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Jones making most of Hemsky's absence

Tuesday, 12.07.2010 / 2:32 PM / NHL Insider

Robin Brownlee - NHL.com Correspondent

EDMONTON -- With Ales Hemsky out for a month with a strained groin, the window of opportunity has swung wide open for Edmonton Oilers journeyman forward Ryan Jones.

Jones, 26, who began the season on Edmonton's bottom two lines, will play right wing alongside Sam Gagner and rookie Magnus Paajarvi when the Oilers host the Anaheim Ducks on Tuesday (9:30 p.m. ET, TSN).

"You never wish injury upon anybody, especially guys on your team and a guy like Ales who is a huge part of our team," Jones said. "But injuries do happen in hockey and you have to be ready to fill in for guys."

With Hemsky sitting out five of the previous six games because of the injury, Jones has seen his ice time increased. He lined up with Gagner and Paajarvi against St. Louis last Saturday and scored the game's first goal in a 2-1 overtime win against the Blues.

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Around the East: Leighton expected back soon

Tuesday, 12.07.2010 / 9:23 AM / NHL Insider

Dan Rosen - NHL.com Senior Writer

Philadelphia goalies Sergei Bobrovsky and Brian Boucher should expect some company soon.
 
Flyers GM Paul Holmgren said Monday the team will carry three goalies when Michael Leighton is activated off the Long Term Injured Reserve list. Leighton, who had back surgery on Oct. 11, is working out the kinks with the Adirondack Phantoms of the American Hockey League and could be activated by the end of the coming weekend.
 
He played two games for the Phantoms this past weekend and gave up seven goals on 56 shots in a pair of losses.
 
"No, I would not be opposed to carrying three goalies, for the short term anyway," Holmgren said. "I'm a little leery about where (Leighton) is at physically still and I might be a little leery of not having the insurance policy of the other goalies."
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Shanahan excited about All-Star Game buzz

Monday, 12.06.2010 / 8:38 PM / NHL Insider

Shawn P. Roarke - NHL.com Senior Managing Editor

PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Excitement about the wrinkles to the 2011 NHL All-Star Game presented by Discover is starting to build despite the fact that the game, in Raleigh, N.C., is more than six weeks away.

Brendan Shanahan, the NHL's Vice President of Hockey and Business Operations loves the buzz he is hearing about the revamped All-Star Game, which will played Jan. 30 at the RBC Center. Shanahan was at the forefront of a group of NHL executives that tweaked the game significantly for 2011 and, on Tuesday, gets to share his vision with the League's governors at the final day of the two-day Board of Governors meetings here.

"Just an overview and update on All-Star," Shanahan said of his allotted time on Tuesday's agenda, which will also feature a presentation from NHL Senior Vice President and Director of Hockey Operations Colin Campbell on the impact of Rule 48, which penalizes blind-shot hits to the head.
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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

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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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