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“Trades happen. Some people might think they got stronger, some might think they didn’t. It’s all in the eye of the beholder.”

The Devils scoring will “possibly” be better, Pronger said, “but I don’t know what’s it’s going to do to their defensive abilities . . . He’s certainly a guy who can put numbers up. I don’t know if his lack of playoff experience in Atlanta will affect him or not. I guess time will tell.”

-Chris Pronger of the Flyers reacts to the trade of Ilya Kovalchuk to the Devils.  More reaction from the Flyers by Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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Kovalchuk Talks About His First Game As A Devil

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Lidstrom Feels Pressure Is On Russia And Canada To Win Olympic Gold

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

Members of Sweden’s Olympic hockey team politely insist that even though they have 13 holdovers from the squad that won gold at Turin and will supplement that group with a crop of brilliant youngsters, they’re hardly a sure shot to repeat as champions in Vancouver.

“I don’t know if we’ll be considered the favorite no matter what we do,” defenseman Niklas Kronwall said. “I think Canada and Russia are the ones that people are talking about the most.”...

Team captain Nicklas Lidstrom, the imperturbable defenseman who has been a pillar of strength for the Red Wings and Team Sweden, dismissed the notion that the Tre Kronor—so named because of the three crowns on the front of the team’s jerseys—will be overconfident when the tournament begins Feb. 16.

“I think we like our situation that we’re not one of the main favorites. I think that suits us well,” said Lidstrom, one of nine Swedes and only 22 players ever whose resume includes a title at the Olympics, the world championships and the Stanley Cup finals.

“Even though we’re going to be the defending Olympic champs, I think the pressure will still be on the top two teams, Russia and Canada.”

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Trotz Tries To Wake-Up Dumont

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via John Glennon of the Tennessean,

Predators Coach Barry Trotz is looking for a little more commitment on both ends of the rink from veteran forward J.P. Dumont.

That message was delivered Thursday, when Dumont saw just 8:45 ice time on the fourth line, and elaborated upon Friday.

“He’s got great hockey sense and he’s got that great ability to see the ice,’’ Trotz said of Dumont. “But you have to play on both sides of the puck and you have to play the hard areas. I’m asking him to change a little bit.

“It’s hard to score now. Teams are tracking back. You’re not going to get those easy-rush goals. You’re going to have to go after it a little bit more.’‘

And Dumont’s response?

“It really doesn’t matter how he takes it,’’ Trotz said. “I really don’t care how he takes it. It’s more you’re going to play a certain way to be successful or … Ice time is the only thing a coach has, so that’s where it starts.’‘

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GDT - Game #58: Red Wings at Kings (4:00)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

Matinee today against the Kings, the hottest team in the Western Conference, winners of a franchise record-tying eight straight games. Anze Kopitar is on fire, he has at least one point in each game of the Kings’ winning streak (7 G, 8 A), and he tied a career high with a four-point game on Thursday (2 G, 2 A).  The U.S. Olympian, Jonathan Quick, who leads W.C. goalies with 33 wins, has a 2.20 goals-against average in the Kings eight game win streak.  Hopefully, Quick will play to his usual form against the Wings, he is 1-5-0 with a 3.19 GAA in his career against DET.

The Wings task isn’t made any easier as Niklas Kronwall will not play after having injured his knee during the Shark game.  With the Wings reaching desperation measures, they have not won back-to-back games in nearly a month (Jan. 7-9), Howard is in net again today.

The W.C. standings have COL in 6th with 68 pts, NSH and CGY round out the 8 with 66 pts.  DET has 64, DAL and ANA each have 61.  It would take a major miracle for DET to reach the 4th spot (PHX 75).  Given DET’s play of late, 3-4-3, it may well take a minor miracle for DET just to make the playoffs this season.

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Brutal Night For Panthers

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from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

After another loss on Friday night, words like brutal, frustrating and embarrassing were words spoken in the Panthers locker room.

“That pretty much sums it up,’’ coach Pete DeBoer said grimly.

The Panthers put up just 13 shots in Friday’s 2-1 loss to Calgary at BankAtlantic Center – including a grand total of six in the final 40 minutes….

Afterward, DeBoer said “we just got manhandled.’’ When asked how to change that, he was succinct and candid.

With just one goal on Friday against the travel weary Flames (they flew in from Calgary on Thursday), the Panthers have scored 10 goals in the past nine games.

“You would think when you have some forwards who haven’t scored in 14, 15, 16 games, they might want to get their noses dirty to try and get one,’’ said DeBoer.

“We weren’t interested in that tonight. .-.-. We have lines of guys who haven’t scored in 15 games. It’s tough. The only way to fix that is through free agency in the summer.’‘

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Canadiens Support Ryan O’Byrne During Difficult Time

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

Last Sunday, Lorelei O’Byrne succumbed to cancer at age 56, her spirit strong, but body no longer able to resist her disease. At her bedside in Victoria was her husband, Dave, and her daughter, Krystal….

“My dad called the rink to leave a message. ‘Call home,’ it said,” O’Byrne recalled yesterday, speaking quietly after Canadiens practice.

“It’s the phone call you’re expecting, but it’s one you dread. It was a sad day. It had been a long battle for my mom, a long fight.” He cleared his throat once, then again. It had been only five days since his mother had died, but O’Byrne was ready to share these memories.

“I knew she was going to pass away, but it always comes sooner than you hope,” he said. “She put up a long, hard battle. She was a strong woman.” O’Byrne had gone home to Victoria last month, his 10-day leave from the Canadiens described then as “family reasons.” His plan had been to spend four or five days with his mother, who by then was in the final stages of her illness.

But his general manager suggested otherwise.

“Bob Gainey told me to take a step back and take more time with my family,” O’Byrne said. “He encouraged me to take as much time as I needed.

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Terrible News- Brian Burke’s Son Killed In Car Accident

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via a tweet from Damien Cox,

Oh my goodness, what awful news. Brian Burke’s son, Brendan, was killed in a car accident today in Indiana. Huge prayers to the family.

Prayers go out to his family.

added 10:05pm, from the Palladium-Item,

Heavy accumulations of snowfall on Friday rendered area roads treacherous and claimed the lives of two people, injuring others and sparking a string of slideoffs and fender benders.

Brendan Burke, 21, Canton, Mass., and Mark A. Reedy, 18, Bloomfield Hills, Mich., died at the scene of a two-vehicle accident at U.S. 35 north of Economy. The accident was reported at 2:50 p.m.

Investigators said Burke was driving eastbound on U.S. 35 in a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee when, according to witnesses, the vehicle slid sideways into an oncoming 1997 Ford Truck driven by 24-year-old Michael Moreland of Lynn. Moreland was not hurt.

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Let Them Have Their Tatar Sauce

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By VooX

Hey 19, I wanted to pass along a couple of must-see stories.  Some great stuff to keep you busy in my absence.

First, Winging it in Motown, serious journalists that they are, have an outstanding interview with Tomas Tatar.

WIM: How do you feel you feel this season is going?
TATAR: I feel great here. It’s a man’s league here, I think it’s pretty good. It’s a perfect experience for my hockey life. I feel the league is really good, and I like it here.

WIM: How has it been adjusting to the AHL from Slovakia?
TATAR: This league is so much more physical and faster. The big difference here is age. The Slovak league plays with older guys. They are smart, but they don’t skate like everyone does over here. Everyone here wants to play in the NHL, so everyone’s fighting for their place. I think there is a big difference with the speed in the league, and the physical play, like in the corners.

Check out the rest of the interview at Winging it in Motown.  A stick tap for the fine work, boys.

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Kronwall Won’t Play Tomorrow

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall (knee) did not skate and will not play Saturday against the Los Angeles Kings (4 p.m., Fox Sports Net Detroit). Kronwall, injured during the first period of Tuesday’s 4-2 win in San Jose when he was slew-footed by Jed Ortmeyer, said he wants to give the knee a rest. He expects to skate Monday and be ready for Tuesday’s game in St. Louis.

“It feels better than it did right after the San Jose game,’’ Kronwall said. “Take it day by day, hopefully two more days can make it even better. I think this will do me good in the long run.’’

As for the play by Ortmeyer, Kronwall said, “I think stuff like that happens pretty much every game. I don’t think he meant to do it on purpose whatsoever. I just happened to be here. I got all my body weight on the left side and he kind of came in underneath me.’’

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