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Video: Pierre McGuire discusses Friday’s upcoming labor meeting

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NBC’s NHL insider Pierre McGuire talks with Erik Kuselias of NBC Sports Talk to find out if the NHL’s meeting with the NHLPA on Friday means there’s hope for the lockout to end without missing any games.

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Video: Capitals, Sabres go in opposite directions

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The Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals essentially went into last night’s big game in the same place and Buffalo’s lead is small yet substantial, but more than anything else, it feels like so much more. Then again, if this season’s tightest stretch runs provide any lessons, it’s this: don’t ever assume anything.

Keith Jones and Mike Milbury went on NBC Sports Talk to discuss the rising Sabres, the falling Capitals and some surprising struggles for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the video below.

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Sidney Crosby discusses next stage of recovery

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As you probably heard, Sidney Crosby has been cleared for contact and received a nice round of it in Pittsburgh Penguins practice today. After watching a quick snippet of some of his comments to the press, the NBC Sports Talk gang ponders the kind of impact Crosby could have in the Eastern Conference – if he’s healthy, naturally.

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Video: PHT discusses if Martin Brodeur’s time is up

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Part two of our spot on NBC Sportstalk yesterday dealt with the Martin Brodeur issue in New Jersey. What’s the issue? At 39, Brodeur has spent the last three years plagued by injury and looked shaky in a loss to Toronto on Wednesday night.

Russ Thaler asked if Marty was done in New Jersey — here’s what we had to say:

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For what it’s worth, the current oldest goalies in the NHL are Dwayne Roloson (42), Brodeur (39), Nikolai Khabibulin (38), Johan Hedberg (38) and Tim Thomas (37). So yes, the Devils do currently employ two of the NHL’s four oldest netminders.

Video: PHT talks Patrick Kaleta suspension

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Brough and I were on NBC Sportstalk yesterday with Russ Thaler (who you can follow on Twitter @russthaler) discussing the four-game suspension Brendan Shanahan handed to Patrick Kaleta for his headbutt on Philly’s Jakub Voracek.

This provided an excellent opportunity say “serial headbutter” on live television:

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For the second show in a row, one of us managed to cut Russ off mid-sentence. We’ve got a real streak going here!

As for Kaleta, he spoke to the Buffalo News today about his suspension.

“Obviously, disappointing I can’t be out there with my teammates,” he said. “I was going for the puck. I was trying to push the guy off the puck…sometimes you have setbacks, but you can’t let it slow you down.”

Okay sure, I’ll buy that. Kaleta was trying to push the guy off the puck…WITH HIS HEAD. Someone should tell him the explanation would have more legitimacy if he hadn’t been caught on video (twice!) doing the same thing before.