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Monday, November 10, 2008

NHL News From Around The League

The 2008 Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremony is tonight. Glenn Anderson and Igor Larionov will be inducted as players. Anderson has been eligible since 1999 and Larionov has been eligible since 2007.

The value of a second NHL team in the Toronto area could be up to $600 million. The Maple Leafs would be entitled to a $250 million territorial payment if the NHL relocates a second team into their territory. Meanwhile, Hamilton city councilors are pretty upset at the thought a a second team being put in Toronto while Hamilton sits without an NHL franchise. With all of this commotion about a second NHL-level team coming to Toronto, I have to ask, when did the city get a first one? Oh right.... the Leafs are considered NHL-level now.

A couple of upsets took place last night. David Booth scored three goals as the Florida Panthers defeated the Anaheim Ducks 3-1. The win was the Panthers' first in seven games. Olli Jokinen scored twice for Phoenix as the Coyotes beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2. Prior to the loss the Sharks were on a seven game winning streak but played last night without goaltender Evgeni Nabokov and right wing Jonathan Cheechoo.

Olaf Kolzig will return to Washington tonight for the first time since signing with the Tampa Bay Lightning this summer. Kolzig played in Washington for 19 years.

Tomorrow night the Penguins return to Detroit for the first time since the Stanley Cup finals. They will also face off against former Penguin Marian Hossa for the first time since he signed with the Wings as a free agent. His leaving didn't sit too well with a lot of people, including Max Talbot. "The way he left was kind of, [a blow] to the heart, but you have to live with that," said Talbot. The game is on Versus nationally in the US and on TSN2 in Canada. Of course if you're like me and have Rogers cable, you don't get TSN2 and will be stuck trying to find an alternate method of watching the game.

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