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Blue Jackets Trying To Make A Trade

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

Lots of scuttlebutt across the hockey world right now that the Blue Jackets and Washington Capitals are on the verge of a trade.

A source within the Blue Jackets has confirmed that the Blue Jackets and Capitals have had serious trade talks, but also told The Dispatch today that the Blue Jackets are close with another club as well, but wouldn’t reveal the club.

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How Good Is Jaroslav Halak?

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

Respected pundits are now musing that he’d be worth a top-six forward or a first-rounder in a trade (we’ll have what they’re having), and that maybe it’s a smarter move to ship out Carey Price.

Why, we even heard a normally reasoned commentator compare the plucky Slovak, whose agent is reportedly agitating for a move, to Patrick Roy the other night.

Which he surely is - minus the consistency, wins, shutouts, playoff dominance and championships.

This is not to hack on poor, old, hard-done-by, trade-me-right-friggin-now Jaro. Oh, no.

He has played quite well - and occasionally brilliantly - in his current string of four road wins, having been shelled for 1,983 shots over that period (well, given the excitement, it might as well have been that many).

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (December 28, 2009)—Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jaroslav Halak, Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane and Vancouver Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Dec. 27.

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Kobasew Out With Sprained MCL

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

According to sources, the Wild will be without right wing Chuck Kobasew for four to six weeks with a sprained MCL. There’s also some damage to the ACL, but the swelling needs to decrease before the extent is determined. Kobasew’s scored four goals and five assists in 27 games since being acquired from Boston.

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Here Come The Sedins

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The top two scorers so far in December have been Henrik and Daniel Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks.  Henrik has 22 points in 13 games so far this month and Daniel has 20.  Henrik has 50 points and is second in league scoring behind Joe Thornton.  Injuries have limited Daniel to 21 games (where he has 27 points).  Their play is a large part of the reason that Vancouver has a 23-16 record.  The Canucks are sixth in wins in the NHL but the NHL’s crazy point system only places them seventh in the West Conference.  The Sedins have been a big reason for the Canucks success.  It looks like this may be the year where they make the jump from being very good players to being among the best in the game.  It has been a long ride to get there.  In almost a decade with the Canucks, neither had significantly exceeded a point per game before this year (Daniel had 84 points in 81 games in 2006/07).

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Hockey Moments Of The Decade

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CBC style…

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Ring In The New Year

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 28, 2009)-VERSUS will drop the puck on 2010 with a 90-minute program on New Year’s Eve, titled NHL Winter Classic Eve Special on VERSUS Presented by Bridgestone.  The show, which begins at 11 p.m. ET, will be hosted by VERSUS’ Hockey Central studio team-Bill Patrick, Keith Jones and Brian Engblom-and will air live from a remote studio atop Fenway Park, the location for the third annual NHL Winter Classic game on New Year’s Day featuring an outdoor game between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers.

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Morning Line

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Canadian hockey cheerleaders like to say this country is so overflowing with talent that it could send two teams to the Olympic tournament. That’s true, but would either win? Canada’s 12th forward may be superior to Russia’s 12th, but I’ll take Russia’s core ahead of Canada’s. We’ll see.

-William Houston of Truth & Rumours.  More on the Olympics from Mr. Houston.

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Which Montreal Goalie Would You Trade?

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey has got to be counting his blessings that he wasn’t able to deal backup goalie Jaroslav Halak to the Philadelphia Flyers a couple of weeks ago.

For those of you keeping score at home, Halak has faced 40, 50, 47 and 49 shots in his past four starts and won them all. He was brilliant Saturday night when the Canadiens stole two points from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3-2 overtime win and has faced an average of 46.5 shots in his past four games.

This gives Gainey a little bit of time to ponder his goaltending situation. And you know what? If he has any stones at all, he has to be at least considering the possibility of trading Carey Price instead of Halak.

Please hold your expletives and your electronic hate mail for a minute while I try to explain this.

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Claude Lemieux Is A Good Person

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

...here’s an interview with (Claude) Lemieux for the addictive “Q” interview show, out of Toronto, where Lemieux talks about the show, and also about his NHL career some. And, toward the end, he talks about his hit on Kris Draper, and he uses the word “mistake” in what he did. That’s actually the first time I’ve ever heard him say that word.

Lemieux is a good person. He really is. He would cut your heart out to win a hockey game and was easy to hate, but that ultimately was a sign of respect in a lot of ways.

more and you can watch the interview too…

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