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On the Beat: Jussi Jokinen on waivers, Gaborik hurting and Spezza better step up

What team beat writers are saying this afternoon:

  • Ondrej Pavelec wasn’t at practice this morning for Atlanta.  Mike Knobler seems to wonder if he may soon be sent down to the AHL.
  • Just when you thought he was healthy, Marco Sturm will miss tomorrow night’s game for Boston with a lower-body injury.  Possibly his knee.
  • The Hurricanes have sent Brett Carson back to the AHLHe played admirably but the team is finally getting healthy on defense.
  • Columbus center Derick Brassard left last night’s game with a shoulder injuryLooks like he may miss some time.
  • Dave Staples completely disagrees with Damien Cox calling Ales Hemsky’s contract “less than visionary.”  I agree with everything Staples says about that point.
  • Marian Gaborik feels some “discomfort” in Minnesota.  Wow.  Just one game until he’s sore again?  Russo brings out all the factors at play for the Wild in this piece.
  • Here are the Habs lines from practice today.  Andrei Kostitsyn not at practice.
  • Martin Brodeur could return to Devils line-up in under two monthsDevils are going to be one dangerous team come playoff time.
  • Jason Spezza better play well otherwise he’ll find himself in the press boxGive Hartsburg points for trying everything with this group.
  • The Bolts have waived Jussi JokinenAnother week, another roster move.
  • Alexander Semin appears doubtful for tomorrow’s game for Washington.  No word on the injury, although reading between the lines leads me to believe it isn’t serious which is good news.