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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Dec. 12

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In his Screen Shots column, Adam Proteau writes about a few teams he’s already counting out of the playoffs.

Former NHL defenseman and current assistant coach in Phoenix, Ulf Samuelsson blogs about practical jokes he used to play on teammates.

In his blog, Ryan Dixon writes about some old dogs who still have a mighty bite.

Edward Fraser writes about a few father-son duos who have played in the NHL in Part 1 of a three-part blog.

In A Scout’s Life, we look into how a player’s size can influence his career projection.

In our weekly look at minor hockey, Prep Watch focuses on California-born netminder and Vancouver Giants prospect Brendan Jensen.

Player News…

Dan Jancevski, D, Dallas Stars

2008/12/12: The Dallas Stars have recalled defenseman Dan Jancevski from the American League's Hamilton Bulldogs. The 27-year-old journeyman appeared in two games with Dallas, and two with Tampa Bay, last season. He also saw action in two games with the Stars in 2005-06. Also, the Stars have assigned goaltender Brent Krahn--who had been out since the beginning of the season due to a knee injury--to the AHL's Chicago Wolves.

Philippe Dupuis, C, Colorado Avalanche

2008/12/12: The Colorado Avalanche have recalled center Philippe Dupuis from the AHL's Lake Erie Monsters. The 23-year-old rookie is expected to make his NHL debut on Friday night against the Chicago Blackhawks in place of winger Marek Svatos (back).

Injury News…

Saku Koivu, C, Montreal Canadiens

2008/12/12: Montreal Canadiens captain Saku Koivu left Thursday's home loss against Tampa Bay early because of a lower body injury. He is to be re-evaluated on Friday. Also, enforcer Georges Laraque missed the contest due to an undisclosed injury.

Sergei Zubov, D, Dallas Stars

2008/12/12: The Dallas Stars have placed 38-year-old veteran defenseman Sergei Zubov on injured reserve. Zubov has missed the team's last five contests due to a lower body injury. He also missed the first 12 games of the regular season while he recovered from hip surgery.

Sam Gagner, C/W, Edmonton Oilers

2008/12/12: After missing two games due to a mild concussion, Edmonton Oilers sophomore forward Sam Gagner returned to action Thursday night against Florida. Gagner centered the fourth line between Liam Reddox and Gilbert Brule but didn't record a point in 12:44 of ice time.

Ole-Kristian Tollefsen, D, Columbus Blue Jackets

2008/12/12: Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ole-Kristian Tollefsen missed Thursday's home contest against the Nashville Predators because of a head injury. Tollefsen was injured on Sunday when his head hit the ice after a fight with Anaheim Ducks center Ryan Carter.

James Wisniewski, D, Chicago Blackhawks

2008/12/12: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman James Wisniewski, who has missed the entire 2008-09 campaign to date because of knee surgery, has been assigned to the AHL's Rockford IceHogs to begin a conditioning stint. Expect the 24-year-old Wisniewski to reclaim a spot among Chicago's top six blueliners in the next few weeks. The Blackhawks also assigned winger Pascal Pelletier back to Rockford, after replacing the suspended Kris Versteeg for one game.

Andy Greene, D, New Jersey Devils

2008/12/11: New Jersey Devils rearguard Andy Greene will not return to the lineup until next week, at head coach Brent Sutter's discretion. Sutter told the Newark Star-Ledger that the team wants Green to "get himself into game-like situations in practice," before resuming play.


Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, Atlanta Thrashers

2008/12/11: Atlanta forward Ilya Kovalchuk isn't going anywhere, according to a recent quote from Thrashers general manager Don Waddell. There have been numerous trade rumors involving the superstar winger stemming from the fact that the Thrashers are in rebuilding mode and the Russian is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2010. However, Waddell insists he has no intention of moving the 25-year-old. 

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