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Honda Knows Hockey

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from Karl Greenberg of MediaPost News,

Honda, which this year became a marquee sponsor of the National Hockey League, is launching a campaign to support its backing of events like the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic in Chicago.

The campaign, via RPA, Santa Monica, Calif., launches Jan. 1 when NBC airs the Winter Classic.

“We shot in Winnipeg, featuring real kids who play hockey, shown in their real houses with their real parents. The spots feature the Pilot, Ridgeline and Odyssey and lets NHL fans know that Honda truly understands the game of hockey,” said Joe Baratelli, SVP, creative director at RPA, in a release. “We set out to capture the commitment of the parents and the harsh conditions families endure all over North America to communicate Honda’s reliability and trustworthiness.”

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The Game Of Basement Hockey

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from Curtis Gillespie of the Globe and Mail,

For many years, our basement was unfinished save one corner where our father had created a compound of tiny connected bedrooms for us four older boys. It was a minimum-security prison, and the rest of the basement was a DMZ (DeMaternalized Zone).

There were few restrictive walls, so you could get a genuine game of hockey going. We only had one net in the basement, and the other net was the space between the dryer and the hot water tank (which posed no problem except for the knob sticking out at head height).

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The Nurturing Of Drew Doughty

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from Chris Foster of the LA Times,

(Drew) Doughty, the second overall pick in June, walked out of the Ontario Hockey League in spring and into the Kings’ lineup in fall. He logs 25 minutes a game, showing sleight-of-hand skills handling the puck and a he-shoots-he-scores ability from the blue line.

Such a package needed to be handled with care. Where to store him away from the rink was easy. You can even set it to music.

The “I Love L.A.” life is handled by defenseman Matt Greene, who was asked to take in Doughty at his Hermosa Beach residence. The “On the Road Again” chore is handled by Dustin Brown, who rooms with Doughty on trips.

It’s a tag-team big brother setup that strays into parenting at times.

Said Brown: “He sleeps for hours. I have to make sure he gets out of bed and gets to the rink on time.”

Said Greene: “I have a five-second buffer that I employ with him. Just think before you talk.”

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Shakeup Woke-Up Panthers

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from George Richards of the Miami Herald, .

..Florida lost that night, 4-2 to the red-hot Boston Bruins. The Panthers were 7-11-1.

‘‘We had hit a crossroads in the season,’’ DeBoer said.

As soon as the team got back, Martin put enforcer Wade Belak on waivers. Players were shocked.

Belak, who had signed a two-year deal to stay with the team in the offseason, cleared waivers and was welcomed back. Then he was traded to Nashville.

The Panthers haven’t been the same since.

‘‘I didn’t have a problem with Wade; he worked hard every day and did his job,’’ DeBoer said before Florida beat Belak’s Predators 3-0 on Tuesday. ``But at that point of the season, we needed to shake things up. He was a casualty of that. He’s gone on and done good things for Nashville.

``We’ve turned our season around, but it wasn’t because of Wade Belak or because of that trade. That would be simplifying it a bit. But everyone on our team needed to be put on notice, know that status quo wasn’t going to be good enough.’‘

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Play Prucha

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It is unfathomable that Petr Prucha Petr Prucha cannot get a chance to play for this team.

If Tom Renney doesn’t believe that Prucha is a more viable option on either wing for Brandon Dubinsky Brandon Dubinsky than Aaron Voros or Fred Sjostrom, then Glen Sather must either give Prucha away in a trade (if he can) or put him on waivers once the holiday roster freeze lifts at midnight tomorrow.

The Rangers simply cannot afford to plant a $1.6 million player in the press box every night. Deleting Prucha from the roster - if he clears waivers and both parties are amenable, Prucha could play in the Czech league rather than in Hartford, and perhaps for Martin Straka’s club in Pilzen - will open approximately $886,000 of cap space. The team needs it.

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Bruins Have Cap Issues Ahead

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from Stephen Harris of the Boston Herald,

The B’s have about $43 million already locked up in 2009-10 contracts, leaving about $13 million open. It’s easy to see how the Thomas, Kessel, Krejci and Hunwick contracts will total, say, $14 million - which would leave no cash for other signings, like unrestricted free agent P.J. Axelsson.

Thomas declines comment on contract matters, but likely will be the first guy with a new deal. It will be interesting to see how high he aims. He has arguably been the Bruins’ MVP the last three seasons - while earning a total of just $3.3 million, which is the best bargain in the game. His age (35 next season) cuts his earning potential, but he should still command something like a three-year, $12 million pact.

The 21-year-old Kessel and 22-year-old Krejci are more difficult to peg.

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Hockey Night In Paris

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from Peter O’Neal at Canada.com,

The City of Lights, typically associated with sophisticated images of culture, fashion, architecture, food and romance, would seem to be an unlikely target to promote the lowbrow sport of ice hockey.

Yet French organizers think there is a hockey culture here strong enough to justify their bid to make Paris join the ranks of three other European cities - London, Prague and Stockholm - that have hosted season-opening National Hockey League games since 2007.

They are counting on the thousands of hockey fans from Paris, and from hockey hotbeds like Rouen in the northern Normandy region and Grenoble in the French Alps, who regularly attend games to cheer on local teams or their own children in minor league programs.

French fans would be hard to distinguish from hockey moms and dads in Canada except that they are typically better dressed and arrive clutching dainty little cafe noisettes (an absurdly tiny jigger of dark coffee with a faint splash of milk) rather than double-doubles.

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Sharks May Have The Edge Over Detroit

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from Mark Emmons of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The quickest explanation for why the Sharks (27-4-3) will face the Blues on Saturday night in the Scottrade Center with the NHL’s best record is this: They have become the mirror image of Detroit.

The Sharks hired Red Wings assistant Todd McLellan in the offseason, and the first-year coach has installed much of the same system that has helped make Detroit, well, Hockeytown.

But that’s not all. The Sharks might very well be bigger, stronger and faster than the vaunted Red Wings.

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The State Of The Thrashers With Don Waddell

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from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Q. You’ve said you won’t trade Ilya Kovalchuk. Are there any other players you rule out trading?

A. There are some guys that I won’t trade, but I’m not going to get into the names. There are certainly some younger guys, and you can figure it out, that we want to continue to build around.

Q. What’s the first priority you’re looking for in a trade?

A. A centerman would be No. 1, but if it’s a player that’s going to make us a better team at this point, particularly a forward, we’ll look at pretty much anything.

Q. When do you start having to make a decision, is this a team that has a chance to make a run or is it time to look to the future?

A. The trade deadline’s March 4. In February we only have [five] home games. We have to put ourselves in position over the next five, six weeks. If we don’t, it’s going to be tough for us.

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Comparing The Rangers To The Islanders

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from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The Islanders are the other team in the Atlantic, and they only thing they seem to be chasing - other than opposing players with the puck - is the first overall pick in the June draft.

And yet, our two local teams have more problems in common than you might think.

Huh? What’s that? How can a team that’s 10 games over .500 have anything in common with a team 11 games under and in the midst of a 10- game losing streak?

Plenty.

The Islanders’ problems are more obvious, thanks to their lesser talent all the way round the rink. Scott Gordon has been beset by injuries (unlike Tom Renney and the Rangers), so he’s juggled lines and defense pairings and tried to get a variety of players to adhere to his coaching system and style.

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