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Posted: Wednesday October 4, 2006 10:18AM; Updated: Wednesday October 4, 2006 5:43PM
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All Vesa Toskala can do is hang out until Coach Wilson makes up his mind.
All Vesa Toskala can do is hang out until Coach Wilson makes up his mind.
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The waiting game continues on the Sharks' goaltending front. Coach Ron Wilson is sticking with his usual practice of informing goalies of his lineup decision the day before the game. Wilson should divulge today whether Evgeni Nabokov or Vesa Toskala gets the call against the St. Louis Blues.
  -- Oakland Tribune

The Penguins are adamant about keeping center Evgeni Malkin off the injured-reserve list, and it would be easy to construe that as evidence that his return to the lineup is imminent. It also would be incorrect. Turns out their plan has very little to do with hockey and a great deal to do with letting Malkin know how much he means to the franchise. Malkin figures to sit out the Penguins' opener against Philadelphia tomorrow and a home game against Detroit two nights later.
  -- Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Colorado coach Joel Quenneville issued a challenge to Milan Hejduk on the eve of training camp, saying the 30-year-old right wing needs to carry his weight on the ice and in the dressing room. Though Joe Sakic remains the captain and most respected voice on the roster, Hejduk also is ready to assume a leadership position.
  -- Rocky Mountain News

An injury to the lower right leg of forward Nik Antropov and a one-game suspension to defenseman Pavel Kubina have allowed Toronto Maple Leafs general manager John Ferguson to delay his decision on where to move goaltender Mikael Tellqvist.
  -- The Globe and Mail

When Predators Coach Barry Trotz named Finnish defenseman Kimmo Timonen his team's captain on Tuesday, he knew full well that none of the previous 18 European-born NHL captains had ever led their team to a Stanley Cup championship.
  -- The Tennessean

Antero Niittymaki passed his first test on the ice yesterday. The Flyers goalie worked nearly two hours and emerged a bit tired, saying his injured left hip felt good. If Niittymaki can practice today at the same pace, he will be deemed ready to back up Robert Esche in the season opener tomorrow in Pittsburgh.
  -- Philadelphia Inquirer

Flyers defenseman Lars Jonsson had his cast removed from his right ankle and said he felt good. His rehab will go up a notch today. Ken Hitchcock said if he continues to improve, he could be on the ice by Friday. Jonsson is not expected to play in games for at least another week.
  -- Philadelphia Inquirer

Florida defenseman Mike Van Ryn had the cast from his injured left wrist removed Tuesday afternoon. The prognosis is that the injury isn't serious, meaning he can begin preparations for the team's season opener Friday against Boston.
  -- Miami Herald

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