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News of the Colorado Avalanche - Links from around the NHL - March 27th, 2013

The Defense hurts my head....
The Defense hurts my head....

Good news for Ottawa.

Erik Karlsson sees a light at the end of the tunnel.

Karlsson, who saw his season with the Ottawa Senators come to an end Feb. 13 after having his Achilles tendon cut by Pittsburgh’s Matt Cooke, spoke on Monday during the first intermission of the Senators game against the New Jersey Devils.

"It’s going well," said Karlsson of his recovery. "Baby steps, but overall it’s been feeling pretty good ever since it happened and I can feel it’s going forward.

The Kings (and LA Galaxy) made their way to the White House, but not before a joke by Penner on Twitter.

Before heading into the White House, Kings forward Dustin Penner poked fun at last year’s snub by goaltender Tim Thomas.

"After careful consideration I’ve decided not to visit the White House today for political reasons," Penner wrote on Twitter. "LOL JK I’m not an idiot! Free trip? I’m in!"

Thomas, who was then with the Bruins, refused to visit U.S. President Barack Obama for Boston’s 2011 victory last year because of his political views.

Speaking of Twitter, Nick Kypreos says that Miikka Kiprusoff won't report to another team.

Sources saying Kiprusoff has told the management if they trade his rights he will not report sighting family reasons.

Sadly, the hockey world lost someone to cancer.

Longtime NHL assistant coach Wayne Fleming has died at age 62 after a battle with brain cancer.

Fleming's career in the NHL spanned 14 seasons with the New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers and Tampa Bay Lightning.

"Thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Fleming family," tweeted Lightning star Steven Stamkos. "Wayne was a great coach and even better man."

Ten people have been suspended due to a massive brawl after a Midget AA game (video included, doesn't start automatically).

Ten people have been suspended after a brawl broke out during post-game ceremonies at a Prince Edward Island midget AA provincial hockey semifinal.

The brawl occurred on Sunday in Cornwall between Tignish Aces and Sherwood Falcons, and a video of the event has been widely circulated.