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  1. Did Fisher's hit on Kaleta warrant a misconduct?

    Mar 27, 2010, 2:15 PM EDT

    Last night against the Buffalo Sabres late in the first period, Mike Fisher was given a five minute major for boarding on Patrick Kaleta and then given a game misconduct as well. It was similar to the hit by Alex Ovechkin on Brian Campbell (of course, it’s not getting as much attention nationally) but at…

  2. Gustavsson aims to emulate King Henrik

    Mar 27, 2010, 1:21 PM EDT

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    Jonas Siegal of the Eat.Sleep.Leafs. Blog on AM 640 has some great quotes from Jonas Gustavsson, as he talks about his reverence for Swedish goaltending legend Henrik Lundqvist. “For myself, why I liked to watch Lundqvist was he played a style I liked and I tried to follow it a bit back then. I liked…

  3. NCAA Frozen Four Saturday update

    Mar 27, 2010, 12:05 PM EDT

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    Here’s an update on the tournament so far, with information for today’s and tomorrow’s games. The East and the West Regionals will have their 2nd round games tonight, while the Midwest and Northeast kick off first round action today. Be sure to note that the Frozen Four won’t be held for another two weeks, starting…

  4. NHL Playoffs Update: Detroit pads the lead

    Mar 27, 2010, 11:00 AM EDT

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    Another quiet night in the NHL, but a couple of games that had direct impact on the playoff race. At this point, no update is too short. The game that mattered: Buffalo Sabres 2, Ottawa Senators 4 – Well, I guess the Senators won’t be finishing off that historic collapse to fall out of the…

  5. Just a day off, and Luongo is ready to go

    Mar 26, 2010, 6:12 PM EDT

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    A prize goaltender struggling with consistency is the worst nightmare for hockey fans. Just as the Chicago Blackhawks. Roberto Luongo had appeared to get under control after a horrible return from the Olympic break, but 13 allowed goals in four games — with three losses — had the Vancouver Canucks looking for options on how…

  6. David Booth's season likely over

    Mar 26, 2010, 5:30 PM EDT

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    David Booth, after working so hard to come back from a devastating concussion five months ago, will have his season end after another concussion. From Steve Gorten of the Sun Sentinel: Coach Pete DeBoer wouldn’t declare it so today, saying only that “it’s a strong probability.” But you could tell DeBoer knows that, and that even if…

  7. Iginla: "It's good that there's change."

    Mar 26, 2010, 4:33 PM EDT

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    Matt Cooke’s hit on Marc Savard will go down as a turning point in the history of the NHL. It set about a change in the rule book and hopefully it will be deemed as when the league finally realized the damage such hit can cause. Jarome Iginla, a former teammate of Savard’s, feels that…

  8. The debate over head hits continues

    Mar 26, 2010, 3:30 PM EDT

    I don’t think the great David Simon could create drama quite like this. On Thursday night the NHL and the NHLPA agree to institute a new ‘rule’ that gives the league the ability to actually punish for blind-sided hits to the head. The consensus was that this is at least a move in the right…

  9. Malkin out on Saturday, Gonchar questionable

    Mar 26, 2010, 2:30 PM EDT

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    The Pittsburgh Penguins will be without Evgeni Malkin again tomorrow when they face the Flyers. Malkin has missed four of the past five games as he’s dealt with a foot injury, and he left practice after just 12 minutes on the ice today. He is not expected to play tomorrow according to coach Dan Bylsma…

  10. Thrashers hold 'closed-door meeting'

    Mar 26, 2010, 1:47 PM EDT

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    The Atlanta Thrashers have disappointed me. I was hopeful that there would be two ‘non-traditional hockey market’ teams in the playoffs this year that no one expected to be there; Phoenix is making a bunch of noise in the West and the Thrashers looked like they could sneak into the playoffs in the East. Of…

  11. NHL & Sweden come to new transfer agreement

    Mar 26, 2010, 1:05 PM EDT

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    The NHL and Sweden came to a new player transfer agreement this week, that is good through the 2011-2012 season. Risto Pakarinen of The Hockey News reports: The new agreement will run through the 2011-12 season and according to the deal, the NHL will compensate Elitserien teams $225,000 for players signing with an NHL club.…

  12. Ovechkin's slump nearing catastrophic proportions?

    Mar 26, 2010, 12:15 PM EDT

    For 95% of the players in the NHL, 12 points in 13 games would be pretty respectable, if not incredible. For Alex Ovechkin, it’s an increasingly worrisome slump. The NHL’s most exciting player has come down to earth over the past month of hockey, with just three goals and nine assists since February 7th. That…

  13. NHLPA could use a man like Donald Fehr

    Mar 26, 2010, 11:35 AM EDT

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    It’s amazing to me how the NHLPA is coming under an incredible amount of fire the past few days after the news broke that Donald Fehr is being courted as the next executive director. Instantly, everyone’s thoughts turned to the MLB player’s strike in 1994; now that Fehr could become the leader of the NHLPA,…

  14. Mueller doing just fine in Colorado

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:50 AM EDT

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    I have to admit, when the Phoenix Coyotes traded Peter Mueller to the Colorado Avalanche for Wojtek Wolski, I thought the Coyotes got the better end of that deal. Mueller had gained a reputation as a problem child with an attitude problem, and I questioned whether he would be able to fit into a tight…

  15. NHL Playoffs Update: Calgary's hopes dwindle

    Mar 26, 2010, 10:00 AM EDT

    What a crazy, crazy night we had in the NHL. Seven teams that are not currently in the playoffs beat teams that will be (or should be) in the playoffs, with only Montreal and San Jose saving face against inferior teams. Another, Calgary, squandered a chance to inch closer to idle Detroit as they gave…

  16. Save of the Night: Cristobal Huet

    Mar 26, 2010, 9:00 AM EDT

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    Just to prove that Cristobal Huet was actually in net last night, and not one of those cardboard cutouts you put in net for street hockey when no one wanted to play goalie

  17. Goal of the Night: Mikhail Grabovski

    Mar 26, 2010, 8:00 AM EDT

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    I’m a sucker for game-winning goals in overtime.

  18. NHL Playoffs update: Don't blame Carey Price

    Mar 25, 2010, 12:04 AM EDT

    There were a few big games tonight in the NHL, and the games were just as entertaining as you’d hoped they would be. What’s even more interesting is the immediate, knee jerk reactions you see after some of these games by fans (and sometimes the media). No, Carey Price should not be buried for tonight’s…

  19. League gives NHLPA time to approve rule change

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:29 PM EDT

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    Nearly 24 hours after it seemed the NHL and the Player’s Association would get locked in an ugly political battle over what in reality is a needed and simple rule change, both sides have come to their senses and the new rule should be in place by tomorrow. From Ira Podell of the Associated Press:…

  20. NHL tells players to buzz off over rule change

    Mar 24, 2010, 9:53 AM EDT

    On Monday, we learned that the NHLPA would submit a ‘band aid solution’ to the NHL’s proposed head-shot rule, which would make blind-sided hits the head illegal. Some felt that the NHLPA’s attempt at delaying an immediate rule change was a big ‘up your’s’ to the league that is tied to disputes between the league…

  21. Has Ovechkin's reputation suffered after suspension?

    Mar 23, 2010, 6:05 PM EDT

    Bruce Boudreau was on 93.7 The Fan earlier today in advance of tomorrow night’s EPIC matchup between the Penguins and Capitals, and among a wide variety of topics he discussed the reputations of both Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin. Specifically, he was asked whether Ovechkin’s suspensions have tarnished his reputation at all. Via Dan Steinberg’s…

  22. Seabrook returns to action tonight against Coyotes

    Mar 23, 2010, 5:15 PM EDT

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    The Chicago Blackhawks will get a needed boost for tonight’s big game against the Phoenix Coyotes, as Brent Seabrook is expected to rejoin the team tonight after missing the past week with a concussion. Via Chris Kuc of Chicago Tribune: “It’s nice to have him back,” Hawks coach Joel Quenneville said. “He skated a couple, three…

  23. Capitals release statement on steroid investigation

    Mar 23, 2010, 4:38 PM EDT

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    The Washington Capitals have released this statement in regards to today’s news that steroid investigators visited the team’s training facility. Florida law enforcement authorities have continued their steroid investigation following the arrest of Florida resident Richard Thomas in May 2009. The Washington Capitals are not the target of this investigation, and there is no evidence…

  24. Are you a goalie? The Oilers need you.

    Mar 23, 2010, 3:27 PM EDT

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    Devan Dubnyk, the Edmonton Oilers goaltender who has finally seemed to be the spark the team needed, will not be able to play tonight as he’s been diagnosed with a gastrointestinal disorder. He won’t even be able to be the backup to Jeff Deslauriers, since the disease is very infectious. The only issue is the…

  25. More on Capitals steroid investigation

    Mar 23, 2010, 3:06 PM EDT

    Before things get out of hand and the allegations start to fly out of control, let’s clear some things up on the news from today that U.S. Marshals and steroid investigators have gathered at the Washington Capitals’ training facility. According to sources, the Capitals’ facility was not ‘raided’ or ‘descended upon’ by federal authorities looking…

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