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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Dec. 5

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In his Screen Shots column, Adam Proteau wonders why everyone should care about Sean Avery since he obviously doesn’t care about hockey anymore.

In his blog, Ryan Dixon writes that Guillaume Latendresse is down to his last chance in Montreal.

Edward Fraser hands out NHL awards based on the first quarter of the season, in his blog.

In A Scout’s Life, we discover Milan Lucic’s road to the NHL was based on hard work and determination.

In Prep Watch, our weekly look at minor hockey, we profile Arizona-born Luke Moffatt.

Player News…

Noah Welch, D, Florida Panthers

2008/12/05: With six healthy defensemen in the lineup, the Florida Panthers have decided to assign blueliner Noah Welch to the American League's Rochester Americans. Welch registered two points in 14 games with the big club.

Justin Williams, RW/LW, Carolina Hurricanes

2008/12/05: Finally recovered from a ruptured Achilles' tendon, Carolina winger Justin Williams was activated and on the ice for Thursday's game against the Penguins to play his first game of the season. A roster spot was opened when the Hurricanes placed blueliner Dennis Seidenberg on IR with a groin injury. In his first game, Williams spent most of his time on the fourth line but should eventually emerge as a top-six winger again--probably alongside captain Rod Brind'Amour.

Joe Thornton, C, San Jose Sharks

2008/12/05: San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton scored his eighth goal of the season, and added an assist, in a 3-2 home win over Columbus on Thursday night. Thornton potted the game-winning goal at the 7:41 mark of the third period.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D, San Jose Sharks

2008/12/05: San Jose Sharks defenseman Marc-Edouard Vlasic registered three assists and a plus-1 rating in a 3-2 home win over Columbus on Thursday night. Two of the helpers came with the man advantage.

Injury News…

Mike Sillinger, C, New York Islanders

2008/12/05: As expected, veteran Islanders center Mike Sillinger made his 2008-09 debut on Thursday at Washington. He missed a total of 24 games due to hip surgery. Also, defenseman Radek Martinek missed Thursday's game due to a shoulder problem that may keep him out for 2-4 weeks. Thomas Pock replaced him in the lineup.

Brian Rolston, C/W, New Jersey Devils

2008/12/05: As expected, veteran Devils forwards Brian Rolston (ankle) and John Madden (foot) returned to the lineup on Thursday at Philadelphia. Rolston missed 18 games, while Madden was absent for four. They played on the same line with Jay Pandolfo in their first game back.

Dennis Wideman, D, Boston Bruins

2008/12/05: Boston Bruins defenseman Dennis Wideman (undisclosed) took the pre-game skate Thursday night at Tampa Bay but was held out of the lineup for precautionary measures. As a result, 24-year-old rearguard Johnny Boychuk made his Bruins debut against the Lightning.

Chris Chelios, D, Detroit Red Wings

2008/12/04: Now 46, Chris Chelios is on his way to playing his first NHL game of the season. The Detroit defender suffered a fractured right tibia in pre-season action but on Thursday was assigned to Grand Rapids of the AHL for conditioning.

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