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    I cannot stand Downie. There's something about him that has always bothered me. I don't know what it is, but everytime I hear about another one of his hits, I get so annoyed by him.

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    I'm not a big fan of Jason Blake, but this is sad news.
    I hope he'll be ok.

    The Toronto Maple Leafs announced on Monday that forward Jason Blake is battling a rare form of leukemia.

    "This morning I shared with my teammates news that I was diagnosed with Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia," Blake said on the team's website.

    "It is highly-treatable, and I have begun taking a pill on a daily basis that has proven to be very effective in controlling this cancer. The prognosis, and certainly the expectations of my physician, myself and my family, is that I will live a long, full and normal life. This situation will not impact my ability to live my life as I otherwise would, and will not affect my ability to perform at my highest level for the Toronto Maple Leafs. I'm looking forward to my first season with the Leafs and helping our club compete for the Stanley Cup."

    Chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) is an uncommon type of cancer of the blood cells.

    It's considered chronic leukemia because it usually progresses more slowly than acute leukemia, sometimes over the course of years.

    CML is not a solid tumor that can be surgically removed, but the prognosis for people with chronic myelogenous leukemia may be improving because of new medications to treat the condition.

    Although a bone marrow transplant may still be an option, many people with chronic myelogenous leukemia are able to manage their condition long term with the use of chemotherapy-like pills.

    The team added after Monday's practice that they will be mindful of his condition.

    "Jason will be able to continue to play fully with the team and will be monitored closely by both the team's physician and his CML specialist," team doctor Noah Forman said.

    It's the second time that Blake's family has been affected by cancer.

    In March of 2001, Blake's wife, Sara - eight months pregnant with their first child - was told by doctors that she had thyroid cancer. Blake left the team to be with her, and Lauren Blake was born March 20 after Sara underwent an emergency Caesarean section.

    Sara had a portion of her thyroid removed without complications shortly afterwards, and the lump that was removed was determined not to be cancerous.

    Toronto signed Jason Blake to a $20 million, five-year contract on July 1.

    The four-time 20-goal scorer finished with career highs in goals and points (69) while playing all 82 games with the New York Islanders last season.
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    Not much action in this thread for a few weeks.

    Seems like Blake will be ok. My thoughts are with him & his family.

    I'm enjoying this year's Bruins better than last year, so far. Although, we're still losing to those darn habs. Not sure about Fernandez. Thank goodness for Timmy, he has been awesome.

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    I'm upset. One of my favorite players, Patrice Bergeron, was hit from behind by Randy Jones last Saturday. He suffered a Grade 3 concussion and broken nose. So far his recovery is not progressing well. The Boston Globe Bruins Blog - Boston.com

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    How heartbreaking. Love this game, but the hits happen so fast. And 9 times out of 10 the hitter doesn't realize how fast and hard he is coming at a player.

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    Re: Hockey 2007-2008

    All-Star Ballot is up:

    EASTERN CONFERENCE

    Goaltenders

    Martin Biron, Philadelphia Flyers
    Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils
    Rick DiPietro, New York Islanders
    Ray Emery, Ottawa Senators
    Cristobal Huet, Montreal Canadiens
    Olaf Kolzig, Washington Capitals
    Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers
    Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
    Tomas Vokoun, Florida Panthers
    Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes

    Defensemen

    Jay Bouwmeester, Florida Panthers
    Dan Boyle, Tampa Bay Lightning
    Brian Campbell, Buffalo Sabres
    Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
    Tomas Kaberle, Toronto Maple Leafs
    Andrei Markov, Montreal Canadiens
    Bryan McCabe, Toronto Maple Leafs
    Chris Phillips, Ottawa Senators
    Wade Redden, Ottawa Senators
    Henrik Tallinder, Buffalo Sabres
    Kimmo Timonen, Philadelphia Flyers
    Ryan Whitney, Pittsburgh Penguins

    Forwards

    Maxim Afinogenov, Buffalo Sabres
    Daniel Alfredsson, Ottawa Senators
    Jason Blake, Toronto Maple Leafs
    Daniel Briere, Philadelphia Flyers
    Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
    Chris Drury, New York Rangers
    Patrik Elias, New Jersey Devils
    Simon Gagne, Philadelphia Flyers
    Brian Gionta, New Jersey Devils
    Scott Gomez, New York Rangers
    Bill Guerin, New York Islanders
    Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators
    Marian Hossa, Atlanta Thrashers
    Jaromir Jagr, New York Rangers
    Olli Jokinen, Florida Panthers
    Saku Koivu, Montreal Canadiens
    Ilya Kovalchuk, Atlanta Thrashers
    Vyacheslav Kozlov, Atlanta Thrashers
    Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning
    Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins
    Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals
    Brad Richards, Tampa Bay Lightning
    Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning
    Marc Savard, Boston Bruins
    Brendan Shanahan, New York Rangers
    Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators
    Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes
    Mats Sundin, Toronto Maple Leafs
    Thomas Vanek, Buffalo Sabres
    Justin Williams, Carolina Hurricanes

    WESTERN CONFERENCE

    Goaltenders

    Niklas Backstrom, Minnesota Wild
    Jean-Sebastien Giguere, Anaheim Ducks
    Dominik Hasek, Detroit Red Wings
    Nikolai Khabibulin, Chicago Blackhawks
    Miikka Kiprusoff, Calgary Flames
    Pascal Leclaire, Columbus Blue Jackets
    Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks
    Evgeni Nabokov, San Jose Sharks
    Marty Turco, Dallas Stars

    Defensemen

    Francois Beauchemin, Anaheim Ducks
    Rob Blake, Los Angeles Kings
    Scott Hannan, Colorado Avalanche
    Ed Jovanovski, Phoenix Coyotes
    Nicklas Lidstrom, Detroit Red Wings
    Mattias Ohlund, Vancouver Canucks
    Dion Phaneuf, Calgary Flames
    Chris Pronger, Anaheim Ducks
    Brian Rafalski, Detroit Red Wings
    Robyn Regehr, Calgary Flames
    Sheldon Souray, Edmonton Oilers
    Lubomir Visnovsky, Los Angeles Kings
    Sergei Zubov, Dallas Stars

    Forwards

    Jason Arnott, Nashville Predators
    Mike Cammalleri, Los Angeles Kings
    Jonathan Cheechoo, San Jose Sharks
    Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit Red Wings
    Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes
    Marian Gaborik, Minnesota Wild
    Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks
    Martin Havlat, Chicago Blackhawks
    Milan Hejduk, Colorado Avalanche
    Ales Hemsky, Edmonton Oilers
    Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
    Paul Kariya, St. Louis Blues
    Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings
    Daymond Langkow, Calgary Flames
    David Legwand, Nashville Predators
    Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks
    Andy McDonald, Anaheim Ducks
    Mike Modano, Dallas Stars
    Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars
    Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets
    Markus Naslund, Vancouver Canucks
    Brian Rolston, Minnesota Wild
    Joe Sakic, Colorado Avalanche
    Daniel Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
    Henrik Sedin, Vancouver Canucks
    Ryan Smyth, Colorado Avalanche
    Paul Stastny, Colorado Avalanche
    Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
    Keith Tkachuk, St. Louis Blues
    Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit Red Wings

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    This is really, REALLY ridiculous for the most part.. It's like they made this list before the season started, except for Leclaire.

    Of course, it's merely the All-Star game; I doubt it's ever really been a true representation of the current season's outstanding players. More about the big names that most of the fans recognize, which I can't really fault the NHL for.

    It just makes me laugh that a guy like Havlat gets a shot at it despite playing in only half a game. Although for the sake of my last-place fantasy team, I believe that when he comes back he'll show he belongs.

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    This is really, REALLY ridiculous for the most part.. It's like they made this list before the season started, except for Leclaire.
    My thoughts exactly as I read through the list.

    I don't know why they don't just make the fan ballot entirely 'write-in'.
    Let people pick the full ten starters, not be restricted to eight pre-chosen ones and one write-in for each Conference, assuming it's the same as last season.

    I imagine the fan's picks will be similar to last season.
    Maybe not so many Buffalo starters though as they haven't had such a good start to the seaosn as they did last year.
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    WHAT? No Dustin Penner?
    Be sure to VOTE for Getzy and Andy Mac everyone!!!!

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    I haven't been watching much of the hockey this season so far. (Far too wrapped up in the CFL PLAYOFFS!!! and my Flames are sucking hard). But the whole Avery debacle of late has me very ticked off at him. Allegedly, he's made comments about Blake and his cancer. Of course, it's just speculation at this point and Avery's gotten a team of lawyers.. blah blah blah. But man, when will they just Avery out?!

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    Avery's denying those accusations, but I have to admit the exchange between him and Tucker got so nasty so quickly that I did wonder if he'd said something about Blake's health after he came skating over and joined in the chirping.
    I don't know why Howard Berger would say he would if he didn't. I'm not a huge fan of Berger's work, but I just can't imagine he'd be stupid enough to put that out there if he hadn't genuinely been told by a player that Avery made a reference to Blake's cancer.
    Seems like an odd and rather dangerous thing to do.
    Of course if Berger was told this by an unnamed player, that guy has backed away from this allegation leaving Berger to swing in he breeze.

    Tucker should realize that Avery is a younger, better, nastier version of himself and face up to the fact he can't take him on any longer and 'win'.
    Avery got the Gordie Howe hatrick during that game and the fighting and sniping only seems to energize him to play better.

    On a lighter note, young Jiji Tlusty of the Leafs was literally exposed yesterday after nude photos he took of himself on his camera phone and sent to a girl were posted on the internet.
    Ahhh, the folly of youth.
    I hope this practice catches on
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