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  1. Alex Radulov signs ‘secret’ contract extension to stay in KHL until he turns 27

    Oct 22, 2010, 10:02 PM EDT

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    It’s been long enough that any dreams Nashville Predators fans had about Alex Radulov returning to the team are probably long forgotten. If they weren’t totally erased a few months ago, it seems just about official that he won’t play as a Predator ever again. That’s because the talented Russian winger will ply his trade…

  2. Not everyone is happy that the Oilers plan to add cheerleaders

    Oct 22, 2010, 9:06 PM EDT

    Mike Commodore

    Oh, Ice Girls and cheerleaders. Your gyrations and spandex uniforms are fodder for post-goal closeups and frowning house wives in equal proportions. It’s debatable whether they make sense in sports in general and hockey in particular, but anyone who cringes at their presence must also acknowledge that they’re not going anywhere. In fact, their navel-sporting…

  3. Ville Leino listed as ‘questionable’ for Saturday’s game after collision with Chris Pronger

    Oct 22, 2010, 8:01 PM EDT

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    Ville Leino

    Apparently Chris Pronger is such a destructive physical force that sometimes, he even hurts his own teammates. That happened during the Philadelphia Flyers’ light skate today, as Pronger knocked already-banged-up forward Ville Leino out of practice, according to Tim Panaccio of CSN Philly. Now Leino is questionable for Saturday’s game against the Toronto Maple Leafs.…

  4. Simon Gagne will miss tonight’s game against Atlanta with neck injury

    Oct 22, 2010, 7:13 PM EDT

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    Simon Gagne

    It’s already been a tough start in Tampa Bay for normally prolific forward Simon Gagne. While the Lightning have been pretty explosive overall, Gagne is pointless so far in six games and has an abysmal -8 rating. The bad news keeps piling on, too, as TSN reports that Gagne will miss Tampa Bay’s game against…

  5. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 21

    Oct 21, 2010, 6:35 PM EDT

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    Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day. 7:00 PM ET…

  6. Wayne Gretzky shoots down Russian coaching rumors, Cristobal Huet makes best of time in Switzerland

    Oct 21, 2010, 5:10 PM EDT

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    Here are two overseas hockey items via ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun, from Switzerland and Russia. Honestly, I hadn’t really heard these rumors, but there were some whispers about former Phoenix Coyotes coach (and, oh  yeah, possibly the greatest hockey player ever) Wayne Gretzky coaching in Russia for SKA St. Petersburg. Despite being friends with SKA chairman…

  7. Dallas Stars expect to add Jamie Benn, Jeff Woywitka back to the fold

    Oct 21, 2010, 4:45 PM EDT

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    bennsback

    After missing three games because of post-concussion syndrome caused by a rugged hit by New York Islanders defenseman James Wisniewski, Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News reports that Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn should return for tonight’s game against the Florida Panthers. Heika writes that Benn will join Steve Ott and Brandon Segal on…

  8. Report: Bill Guerin might make retirement announcement soon

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:59 PM EDT

    billguerinmightretire

    When the Pittsburgh Penguins traded peanuts/a bag of hockey pucks/some other phrase that indicates very little to the New York Islanders for Bill Guerin, I cannot say that I was wildly impressed. After all, Guerin was no spring chicken and didn’t exactly flourish after an earlier trade deadline deal brought him to San Jose. Yet…

  9. Report: Erik Cole won’t face fine or suspension for hit on Drew Doughty

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:23 PM EDT

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    Despite pleas from Gary Green of On the Fly, Carolina Hurricanes forward Erik Cole will not face league discipline for his hit on Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, according to Bob McKenzie of TSN. As for Cole-Doughty, NHL apparently believes contact was accidental/incidental so no discipline will be forthcoming. It’s hard to tell from…

  10. Around the Rink – Thursday, October 21

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:53 PM EDT

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    After a few easy-to-follow days of four or five games, the NHL returns to a more hectic schedule tonight. There are 11 games overall, so let’s take a quick look at them all. All start times are Eastern (ET). 7:00 pm NY Rangers @ Toronto The Maple Leafs are coming off their first loss of…

  11. Ethan Moreau will be out for ‘foreseeable future’ with broken hand

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:17 PM EDT

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    sammyandmoreau

    This was mentioned briefly in the recap last night, but the Columbus Blue Jackets got some bad news Wednesday as rugged forward Ethan Moreau broke his right hand blocking a shot against the Anaheim Ducks last night. Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch writes that Moreau knew something was wrong right away and that he’ll…

  12. Save of the Night – October 20 (Marty Turco)

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:00 PM EDT

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    OK, I’ll admit that Roberto Luongo definitely deserves consideration for a few of the saves he made last night (particularly stopping a few late shots in the third and a Marian Hossa breakaway in overtime). I’ll also concede that this is a flawed choice since Marty Turco actually received a tripping penalty as a result…

  13. Goal of the Night – October 20 (Teemu Selanne)

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:32 PM EDT

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    While there were nice goals from some rookies (including Carolina’s Jeff Skinner and a game winner from Andrei Loktionov of Los Angeles) and a nice shootout goal or two, when in doubt, go with the biggest milestone. That would be goal number 609 for “The Finnish Flash,” Teemu Selanne. While his great individual effort couldn’t…

  14. Los Angeles edges Carolina 4-3

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:18 PM EDT

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    For a summary of last night’s other three games, click here. Los Angeles 4, Carolina 3 For the Kings, the success of this game might be measured more by something out of their control than the two points they put on their overall record. That’s because, if you haven’t heard it already, their skilled defenseman…

  15. Video: The hit that caused Drew Doughty’s injury

    Oct 21, 2010, 3:56 AM EDT

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    It’s not very easy to see, but here’s the hit that will keep Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty out of Thursday’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes. As you can (kinda) see, Carolina Hurricanes forward Erik Cole delivered the hit and the On the Fly crew thinks he might deserve a suspension (comparing it to…

  16. Drew Doughty leaves game after Erik Cole hit, won’t play Thursday

    Oct 21, 2010, 1:44 AM EDT

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    doughtyinjured

    Expect a full recap of the Los Angeles Kings‘ 4-3 win against the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow. When a star of Doughty’s magnitude gets banged up, we want to let you know as soon as possible. Just as we were raving about the great defensive situation in Los Angeles, it looks like the Kings will be…

  17. Nightly recap – Wednesday, October 20

    Oct 21, 2010, 12:31 AM EDT

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    Note: We’ll take a look at the late game between the Carolina Hurricanes and Los Angeles Kings tomorrow morning or early that afternoon. In the mean time, let’s take a gander at the three games that finished at a more reasonable time for non-West Coasters. Buffalo 4, Atlanta 1 After a discouraging five-game losing streak,…

  18. Columbus wins 3-1, but plays in front of smallest home crowd in Blue Jackets history

    Oct 20, 2010, 11:58 PM EDT

    nashentersgame

    The Columbus Blue Jackets were absolutely bludgeoned in their home opener (a 5-2 loss to the Chicago Blackhawks), so perhaps it shouldn’t be too surprising that fans didn’t come out in droves for a Wednesday game against the similarly struggling Anaheim Ducks. Still, the Blue Jackets must hope that their 3-1 win draws a few…

  19. It might be early, but so far the Kings look OK without Ilya Kovalchuk

    Oct 20, 2010, 11:31 PM EDT

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    ilyanotinla

    On paper, adding Ilya Kovalchuk to the Los Angeles Kings seemed like a no-brainer. I still remember the general consensus: sure, it might make it tougher to retain the team’s second-tier young players (Drew Doughty wasn’t – and isn’t – going anywhere) but sometimes you have to break a few prospect eggs to make a…

  20. When athletes attack: A brief history of fights between players and fans

    Oct 20, 2010, 8:36 PM EDT

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    ronartestmelee

    Imagine, for a second, that you get some great tickets to a sporting event – hockey or otherwise. You decide to give the other team a clever tongue-lashing, perhaps thanks to a healthy dosage of booze or a long day at the office. It seems like a light hearted good time – after all, isn’t…

  21. Today’s Starting Goalies – October 20

    Oct 20, 2010, 6:32 PM EDT

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    Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day. Chances are, tonight’s…

  22. Today’s Starting Goalies: October 19

    Oct 19, 2010, 6:04 PM EDT

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    Whether you’re interested for fantasy hockey reasons or just want to know which goalie your team is playing in a given day, we thought it might be helpful to share our best guesses (based on various previews from newspapers and Web sites plus our own instincts) on who might start each day. Let’s take a…

  23. Columbus Blue Jackets put Mike Commodore (and his red afro?) on the IR

    Oct 19, 2010, 5:17 PM EDT

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    Mike Commodore, Steve Downie

    Sadly, the NHL will see far less red afros for the time being.* That’s because the Columbus Blue Jackets put defenseman and occasional afro enthusiast Mike Commodore on the injured reserve today. He apparently went down with an “upper body injury” during the Blue Jackets’ October 9 game in Stockholm, Sweden. He’s one of the…

  24. Ondrej Pavelec returns to Atlanta Thrashers practice for first time since fainting spell

    Oct 19, 2010, 4:28 PM EDT

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    Ondrej Pavelec

    It might be a little while before he starts in net for the Atlanta Thrashers again, but there’s some good news regarding Ondrej Pavelec: he suited up for his first practice today, according to Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta-Journal Constitution. Vivlamore reports that doctors couldn’t find any further explanation for the incident other than that…

  25. Andrei Markov still struggles with knee injury, no time table for return

    Oct 19, 2010, 2:51 PM EDT

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    andreimarkovstillinjured

    A couple weeks ago, it seemed like Montreal Canadiens defenseman Andrei Markov was on the road to recovery, but Louis Jean of Sportsnet.ca reports that the talented offensive blueliner isn’t feeling strong enough for a return just yet. The Russian blueliner was hoping to resume play on Thursday against the New Jersey Devils but says…

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