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Coyotes Won’t Deal Assets

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The closing ceremony begins in Vancouver so we may as well start with the trade talk….

from Jim Gintonio of the Arizona Republic,

Money is not the issue for (Don) Maloney; it’s his belief that success is built and then ensured through a solid foundation. Any deal he makes would fit that parameter.

“I still believe we are growing this franchise,” he said. “We expect to win. We’re a playoff team, and we think when we get there we have a chance to win, so that’s why we’re looking (for) help, but . . . the price right now on some of these players, that’s the challenge.

“This isn’t a money decision for us right now. We’ve been able to save enough in our budget to give ourselves room for paying the next six weeks. This is more of the asset price that we have to give up to acquire, and a second-round pick and prospect for a guy for six weeks, that doesn’t cut it for me at all.

“That’s where maybe somebody else is wiling to pay, but I’m not. We think we’re good enough, and we like the group. If we can find a way to be better, we’ll do it.”

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Breaking Down The Golden Broadcast

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from Chris Zelkovich of the Toronto Star,

NBC’s Al Michaels after Don Cherry, a vision in red velvet, expounded on how the game would go, including his opinions on that ``Lalongo” guy: ``I never knew that Feb. 28 was Halloween in Canada.” ... NBC’s Mike Milbury heading into the game: ``There are two, maybe three guys on the U.S. team who could make Team Canada.” ... The beauty of having a guy between the benches.  McGuire reported early in the first period that Canada coach Mike Babcock was telling his players to get more pucks on net and cease with the fancy stuff. You don’t get that kind of stuff in the broadcast booth. ... Watching the game on CTV, the sound mix made me feel as if I were in the stands. On NBC, I felt like I was in the parking lot.

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  Tags: nbc, winter+olympics

Be Happy For Canada

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from Jason Gay of the Wall Street Journal,

Be happy for Canadians. They wanted this game more than Brett Favre wants to wave another Super Bowl ring at Green Bay. Hockey is a national identity here, and losing may have sent this country into an unfathomable funk. Nobody is supposed to beat Canada in hockey, just like nobody is supposed to beat the U.S. in Kardashians.

This will be one of those games that people will lie about being at for the rest of their lives. However, we have a feeling most of Canada actually was here along with the great Mr. Shatner, who was born in Montreal.

We weren’t among the Maple Leaf plutocrats who plunked down as much as $4,000 for a nosebleed inside Canada’s Hockey Place. We opted for the cozier—and louder—surroundings of the Saskatchewan House—a white tent on the water not far from the arena. Inside was everything a hockey fan needed: a spiffy green carpet, wobbly tables, BBQ bison burgers and $8 plastic cups of Molson Canadian. You could also buy white wine and water, if you didn’t mind being arrested by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

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First Game Review

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from Scott Cushing of Seattlepi,

Well, I guess I picked a good time to watch my first hockey game. Well, I’ve never watched an entire NHL or Olympic hockey game in my life, but I have been to a Thunderbirds game once and a different minor league game when I was in high school. It goes without saying that I know very little about the sport, but I do know plenty about competition and drama and when a team scores with 24.4 seconds left to tie a game, even the most ignorant fan (me) knows it’s a big deal.

Seriously, what an unbelievable finish, and what a great game to watch, even if it is hard to follow the puck at times (although not as hard as I originally thought that it would be) and even if I have no idea who these guys are, I enjoyed every minute of the game. As a hockey-viewing novice, I can’t really tell who the good players are because I don’t have any clue if what a guy just did was routine or a difficult maneuver. It looks bad to me if a guy misses the puck or makes what looks to be a weird/bad pass to a teammate, but I don’t know how common those kinds of “mistakes” are, so it’s hard for me to pass judgment.

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The All-Tourney Team

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via CTVOlympics,

The Media All-Star Team, selected by members of the accredited media at Canada Hockey Place, was announced at the end of the Men’s Ice Hockey Gold medal game on Sunday.

All-Star Team
Goaltender: Ryan MILLER (USA)
Defenceman: Brian RAFALSKI (USA)
Defenceman: Shea WEBER (CAN)
Forward: Pavol DEMITRA (SVK)
Forward: Jonathan TOEWS (CAN)
Forward: Zach PARISE (USA)
Most valuable player: Ryan MILLER (USA)

Tournament Directorate Best Player Awards
Goaltender: Ryan MILLER (USA)
Defenceman: Brian RAFALSKI (USA)
Forward: Jonathan TOEWS (CAN)

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Canada, You Should Not Question This Man Again

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added 6:32pm, Or this guy too…

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  Tags: mike+babcock, steve+yzerman, team+canada

Canada Wins Gold

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3-2 in overtime with Sidney Crosby getting the game winner.

Great performance by both teams!!!

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  Tags: team+canada, team+usa, winter+olympics

Can’t Get Any Better Than This - OT In Gold Medal Game

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Twenty minutes of 4 on 4 hockey or until someone scores.  If not, shootout.

added 5:33pm, Your pick for the OT winner?

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  Tags: team+canada, team+usa, winter+olympics

Keeping An Eye On Vancouver

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Robson Square in Vancouver may be the place to keep an eye on after the Gold Medal Game.

Watch the live stream below and thanks to Miss604 (make sure to visit the site for a local flavor of the Games) for the pointer.

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  Tags: winter+oiympics

Sochi In 2014

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With the gold medal game in the men’s hockey tournament coming up today, there is an issue that is in the back of the minds of all the hockey fans.  The NHL is threatening to not send professional players to the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia and other Winter Olympiads in the future.  This Canada vs. USA gold medal game could be the last one ever.

Gary Bettman argues that it costs the NHL money to shut down the season in the middle of the playoff drive.  It disrupts the season.  He doesn’t like trusting the NHL’s best players to the International Olympic Committee.

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