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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Nov. 26

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President of the American League, Dave Andrews, writes about some AHL prospects ready to make the jump to the NHL, in his blog.

In an analysis of the Roberto Luongo injury, Ryan Kennedy writes that it’s not the end of the Canucks this season.

Rory Boylen gives props to some lesser-known players deserving of some credit.

In his blog, John Grigg writes that Nikolai Khabibulin is back among the NHL’s starters.

In The Hot List, a weekly rundown of players we can’t wait to see in the NHL, we profile Ben Duffy of the P.E.I. Rocket.

The Fantasy Pool Look examines the Boston Bruins and encourages poolies to start gathering some of its players.

Player News…

Kyle Cumiskey, D, Colorado Avalanche

2008/11/26: The Colorado Avalanche have recalled defenseman Kyle Cumiskey from the American League's Lake Erie Monsters. Cumiskey appeared in one game with the Avs earlier this month but was then assigned back to the 'A' on November 11. He takes the roster spot of forward Darcy Tucker (knee--IR).

Ilya Kovalchuk, LW, Atlanta Thrashers

2008/11/26: Atlanta sniper Ilya Kovalchuk scored the game-winning goal as the Thrashers downed the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3 on Tuesday. Kovalchuk has recovered well after a slow start, posting 12 points in his last nine games.

Niklas Hagman, LW/RW, Toronto Maple Leafs

2008/11/26: Toronto forward Niklas Hagman tallied a goal and an assist in a losing cause, as the Maple Leafs fell to the Thrashers 6-3 on Tuesday. The goal was Hagman's third on the power play this season, and seventh overall.

Colby Armstrong, RW/LW, Atlanta Thrashers

2008/11/26: Atlanta Thrashers winger Colby Armstrong had a strong game in Tuesday's 6-3 triumph over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Armstrong opened the scoring with his third marker of the year, and later delivered a thundering body check on Toronto's Jason Blake.

Curtis Joseph, G, Toronto Maple Leafs

2008/11/26: Toronto Maple Leafs backup Curtis Joseph made his third start of the season, losing 6-3 to the Atlanta Thrashers on Tuesday. Joseph has lost all three starts this season, and has allowed four or more goals each time.

Johan Hedberg, G, Atlanta Thrashers

2008/11/26: Atlanta Thrashers netminder Johan Hedberg stopped 32 of 35 shots on Tuesday, en route to a 6-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. 'Moose' has been victorious in four of his last five decisions.

Mike Cammalleri, W/C, Calgary Flames

2008/11/26: Calgary Flames forward Mike Cammalleri scored the opening goal against his former team in a 6-2 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. Cammalleri was moved to the top line with Jarome Iginla, who tallied a goal and an assist as well.

Injury News…

Darcy Tucker, RW/LW, Colorado Avalanche

2008/11/26: Colorado Avalanche winger Darcy Tucker is expected to be sidelined for at least one month with a knee injury, after leaving Monday's game at Anaheim early. The veteran agitator has been placed on injured reserve. Tucker has just seven points in 20 games so far this year.

Marian Gaborik, RW, Minnesota Wild

2008/11/25: Minnesota Wild winger Marian Gaborik has taken a step back in his rehabilitation, according to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune. The speedster is suffering from a lower body injury and has stopped skating for the time being due to soreness.

Jeff Schultz, D, Washington Capitals

2008/11/25: Washington Capitals defenseman Jeff Schultz reportedly suffered a broken finger in Monday's road loss at Minnesota. Schultz is likely out indefinitely. Defenseman John Erskine (undisclosed) and center Boyd Gordon (back spasms) were also injured against the Wild and are considered day to day.

Jonas Frogren, D, Toronto Maple Leafs

2008/11/25: The Toronto Maple Leafs will reportedly be without Swedish blueliner Jonas Frogren for up to six weeks because of a muscle tear in his arm. Frogren was injured during last Saturday's home contest against the the Chicago Blackhawks.

Steve Bernier, RW, Vancouver Canucks

2008/11/25: Vancouver Canucks winger Steve Bernier reportedly suffered a shoulder injury during Monday night's overtime home win over the Detroit Red Wings. As a result, the Canucks have recalled forward Alexandre Bolduc from the AHL's Manitoba Moose, according to various reports.

Darroll Powe, C, Philadelphia Flyers

2008/11/25: The Philadelphia Flyers have reportedly assigned center Darroll Powe back to the AHL's Philadelphia Phantoms. Powe is coming back from a concussion that forced him to miss the Flyers' last 11 games.


Sergei Zinovjev, C, Free Agent

2008/11/25: Russian forward Sergei Zinovjev has apparently received interest from the Montreal Canadiens, according to reports out of Russia. INTEL: The 28-year-old has been with AK Bars Kazan for parts of the last seven seasons, but spent a part of 2003-04 with the Boston and Providence Bruins (AHL). Zinovjev is a highly skilled offensive player with a questionable attitude and work ethic. With reports that he's at odds with the coaching staff in Kazan, this may simply be a bargaining chip for Zinovjev.

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