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Today’s Rookies And The Hall Of Fame

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

On average about three hockey players are inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame annually.  Thus in any rookie class about three players will go on to have Hall of Fame careers.  Of course some years will produce more Hall of Famers and other years less, but three is the number we should expect to see in any given season. 

Can we look at the rookie crop and try to predict those three from this season?  Of course we can try, but the process is not very exact.  It is a lot like trying to predict which dog is the biggest by looking only at the end of its tail.  One certainly can make those projections, but they are imprecise at best.

Projecting rookies to Hall of Fame careers is different from picking the Calder Trophy winner or nominees (for the record Steve Mason is the likely Calder winner).  An older rookie (say 23 years old) may be a better player today than a younger rookie (for example an 18 year old), but the younger player is more likely to have a great career.  In five years when he catches up in age to the older player he should be a far better and more accomplished player.

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Turco Goes For A Skate

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via Richard Durrett of the Dallas Stars Blog at the Dallas Morning News,

Marty Turco skated behind his net to try to play the puck on a rim-around and missed it. The puck came out to Christopher Higgins on the side boards and he flipped in into a wide open net.

The goal put the Canadiens up 3-1 and that is how the game ended. 

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Talking ‘Points’ At The GM Meetings

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Other important issues that may come up over the course of the meetings:

• Detroit GM Ken Holland has proposed an adjustment to the tiebreaker system. Holland would like to see the first tiebreaker go from games won to regulation games won. The logic is simple: Reward the teams that win games outright during the regular season, as opposed to winning in overtime or a shootout, when the opposing team also gains a point.

Some GMs favor a move to a three-point system wherein a regulation win is worth three points and an overtime or shootout win worth two points, with the team losing in extra time still gaining a single point.

read on for more topics…

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Pahlsson Skating Again

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Sammy Pahlsson, acquired in Wednesday’s trade with the Anaheim Ducks, said he could join the lineup in a week or so “if everything goes really well.”

“Just a quick one on the ice to get a feel for it a little bit,” Pahlsson said. “I haven’t skated or worked out for a long time. I have to get some strength back and get used to skating and being on the ice again.”

read on plus Martin Havlat was injured in the game today and of course no report on the type of injury.

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Top 5 Finish Increases Your Cup Chances

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Jamie Fitzpatrick of Jamie’s Hockey Blog at About.com,

Everyone loves the underdog. The upset special. The little guy who goes all the way.

But in the modern NHL, it almost never happens.

The Stanley Cup Playoffs produce plenty of upsets. It seems like every year a team emerges from the bottom of the pool to knock off a couple of favorites.

But they always fall short of the ultimate goal.

Since 1996, every Stanley Cup champion has finished among the top five in the regular-season standings.

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Panic In Detroit

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

As you may have guessed by my lack of participation in “Hit Me Mick” last evening…I didn’t get a chance to see the game live.  I fast-forwarded through it this morning and threw up 8 times.  The playoffs haven’t started yet but I think it’s time to remind every one of you what’s in store.  And for those of you who have no idea what it’s like around here come playoff time?

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Those Internet Guys

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

The Journal’s David Staples, who covers the Edmonton Oilers from home, wrote that Oilers defenceman Ladislav Smid has been “begging” to be traded out of Edmonton.

“Four times.”...

The Smid blog came complete with a character analysis explaining why Smid might want out—even though Smid says he’s never met the writer.

“On the Internet, some guy is writing some (crap) about me wanting to be traded,” he said.

“You know what Edmonton is like, lots of rumours. I don’t even pay attention.”

more & here is the blog by David Staples…

update 12:07pm, for some reason, the Edmonton Sun has either pulled the story or they are having an issue with the link.  It was working and now it is not.

added 3:46pm, Here is an alternate link to the Edmonton story via Slam.  Be aware, Slam links on occasion disappear too.

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Vegas Talk

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Well, this year something new will play out in the Nevada desert. The NHL’s annual awards ceremony is headed to Las Vegas, in its familiar time frame, between the awarding of the Stanley Cup (perhaps as late as June 16) and prior to the June 26-27 draft in Montreal. Messrs. Hart, Norris, Vezina, Richard et al are giving up the comfy confines of downtown Toronto, long the stodgy stage of the gala, and are headed with hardware in hand for the world’s gambling mecca. Union boss Paul Kelly, appearing last Saturday on the New England Hockey Journal radio show, confirmed the venue change and emphatically placed the NHLPA stamp of approval on it (this officially drops the “Just Say No Players Association” from the Sunday Hockey Notes lexicon). The shift to L.V., mused Kelly, will offer the event a greater and glitzier profile, possibly attracting more media coverage and high-profile entertainers from other sports and industries (see: Hollywood).

more plus other hockey topics, including the fighting talk at the GM meetings.

Also, it is my understanding the NHL Awards Show will take place at the Pearl Theater at Palms Place in Las Vegas.

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Cherry Takes A Shot At Caps Owner

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from Eric McErlain of AOL Fanhouse,

Cherry had already warmed up the viewing audience earlier in the segment when he jokingly referred to Calgary Flames center Oli Jokinen, a Finn, as a Russian—because after all, it’s impossible to tell those European players apart these days!

Next, in a move that will only reinforce Cherry’s reputation as a xenophobe, he mangled the Caps owner’s last name (“Legonsis”), before questioning his hockey judgment in light of the team’s decision to sign Jaromir Jagr to a long-term contract…

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All Eyes On Crosby

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

So far, Penguins captain Sidney Crosby’s season hasn’t gone as planned — verbal jabs from opponents, public denouncements from the media and criticism from fans.

Plus, his club, two victories shy of the Stanley Cup last year, is currently fighting for a playoff spot.

Perhaps those are the reasons Crosby, the player often called “the Face of the NHL,” has smiled a lot less this season.

“It’s probably always something you deal with when a team is not doing as well,” Crosby said of the vitriol aimed at him in recent months. “They look at leadership.”

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