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A Look At Mike Sullivan

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

Tortorella said he wants Sullivan, 39, to take even more responsibility, lead team meetings and be a presence in the locker room, when necessary, to keep the message fresh.

“I’m tired of hearing myself talk, really,” Tortorella said. “The evolution of this team right now is to hear a different voice and a man with different ideas who is willing to challenge to get his ideas across. Sully has the strength to handle that.”

read on

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The New, New Jersey Devils

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from Fire & Ice,

Center John Madden, a former Selke Trophy winner and defensive specialist, scored his team-leading fourth goal, but admitted he’s not used to these kind of games.

“I’m not at all,” he said. “We had a lot of chances. So did they. It’s definitely different, a different look. Very entertaining for the fans. I’d like to keep the puck out of our net a little more and continue scoring like we have been. I think that’s doable.”

more on the Devils…

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Blogger Brashear

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from D.C. Sports Bog,

At which point Brashear gave out his e-mail address over the radio. I’ll withhold that address for now, although it’s obviously not that hard to find. And what happened next? Aside from a Junkie saying “silly”?

“Five minutes later I’m getting [bleepin’] emails coming in, coming out,” Brashear said. “I’m thinking, ‘A lot of people want to talk to the players, so why not just start a blog and see where it goes?’ “

read on

thanks to On Frozen Blog for the pointer.

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  Tags: donald+brashear, washington+capitals

Wacky Numbers

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

We all know penalty-killer Maxime Talbot will not finish with more goals than last year’s most valuable NHL player Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh. And Niklas Hagman won’t score 50 goals in Dallas, even if the high-energy winger is on a tear in Texas, but to quote noted sage Todd Bertuzzi: “It is what it is.”

Talbot has three goals. Crosby has two. Hagman has five. Teammate Mike Modano has one.

It’s only three weeks into the NHL season and already things are often a little daffy—Columbus goalie Pascal Leclaire has two shutouts and Martin Brodeur has none. We’ll see who has more on March 18, but for now, here are some oddities noticed:

continued

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Asst. Coach Rolston

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from Kevin Allen’s blog at USA TODAY,

When Brian Rolston’s family heard that the Minnesota Wild were offering players a mother-son NHL road trip this season they jokingly wondered whether coach Jacques Lemaire understood that his mother, Joyce, might view that as an invitation to do some work as an assistant coach.

“She has a lot of jam,” jokes Brian’s brother, Ron, who is a coach for the U.S. National Development team. “We were afraid that she was going to be telling Jacques and the players how to play.”

continued

thanks to a KK member for the pointer…

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The Cost Of Playing In Prague

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from the Prague Post,

While Šafařík refused to elaborate on the budget for bringing the NHL to Prague, Tejkal revealed the event would be as expensive as hosting the Final Four men’s basketball tournament, which brought Europe’s best basketball clubs to Prague’s Sazka Arena in April 2006 and cost 50 million Kč ($2.6 million)....

Šafařík said that in the end money will be the key factor in deciding whether or not the NHL comes to Prague.
“We’re now awaiting the final word from the NHL about their financial conditions,” he said. “It’s obvious that the event must fit into a certain budget. Still, we’re quite optimistic that we’ll be able to bring the NHL to Prague.”

more

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Pat Quinn Still Has The Passion To Coach

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from Pierre LeBrun at Sportsnet,

At 64, some wonder whether the game has passed him by and whether he’ll get another shot. I disagree that his age is a problem, and obviously so does he.

“No I don’t think that’s a key thing,” Quinn said. “It has nothing to do with my mind or my progressiveness in the game. I’ve often been ahead of the curve on a lot of things, and still feel the same way. I haven’t lost that desire to find ways to help clubs win hockey games and help players get better. As far as age, my health is terrific and I still have that edge. If you look at other sports, clearly in baseball and in football, it doesn’t seem to impede some of the guys that are running teams there. ...

“In fact the older, more experienced hand in certain situations might be the best way to go.”

more

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Top Conference- East Or West

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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

It’s a decent barroom debate.

Which NHL conference is stronger, the east or west?

The east has the emerging superstars, namely Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin, not to mention a glut of offensive talent, but the west has a stranglehold on Norris Trophy candidates, with the likes of Nicklas Lidstrom, Chris Pronger, Dion Phaneuf and the possibly retired Scott Niedermayer.

continued

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McCabe Trying To Earn His Keep

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from the Toronto Star,

To any fans poised to uncork the boos at the Air Canada Centre tonight, besieged Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe offered some perspective.

“I’m one of the higher-paid guys on the team and they expect the world out of you. But I can’t turn water into wine every night,” he said yesterday.

“I’m not that type of player. I’m a hard-nosed player. I’ve been fortunate enough to get rewarded for some of my points over the years. I’m trying to earn it.”

continued

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Measure-Up Time

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Mercury News,

“Say you win,” Nabokov says of tonight’s game. “What are you going to prove, that you’re better than them? They beat you in the playoffs. It doesn’t really matter.”

None of which is to say the Sharks - despite the usual disclaimer that all games count for two points, no more no less - are treating this like just another contest in an 82-game season.

“They’re a good measuring stick, a very good team, easily the best team we’ve played so far,” Wilson said of the Red Wings. “We have to measure ourselves against these kinds of teams and I’m sure they’re saying the same thing.”

more

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