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Love-Hate Relationship

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from Nathan Vardi of Forbes,

To the most rabid hockey fans in toronto, Richard Peddie, chief executive of Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, is a bum….

But in the eyes of the owners, Peddie is a hero. In nine years running the parent corporation of the Maple Leafs, Peddie, 60, has created quite a silk purse, tripling the enterprise value of the privately held company to $1.5 billion through clever marketing and shrewd dealmaking.

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The Improved Khabibulin

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from the Chicago Sun-Times,

‘‘He looked so comfortable, so confident,’’ goaltender coach Stephane Waite said of Khabibulin’s last two outings. ‘‘He’s found his comfort zone.’‘

Khabibulin hasn’t been able to explain why, because he has paid the price for both of those hard-earned victories. He experienced dehydration in both and had long intravenous treatments immediately after leaving the ice.

‘‘He lost 12 pounds against Detroit and probably about nine [at Calgary],’’ Savard said. ‘‘Khabby takes a lot of fluids. He has this purple drink he takes between shifts. He’s always been like that. It’s not unusual.’‘

Something is different about Khabibulin’s play, though.

Savard lauded Waite’s work after the Calgary win.

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In The Booth With DeBrusk

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from the Arizona Republic,

When Coyotes radio analyst Louie DeBrusk talks about a fight, it’s likely that he imagines himself back on the ice pounding on somebody.

DeBrusk’s 11-year NHL career, including three with the Coyotes, encompassed only 401 games, but he made his presence felt with 1,161 penalty minutes. From the time he had his first fight as a 14-year-old in juniors, the adrenalin rush is something that has never left him. He always knew his role in the league.

“I wouldn’t want to rate myself (as a player) because I’d definitely rake myself over the coals,” he said. “I think I was just a hard-working guy, went up and down, banged bodies, dropped the gloves on a fairly regular basis throughout my career….”

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The Old Naslund

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from the Vancouver Sun,

“In a way, I never doubted that I’d lost my scoring touch or something,” Naslund said. “I was just used to playing a certain way and playing with certain players. Maybe I’m more dependent on other players. I can only control my work ethic. I feel I’ve done my best. I haven’t scored lots, but I think the effort has been there all along.”...

His offensive renaissance has come since Vigneault consolidated the offence and moved Naslund on to the top unit, at even strength and on the power play, alongside Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

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Hockey By Horcoff

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from the Edmonton Sun,

“I like to think that every one of my teammates has that heart and the drive and that desire to do it,” said Horcoff. “A lot of times it’s just realizing you have to change your game a little bit, get a little more gritty.

“I think every player in here has it in them. Whether they bring it every night or not is a different story. Sometimes you just have to get to the front of the net and get a crappy goal. And win your battles in the corner. If you lose a puck in the corner, win a battle to get it back.

“That’s how hockey’s played.”

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“Noodles” In Japan

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from James Duthie at the Ottawa Citzen,

“I was going to retire,” McLennan continues. “But my best buddy from Lethbridge, Joel Dyck, has played in Japan for 14 years, and he said, ‘Why don’t you come play with me and finish your career here?’ So I figured, what the heck? It has been awesome so far. The people. The culture. It’s amazing.”

McLennan brought another former NHL pal, tough-guy Tyson Nash, with him. They are Nippon’s two allowed imports. The rest of the team consists of transplanted Canadians and native Japanese players, who already knew all about their goalie’s infamous antics.

“They had all seen the bit with me running over Luongo on YouTube. They know I like to have fun,” McLennan said with a chuckle.

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Sabres Need Afinogenov

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

He spent the first 19 games this year floating around the perimeter, drawing his linemates offside, giving away the puck and generally wasting space. Edmonton’s Jarret Stoll was the only forward in the league who had a worse plus-minus than Afinogenov’s minus-9 going into the game Friday night.

Afinogenov has three goals and eight points, putting him on pace for 12 goals and 32 points. How does a man blessed with so much give so little? It’s a question the Sabres need to ask in the coming months. Opposing defenses have effectively negated their speed this season, taking away his effectiveness.

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Statistically Speaking

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Looking back at Thanksgiving 2007 and the only thing more painful than watching our Czech Miracle of Insanity try to get off the ice in the last 90 seconds was the 23 second shot Fox gave us of William Clay Ford attempting to put his glasses on.  Again and again the old man tried to find his nose, and it just wasn’t happening.  Riveting. 

Tonite the Wings wrap up a 9-game stretch against the division that Gary built. We can be thankful for that.  Why?  Not because the hockey’s been boring, as in previous years, but because Detroit’s performance has been mediocre—at best—against teams we’ve traditionally owned.  Detroit’s now lost five times to teams within the Central, the same number they pointed to in April of last year.  Only Columbus has yet to defeat Detroit.  And they probably won’t tonite either.

Why?

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Shot To The Ribs

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Now that Ottawa has lost a fifth game, isn’t it about time talking heads on radio and television stop making comparisons between them and the Canadiens team of the late 1970s, which lost only eight games in 1976-77? Yeah ... Martin Gerber and Ken Dryden; Wade Redden and Larry Robinson ... Guy Lafleur and any of the Senators’ forwards.

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Countrymen Everywhere

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from the Sun-Sentinel,

At any time inside both the Panthers’ and Rangers’ dressing rooms this season, you can hear Czech spoken.

Both rosters have six players from the former Czechoslovakia, now split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia….

“It’s not something I can’t be without, but it definitely helps, no question,” Vokoun said. “You’re always close to people who grew up the same way and have gone through the same things. It’s very good for family life.”

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