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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Dec. 2

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In Campbell’s Cuts, Ken Campbell wonders who Team Canada’s centers will be at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver.

In his blog, Ryan Kennedy writes that the acquittal of David Frost can still act as a good thing for parents.

Dan Ellis writes about working with the Nashville community to spread hockey, in his blog.

Adam Proteau writes about some names the NHL should never allow, in his blog.

The Rumor Roundup focuses on the trade winds in Toronto, if the Wings can keep Marian Hossa and how much the Bruins will have to pay Tim Thomas.

Our weekly Power Rankings have the Sharks still on top with the Islanders on a roll thanks to their backup goalie.

Our Photos of the Week are a selection of the best photos from the past seven days.

Player News…

Joey MacDonald, G, New York Islanders

2008/12/02: Despite a couple of rough outings late in the month, Islanders goalie Joey MacDonald was named third star of November by the NHL. He went 8-5-1 with a 2.64 goals against average in 14 consecutive November starts.

Evgeni Malkin, C/W, Pittsburgh Penguins

2008/12/02: The league's leading scorer, Evgeni Malkin, has been named the NHL's second star of November. The Penguins superstar had 23 points in the month, with seven goals and 16 assists.

Alexander Ovechkin, LW, Washington Capitals

2008/12/02: Amassing 25 points in the month, Capitals star Alex Ovechkin was named the NHL's first star of November. He scored 11 goals with 14 assists and a plus-9 for the month.

Niklas Backstrom, G, Minnesota Wild

2008/12/01: One of the top goaltenders in the league this year, the Wild's Niklas Backstrom finally fell apart Monday night. He allowed six goals on 26 Avalanche shots through the first two periods before being replaced to start the third.

Owen Nolan, RW, Minnesota Wild

2008/12/01: Once a 40-goal sniper, veteran Owen Nolan has at least temporarily rediscovered his scoring touch. Monday night he scored for the fourth straight game, but that only gives him five on the year.

Brent Burns, D/RW, Minnesota Wild

2008/12/01: Blueliner Brent Burns had his second two-point game in a week (and second of the year) in Monday's loss to the Avalanche. He had a goal and an assist, the goal ending a nine-game stretch without one.

Mikko Koivu, C, Minnesota Wild

2008/12/01: Make it two straight three-point games for smoking-hot center Mikko Koivu. He had a goal and an assist Monday against the Avalanche, giving him 12 points in his last eight games.

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Injury News…

Jean-Sebastien Giguere, G, Anaheim Ducks

2008/12/01: Though he didn't finish the game, Jean-Sebastien Giguere put up a valiant effort for the Ducks Monday in Detroit, stopping 37 of 38 shots and leaving in the third period n the midst of a 1-1 tie due to cramping. Red-hot Jonas Hiller allowed Detroit's game winner in the 2-1 loss.

Curtis Sanford, G, Vancouver Canucks

2008/12/01: Vancouver's goalie injury problems continue. Backup Curtis Sanford had been starting in place of the injured Roberto Luongo, but Sanford pulled out of Monday's game after the first period with what is believed to be a back injury.

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Kris Letang

Penguins Hope to Get Deal With Kris Letang Done Soon

Pittsburgh Penguins GM Ron Hextall said he'd "be surprised" if the team doesn't get a deal together soon with defenseman Kris Letang, while adding the team is still working on Evgeni Malkin.


Wild Sign Middleton to Three-Year Extension

The Minnesota Wild have signed defenseman Jacob Middleton to a three-year contract extension.

Kirill Kaprizov

Wild GM Guerin Says Kaprizov Remains in Russia Amid Fake ID Report

Minnesota Wild GM Bill Guerin has denied reports that Kirill Kaprizov flew back to the United States following news of Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ivan Fedotov's detainment in Russia last week.