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Around the Atlantic, 12.19.2008

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  • Ryan Whitney is getting ready for a return on the blueline. He's in Wilkes-Barre right now on a conditioning stint and could return to the Penguins lineup Monday or Tuesday. Whitney has been out all season with a foot injury. Marc-Andre Fleury also returned in net the Pens on Thursday, leading them to a 6-3 victory [PensBurgh]. The Penguins were able to hang steady in the standings without some key players, and the returns of both Fleury and Whitney are going to really bolster their team. Sucks.

  • The Pens also re-signed Max Talbot to a contract extension that expires in 2011. [penguins.nhl.com]

  • They named their new arena CONSOL Energy Center. Capital letters necessary. Yuck. [From The Rink]


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  • Isles defenseman Brendan Witt is a stand-up guy. He's pissed off about the situation on the Island, and goes as far as criticiting coach Scott Gordon's defensive system, but he doesn't want out. "I don't want to be traded. I want to fix the problem." [NYI Point Blank with a sticktap to Lighthouse Hockey]


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  • The Rangers lost out on the Mats Sundin sweepstakes yesterday when he signed with the Canucks [Rangers Report]. It's assumed that they simply couldn't clear enough cap space to make room for Mats, and GM Glen Sather has been quoted as saying that he didn't want to break up his team [XM 204].


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  • Coach Brent Sutter has given Scott Clemmensen a vote of confidence during Martin Brodeur's absence, and the guy has deserved it. He's start 10 of the last 11 games over Kevin Weekes and tonight against Ottawa he starts his third straight [Fire & Ice].

  • Devils fans have a Mike Richards-like crush on Zach Parise [In Lou We Trust].