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The Problem With The Flames…

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from the Calgary Herald,

...the Flames GM has transformed a quick, young aggressive team in 2004 into an older club that is both expensive and sluggish. And with just $3 million US left under the salary cap and a farm system lacking impact players, his options for change are severely curtailed in both the short and medium term.

In particular, the evolution of Sutter’s defence begs the question of whether the former coach has being paying attention to the workings of the new NHL.

read on

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  Tags: calgary+flames.+darryl+sutter

Moving Emery

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from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie at the Ottawa Citizen,

I got a 2-hour sermon on how Gerber is the greatest thing out of Switzerland since Roger Federer, and how Ottawa will trade Emery, get after another big-time scorer, and win the cup without breaking a sweat. (These, of course, are the same guys who would have traded Gerber for a Gatorade last season.)

They insist the “trade Emery” talk is serious water-cooler material in Ottawa (Assuming people actually still talk at water-coolers, which I highly doubt). If that’s the case, it’s time for a reality check.

more

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  Tags: goalies, ottawa+senators, ray+emery

Game Alert- One Day Early

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from the Vancouver Province,

The Vancouver Canucks may start a three-game road trip in Edmonton tonight, but the focus is already on what’s shaping up as a grudge match Wednesday in Minnesota.

That would be the second half of a home-and-home series with the Wild, whom the Canucks drubbed 6-2 Friday at GM Place in a game that got very ugly. After a variety of elbows and chops, Canucks defenceman Mattias Ohlund two-handed Wild centre Mikko Koivu on the ankle, cracking a bone and earning himself a four-game suspension.

continued

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  Tags: mattias+ohlund, mikka+koivu, minnesota+wild, suspensions, vancouver+canucks

Blues Believe In Perron

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from the News-Democrat,

Fast forward to Monday, and Perron began the day as one of the NHL’s hottest scorers with four goals and five points in his last five games. He has goals in four of his last seven contests and pumped some much-welcomed offensive life into a Blues team that followed up a three-game losing streak with four consecutive one-goal victories.

“He’s something special,” Blues President John Davidson said. “He’s got a great passion for the game; he’s a rink rat. There’s no question he’s got the ability to score goals and pass the pucks, plus he has no fear of going into any area on the ice.”

read on

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  Tags: david+perron, st.+louis+blues

Crosby Always Working

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

At 9:03 yesterday morning, with the players’ parking area at Mellon Arena nearly empty and his teammates possibly still home in bed, Sidney Crosby walked into the West Igloo Lounge and greeted about a dozen people.

He was sized up by two clothes stylists and shown some black duds hung on a rack and placed on tables.

This was no indulgent personal shopping spree for the popular Penguins captain. Crosby arrived for work early to devote more than an hour to ESPN The Magazine, which is doing photo shoots with several top-caliber athletes across the country in advance—well in advance—of its 10th anniversary issue in March.

continued

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  Tags: pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Chicago Will Name New President Today

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The Chicago Blackhawks will name their new president today at a press conference at 12:00pm CT today.

I have been out of the loop for the last 18 hours due to a loss of internet access, so I haven’t heard much about this.  Any ideas?

update 11:25am, via the AP,

Chicago Cubs president John McDonough resigned Tuesday after a little more than a year on the job and is expected to take a similar position with the Chicago Blackhawks.

The Blackhawks called an afternoon news conference to introduce their new team president.

 

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks

The Booing Begins

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from the Washington Post,

Hanlon became the target of a group of disgruntled fans, who late in the second period began booing and chanting, “Fire Hanlon.” Hanlon has been behind the bench since December 2003 and presided over some lean times for the franchise.

But this season was supposed to be different after an offseason spending spree added three veterans to a core that already included Kolzig, Alex Ovechkin and Semin, raising expectations.

But nearly a quarter of the way in, the Capitals find themselves with 13 points in 20 games, dead last in the league standings.

more (reg. req.)

The Caps still have some time to turn things around, but they better get it into gear quickly, or it could turn very ugly.

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  Tags: washington+capitals

Becoming A Team

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

“We are very together,” center Sergei Fedorov said earlier this month. “We know each other, we like each other, and we’re playing for each other, and that is not a small, little thing.

“Before you can do anything else in this league, first, you have to be a team.”

Now 20 games into the season, a pretty clear picture of the Blue Jackets has emerged.

more including Columbus could use more scoring…

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, sergei+fedorov

Protecting His Assets

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

Mere weeks after he broke Steve Moore’s neck and ended his career in a vicious on-ice attack, NHL star Todd Bertuzzi transferred the ownership of his million-dollar home in Kitchener to his wife Julie, a move Moore’s lawyers say in court documents was designed to “make Bertuzzi creditor-proof to the greatest extent possible.”

continued

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, todd+bertuzzi

BOG Meeting And Trade Talk

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from the Mercury News,

The NHL’s Board of Governors will gather in Pebble Beach next week to ponder a new schedule format and pass judgment on the sale of the Nashville Predators to an investment group with strong Silicon Valley ties.

But don’t be surprised if conversations on the golf courses or in wood-paneled bars turn to trade talk.

“A lot of the G.M.s come out here, too,” Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson said Monday. “Everybody seems to have the opportunity after 20 games to talk and revisit where they’re at.”...

The NHL rumor mill continues to link San Jose with other teams in potential trades. This week, there was a report in Ottawa that had Calgary General Manager Darryl Sutter trying to pry center Patrick Marleau away, but a source in the Sharks’ front office shot that down Monday, saying no one from the Flames had even inquired about the Sharks captain.

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