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As The Chief will be on the high seas kicking ass and taking names, there will be some temporary changes here at A2Y.

Don’t panic.  The Stress Train will keep rollin’, drinks will still flow liberally, sarcasm and juvenile behaviour will still dominate, and the 19 will still be making the funniest, most insightful commentary anywhere on The Gore.

While A2Y will not have The Chief to provoke and incite angry mobs for a while, he has asked me to keep stirring the pot in his absence.  Though I cannot replace the Chief, nor will I try, I will attempt to bring my own blend of cocky sarcasm on a regular basis to A2Y and the 19.  I hope I can live up to your expectations and fill the big sandals of insanity Bill left behind.

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Canucks Go Shopping?

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from Matt Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

Something lured Vancouver’s brass to Montreal to see a game between two teams below the playoff line. Some theories…

- In July 2008, one of Gillis’ first acts as Canucks GM was to sign St. Louis centre David Backes to a three-year, $7.5-million (all currencies U.S.) offer sheet. The Blues, grudgingly, matched.

Backes, 25, earns $2.5-million next season before becoming a free agent. He scored 31 goals a season ago, but has just 10 this year.

The Blues are six points out of a playoff spot, and have 16 games remaining before the Olympic break.

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Tongue-Tied Lappy

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The poor guy needs his teeth.

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Bertuzzi Wants To Stay In Detroit And Detroit Wants Him To Stay

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from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

The Wings are very interested in keeping Bertuzzi, who takes 13 goals and 27 points into tonight’s game at Minnesota—and he is very interested in staying.

“I love playing here,” Bertuzzi said Wednesday. “I love the guys. It’s somewhere I’d like to stay and retire.”

General manager Ken Holland would like to get a deal done, too.

“We’re very happy with him,” Holland said. “When we signed him in the summer, our hope was he could get 40 to 50 points, and it looks like he’ll get that. He’s given us a dimension of size and strength. ... He’s scored a lot of big goals for us. Certainly, we’d like to keep him.”

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Different Ways To Beat A Goalie In The Shootout

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Hurricanes In Trade Mode

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from Paul Branecky of CarolinaHurricanes.com,

General Manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday that he expects to make any number of trades from now until the league deadline on March 3 involving a group of veteran players who are on the last years of their contracts. In return, he hopes to bring back young talent and draft picks in order to re-stock the team down the road.

”We have veteran guys that have won the Stanley Cup, so not only are they good players but they’ve had the experience of winning,” said Rutherford. “These are guys that can certainly go into any top team and help them this year. We’re going to get some interest in some of our unrestricted free agents.

“At this point it’s about building real good assets for the future,” he continued. “It’s not about trying to put the team together for next year. It’s about getting as many young assets as we can, and then in the off-season we’ll look at what our needs are and try to shape the team then.”

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The Buildup

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from NHL.com,

If this were just a normal game, why would NHL.com have not one, but two people in Pittsburgh covering the game? We normally don’t have anyone here.

If this were just a normal game, why would national reporters from ESPN.com, The Hockey News and The Sporting News be in town to cover the game? They don’t normally do that unless it’s the playoffs.

If this were just a normal game, why would the Capitals send both of their P.R. guys to Pittsburgh? Normally only one of them travels for road games.

If this were just a normal game, why would those Capitals’ P.R. guys go out of their way to make both Ovechkin and coach Bruce Boudreau available to reporters at the team hotel upon their arrival in town? The only time they normally do that is on off days during the playoffs when it’s League mandated that the coach and a few players are available.

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added 12:37pm, from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL doesn’t need Fenway Park or Wrigley Field to dress this baby up.

The best rivalry in hockey resumes Thursday night at Mellon Arena, a passionate clash of NHL superstar players and powerhouse franchises that doesn’t need one iota of marketing to sell.

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Fans Of The Sabres Need To Get Into The Game

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from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

THN correspondent John Vogl suggested in his Jan. 11 issue team report that a distance has been created between the team and the fans as a result of free agents leaving town coupled with disappointing on-ice results.

“The arena, though near capacity, is often lifeless,” Vogl wrote. “There are just as many doubters as diehards. The Sabres must inspire their fans again.”

Well, with a death-lock on the Northeast Division, one of the league’s stingiest defenses (2.27 goals-against average), the current best goalie in the world (and leading Hart and Vezina candidate) between the pipes and a good bet for the Calder Trophy patrolling the blueline, inspiration is now as plentiful as cheese on a Chef’s ‘parmed’ sandwich.

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Embrace The Changes

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from Brian Duff of the NHL Network,

As noted in many past ramblings, I don’t lose an ounce of sleep over overtime, the shootout or the three-point games.

Is it perfect? No, but tell me a sport that is.

Coin toss for overtime in football, extra inning baseball games that end at 1 a.m. in front of 300 fans, or basketball games where a foul is defined as ... ? Right, just what I thought.

And those are admittedly very easy shots to take, but no different than the ones hockey fans aim at their own game on a daily basis.

What piqued my curiosity most in the midst of all this public griping is this notion that still exists that trades are necessary to generate a “buzz” around the game.

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