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Paul Maurice when asked what he said to the team after the Leafs 6-1 loss to the Rangers last night, via the Toronto Sun,

“Some things you should keep to yourself,” Maurice said. “That’s a tough game to sit through when you are beaten that bad that early. Our penalty killers were dragging their butts (because they were on the ice so often). It doesn’t matter (about the skewed number of minor penalties). We’re not blaming anybody else for this.”

more on the game and the Leafs…

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Everyone Is Talking

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• Sources say Caps GM George McPhee “insulted” Ovechkin by offering a five-year, $37.5-million (all terms US) deal. Ovechkin thumbed his nose at the offer.

• Talk won’t go away that the Rangers will trade RW Jaromir Jagr.

• The talk is the Flames are having a tough time re-signing D Dion Phaneuf.

read on about all the talk...

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Gary Roberts Out With Broken Leg

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via the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Veteran forward Gary Roberts left the game between the Penguins and Buffalo Sabres at Mellon Arena tonight after a collision with Buffalo forward Tim Connolly during the second period.

Roberts was diagnosed by team doctors with a broken left fibula, and it is unknown how much time he will miss. Roberts will be re-evaluated by team doctors in the coming days.

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McCarty Thinking Comeback

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from HockeyFights.com,

Darren McCarty is going to attempt to get back into the NHL through the IHL.

Brendan Savage of The Flint Journal is reporting that McCarty is close to signing with the Flint Generals.

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The Official Valteri Filppula Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Wings.  Phoenix.  Liveblog here.

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Teams Interested In Denis

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from the Tampa Tribune,

“He needs to play and hopefully he performs real well and as I told him, we’ll give him every opportunity to get back to the NHL in the context of re-entry waivers,” Feaster said. “At $1.4 million this year and $1.5 million next year, that’s a very reasonable contract for an NHL goaltender so if he can get back on top of his game, then I think he stands a real good opportunity to have somebody show interest in him.”

Feaster said Denis has come up in conversations with other general managers around the league.

“I’ve had general managers say our guys really liked him and our guys don’t understand his numbers right now so from that standpoint clearly there are teams who recognize that he’s an NHL goaltender and he played and had that success and he’s not been able to have that success here,” Feaster said.

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Stealing From Others

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’ve maintained my pledge not to use the term “blogosphere” for more than three months.  For that, I demand your thanks and respect.  Baroque, the A2Y reader who used us as her test-bed for big words and elitist ideas before parlaying those experiments into a gig with Gramps at Hockeytown Todd, gave me a list of replacement words like bevy, litany and plethora…as if none of us had seen The Three Amigos before.

But I stuck with “Stealing from Others”.  More from Baroque in a minute, in our bevy of blog entries to keep you occupied while you wait for tonite’s barn burner in Phoenix.

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Phil Who?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Great column from Larry Wigge at NHL.com. Lots of time spent researching Valteri Filppula’s background, the reason he’s become so polished so quickly and plenty of reaction from the organ-I-zation.  In short, a story that should have been written by a Detroit columnist long ago.

Filppula just might be another of those prized all-world draft choices the Wings seem to find regularly.

The 23-year-old Vantaa, Finland native, who was picked in the third round (95th overall) in the 2002 Entry Draft, had 10 goals in 73 games with the Red Wings last season. He started slowly this season, with no goals in his first 10 games. But ...

“You’ve got to remember, he was supposed to spend all of last season in the American League ... he wasn’t supposed to get his feet wet at this level until this season,” Babcock continued. “Now, I just think the sky’s the limit to his potential.”

Thanks to Tony at Skate2Stick for the pointer.

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Vokoun Not In the Net

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A few Panthers had some fun today at practice…

from On Frozen Pond,

In net: Jozef Stumpel. On offense: Tomas Vokoun.

While Vokoun and Stumpel traded equipment and assignments, Rostislav Olesz kept feeding the puck and trying to get shots past Stumpel. Vokoun also tried defending Olesz on a breakaway, one time flipping on Olesz’s first move. Fun stuff after a pretty hard practice.

more

Watch the video…

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Third Try To Tie Some Loose Ends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I’m in a bit of a rut.  I can’t finish this damn post. I’ve started it three times now and it’s turned into a term paper at 2300 on a Sunday night.  I have opinions I believe you and your families need to read, but for the frigging sake of sweet baby Jesus I can’t get my fingers to type them.  Topics we need to close the loop on: the remaining holiday wishes for the best team in hockey, my final observations on the sports radio situation and perhaps a closing thought on A2Y’s two-year anniversary.

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