mike Tyson on his goalie mask and the hockey community reacts as if Gordie Howe has been put on a worldwide no-fly list. But Blues owner Dave Checketts embarks on a professional relationship with Rush Limbaugh and nobody in the NHL bats a lash?

For those unfamiliar with Limbaugh – and in this instance, ignorance truly is bliss – he is the alleged “entertainer” for the easily entertained who recently opined, in all seriousness, that the United States ought to return to the days when African Americans were banned from sitting in the same areas of public transportation as Caucasian Americans.

You think I’m paraphrasing, or that Limbaugh’s comments were misconstrued or taken out of context?

Limbaugh’s exact quote, made on his syndicated radio show just last month: “We need segregated buses.”

A real class act, wouldn’t you say? And quite the philosophical display. I’m sure the people working on the NHL’s “Hockey Is For Everyone” initiative will appreciate it.

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The Best Of AO, Off The Ice

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TSN style…

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The Rivalry Starts Tonight

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

I began my phone conversation with Wings coach Mike Babcock by saying I was trying not to get too caught up in the third game of the season, but that’s where he cut in.

“I’m caught up in it, you may not be, but I am,” Babcock said. “We’re 0-2.”

Babcock isn’t fun to be around when his team isn’t playing well. Dropping a season-opening pair to Central Division foe St. Louis in Stockholm did not sit well with him. So, yes, he’s jacked up for tonight against the young-and-rising, Cup-contending Blackhawks, who grabbed three out of four points from Florida in Helsinki.

“I watched their games because they played before us and, to me, they got up and down the ice really well,” Babcock said of the Hawks. “They’ve got tons of offense. I was impressed with their young players.”

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Columbus Acquires Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired left wing Jordan LaVallee-Smotherman from the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for future considerations, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.  He was then assigned to the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate.

LaVallee-Smotherman, 23, was Atlanta’s fifth pick, 116th overall, in the 2005 Entry Draft.  He has collected one goal and one assist for two points and is +1 in four career NHL games with the Thrashers and has spent most of the past three seasons playing with the AHL’s Chicago Wolves.  He has registered 39-34-73 and 167 penalty minutes in 140 career AHL games, including a career-high 20-22-42 and 73 penalty minutes in 76 games in 2007-08.

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It’s Way Too Early

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from James Duthie of TSN,

One week into the NHL season and we residents of Hockeynation are already pretty sure of a few things:

—Colorado and Phoenix are unstoppable and will surely meet in the Western Conference Final.

—San Jose and Detroit suck, are likely headed for the draft lottery, and are frantically sending their scouts to Windsor to watch Taylor Hall.

-Martin Brodeur and Roberto Luongo are stiffs, and if Team Canada selects them, they will lose 9-3 to Switzerland.

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12 Games Tonight - Which Games Will You Follow?

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Besides your home team or if your team is not playing, which game(s) will you be interested in tonight?

The full schedule for tonight is listed below…

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