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The Hockey News Daily Dish: Oct. 23

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In his Top Shelf column, Ryan Dixon writes that to be an NHL GM you have to have a vision and stick to it.

In his blog, Ken Campbell writes that a player who delivers a clean bodycheck shouldn’t be forced into a fight afterwards.

Ryan Kennedy writes about the defensemen from the 2008 NHL draft and postulates which will stick for the full season.

Mike Smith writes that players shouldn’t be awarded with a win in collective bargaining negotiations just yet, in his blog.

The Top 10 counts down the largest payrolls in the league and explains how they got there.

The Fantasy Mailbag answers your questions on everything poolies need to know from Kipper to Turris and beyond.

Player News…

Nikolai Khabibulin, G, Chicago Blackhawks

2008/10/23: The Bulin Wall is back. On Wednesday, Chicago goalie Nikolai Khabibulin stoned Edmonton, kicking out all 23 shots he faced en route to a 3-0 win. It was the 39th shutout of his career. INTEL: If Chicago's brain trust had known Khabibulin would react so well to being waived, perhaps they would have tried it last year. With a 2-1-1 record and a 1.97 GAA, Khabibulin's numbers are looking better than Cristobal Huet's 1-1-1 record and 2.60 GAA.

Henrik Zetterberg, C, Detroit Red Wings

2008/10/23: Detroit's Henrik Zetterberg scored his second goal of the season in Wednesday's 4-3 win over St. Louis. INTEL: The Swedish forward had sat out the Red Wings' last two games with a groin injury. He'll likely need to wait until Thursday morning to see if the groin tightens up again.

Patrick Marleau, C/LW, San Jose Sharks

2008/10/23: San Jose's Patrick Marleau exploded for two goals and two helpers in Wednesday's epic 7-6 shootout win over Philadelphia. INTEL: With former coach Ron Wilson no longer making Marleau's life miserable, the 29-year-old is off to a great start with four goals and four assists after seven games.

Keith Tkachuk, LW/C, St. Louis Blues

2008/10/23: With another goal in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to Detroit, St. Louis sniper Keith Tkachuk has now scored in all six games he's played this season, notching seven goals in total. INTEL: The goals streak actually stretches to eight games when his last two regular season games from 2007-08 are included.

Patrick Sharp, W/C, Chicago Blackhawks

2008/10/23: Blackhawks forward Patrick Sharp chipped in a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 3-0 shutout of the Oilers. INTEL: The sizzling 26-year-old is on a five-game points streak, during which he's netted five goals and added four helpers.

Tomas Holmstrom, RW/LW, Detroit Red Wings

2008/10/23: Red Wings forward Tomas Holmstrom scored in his fourth straight game on Wednesday, helping Detroit earn a 4-3 decision over St. Louis. Henrik Zetterberg, Nicklas Lidstrom and Johan Franzen also had goals in the win.

Mike Richards, C, Philadelphia Flyers

2008/10/22: Philadelphia's Mike Richards and Scottie Upshall each tallied a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 7-6 shootout loss to San Jose. Daniel Briere and Jeff Carter also chipped in a goal each, while Joffrey Lupul lit the lamp twice.

Joe Pavelski, C, San Jose Sharks

2008/10/22: San Jose's Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi and Ryane Clowe each had a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 7-6 shootout win over Philadelphia. Dan Boyle also scored, while Patrick Marleau tallied twice in the victory.

Evgeni Nabokov, G, San Jose Sharks

2008/10/22: Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov had a rough night between the pipes on Wednesday, allowing six goals on 29 shots. Fortunately for San Jose, he was hot in the shootout, stopping both shots he faced to help the Sharks emerge with a 7-6 win over the Flyers. INTEL: The 33-year-old veteran had allowed a total of 12 goals in five games this season before the floodgates opened on Wednesday.

Joffrey Lupul, RW, Philadelphia Flyers

2008/10/22: Flyers forward Joffrey Lupul had two goals and an assist in Wednesday's 7-6 shootout loss to the Sharks. INTEL: With no points through five games prior to Wednesday, Lupul was making his fantasy owners crazy. However, playing Wednesday's performance could be a good sign in Lupul's case.

Nathan Horton, RW/C, Florida Panthers

2008/10/22: Panthers forward Nathan Horton scored his second goal of the season in Wednesday's 3-1 triumph over the Senators. Cory Stillman and Rostislav Olesz also scored in the Florida win.

Jason Spezza, C, Ottawa Senators

2008/10/22: Ottawa's Jason Spezza assisted on Daniel Alfredsson's power-play goal in Wednesday's 3-1 loss to Florida. INTEL: Playing at even strength with new linemates Nick Foligno and Jesse Winchester, Spezza wasn't able to generate any offense.

Cory Stillman, LW/RW, Florida Panthers

2008/10/22: Florida forward Cory Stillman chipped in a goal and an assist in Wednesday's 3-1 victory over Ottawa, the team he played for late last season. INTEL: The 34-year-old is on a three-game points streak, during which he has two goals and two assists.

Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Ottawa Senators

2008/10/22: Daniel Alfredsson supplied Ottawa's lone goal in a 3-1 loss to Florida on Wednesday. INTEL: Alfredsson could see a dip in production in the short term as he gets more comfortable with Mike Fisher, the first line's new center.

Zach Parise, LW, New Jersey Devils

2008/10/22: New Jersey's Zach Parise picked up his team-leading fourth goal of the season and added an assist in Wednesday's 5-0 victory over Dallas. INTEL: The 24-year-old has had at least 30 goals and 30 assists in each of the past two seasons. It's still very early, but with four goals and three assists after six games, he could be headed for a breakout season.

Injury News…

D.J. King, LW, St. Louis Blues

2008/10/22: According to, Blues tough guy D.J. King is set to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery. INTEL: With King gone, recent waiver-wire pickup David Koci should take over the enforcer duties in St. Louis.

Craig Rivet, D, Buffalo Sabres

2008/10/22: Buffalo Sabres captain Craig Rivet has undergone arthroscopic knee surgery and will likely be out of action for the next two weeks, at least. INTEL: Rivet sidelined, expect mobile blueliner Nathan Paetsch to replace him in the Sabres lineup.

Fredrik Modin, LW, Columbus Blue Jackets

2008/10/22: As expected, the Columbus Blue Jackets have placed veteran left-winger Fredrik Modin on injured reserve due to a groin injury. His spot on the roster went to center Manny Malhotra, who returned to action after missing five games due to a lower body injury.

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