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    Quote Originally Posted by misskitty;2191666;
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    Ducks' Pronger breaks foot

    Anaheim defenceman Chris Pronger broke his left foot Sunday night during the Ducks' 4-2 loss at Minnesota.

    Pronger was injured when he blocked a shot by Wild forward Mark Parrish in the first period.

    "It wasn't really that hard of a shot. It just catches you on the right spot and there's not much padding down there," said Pronger, who tried briefly to skate after the shot. "Every time I went to push off, it didn't feel very good."

    Ducks officials said the all-star defenceman will fly back to Anaheim to meet with team doctors. He left the arena wearing a protective boot on his left foot.

    Pronger was acquired by the Ducks in the off-season after scoring 21 points in last spring's playoffs to lead the Edmonton Oilers on a surprise run to the Stanley Cup final.

    Pronger, 32, leads all NHL defencemen this season with 40 points in 41 games, helping the Ducks to the league's best record.



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    What a way to ring in the new year.

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    What?! I don't really like Pronger, but...he's a main cog on my fantasy team.

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    He's having a fantastic season.
    He's quite the sight to see on the ice (although no one beats Niedermeyer as being a pleasure to watch imo), but I really dislike what I've seen of him as a person.

    He played for Edmonton with a broken foot last season.
    He might be able to still play on it, but if not Anaheim can probably afford to sit him for a while until he's healed.
    Even after their recent two-game losing spell they're still riding high in the standings.

    Rory has slipped to third btw
    He hasn't even confirmed if he'll play if he does get into the top two again.

    Did anyone see mindless xenophobe Don Cherry spouting off about the campaign the other week?
    So completely ill-informed as usual.
    I don't see what the big deal is if he does make it.
    He'll be a starter, Pronger, Lidstrom, Niedermeyer will all be picked by the coach if they miss out on the top two. Rory stats and one of the big names takes over the shift 45 seconds later.
    Big deal.
    Lighten up Cherry, Kypreos (moron) and Hrudey (who I normally love).
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    Yeah! So where to we send the cheques to Mark Parrish?
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    Has anyone been watching the World Juniors? I know it's really big here and with Canada doing fairly well. Though their last game they should have won by more . I'm enjoying the games, if not the early mornings. Thank goodness for reairings of the games!!

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    Martin Brodeur and Joe Sakic put up the numbers in leading Team Canada to a gold-medal victory over the United States at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake.

    But when it came to guts and determination, Steve Yzerman was head of the class.

    Just two weeks removed from knee surgery, he proved to be one of Canada's top players at the 10-day tournament.

    "He came in here hurt and then played like there was no tomorrow," said Canadian assistant coach Jacques Martin of the now-retired Yzerman, who will have his No. 19 with the Red Wings raised to the rafters Tuesday night in Detroit (CBC, 7 p.m. ET).

    "You wouldn't have known he was hurt if you looked at him on the ice. The guy was outstanding."

    Outstanding is how many hockey observers would describe the forward's 23 National Hockey League seasons - all with Detroit and 20 as its captain.

    He helped the Red Wings win three Stanley Cups (1997, 1998 and 2002) and racked up 1,755 regular-season points. Yzerman's 1,063 assists are the most in franchise history, while his point total is second only to Mr. Hockey, Gordie Howe (1,850).

    "He's one of the top players of all-time," said Red Wings defenceman Nicklas Lidstrom, who took over as captain after Yzerman retired in July 3.

    "He just retired last year and already they're retiring his jersey. That shows you how much the organization thinks of him."

    Helps Wings make playoffs

    Yzerman will join five other Red Wings greats - Terry Sawchuk, Ted Lindsay, Alex Delvecchio, Sid Abel and Howe - who have had their numbers retired.

    Drafted fourth overall in 1983, he helped turn around a team that had made the playoffs once in the previous 13 seasons.

    Yzerman quickly earned the respect of his teammates and opponents with his talent, leadership and work ethic.

    In last year's playoffs, Yzerman willed himself to play Game 6 of a first-round series against Edmonton Oilers, despite suffering from a torn oblique (abdominal) muscle. He then set up Robert Lang for a power-play goal.

    "He showed up every game, every shift," former teammate Martin Lapointe told reporters.

    Yzerman also possesses a sense of humour often not seen by fans.

    "He's the best one-liner guy I ever met," said one-time Red Wing Darren McCarty. "It takes years before he lets that guard down, even with the guys he played with."

    Ex-teammates to honour Yzerman

    Some of those players - Brett Hull, Igor Larionov and Mike Vernon - will be at Tuesday's ceremony at Joe Louis Arena along with former coaches Scotty Bowman, Dave Lewis and Barry Smith.

    Bowman, Hull and Larionov are expected to share a few words about Yzerman, now the team's vice-president of hockey.

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    Stevie Y's jersey up in the rafters tonight in Detroit - should be good. He's one of my all-time favourite players.
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    Great, if little long dedication/tribute ceremony to Steve. But with all the importance of it, you'd think they could spell everything right on the bronze plaque he received. Synonymous can only be spelled one way.

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    Exploring the possibility of relocating the Pittsburgh Penguins, owner Mario Lemieux received a serious offer from officials in Kansas City on Thursday.

    Tim Leiweke, president of Anschutz Entertainment Group, operator of the Sprint Center, has offered the Penguins a chance to play rent free and be equal managing partners in the new arena if Lemieux moves the club to the Missouri city.

    The $276-million US Sprint Center is scheduled to open in October in time for the next NHL season.

    Anschutz officials, including former Penguins star Luc Robitaille, met Wednesday and Thursday with Lemieux, co-owner Ron Burkle and other team representatives.

    "We are not trying to steal the Penguins," Leiweke said. "We have been very respectful of their process. We understand that this is Pittsburgh's to lose, and we respect that."

    The Penguins' future in Pittsburgh was thrown into doubt after Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie withdrew his offer to buy the club and the state Gaming Control Board denied Isle of Capri Casino Inc. a slots licence last month.

    Isle of Capri was one of several candidates bidding for a casino licence for a new downtown Pittsburgh slot-machine parlour.

    The company had agreed that if it got the licence, it would build a $290-million US arena to replace the 45-year-old Mellon Arena, the oldest facility in the NHL.

    Lemieux and Burkle were scheduled to meet Thursday with Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell, Allegheny County chief executive Dan Onorato and Pittsburgh mayor Luke Ravenstahl about building a new arena in Pittsburgh.

    KC takes second shot at NHL

    Should the team move to Kansas City, it would be the city's second time with an NHL franchise. The Kansas City Scouts lasted from 1974-76 before relocating to Colorado.

    "They have told us they will make a decision within 30 days," Leiweke said. "We will know within 30 days whether they are going to work out their issues in Pittsburgh and get an arena built, or whether they will ask the NHL for permission to move the team to Kansas City."

    Finding a permanent tenant, either in the NHL or NBA, has been a priority for Kansas City. Officials are counting on the Sprint Center and an adjoining entertainment district to anchor revitalization efforts.

    William (Boots) Del Biaggio III, the venture capitalist who has an agreement with Sprint Center management to own any NHL team that relocates to Kansas City, already co-owns a minor-league hockey team with Lemieux.

    Other cities that have expressed interest in the Penguins include Houston, Winnipeg, Portland, Ore., and possibly Oklahoma City.

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    The World Jr's have been awesome so far!
    That last game sure was a nail biter! To think we get to do it all again tomorrow! Can't wait!
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