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    Canadian and American searchers continue to scour the waters off Massachusetts Monday for a 25-year-old Canadian woman missing in the Atlantic Ocean since Friday.

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    Laura Gainey was a strong swimmer, say colleagues.
    (Courtesy of Barque Picton Castle)
    A U.S. Coast Guard C-130 and two ships searched overnight for Laura Gainey, said Lieut. Martin Nosset.

    The U.S. Coast Guard in Norfolk, Virginia is leading the search for the daughter of Montreal Canadiens general manager Bob Gainey. She was swept off the tall ship Picton Castle on Friday night.

    The ship was en route to Grenada when Gainey went overboard about 760 kilometres southeast of Cape Cod, Mass.

    A Canadian C-130 Hercules, which has been sharing search duties with an American aircraft, rejoined the search from Halifax early Monday.

    Nosset said coast guard officials will meet later Monday to discuss how long to keep searching.

    "We'll re-evaluate after our first-light search ... and determine whether or not to continue searching, " he said.

    U.S. Coast Guard Capt. David McBride said he expects the search will continue at least through Monday.

    "We're planning on at least going throughout the day," he said.

    Searchers find life rings

    Nosset said there is still hope the woman is alive in the ocean, which is about 22 C. She wasn't wearing a survival suit or life jacket, but was wearing extra clothing and some foul weather gear, he said.

    "Certainly there have been cases where people have survived quite a long time in conditions such as these," he said. "It just depends on the individual. She was a strong swimmer."

    The U.S. Coast Guard estimated Gainey would be able to survive about 36 hours, based on factors that include her age, her physical fitness and the water temperature.

    Bride said searchers have located floatation devices tossed to Gainey when she was swept overboard.

    "It does tell us we're searching the right body of water. That's usually the biggest challenge," he said.

    McBride said weather conditions in the region have greatly improved, with calmer seas and winds.

    "That calms down the water so you can locate things a lot easier," he said.

    'Wonderful, well-loved crew member'

    Picton Castle Senior Captain Dan Moreland said Gainey was a "wonderful shipmate and well-loved crew member."

    Moreland, who wasn't on the ship when Gainey was swept overboard, said the crew isn't sure why she was up on deck at the time because she wasn't on watch duty.

    He said it isn't unusual that she wasn't tied to the ship.

    "It's quite different than a small yacht where you wouldn't step on deck without being hooked in. It's a large vessel with very high rails that almost never gets water on deck."

    He said the wave was likely the result of several waves combining into a single wave as wind conditions shifted.

    "The whole deck filled up with water with this toppling wave," he said.

    I don't see how anyone could survive this long drifting alone in the ocean without wearing a life jacket.
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    This is so sad

    I heard earlier on Sportsnet that they're considering whether to call off, or at least to majorly scale down the search effort.
    She's been missing for nearly 72 hours and the chances of finding her alive are very slim according to the coast guard.

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    Another coach bites the dust with St. Louis firing their coach. I've always wondered if these guys get severance when they are fired.

    ST. LOUIS (CP) - The St. Louis Blues, last overall in the NHL despite a change in ownership and several player upgrades, fired coach Mike Kitchen on Monday night and replaced him with former Los Angeles Kings coach Andy Murray.

    Blues president John Davidson said Murray received a long-term contract after negotiations in New York on Sunday. Murray was fired by the Kings last March. "We realize we're a team that's got a long way to go," Davidson said. "We just felt we needed to take a step like this to move forward."

    Davidson said he wants Kitchen, hired on an interim basis in February 2004 when Joel Quenneville was fired, to stay with the organization. But he said it was time to make a coaching change.

    The Blues were 21-46-15 last season, in Kitchen's only full campaign as head coach, finishing with an NHL-low 57 points and missing the playoffs for the first time since 1979.

    "You look at this thing and we realize we're a team that's trying to rebuild," Davidson said. "We just want more, that's all.

    "We'll see where it goes with Andy. We need a more concerted effort."

    Kitchen is the fourth NHL coach to be fired this year, joining Trent Yawney (Chicago), Gerrard Gallant (Columbus) and Ken Hitchcock (Philadelphia).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba-Jo-Lyn;2175908;
    Another coach bites the dust with St. Louis firing their coach. I've always wondered if these guys get severance when they are fired.

    I think it depends on their contract.
    I know the Leafs are paying Quinn not to coach the team this season due to his contract.

    Latest update on Eastern Conference voting for the All-Star game.
    Western Conference update should be posted on NHL.com today.


    Player NHL Club Votes
    Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh 520,068
    Alexander Ovechkin Washington 289,470
    Daniel Briere Buffalo 284,131
    Maxim Afinogenov Buffalo 271,667
    Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh 271,375
    Erik Cole Carolina 206,968
    Jaromir Jagr NY Rangers 198,467
    Chris Drury Buffalo 198,342
    Rod Brind'Amour Carolina 175,617
    Ilya Kovalchuk Atlanta 166,225
    Marian Hossa Atlanta 128,527
    Saku Koivu Montreal 123,351
    Eric Staal Carolina 117,414
    *Thomas Vanek Buffalo 113,319
    Mats Sundin Toronto 111,578
    Brendan Shanahan NY Rangers 105,239
    *Marco Sturm Boston 104,417
    Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay 101,577
    Dany Heatley Ottawa 93,969
    Peter Forsberg Philadelphia 86,560
    Olli Jokinen Florida 68,167
    Patrice Bergeron Boston 57,978
    Daniel Alfredsson Ottawa 54,692
    Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay 49,553
    Jason Spezza Ottawa 45,818
    Simon Gagne Philadelphia 37,940
    Patrik Elias New Jersey 37,411
    Brian Gionta New Jersey 31,328
    Scott Gomez New Jersey 29,137
    *Darcy Tucker Toronto 29,132
    Miroslav Satan NY Islanders 28,160
    Brad Richards Tampa Bay 26,134
    Michael Nylander NY Rangers 25,923

    *write-in candidate

    Ryan Miller Buffalo 339,086
    Martin Brodeur New Jersey 260,673
    Marc-Andre Fleury Pittsburgh 254,581
    Cam Ward Carolina 125,880
    Andrew Raycroft Toronto 123,615
    Kari Lehtonen Atlanta 100,859
    *Cristobal Huet Montreal 71,599
    Henrik Lundqvist NY Rangers 70,925
    Olaf Kolzig Washington 65,259

    Bryan McCabe Toronto 332,221
    Brian Campbell Buffalo 329,564
    Zdeno Chara Boston 310,702
    Sheldon Souray Montreal 300,677
    Tomas Kaberle Toronto 293,793
    Jay Bouwmeester Florida 290,840
    Henrik Tallinder Buffalo 258,635
    Wade Redden Ottawa 191,862
    Dan Boyle Tampa Bay 147,746
    Brian Rafalski New Jersey 128,304
    Alexei Zhitnik NY Islanders 121,165
    Chris Phillips Ottawa 63,504


    Crosby's running away with this thing.

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    Rory-mania has reached Sports Illustrated


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    Quote Originally Posted by JR.;2176054;
    Rory-mania has reached Sports Illustrated
    And not before time

    There's some serious ballot-stuffing going on by San Jose fans by the look of the results for the west this week.
    Hannan has picked up about 170,000 votes this week. Scott Hannan for God's sake.
    Marleau has picked up even more.
    Michalek didn't have enough votes to make the list last week, but suddenly he's at just under 79,000 votes the highest write-in vote getter among western forwards.
    Same with their goalie, Toskala.
    Nowhere to be seen last week and suddenly he has almost 100,000 votes this week.


    Player NHL Club Votes
    Joe Thornton San Jose 448,651
    Joe Sakic Colorado 313,819
    Patrick Marleau San Jose 300,921
    Jonathan Cheechoo San Jose 275,927
    Jarome Iginla Calgary 226,900
    Martin Havlat Chicago 211,974
    Brenden Morrow Dallas 198,732
    Markus Naslund Vancouver 197,821
    Teemu Selanne Anaheim 174,441
    Henrik Sedin Vancouver 160,313
    Daniel Sedin Vancouver 160,253
    Mike Modano Dallas 150,120
    Paul Kariya Nashville 111,492
    Ryan Smyth Edmonton 109,195
    Petr Sykora Edmonton 87,495
    Pavel Datsyuk Detroit 86,627
    Brian Rolston Minnesota 80,897
    Marian Gaborik Minnesota 79,788
    Henrik Zetterberg Detroit 79,699
    Ales Hemsky Edmonton 79,565
    *Milan Michalek San Jose 78,798
    Rick Nash Columbus 65,552
    Andy McDonald Anaheim 63,563
    Milan Hejduk Colorado 58,470
    Steve Sullivan Nashville 51,074
    Pavol Demitra Minnesota 50,850
    Ladislav Nagy Phoenix 50,147
    Doug Weight St. Louis 49,892
    Shane Doan Phoenix 48,834
    Keith Tkachuk St. Louis 43,066
    Nikolai Zherdev Columbus 41,999

    *write-in candidate

    Roberto Luongo Vancouver 266,258
    Marty Turco Dallas 263,297
    Miikka Kiprusoff Calgary 241,102
    J-S Giguere Anaheim 155,151
    Dwayne Roloson Edmonton 143,894
    *Vesa Toskala San Jose 99,919
    Nikolai Khabibulin Chicago 87,827
    Thomas Vokoun Nashville 78,974
    Manny Fernandez Minnesota 63,460

    Scott Niedermayer Anaheim 390,028
    Nicklas Lidstrom Detroit 371,037
    Chris Pronger Anaheim 282,528
    Scott Hannan San Jose 276,862
    Dion Phaneuf Calgary 274,682
    *Rory Fitzpatrick Vancouver 269,048
    Mattias Ohlund Vancouver 188,511
    Robyn Regehr Calgary 153,230
    John-Michael Liles Colorado 151,985
    Sergei Zubov Dallas 143,302
    Mathieu Schneider Detroit 117,518
    Rob Blake Los Angeles 107,369
    Lubomir Visnovsky Los Angeles 95,658

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    The coastguard has suspended the search for Bob Gainey's daughter, plus sad news for Phil Kessel.

    MONTREAL (CP) -- While the Montreal Canadiens dealt with the general manager Bob Gainey's family ordeal, the Boston Bruins had worries of their own about 19-year-old teammate Phil Kessel's battle with cancer.

    The two old rivals were to play each other on Tuesday night at the Bell Centre, but there was more to ponder than just hockey.

    Gainey remained with his family, dealing with the shock of his 25-year-old daughter Laura gone missing at sea. The air search was called off Monday after more than three fruitless days of scouring a wide swathe of the U.S. Atlantic coast.

    Kessel, a rookie centre with star potential, did not make the trip to Montreal with the team on Monday due to what a statement from his family said was an undisclosed "health issue."

    His agent Wade Arnott told the Boston Globe on Tuesday that Kessel underwent cancer surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital, without going into detail. A Boston television station reported it was testicular cancer.

    Bruins winger Marc Savard said Kessel, usually his roommate on road trips, seemed to be OK, under the circumstances.

    "I was one of the fortunate ones to talk to him (Monday) night and he's doing good, so we're happy with that and we can't wait to get him back," said Savard.

    "For such a young kid, tough times probably feel tougher. Especially in his first year in the NHL."

    The Canadiens got approval from the league to close their dressing room to the media after their game-day skate Tuesday morning. A day earlier, the Gainey story had drawn dozens of reaction-seeking media people to a practice.

    Coach Guy Carbonneau said he received a call from Gainey on Tuesday morning thanking the players and team staff for their support.

    "He's doing as good as you can expect," said Carbonneau. "This last weekend has been really hard on him.

    "It's hard to imagine all the emotion that goes through your mind when they're searching. Since Friday night, I think it's been really hard."

    The team released a statement from Gainey and his other children Anna, Steve and Colleen thanking "all the people who have been involved in the search for our darling Laura."

    It also thanked their friends and the public for their support.

    The statement came with a photograph of Bob and Laura Gainey aboard the tall ship she was working on when she was swept overboard by a large wave during a storm on Friday night.

    Carbonneau said he would not bring up the issue with the players before the game. Team president Pierre Boivin and assistant GM Pierre Gauthier had already addressed it with the players on Monday.

    "I don't want to make any sensational speeches," added Carbonneau. "I was never like that -- to use something like that to motivate players.

    "They know what the situation is. Everyone knows it was a difficult weekend, but they're professionals and know what their job is, even though our thoughts aren't there sometimes. The best way to help Bob and his family right now is to continue to play well, work hard and try to win games.".

    His Bruins counterpart, Dave Lewis, said that for the players, games can be a refuge from emotional shocks away from the ice.

    "The players love to play and that's their whole life," said Lewis. "When they get a chance to play, that's their special time. They forget about all the other things that are going on and try to focus on that."

    Kessel was drafted fifth overall by Boston in June from the University of Minnesota. The quick and gifted centre from Madison, Wisc., who was used mostly on the fourth line and the second power-play unit, has five goals and four assists in 29 games this season.

    The Bruins recalled centre Yan Stastny from AHL Providence to fill in for Kessel.

    "He's an important part of our team, but right now, he has to take care of some things," said Stastny. "Health is the most important thing."

    It is not known how long Kessel will be out of action. Hope may spring from the fact that testicular cancer, if detected and treated early, has a cure rate of 99 per cent, according to the American Cancer Society.

    There is also no word on how much time Gainey will need to deal with his daughter's disappearance.

    Boivin and team owner George Gillett released a statement in which they extended their "deepest sympathies" to the Gainey family. It added the club would make no further comment.

    "There's two stories going on in the NHL now with our two teams and both situations are really tough," said Bruins forward Brad Boyes. "There's more important things in life than hockey."

    It really doesn't look like Laura Gainey will be found, so terribly sad.

    Hopefully Kessel's cancer was caught early enough that he'll be able to make a full recovery.
    Here's wishing him well.

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    I wish they get Phil Kessel's cancer under control.

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    It seems that Kessel is doing fine after his surgery.

    It's been a sad past few days. My thoughts are with the Gainey family and the Kessel family.

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    Scott Hannan would be known as a slightly less physical Robyn Regehr if he played in a true hockey market.

    Michalek, Toskala and Marleau though? I only wish Marleau was having an all-star season. He's in my pool. =)

    I guess I don't really mind, as long as this Fitzpatrick thing keeps going and going...

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