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Devils, Pens mean awful lot to Guerin

Monday, 12.06.2010 / 8:12 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Compton - NHL.com Deputy Managing Editor

Bill Guerin thought it was only appropriate that the New Jersey Devils were in town for his farewell at the CONSOL Energy Center on Monday night.

Guerin, who announced his retirement on Monday, was New Jersey's first-round draft pick (No. 5) in 1989 and played for the Devils from 1992-98.

"That's why I chose this date -- because they were here," Guerin admitted during the first intermission of Pittsburgh's showdown against New Jersey in the Steel City. "I talked to (Devils GM) Lou (Lamoriello) earlier this week and thanked him for having faith in a crazy, 18-year-old kid. I hope I made him proud. He gave me my start in the NHL. I'm eternally grateful for that."
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Shero enjoys eventful day at Governors meeting

Monday, 12.06.2010 / 8:08 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Everywhere Ray Shero turned Monday, the hockey news of the day seemed to be involving him.

It certainly made for an eventful day for the Pittsburgh GM as he arrived for the start of the two-day NHL Board of Governors meeting here.

After spending the morning putting in motion a plan to deal with Bill Guerin's announcement that he planned to end his playing career as a Penguin, Shero spent the afternoon in three hours of presentations about the state of the game as the Board of Governors meeting got under way.
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Caps give Perreault another look

Monday, 12.06.2010 / 1:21 PM / NHL Insider

Corey Masisak - NHL.com Staff Writer

WASHINGTON -- The last time Mathieu Perreault was recalled from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League, he collected two assists in his season debut for the Washington Capitals.

Quick starts with the Capitals have not been a problem in Perreault's young career. Maintaining his level of play in order to earn longer stays with the team has been an issue, though. Perreault is back with Washington for the fourth time in the past two years and will be in the lineup Monday night against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Verizon Center.

"It is just do what I do -- try to create things on the ice and help my teammates score and make plays and work hard," Perreault said. "That is the main thing -- if I work hard, things will take care of themselves and hopefully I can stick around this time."
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Around the NHL: Rinne to miss 2-4 weeks

Friday, 12.03.2010 / 7:23 PM / NHL Insider

NHL.com

The Nashville Predators say goaltender Pekka Rinne suffered a left knee injury at Columbus on Wednesday night and is expected to miss the next 2-4 weeks.
Rinne has a 8-7-4 record, including a 4-3 victory against the Blue Jackets in the game in which he was injured, with a 2.38 goals against average and .918 save percentage.

Rookie Anders Lindback is expected to see most of the playing time in Rinne's absence. The Predators on Friday recalled goaltender Mark Dekanich from its AHL affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals. Lindback posted a 3-0-1 record with a 2.56 goals against average and .925 save percentage in five appearances (four starts and completion of one game) while Rinne was injured earlier in the season.

Dekanich has a 10-3-3 record with a 1.71 GAA and a .941 save percentage in 17 AHL appearances this season. He's tied for second in the league in wins and is fourth in goals-against average and save percentage.
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Ian White finds a home on Carolina's blue line

Friday, 12.03.2010 / 6:12 PM / NHL Insider

John Manasso - NHL.com Correspondent

RALEIGH, N.C. – It's not easy keeping up with Joni Pitkanen.

The Carolina Hurricanes' 6-foot-3, 210-pound horse of a defenseman munches minutes in a way that few in the NHL do. Last season his 27:22 per game led all players in the League. This season, coach Paul Maurice has him down to a calmer 24:53 per game, ranking him 10th overall.

The problem the Hurricanes have had is finding a partner who can keep up with Pitkanen. In struggling to find the right fit, Maurice went through all three of his right-side defensemen -- Joe Corvo, Jamie McBain and Anton Babchuk -- during the first six weeks of the season.

None quite worked out the way the Hurricanes had hoped, so General Manager Jim Rutherford -- never one to sit idle when his club needs something -- shipped Babchuk and forward Tom Kostopoulos to Calgary late last month for defenseman Ian White and forward Brett Sutter.
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Hawks turn back to Turco in goal

Friday, 12.03.2010 / 4:56 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO – If it's bothering Marty Turco that rookie goalie Corey Crawford has gotten the bulk of work for the Chicago Blackhawks of late, it's hard to tell.

Turco, 35, will get the start tonight at home against rival Vancouver after sitting for the past three games – all wins by Crawford. The 25-year-old won his most recent outing, against St. Louis, despite allowing five goals.

Both Hawks goalies have beaten the Canucks this season -- Turco on Oct. 20 in a shootout at the United Center and Crawford 7-1 on Nov. 20 at Vancouver.
 
"All I want (is to) get in there and make a difference," Turco said. "Those are the things that make my world go round. I think the best thing for any of us is to continue to play well and win. Whatever happens after that, just wait and see."

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How can a concussed player get back on the ice?

Friday, 12.03.2010 / 4:39 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Dr. Ruben Echemendia, the NHL's leading voice in the research, data collection and analysis of concussions, outlined the protocol that a player suspected of having a concussion must go through in order to return to the ice.

Echemendia said the process starts the moment the suspected player comes to the bench and continues until he proves through an extensive series of testing that he is symptom-free "both at rest and on exertion."
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Honesty indeed best policy for concussions

Friday, 12.03.2010 / 4:30 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

The number of concussions NHL players have suffered at this point of this season is exactly the same as reported the same point last season, according to Dr. Ruben Echemendia, who oversees the League's concussion testing program and is the chairman of the NHL/NHLPA Concussion Working Group.

Echemendia said Friday on a conference call with several media members that 33 concussions have been reported as of Dec. 1. Fewer concussions were reported as of Dec. 1 two season ago, but Echemendia said he is hopeful the uptick in concussions is a result of NHL players being more honest when discussing their symptoms with team doctors and trainers. Echemendia also said it is too early for any data to be viewed as a reflection of the effectiveness of a new rule enacted last March -- and reinforced with an on-ice penalty this season -- that bans blind side or lateral hits where the principal point of contact is the head.
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History sets stage Friday for Canucks, Hawks

Friday, 12.03.2010 / 4:11 PM / NHL Insider

Brian Hedger - NHL.com Correspondent

CHICAGO -- Almost half the roster that helped the Chicago Blackhawks win the 2010 Stanley Cup is gone; but their heated rivalry with the Vancouver Canucks is still running red hot.
 
Despite the departure of former Hawks Dustin Byfuglien, Andrew Ladd, Ben Eager and Adam Burish -- all of whom played a big role in fueling the rivalry originally -- the Canucks are no less motivated to face Chicago on Friday night at the United Center.
 
The Hawks have already taken the first two meetings of this season between the teams, after ousting Vancouver from the Stanley Cup Playoffs during each of the past two seasons.
 
"Their top guys are all still here," Vancouver defenseman Kevin Bieksa said. "Their best players are obviously the guys we see the most on the ice. Those are the guys you want to beat. The other guys (who are gone) you just want to beat up."

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With new faces, Avs are looking forward to road trip

Friday, 12.03.2010 / 12:48 PM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

With Tomas Fleischmann and Matt Hunwick coming on board this week, Colorado coach Joe Sacco sees this as a fantastic time for his team to hit the road.

The Avalanche begin a five-game trip through the Southeast Division in Raleigh, N.C. on Friday. They play the Lightning on Saturday and then the Panthers on Tuesday. They'll head to Atlanta and then up to Washington before heading home.

"It's actually good timing because it allows the new guys we have, Hunwick and Fleischmann, to get to know the guys better, because as you know it's easier to do that on the road," Sacco told NHL.com. "If we were at home, guys would go their separate ways."

Sacco plans to use Fleischmann in a top-six forward role and on one of the Avs' two power-play units. He said the organization traded defenseman Scott Hannan to the Capitals for Fleischmann because they view him as someone with big-goal potential. He had only 10 points in 23 games with the Capitals and was a healthy scratch twice, but had 51 points last season.

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