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No Lead Is Safe

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from Jeff Z. Klein & Stu Hackel of the New York Times,

A hockey cliché maintains that a two-goal lead is the worst lead a team can have. Still, the truth was that in the N.H.L., a team with a two-goal lead almost never lost. But not this season. Now it seems almost no lead is safe.
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Teams have regularly stormed back against big and small leads alike. Seesaw games are a regular feature and holding any lead is a risky matter. On the same night earlier this month, Pittsburgh and Calgary sprinted to 5-0 advantages, only to escape with one-goal wins that came down to the final buzzer.

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Stars Trade For Andrew Hutchinson

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FRISCO, Tex. - The Dallas Stars announced today that the club has acquired defenseman Andrew Hutchinson from the Tampa Bay Lightning in exchange for right wing Lauri Tukonen, who is currently playing for Lukko Rauma in the Finnish Elite League. Hutchinson is expected to join the Stars in time for their upcoming two-game road trip to Calgary and Edmonton.

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Are You Ready For Some…Hockey!

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Four games today, but only two televised.  Still better than watching the Detroit Lions, even though they don’t play today!

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The Websites Of Sports Stars

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from Todd Leonard of the San Diegeo Union Tribune,

In this age when millions of facts are literally available in the palm of our hands, when baseball games can be followed pitch-by-pitch on a computer and football highlights are enjoyed on your phone, top-level athletes and coaches are only beginning to scratch the surface of the Internet’s potential for their career and their lives.

Some are already big-wave Web surfers: Woods, Kobe Bryant, Lance Armstrong, Maria Sharapova, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Curt Schilling, Pete Carroll….

Good Web sites aren’t cheap. McKamey said a basic setup can be built for about $15,000. A site with incredible graphics and layers and layers of information can run up to $80,000.

Some are getting around the costs by putting up pages on MySpace or Facebook.

“One of the biggest problems with the athletes is that they don’t want to pay for them,” McKamey said. “These guys are millionaires, with cars, houses and jewelry. The only marketing channel they have 24/7/365 is a Web site. But they’re not willing to spend $15,000 most of the time….

Sidney Crosby, the 21-year-old captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, is the hottest entity in the NHL, but his official site, crosby87.com, has yet to get off the ground.

more but Crosby is the only NHL player mentioned…

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A Look At Jim Hughson

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from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

If you’d never heard Hughson call Olympics hockey or any of his work on CBC, TSN, Sportsnet, ABC, ESPN, EA Sports NHL—if you just looked at all the stops he’s made along the way (including voice of the Leafs), you’d think, “This guy can’t hold a job.”

“You name the Canadian network and I’ve had paycheques from them,” Hughson, fresh off covering some White Rock trails on a morning run, said with a laugh when the question is put to him.

With a six-year contract from CBC in his pocket to be Ma Corp’s top hockey broadcaster, replacing

75-year-old Bob Cole, who’s being eased out, Hughson is looked upon by most as the best broadcaster in Canada. (Although Chris Cuthbert is no slouch, Hughson out-Geminis him 5-2.)

read on

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Believing In The B’s

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

What we have here now, amid Garden sellouts Friday afternoon and last night, is reason to believe. Actually, many reasons to believe. To wit:

1. Claude Julien. His coaching thus far has been masterful, among the keys the standard he set with the yanking of a gritless Phil Kessel from last year’s playoffs. The only real motivating tool a coach has is his control of ice time. Lack of production has to be met with lack of allotted playing time, be it minutes or situations (line combinations, power-play time, etc.). Julien’s X-and-O scheme is simple, straightforward, and the minutes he doles out are earned, not granted.

read on with additional hockey topics…

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Eric Godard & Elvis Have Something In Common

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from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Hall of Fame center Ron Francis is fond of telling about the time he asked Mario Lemieux how he prepared for training camp, and Lemieux responded that, about a month beforehand, he stopped ordering french fries with his club sandwich.

But such attitudes and actions are no more a part of the NHL today than bench-clearing brawls and the Oakland Seals. Conditioning coaches are a staple of every team’s staff, and they have more than a passing interest in what players consume.

“I’m always preaching nutrition and trying to get the right things in you,” said Mike Kadar, who fills that role for the Penguins.

He does not, however, have a comprehensive list of foods that bears his stamp of approval. And, if he did, there’s not much chance that winger Eric Godard’s meal of choice would show up there.

Kadar, you see, is one of those folks who simply doesn’t recognize the nutritional merits of an occasional fried peanut butter-and-banana sandwich.

more and thanks to Empty Netters for the pointer…

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Time To Move Havlat

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from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

Paging Marty Havlet. Paging Marty Havlat. Please report to the front of the net.

OK, maybe that’s a bit harsh. And I like Marty, but where the heck was he on the six-game road trip that ended with a thud Saturday afternoon at Staples Center?...

Havlat is frustrating the Hawks and don’t be surprised if GM Dale Tallon starts shopping the winger, who is making $6 million to not be a difference maker. Havlat is going to be an unrestricted free agent after the season and there’s no way he will be asked back. No chance. None.

Up until now I thought the Hawks needed Havlat to make the playoffs, but now I don’t think they do. Maybe there’s a team out there that wants to take a chance on him and would offer a player in return. You just can’t give Havlat away at this point.

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Does Colorado Have Interest In Afinogenov

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I think there’s an outside chance the Avs might try to get Maxim Afinogenov from the Sabres. I do know for sure they’ve made some inquiries about him. He’s having an awful season in Buffalo and is kind of the Arnie of the Sabres’ message boards. But he’s got skill, and people who know Maxim just think he needs a change of scenery. He’s been in Buffalo a while now, and it’s time for a change.

The usual suspects might be dangled to get him - (Brett) Clark - but with Foote’s injury, a trade involving a D-man might be less tenable.

more Avs talk…

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Tomas Kaberle May Waive NTC

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Tomas Kaberle is surveying the National Hockey League landscape, asking questions and opening his mind to the possibility of being traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

For him, that represents a whole new vision for his future. If he had done this last February, he could have been playing for the Philadelphia Flyers last night and scoring threat Jeff Carter would have lined up as a Leaf.

continued with more hockey notes tossed-in among other sports talk…

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