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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Nov. 13

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Brian Burke stepped down as GM of the Anaheim Ducks and we analyze what that means for the Maple Leafs.

In his Top Shelf column, Ryan Dixon writes that, while you can’t run a player from behind a player can’t turn his back on the play either.

In his blog, Ken Campbell writes that debates about dangerous hits often target the wrong guy: the victim.

In his blog, Ryan Kennedy writes about the league’s best all-around player: Jarome Iginla.

David Littman’s blog explains how the former netminder went from the NHL to video game producing.

The Top 10 counts down deserving all-stars who were left off the ballot.

The Fantasy Mailbag addresses some of your questions about righting early-season wrongs in your pool.

Player News…

Pat Rissmiller, LW/RW, New York Rangers

2008/11/13: The New York Rangers have assigned veteran winger Pat Rissmiller to the AHL's Hartford Wolf Pack. The former Shark had appeared in just two games so far in 2008-09.

Ondrej Pavelec, G, Atlanta Thrashers

2008/11/13: The Atlanta Thrashers have once again recalled netminder Ondrej Pavelec from the AHL's Chicago Wolves. Pavelec was needed because starter Kari Lehtonen is again sidelined because of a back injury.

Jonathan Toews, C, Chicago Blackhawks

2008/11/13: Jonathan Toews scored Chicago's only goal in regulation in Wednesday's 2-1 shootout loss to Boston. After failing to score a goal in his first 12 games of the season, Toews has now lit the lamp in back-to-back contests.

Marco Sturm, LW, Boston Bruins

2008/11/13: Forward Marco Sturm scored Boston's only goal in regulation in Wednesday's 2-1 shootout win over Chicago. The veteran has been on a roll lately, scoring three goals with two assists over his last four games.

Gregory Campbell, C/W, Florida Panthers

2008/11/12: Florida got some offense from an unexpected source on Wednesday as Gregory Campbell came through with two goals and one assist in a 4-0 romp over Tampa. The checking forward had a single assist in the nine previous games he had played this season.

Craig Anderson, G, Florida Panthers

2008/11/12: Panthers reserve goaltender Craig Anderson notched his first shutout of the season on Wednesday, kicking out all 24 shots that came his way in a 4-0 win over the Lightning. It was the second consecutive start for the sizzling netminder who also made 44 saves in a 3-1 victory over the Ducks on Sunday.

Nathan Horton, RW/C, Florida Panthers

2008/11/12: Florida's Nathan Horton had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-0 shutout of Tampa. It was the third goal in five games for the 23-year-old forward.

Patrik Berglund, C, St. Louis Blues

2008/11/12: Swedish rookie Patrik Berglund scored a goal and added an assist in the Blues' 4-3 loss to the Sabres on Wednesday. Berglund has picked up seven (4-3-7) of his 10 points (5-5-10) on the season during his last five contests.

Adam Mair, W/C, Buffalo Sabres

2008/11/12: Buffalo's Adam Mair tallied a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 4-3 victory over St. Louis. The gritty forward had not recorded a point in his previous seven games

David Perron, RW/LW, St. Louis Blues

2008/11/12: Blues winger David Perron notched his first goal of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Sabres. He also had a pair of assists, giving him six points (1-5-6) over his last four outings.

Injury News…

Scott Gomez, C, New York Rangers

2008/11/13: A sore leg kept Rangers forward Scott Gomez out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Devils--his former team. The slick playmaker has three goals and 10 assists in 18 games on the season. Winger Nigel Dawes replaced Gomez in the lineup and registered two assists.

Brian Gionta, RW, New Jersey Devils

2008/11/13: The New Jersey Devils got back winger Brian Gionta (head) and defenseman Bryce Salvador (foot) Wednesday at home against the New York Rangers. Each missed one game. To make room for both in the lineup, rookie winger Nicklas Bergfors was a healthy scratch.

Cory Stillman, LW/RW, Florida Panthers

2008/11/13: The Florida Panthers welcomed back veteran winger Cory Stillman to the lineup Wednesday against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Stillman missed three games due to a concussion. He replaced fellow vet Radek Dvorak, who is now out with a hamstring injury and is considered day to day.

Rostislav Klesla, D, Columbus Blue Jackets

2008/11/13: On top of getting netminder Pascal Leclaire (sprained ankle) back in uniform, the Columbus Blue Jackets also welcomed back defenseman Rostislav Klesla (wrist), who missed four games. Also, winger Kristian Huselius (foot) returned from a one-game absence. Klesla replaced blueliner Marc Methot (knee), while Huselius took the place of center Jiri Novotny (healthy scratch).

Joe Sakic, C, Colorado Avalanche

2008/11/13: Colorado Avalanche captain Joe Sakic was once again on the sidelines on Wednesday because of a persistent back problem. Rugged forward Cody McCormick, who missed one game due to personal reasons, replaced Sakic.

Joni Pitkanen, D, Carolina Hurricanes

2008/11/13: Carolina Hurricanes defenseman Joni Pitkanen returned to action on Wednesday against the Washington Capitals. He missed eight games due to a knee injury. Meanwhile, centers Matt Cullen (leg) and Brandon Sutter (concussion) were also back in the lineup after missing six and eight games, respectively.

Sergei Fedorov, C, Washington Capitals

2008/11/12: Washington Capitals veteran center Sergei Fedorov (lower body) is expected to miss his third consecutive contest Wednesday against the Carolina Hurricanes. Sophomore pivot Nicklas Backstrom should continue to play on the top line between Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin.

Brent Sopel, D, Chicago Blackhawks

2008/11/12: Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel (undisclosed), who missed the team's previous contest against the Calgary Flames, is questionable for Wednesday's match-up with the Boston Bruins.

Oscar Moller, W/C, Los Angeles Kings

2008/11/12: Los Angeles Kings rookie winger Oscar Moller missed Tuesday's home win over the Dallas Stars because of the flu. He's currently listed as day to day.


Brendan Shanahan, RW/LW, Free Agent

2008/11/11: The agent for free-agent forward Brendan Shanahan has told the Camden Courier-Post that his client will sign with a new team by the end of the week and possibly as early as Wednesday. Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, St. Louis and Chicago are all believed to be in the running for the veteran's services.

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