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A Great Showcase For The NHL

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from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

From Wednesday’s practices in the snow to Marco Sturm’s overtime game-winner, the 2010 Winter Classic was everything the NHL hoped it would be—and more.

It showcased the game’s speed, skill, brutality and brawn.

But most of all, it brought a much-needed element of fun to a sport that too often is viewed by the general sporting public as vanilla.

“It was a great showcase of the game,” said Flyers president Peter Luukko, the driving force behind the Flyers’ inclusion in the New Year’s Day event. “Two clubs hitting hard. It was great. It was one heck of a game. I’ve got to think this is everything the league wanted.”

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Team USA Game Plan

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Burke didn’t pick the best Americans or go entirely with young guns. He tried to fashion a team that might be able to compete with the big dogs by including some character (Drury, Thomas), some grit (Kesler, Orpik, Ryan Suter), some size (Malone, Erik Johnson) and some pizzazz (Kessel, Kane).

The U.S is in the same pool as Canada and needs to get through the round robin in good enough shape to avoid one of the tournament’s heavyweights in the quarter-finals. Then, if Miller can play like he’s played much of this season, the Americans could pull a stunner.

That’s the game plan.

You look at this American team and see a lack of punch down the middle, nothing even remotely close to Canada’s trio of Sidney Crosby, Joe Thornton and Ryan Getzlaf.

Compared to the Russians, with Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin and Ilya Kovalchuk, the U.S doesn’t have anywhere close to the same front-end pop. They also don’t have a goalie with a single minute of Olympic experience.

But they do have Parise, oddly underrated in some ways but a truly terrific player and burgeoning leader.

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How About Around 12 Hours Of Hockey Today?

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24 teams in actions today, first game just after 1:00pm ET today, last game ends around 12:30am on Sunday.

It can’t get much better than that!!!

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Evening Line

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It is disappointing. This would have been a really fun time, especially in Vancouver. But I understand the process and I understand what they were doing. I guess the hardest part is this pretty much was the last chance to play for (Team USA), but when you get to my age there are going to be things like this that are inevitable.

-Mike Modano’s reaction to not being selected to Team USA.  More from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News.

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  Tags: mike+modano, team+usa

Awards At This Point In Time

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Following is a look at the mid-season races for the six major awards. As the ballots nowadays go five deep, so do our choices.

Hart: Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix). Runners-up: Joe Thornton (San Jose), Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh), Alex Ovechkin (Washington), Ryan Miller (Buffalo).

Calder: Tyler Myers (Buffalo). Runners-up: John Tavares (Islanders), Matt Duchene (Colorado), Victor Hedman (Tampa), Niclas Bergfors (New Jersey).

more plus additional hockey topics…

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Talk Is Satan Will Be Signing With The Bruins

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If you read between the lines from the Twitter of NHL Player Agent Allan Walsh, it sure sounds like his client Miroslav Satan is going to sign with the Bruins.

added 12/02/09 10:48am, Bob McKenzie tweets Satan has signed with the Bruins.

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Lemaire Returns To Minnesota

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

First things first, Lemaire held Devils practice in Mendota Heights this afternoon, and afterward came back to the X with the Devils to change back into his street clothes. Lemaire got misty-eyed a bit about his return, and when I pointed that out to him, he actually had to walk off with his eyes clearly welled. Lemaire’s always a class act, and it was a pleasure covering him.

I’ve covered a ton of coaches in this league (I covered Florida), and no offense to the others, but I learned the most about the sport from Lemaire. Our working relationship took awhile to develop as he clearly tried to feel me out at the start and didn’t always appreciate my interrogations and second-guessing, but there was a lot of mutual respect by the end. Lemaire’s got all the time in the world for people who 1) know the game; and 2) have a passion for the game.

And as a quote, nobody was better. Just a funny, funny quote.

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Next Stop - The Real World

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from Christy at Winging It In Motown,

For me, this announcement feels like an end of an era in my life. Sadly, I will no longer blog about the Wings as a fan—not just here at WIM but anywhere else. I graduated from college two weeks ago and with the hopes of finding a job in sports PR, I needed to stop blogging about sports. It’s probably what gave me my start early in college and provided me with a ton of valuable experience, but sadly it has to come to an end.

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Pay-Up Oilers

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from TSN,

The owner of an upscale Calgary restaurant is furious, claiming that Edmonton Oilers players refused to cover the full cost of a nearly $18,000 tab during a recent night out for team members.

Players were dining at Osteria De Medici, an upscale restaurant in northwest Calgary after their game against the Calgary Flames Thursday night.

Maurizio Terrigno, owner of the eatery, says the team was partying with a group of 45 people and ran up a huge bill, which included a bar tab worth close to $8,000.

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added 6:55pm, from 630CHED,

After last night’s game in Calgary, the entire Oilers team went out for a pre-planned meal with their wives and girlfriends at the upscale, downtown eatery Osteria De Medici.

At the end of the night the players were presented with a bill for close to $19,000, a figure that struck them as being grossly inflated for what they consumed over their roughly 90 minute stay. The players, while still waiting at the restaurant, asked for the bill to be re-calculated at which point they were presented with a revised cheque for $12,381. The team paid for the bill with a credit card, and left.

a bit more...

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Team USA- The New Generation

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Brian Burke wasn’t kidding.

Burke, Team USA’s General Manager for the 2010 Winter Olympics, had been forthright about his plans for the American roster, saying that it was time Team USA moved to a younger lineup and away from some of the players, now NHL greybeards, who won the 1996 World Cup and the silver medal at the 2002 Games.

Friday, he did just that, unveiling a roster that did not include past Olympians Mike Modano, Bill Guerin, Keith Tkachuk, Scott Gomez, Brian Rolston and Doug Weight.

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  Tags: team+usa, winter+olympics

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