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Winter Classic Ratings

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via SportsBusiness Daily (paid sub.),

NBC earned a 2.6 overnight Nielsen rating for the Flyers-Bruins Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic on Friday, down 10.3% from a 2.9 for the Red Wings-Blackhawks matchup last year, and even with the inaugural Penguins-Sabres Winter Classic in ‘08.

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30 Hockey Points

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• Miro Satan’s agent – Allan Walsh – took offence to my critique of his client’s work ethic this week. (The suggestion I should go back to “Hockey Scouting 101” was pretty funny.) It is true that he showed an excellent attitude as a cap casualty in Pittsburgh last season, having to go to the minors. Maybe he’s matured as an older player, but there’s no doubt he wasn’t an “every night guy” for much of his career.

• I rarely, if ever, get nervous anymore, but certainly was to interview Bobby Orr live for the first time ever. I called him “Mr. Orr.” He looked at me and said, “It’s Bobby.” We are coming up to the 40th anniversary of his famous 1970 Cup-winner. Geez, I’m getting old.

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Afternoon Line

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“Honestly I’m just going day to day right now.  I had a great talk with (Moose coach) Scotty Arniel and every day I’m on the ice is just another day to get my legs going and feel good and have fun.

“As long as I’m here, there are young guys I think I can help and make better and it’s just all about being a good leader and being a good guy in the dressing room. That’s all I’ve ever tried to do my whole career.”

-Mathieu Schneider of the Manitoba Moose.  More on Schneider from Tim Campbell of the Winnipeg Free Press.

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  Tags: manitoba+moose, mathieu+schneider

Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (January 4, 2010)—New Jersey Devils right wing Jamie Langenbrunner, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Mike Smith and Dallas Stars left wing Loui Eriksson have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 3.

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Talking Blackhawks

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Jesse Rogers of the Chicago Blackhawks Blog at ESPN has a few questions for Pierre LeBrun,

Is there a prevailing thought outside of Chicago that Cristobal Huet can or can’t be the man come April, May, and June?

PL: I can’t speak for other media around the league, but the way I look at it is the way I saw Chris Osgood over the years in Detroit. The Wings when they were doing their thing didn’t need great goaltending, they just needed their goalie to be decent and not give up bad goals. They were so stacked on defense and up front and controlled the puck that having a Vezina-worthy goalie wasn’t necessary. I think if Huet just does his job and stays within himself next spring, the Hawks have a shot at the Cup. He doesn’t need to be as good as the top goalies in the league for the Hawks to win.

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More Potential Issues For The Predators Owners Group

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from Nate Rau of the Tennessean,

Metro lawyers and a designee of the Metro Sports Authority will meet as early as this week with Nashville Predators officials to hash out issues surrounding lead owner David Freeman’s federal tax troubles and whether the team is in default on its arena lease with the city.

The discussion is expected to center on the National Hockey League team’s financial condition and whether a default would occur if a $3.3 million federal tax lien against Freeman is not resolved.

Freeman has said he expects to have the issue with the IRS resolved this month, but provisions in the Sommet Center lease agreement designed to protect taxpayers say financial troubles of one of its owners could lead to a default.

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Liles Has To Be Better

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

“The coaching staff made it known why I was sitting out and what I needed to do,” Liles said. “They wanted more of me. They wanted me to elevate my game, and it’s something that I’m not going to say that I disagree with them. They felt it was the right move to sit me out. You come back, work hard and try to respond. That’s what I was trying to do (Saturday night).”

Liles, 29, has 15 points in 29 games and is a minus-4. Seven of his points have come on the power play (two goals), on which his lack of production probably is most responsible for him landing in coach Joe Sacco’s doghouse.

Sacco had nothing further to add to his assessment of Liles from last week at the time of the defenseman’s benching, other than the coach is looking for a better all-around game and perhaps the intangible of more hunger to succeed.

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The Caps Rap

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The AO lookalike is pretty funny although he looks more like Malkin.

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2356- The Number Of Times We’ve Heard From Her

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I am not sure if she realizes this, but KK Member Baroque has left 2356 comments on all the blogs at KK.

Why am I telling you this, well, she is celebrating a birthday today and I hope she enjoys her day.

I am sure many of you will agree, her comments are always well thought out and are much appreciated.

People like her make hockey blogs unique and very special, just like her.

Happy Birthday Baroque.

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Bad Goalie Choices In Edmonton

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Heading into this season, there were two worries in regards to the goaltending of the Edmonton Oilers, that starter Nikolai Khabibulin would get hurt and miss a huge number of games, and that the young-ish Deslauriers wouldn’t prove to be a capable back-up, let alone being able to carry the load as a starter….

Khabibulin had been slowed and knocked out of the line-up in Chicago on numerous occasions during his four years as a Black Hawk. In 2005, he missed ten games with a groin injury. In 2006, he missed 13 games with a knee injury. At age 36, he wasn’t getting any younger. If he was having injury problems before, one would expect they would only get worse.

As for Deslauriers, he had never been a dominant goalie in the minor leagues, just an OK-to-good one. In his brief appearances in Edmonton, he had looked shaky in net, not strong or balanced on his skates. It was certainly possible that a goalie who looked so unorthodox would still have success at the NHL level, but I’d be curious to know if anyone can point out a goalie with Deslauriers’s poor positioning in net and tendency to wobble so often who has become a stand-out goalie at the NHL level.

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