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  1. Money poorly spent? Martin Erat will miss game against Blues

    Oct 8, 2011, 8:23 PM EDT

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    Dan Hamhuis, Martin Erat

    The Nashville Predators’ $6 million forward Martin Erat will miss tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues with an “upper body injury,” according to Josh Cooper. Cooper and many others worry that the vaguely described problem is a recurrence of back issues that kept Erat out of 18 games last season. Erat is in a…

  2. Ryan Whitney might return to save the Oilers defense soon

    Oct 7, 2011, 3:11 PM EDT

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    Dany Heatley, Nikolai Khabibulin, Ryan Whitney

    It’s strange to see a team depend on Ryan Whitney as much as the Oilers do. Either way, Edmonton fans should be glad to know that he might be ready for the team’s season opener.

  3. Tim Connolly’s Leafs stint starts as expected: with injury concerns

    Oct 4, 2011, 5:46 PM EDT

    Buffalo Sabres v Toronto Maple Leafs

    In possibly the least surprising news of the day, TSN reports that Tim Connolly will likely be a game day decision for the Maple Leafs’ season opener.

  4. Sidney Crosby on playing in season opener: ‘I wouldn’t expect it’

    Oct 1, 2011, 5:56 PM EDT

    Sidney Crosby

    As expected, Sidney Crosby ruled himself out of the Penguins’ season opener on Thursday, Oct. 6.

  5. Mikhail Grabovski shakes off Chris Neil’s questionable hit

    Sep 28, 2011, 5:47 PM EDT

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    Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos, Keith Aulie, Colby Armstrong, Joey Crabb

    Chris Neil delivered a controversial hit on Mikhail Grabovski that went without punishment, but the good news for Maple Leafs fans is that the underrated Russian scorer seems OK.

  6. Danny Cleary will miss remainder of preseason with upper-body injury

    Sep 28, 2011, 2:19 PM EDT

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    Daniel Cleary

    Red Wings forward Danny Cleary will miss at least the rest of the preseason with an upper-body injury.

  7. Scott Hartnell resumes practice, could play Thursday after meeting cardiologist

    Sep 27, 2011, 9:56 PM EDT

    Boston Bruins v Philadelphia Flyers

    Great news for Scott Hartnell: he cleared a cardiologist’s test and skated in practice on Tuesday. There’s even a chance that the Flyers forward could play in a Thursday exhibition contest after that scary incident involving an elevated heart rate.

  8. David Perron returns to Blues, will take a baseline concussion test next week

    Sep 26, 2011, 9:56 PM EDT

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    Evgeni Nabokov, David Perron

    David Perron joined his team again today, although he didn’t practice. He still has a way to go before that happens, with the next big step being a baseline concussion test scheduled for next week.

  9. Marc Staal won’t travel with Rangers to Europe, not ruled out for season opener

    Sep 25, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

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    Marc Staal

    John Tortorella said that Marc Staal won’t join the team in Europe – at least initially – but didn’t rule him out for the Rangers’ season opener against the Kings in Sweden on Oct. 7.

  10. Sidney Crosby participates in ‘controlled scrimmage’ today

    Sep 25, 2011, 4:55 PM EDT

    Sidney Crosby

    He’s still wearing his white “no contact” helmet, but Sidney Crosby took another step in the right direction by participating in a “controlled scrimmage” on Sunday.

  11. Nathan Horton insists that he’s ready to return, but Bruins take cautious approach

    Sep 23, 2011, 5:27 PM EDT

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    Nathan Horton

    Nathan Horton insists that he’s recovered from the concussion he suffered during the 2011 Stanley Cup finals, but the Bruins are taking the right path in being cautious regarding his return to action.

  12. Flames say they’re not worried about Jarome Iginla’s back problems

    Sep 23, 2011, 11:30 AM EDT

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    Jarome Iginla

    Jarome Iginla has missed several days with back spasms, but the Flames are downplaying concerns about his health.

  13. Mark Dekanich’s injury opens Blue Jackets’ backup spot for Curtis Sanford

    Sep 22, 2011, 12:19 PM EDT

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    Winnepeg Jets v Columbus BlueJackets

    The Blue Jackets already looked shaky in net, but Mark Dekanich’s high-ankle sprain could complicate things further.

  14. Time to get worried? Brad Richards misses second day with groin injury

    Sep 21, 2011, 11:15 AM EDT

    Brad Richards

    It sounds like Brad Richards’ groin injury is minimal, but should the Rangers be a little worried about the health of their team and the wisdom of the nine-year deal they handed Richards?

  15. Martin Brodeur shakes off hamstring issues after missing scrimmage

    Sep 20, 2011, 10:59 PM EDT

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    Toronto Maple Leafs v New Jersey Devils

    Martin Brodeur’s hamstring issues seem like nothing more than a hiccup, as the future Hall of Famer returned to practice on Tuesday after missing a Monday scrimmage.

  16. Sidney Crosby practices at ‘100 percent pace’ on first day of camp

    Sep 17, 2011, 3:16 PM EDT

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    Sidney Crosby

    While he stood out with his white no contact helmet, Sidney Crosby also stood out for how hard he worked during the first day of training camp.

  17. Canucks injury updates for Ryan Kesler, Dan Hamhuis and Manny Malhotra

    Sep 17, 2011, 12:58 PM EDT

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    malhotrakeslergetty

    Ryan Kesler could be back as late as November while Dan Hamhuis and Manny Malhotra are expected to miss a big chunk of the preseason. Meanwhile, the Canucks don’t seem fazed by Christian Ehrhoff’s departure.

  18. Reports: Capitals D Tom Poti fails physical, will likely be placed on long-term injured reserve

    Sep 17, 2011, 11:57 AM EDT

    Tom Poti

    Tom Poti failed a physical today, which means he’ll likely go on the long-term injured reserve. That’s sad news for the defenseman, but it provides salary cap relief for the Capitals.

  19. Travis Zajac’s injury recovery window remains unclear; rehab could take up to six months

    Sep 10, 2011, 12:51 PM EDT

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    Jamie Benn, Travis Zajac

    While initial reports indicated that Travis Zajac would be sidelined for about three months with an Achilles tendon tear, the Devils center realizes that the process could take four or even up to six months to work itself out.

  20. Lightning bits: Yzerman advises players to wear visors, Ryan Malone should be ready for next season

    Sep 5, 2011, 3:37 PM EDT

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    Steven Stamkos

    Raw Charge wonders if Lightning players will heed Steve Yzerman’s request to wear visors, while recent updates indicate that Ryan Malone should be healthy enough to return by the end of the preseason.

  21. Mikael Samuelsson and Alex Edler are among Canucks players hoping to get healthy for next season

    Aug 31, 2011, 4:04 PM EDT

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    edlersamuelsson

    The Canucks might still be a little bruised and battered going into next season, but a tough schedule might be the biggest threat to another strong campaign in Vancouver.

  22. Daymond Langkow passes Coyotes’ physical; Can he give them much-needed help at center?

    Aug 31, 2011, 3:17 PM EDT

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    Daymond Langkow

    Daymond Langkow passed his physical today, so he’ll be involved in all “club activities” for the Coyotes. Will he be the difference-maker they need at center, though?

  23. Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli says Marc Savard won’t play this year and might not ever play again

    Aug 31, 2011, 2:48 PM EDT

    Marc Savard, Peter Chiarelli

    The doubts about Marc Savard’s NHL return continue as Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli said he won’t play this season and probably won’t ever play again.

  24. Brian Burke says Matthew Lombardi is concussion symptom-free

    Aug 30, 2011, 5:45 PM EDT

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    Matthew Lombardi, Dany Sabourin

    While he hasn’t started skating yet and probably won’t be ready for the beginning of training camp, the Maple Leafs are still glad to hear that Matthew Lombardi was declared concussion symptom-free. Brian Burke also provides an update on Luke Schenn’s negotiations.

  25. Blackhawks hope that Dave Bolland can produce his best (and healthiest) regular season yet

    Aug 24, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

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    Vancouver Canucks v Chicago Blackhawks - Game Four

    He might not get the fame and recognition of scorers such as Patrick Kane or Jonathan Toews, but Dave Bolland has proven to be a valuable player for the Blackhawks. The team hopes that he can put together a breakthrough 2011-12 season, but that would require him to stay healthy after two injury marred campaigns.

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