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Doan Doesn’t Complain, He Just Goes To Work

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

It doesn’t seem fair that any player — let alone one the quality of Doan — would have to endure two Twilight Zone seasons in their career but, this year, the 33-year-old native of Halkirk, Alta., again finds himself in circumstances you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy.

This offseason, as you are doubtlessly aware, the Coyotes declared bankruptcy and became wards of the NHL when Jim Balsillie’s attempt to purchase the team was thwarted by the league. That meant they were staying in Phoenix for one more season. But it also meant they started training camp without a coach and, more to the point, without any semblance of hope.

But, for all that bad news, the good news is Doan again finds himself in the middle of a remarkable story. The Coyotes — the team no one wanted, literally — have rallied around coach Dave Tippett, a steely group of veterans and their own sense of desperation and, against all odds, sat in fourth place in the West before last night.

I mean, before this season, you’d have got better odds on Tiger Woods being named Husband of the Year than the ‘Yotes making the playoffs.

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Taylor Pyatt Hit On Aaron Rome

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If you can’t take the

site

(sight, duh) of blood, don’t watch.

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Coaches And The Media

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from Chris Kerber of HockeyChats,

This was just too good to be true.  His timing could not have been better.  I’m writing a piece about coaches and how they should deal with the media and Toronto’s Ron Wilson brought it all home nicely today.  Angry with his teams listless performance in a 6-2 loss to Philadelphia, Wilson lit into some of his players at practice, all within earshot of the on looking media.  When asked about calling out Phil Kessel, Wilson took it out on the Media by saying they should not be allowed to watch practices.

While Wilson might have been intentionally redirecting the focus onto the media instead of Kessel, which I would not put past him, it is still what he did and those type of attitudes that have to change in hockey.  Frankly they need to change in all sports but we’ll focus on hockey here. every coach, young or old should take a page out of former Blues Head Coach Andy Murray’s book when it comes to dealing with the media.  Frankly, it should be required reading.

So you’re a coach and don’t like dealing with the media?  Too bad.  It does not matter if coaches don’t like it. It’s here. It’s not going away. It’s time to adjust to it or get out of coaching.  A good degree of media savvy is part of the job requirement these days and if you don’t like it, don’t take the job.  If you still want the job, deal with it and treat people right.

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Ray Emery Ready To Start, But Does He?

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from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

Now what?

That’s the question buzzing in the mind of Flyers coach Peter Laviolette, who suddenly has an unforeseen goaltending dilemma placed on his lap.

Goaltender Ray Emery, who lost his starting job to abdominal surgery in early December, says he’s ready to play Saturday night when the Tampa Bay Lightning visit the Flyers.  Brian Boucher, who lost his starting job to a sliced ring finger, has been cleared to play for a week now, but hasn’t because of Michael Leighton’s strong play.

And Leighton, who was plucked off waivers for insurance purposes on Dec. 15, is 6-0-1 in eight straight starts.

Logic tells you Leighton must get the start on Saturday night. He’s certainly earned it. But can a goalie lose his starting job to injury? Apparently, Laviolette thinks so.

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Equipment Logistics

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from John McGourty of NHL.com,

Barrie Stafford is currently in his 29th season with the Edmonton Oilers’ organization and in his 28th as the team’s head equipment manager. Since joining the Edmonton training staff in 1982-83, “Staff” has contributed greatly to the success of the Oilers as a member of five Stanley Cup championship teams….

the former Vice President of the Society of Professional Hockey Equipment Managers is the logical choice to ask about the arduous process of moving an NHL team from city to city during a season.

NHL.com: When the Flyers played Dec. 30 in New York and then had to get to Boston for practice the next day, the Rangers gave them a truck to make the trip. Meanwhile, the players, coaching staff and team executives took a train. There’re different travel arrangements sometimes for the equipment staff than there is for the team. The equipment managers don’t always leave with the team?

Stafford: Our training staff works independent of the team and pretty much all teams in the NHL work that way. It’s a little different in the East Coast than it is in our conference because there’s a difference between cities. But, generally speaking, the home team supplies the vehicle that we use to go wherever we might need to go. The Toronto Maple Leafs came to Edmonton last week after playing the other day in Pittsburgh. Our truck driver, after their practice, packed up their gear and took them to Calgary….

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Morning Line

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“We had — particularly, our line — had five times when three guys were laying in the crease, and we couldn’t get the puck by everybody. Howard, he was playing good, no question about that, but there were just a couple lucky bounces here and there, and we could have won that game.”

-Anze Kopitar of the LA Kings and the play of Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard.  More from Kopitar via Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider.

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Blue Jackets Start A New Streak With A Win

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from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets room was kept closed for several minutes after their 4-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers in Rexall Place last night.

Music was cranked and players let loose for a few moments. It’s doubtful many Jackets knew they had averted tying a franchise record for the longest winless streak (14 games). Ending the 13-game skid, however, brought temporarily relief and lots of smiles.

The scene is open to interpretation. They were celebrating for finally winning a game against the only team worse than themselves? Or, maybe it showed a lot guys care and there’s pride in the room, however wounded.

“It’s exciting to win again, but it’s just one game,” Jackets captain Rick Nash said. “We will enjoy it but there is another one (tonight). We will have to be ready.”

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Phaneuf Wants Out Of Calgary Is Denied By Flames

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from John Down of the National Post,

Word is Dion Phaneuf has allegedly asked to be traded and Darryl Sutter is exploring the possibilities of swinging a deal for Vinny Lecavalier or Ilya Kovalchuk or John Tavares or, apparently, any other elite player you can name.

All of which is very amusing to the Calgary Flames general manager.

“Everything is false,” Sutter said of the rampant rumours surrounding his 24-year-old defenceman. “Whoever makes up that stuff is not doing anything. We’ve worked really hard at building a top young defence in the league and our intention is to keep them so that’s just from somebody who didn’t have anything to do on that day.”

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Bruins Can’t Compete With The Blackhawks

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from Fluto Shinzawa of the Boston Globe,

The Blackhawks laughed off the Bruins’ early lead and pumped four pucks behind Tim Thomas, prompting coach Claude Julien to replace his starter with Tuukka Rask at 10:13 of the second. Chicago added a third-period goal to secure a 5-2 win before 17,565 at TD Garden last night, exposing the Bruins as having neither the skill nor the character to belong on the same ice surface.

“It’s getting to the point where talk is getting so cheap right now,’’ said Blake Wheeler (goal and assist). “Rah-rah speeches, hitting the boards on the bench, that only goes so far. You’ve just got to do it.

“We’ve got to quit treating this like it’s a privilege or a right of ours to play in front of 18,000 people every night and start playing like it’s the most important thing to us. For whatever reason, we’ve lost sight of that night in and night out.’’

more on the game last night plus Marc Savard will have an MRI on his knee today…

added 9:10am, Watch below how Savard received his knee injury…

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43 For The Win

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Shift of the year?  Watch Darren Helm win it for Jim Howard and the Wings.

 

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