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Wednesday, September 5, 2007

NHL Buzz

Wes Goldstein of has a fun look at some of the key offseason stories around the NHL - his top story being:

1. The Lowe road: Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe probably didn't make any new friends among his colleagues this summer by putting out over-the-top offers to restricted free agents Tomas Vanek and Dustin Penner. Lowe was successful in Penner's case, but he violated what was an unwritten code against poaching these types of players. Still he shook up the hockey world and likely changed the approach teams will take to their business in the future.

Pierre Turgeon (pictured right) hangs em up after 19 seasons in the NHL.

Oilers Pisani out indenfitinetly.

Edmonton forward Fernando Pisani will be out of the Oilers lineup indefinitely after being diagnosed with ulcerative colitis, the club announced Tuesday. Ulcerative colitis is type of inflammatory bowel disorder.

"I would like to thank everyone who has supported me through this difficult time, especially my wife and family," said Pisani, who is currently undergoing treatment. "I appreciate all the wonderful words of encouragement I have received, including messages from my teammates. I look forward to returning to the Oilers."

Its a shame about Pisani. Ohio State hockey buckeye fans will find this story eerily familiar as Tom Fritsche (brother of Dan Fritsche) went through the same thing last season in the NCAA. He rebounded nicely and looks to put his final mark on that team during his senior season this year. I'm sure Pisani will recover and regain his NHL form in no time as well.


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