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“It’s really amazing to me when people talk about all the pressure the hockey team has.

“I’m watching skiing (and) they fall, and that’s it. All that hard work for a 30-second race.

“Hockey is talked about more, and it’s a sport so many Canadians have a passion for, but I think it’s safe to say that every Olympic athlete has to deal with pressure.

“We’re in Canada, we’ve got the whole country behind us. That’s a pretty great opportunity.”

-Sidney Crosby of Team Canada.  More on Crosby from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star.

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The Stage Is Set For The Best Hockey Ever

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from Shawn P. Roarke of NHL.com,

The 2010 Winter Olympics has the ingredients to be the best international hockey tournament ever.

“We have the best environment possible in our 100 years,” said Rene Fasel, the president of the International Ice Hockey Federation, the organizing body for the tournament. “If it will be the best tournament, I don’t know. But it is our most important tournament for sure.”

The players and teams involved in playing the 30 games of this tournament will determine if it is the best of the four Olympics that have involved NHL players since the experiment started in Nagano in 1998. But, it is impossible to imagine it not being the case.

Why? Because the best players in the world have all congregated in this city to wage a pitched battle for gold. It should be unforgettable theater.

continued

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Evening Line

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“We’re getting screwed on the schedule because we’re in Canada.  I mean, it makes sense. They want Canada in the prime-time slot.

“Magically, when we play them, we’re in the 4:30 (PT) slot. How did that happen?”

Team USA General Manager Brian Burke.  More from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail at CTVOlympics.

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Canucks Coach Calls Out His Olympic Players

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from Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun,

The Canuck coach pointed to fatigue and a less than sterling performance from his big guns as the main contributors to an ugly 6-2 loss to the Wild….

“Today was our third game in three-and-a-half days with a lot of travelling, so I think it’s safe to say there was some fatigue in our game,” Vigneault said. “And we’re like a lot of teams, you need your best players to be at their best and we had quite a few of our guys—a lot of those are our Olympians—who didn’t have a very good game.”

Asked specifically about the play of the Sedin twins, Vigneault said: “I’ll just shrug my shoulders.”

more

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Does Washington Go Goalie Shopping?

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from Darren Pang of HockeyChats,

I say no.

Semyon Varlomov will return from injury, while Jose Theodore has played well. He is a good presence in the room, works hard and can be part of a platoon type system.

I like Varlomov and he showed last year he has composure under fire, not to mention, ability.

Why go out and trade for a goalie that hasn’t proven to be a difference maker? There are no Hasek’s, Belfour’s, or Roys hanging around out there, waiting to get picked up for one last chance at glory…

more plus some Montreal goalie talk…

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A Look At The Western Conf. Teams As The Trade Deadline Approaches

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from Scott Cullen of TSN,

Just because a player is listed as being of interest, it doesn’t mean he will be traded or should be traded. Some may just be of interest for teams looking to hit a home run when trying to swing a deal or they are players that may be considered to be underachieving for the money they are due over the rest of their contract.

Generally, then, here’s a rough guide for which players each Western Conference team might have at their disposal in order to make a trade leading up to the deadline.

ANAHEIM DUCKS
UFA in 2010: Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne, Evgeny Artyukhin, Scott Niedermayer, Nick Boynton, Vesa Toskala.

RFA in 2010: Bobby Ryan, Kyle Chipchura, James Wisniewski.

read on and some great information, like top prospects for every team and what players have a NTC…

added 7:21pm, The Eastern Conference can be found here....

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I Don’t Know Anyone Would Would Enjoy Watching An 18-0 Hockey Game

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from the CP at CTVOlympics,

Canada opened its Vancouver Games account with an 18-0 thumping of Slovakia on Saturday. On Sunday, questions about the lopsided score were raised at the daily IOC-VANOC joint briefing.

IOC director of communications Mark Adams said the issue was not raised between the two organizations

“Clearly if you’re on the losing side of a hiding, it’s never much fun,’’ said the Briton, who watched the game. “But I’m sure they had a great experience and I’m sure they’re thankful to be Olympians.

“You know these things happen in all sports, at all levels. They’re a good team but clearly yesterday Canada were the better team - by a long way.’‘

Asked about a possible mercy rule, Adams said: “It’s an interesting idea. I’m not sure it would have been good last night. I enjoyed watching the game.’‘

read on

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Babcock In Game Mode

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from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun,

The Team Canada coach showed up with his game face on as he hit town to take the helm and finalize preparations for Canada’s first game Tuesday against Norway.

After concentrating on his Detroit Red Wings, Babcock can now fully allow himself to turn his attention to prepping Team Canada.

“Now it’s time to emotionally engage,” said Babcock. “We’ve done all the work, but you’re so involved in your own schedule. I live in the U.S., so you don’t get it like you people do every day. It’s very obvious — I watched the opening ceremonies, I watched the events last night — so it’s very obvious that it’s very exciting. I’m thrilled to be here.”

read on

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Report- Mule In, Homer Out

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Tomas Holmstrom’s ailing left knee has forced him to withdraw from the Swedish Olympic team, enabling Detroit Red Wings teammate Johan Franzen to take his place, according to Sweden’s Expressen.

Franzen has played only three games since returning from knee surgery, which idled him for four months. But he is skating well and said he feels good. It will be his first Olympic appearance.

continued

added 5:00pm, via Kevin Allen tweet,

It’s official: Red Wings Johan Franzen replaces Red Wing Tomas Holmstrom on the Swedish Olympic hockey team.

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  Tags: johan+franzen, team+sweden, tomas+holmstrom

Red Wings Create Co-Branding Relationship With University of Toledo

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from Laura Berman of the Detroit News,

Now the University of Toledo has hatched an insidiously clever scheme to lure Michigan’s dwindling population of promising young people. Their target: college-potential kids with B averages and enough vitality to find a ride over the border.

To get them, the school enlisted the aid of the Detroit Red Wings to announce Friday that eighth-graders who sign up can earn a $10,000 scholarship. That’s $2,000 a year from eighth grade through 12th for teens who maintain a 3.0 grade point average while checking their UT “savings account” online….

Even Al Hermsen, Wayne State’s director of financial aid, was caught by surprise. “Why would the Red Wings do that?” he asked.

more

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