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“This year has been the best year since I’ve been there, in a lot of ways. There seems to be more stability there now and there really wasn’t for a few years. Those are the things you think about. But right now there’s not really a lot going on and we haven’t been talking a whole lot, I don’t think. I haven’t ruled anything out. Money isn’t always everything. I haven’t played in the playoffs and that’s obviously No. 1. Where that is, whether it’s Florida or not, who knows?”

-Jay Bouwmeester at the All-Star festivities yesterday.  More ASG topics from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News.

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It Is A Religion

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

In the good old days before cable and glitzy television production, French-language radio broadcasts of the Montreal Canadiens were preceded not by pregame analysis, advertisements and anthems, but by a priest reciting the rosary.

Families would crowd together at the hearths and parlours of Quebec to join in, and it was only after the prayers were finished - usually near the end of the first period - that the airwaves were turned over to hockey.

But as French-speaking Quebec’s attachment to Catholicism has waned since the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s, a new breed of secular saints has emerged: the Habs have taken over as Quebec’s unofficial religion.

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Flyers Need To Stay Away From Forsberg

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

It is difficult to gauge how much a healthy Forsberg would command on the open market, but since the Colorado Avalanche paid him $1.1 million last season for 42 days, it’s a safe bet the Flyers could get him for about the same price.

Which begs these three questions: Why? Why? Why?

In his prime, Forsberg was an absolute force capable of winning playoff series by himself. But that was 10 years ago, before he signed with the Flyers in 2005 and began a three-year injury odyssey that included abbreviated stops in Nashville and Colorado, along with countless trips to foot surgeons and skate manufacturers.

Since having his foot surgically reconstructed in the summer of 2006, Forsberg has played in 66 NHL games in 2 1/2 seasons. After signing with the Avalanche late last season, he played in only nine of their 18 games and missed three more playoff games….

But does anyone really believe Forsberg will be anything more than a distraction on a team that has its best chemistry in years?

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Is There A Need For A ‘High Hit’ Rule?

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from Mark Moore at the Toronto Star,

The reason why the NHL and its players are resisting a simple ban on all hits to the head is this: Bodychecking is part of hockey, and it isn’t just for show or intimidation. Defending in hockey depends on playing the body. Playing the puck is too risky, because skilled players can move it around and leave you chasing air. You defend by stopping the puck-carrier with body contact as far from your net as possible….

However, I believe there are ways to eliminate the problem of hits to the head. Here is my proposal, fully explained:

1. Create a rule banning “high hits” the way we ban high sticks. A high hit could be defined as:

a) Any time a player leaves his feet to make a check;

b) Any part of the checker’s arm being extended above his own shoulder prior to or at the moment of impact;

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Money Being Returned

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Zach Parise is 24 years old, one of the brightest young stars in the NHL and a pro athlete pulling down millions of dollars in annual pay.

Yet as of yesterday, Parise seemed unaware he was already out almost $170,000 in salary for this season, with another $310,000 or more still to lose.

The New Jersey Devils forward, a participant in tomorrow’s NHL All-Star Game, is one of hundreds of NHL players who are about to be struck by the bombshell that the deteriorating North American economy is about to take enormous bites out of their paycheques.

According to the projections of NHL Players’ Association boss Paul Kelly, his members will collectively return about $217 million back to the league this season as NHL revenues plummet.

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Rumors From The ASG

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via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Will Maple Leafs GM Brian Burke be reunited with Ducks D Chris Pronger? That’s the whisper this weekend. There’s a strong belief that if the Ducks fall out of playoff contention in the Western Conference, GM Bob Murray might move the former all-star defenceman. While the Leafs are trying to rebuild, it might make sense to bring in a seasoned blueliner like Pronger, especially if Tomas Kaberle is sent packing at the March 4 trade deadline.

Is the clock ticking on Canucks coach Alain Vigneault? While the Canucks remain in a playoff position at No. 7 in the West, they’re just 2-4-4 in their last 10—with C Mats Sundin added to the lineup. Things have been mostly good since GM Mike Gillis took over, but the word out of Vancouver is Vigneault doesn’t have long to get the club’s act together.

In another report by Garrioch, he writes…

Detroit GM Ken Holland told ESPN.com that Lidstrom has been dealing with tendinitis in his knee.

You see folks, that is how rumors start!  It is actually an elbow problem Bruce, not a knee.

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All Star Game Suspensions

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Gary Bettman has put a black eye onto the All Star Weekend.  Friday afternoon, he announced that players chosen to the All Star Game who are chosen to play in the All Star Game and cite an injury as a reason to not play in the All Star Game must either attend the non-game schmooze fest part of the weekend or miss at least one game either before or after the All Star break.  Effectively, this suspends players for the first game after the break who decided not to attend the event.

There are three players who fit into this situation.  Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins managed to get to Montreal for All Star Weekend on extremely short notice.  Nicklas Lidstrom and Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings were unable (or unwilling) to get back on time.  This means that these two players will be suspended for Detroit’s first game after the all star break - which is against Columbus.

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Please Answer Truthfully

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

When the NHL’s board of governors meets Saturday morning in Montreal, there should be no shortage of questions for commissioner Gary Bettman.

With a place in the privileged room, here’s what we might ask as governors:

Are the Phoenix Coyotes buying as many as 4,000 tickets a game in hopes of meeting their revenue-sharing targets so that, unlike last season, they will qualify for a full portion of revenue-sharing money?

We all know the NHL is carrying the Coyotes through advances on their estimated shared revenues. But are the payouts now in excess of those estimates, and if so, how do we get paid back?

Meantime, are you planning to increase the NHL’s line of credit at Citibank to more than $100-million (all currency U.S.) to float the Coyotes through next season?

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AHL Player Garrett Klotz Injured In Fight

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from the National Post,

An American Hockey League player was taken off the ice on a stretcher Friday night following a brutal fight at the beginning of a game between the Philadelphia Phantoms and Manchester Monarchs.

After the opening faceoff, Phantoms forward Garrett Klotz engaged Monarchs forward Kevin Westgarth in a tussle that left Klotz bloodied and dazed.

The two skaters fought with their helmets off in the lengthy battle.

According the The Sports Network, Klotz was hit with an uppercut that caught him off guard and Westgarth continued with a pair of pin-point rights, the latter sending Klotz to the ice.

Klotz — on his way down to the ice — appeared to land awkwardly on the boards. The Sports Network reports that Klotz’s knees were shaking uncontrollably and his eyes rolled to the back of his head as the stretcher quickly made its way toward the injured player.

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If you have any more information on this, please leave a comment.

added 1/24/09, TSN has video.  Also, one of those types of fights that I feel need to be banned.  A fight for the sake of fighting, right after the puck was dropped.

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Why Does This Sentence Matter?

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Pens/Devils.  29 January 2008.

In the first game for both teams following the All-Star break, the Penguins defeated the Devils for the fifth straight time in New Jersey.

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