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No More Max

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from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

You would think Afinogenov would have evolved into a leader by now, but that hasn’t happened. He makes you long for Pierre Turgeon. He’ll make $3.5 million and become an unrestricted free agent after next season for a team looking to get younger (see: cheaper). Gee, maybe they placed their bets on the wrong guy.

Why keep him? Well, he sells jerseys.

If the Sabres think he’s a source of entertainment, they’re kidding themselves and insulting the intelligence of their fans. The only people he entertains are youngsters who are enamored with his style and can’t see his flaws. Anyone with an ounce of hockey sense can see he needs a change in scenery.

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How About That

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Almost three years into their new deal, NHL players really have little to worry about. The game’s gross revenues, to which their wallets and paychecks are directly linked, have averaged approximately $2.2 billion per annum since the end of the lockout - levels consistent with where they stood in the year leading up to the 2004-05 shutdown.

During a recent league marketing meeting in Denver, optimism abounded that a short-term target of $3 billion is attainable.

continued plus other NHL bits…

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Sunday Odds/Ends

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Bubba’s in town today and he’s feeling frisky. Winning, competing, shutting out BJs, eyes on a first round matchup that would only lead to community pain in Nashville.  Hasek’s starting, says he feels nifty. Mac’s sitting, but re-assumes role of team spokesman.  No matter the circumstances, this phrase is not pleasant: “shot in the groin.”  More on that, and I’m sure you’re happy. Gordie’s almost 80 and the celebration’s slated for the Joe today.

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Ducks Plan- Stay Focused

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from Randy Youngman of the OC Register,

Next up is Dallas, the team right behind the Ducks in the Pacific and a possible first-round playoff opponent.

“Now Sunday is huge,” Ducks winger Teemu Selanne said after Friday night’s disappointing loss. “We would pretty much clinch fourth place (in the West) by winning that game.”

But is it going to be difficult keeping their competitive edge now that the division title is out of reach?

“Maybe a little bit,” Selanne said. “We know how good a team we have here . . . so it kind of hard to motivate yourself for anything other than that (first place). But our biggest challenge now is to find momentum going into the playoffs.”

Coach Randy Carlyle said Friday night he doesn’t think there will be a letdown after watching their division title hopes evaporate.

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Taylor Says No To One Last Game

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from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

The 39-year old Taylor, who has missed the entire season after undergoing offseason hip surgery, has recently been practicing with team. Lightning coach John Tortorella had talked with Taylor about returning for one contest at home

“I’m not coming back” Taylor said during a question-and-answer session with fans before Saturday night’s game against Carolina. “I want to remember the good times. I want to remember playing hockey. I don’t want Torts to send me out to play two shifts and I’ll stand around.”

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More Tests For Koivu

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via Habs Inside/Out,

An update on the health of Canadiens captain Saku Koivu from The Gazette’s Pat Hickey:

Koivu is not playing tonight, having taken a shot off the foot last night in Buffalo. X-rays have not yet been taken, but are expected to be done tomorrow back in Montreal. Koivu says there’s a possibility he’s suffered a break, but he won’t know until tests are done.

Habs assistant coach Kirk Muller was on the HNIC pre-game show and mentioned Saku had gone back to Montreal today and did say they had no update on the injury.

P.J. Stock during the HNIC pre-game also mentioned the talk is Koivu does have a broken foot, but nothing official yet.

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The Races

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The NHL has been supplying the media with a daily breakdown of the playoff races for the last few weeks and insteading of posting it here, just go to Habs Inside/Out and check it out.

It basically tells you everything you want to know except which teams will win the games.

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The Maven Knows Table Hockey

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

In case you were wondering how the magnificent set wound up on television, it’s a simple story. The fellow who designed this fantastic set, Rick Benej, actually builds each one by hand. He started his table hockey-building business in 1982.

For the past 26 years, Benej has been crafting a game which has so passionately caught the media’s fancy that he has been profiled in no less a publication as The New Yorker Magazine, not to mention Esquire, The Wall Street Journal and the Schenectady Gazette, just to name a few good reads. And all because his game, Table Hockey.com, is so close to the real thing that sometimes you can’t tell the difference between Madison Square Garden ice and the shiny 31 inch by 48 inch surface of Benej’s game.

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Sutter Safe In New Jersey

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from Tom Gulitti of the Record,

It appears Brent Sutter will not become the Devils’ latest late-season coaching casualty.

At least not this season.

Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello told The Record on Friday that “without question” he has confidence that Sutter will get the team out of its slide and headed in the right direction entering the playoffs.

“I believe in what we have in that room,” Lamoriello said. “I believe in the people who are there behind the bench and I believe we’ll get done what has to get done.”

continued

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Malarchuk Incident Kept Under Wraps

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via the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets goaltending coach Clint Malarchuk was involved in an altercation this week in Nashville, Tenn., The Dispatch has learned.

No report was filed with the Nashville Police Department, and Malarchuk did not return phone calls seeking comment.

The incident occurred several hours after the Blue Jackets arrived in Nashville on Monday for a game Tuesday.

Malarchuk, whose face was badly bruised, did not fly back to Columbus late Tuesday with the team, instead returning to his ranch in Nevada.

General manager Scott Howson said the club would have no comment.

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