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Rangers Need Avery

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s clear that there’s one team and one team only for which Avery can play; one city and one city only big enough for him to live; one coach and one coach only - the one behind the Rangers bench - for whom Avery can play.

The mechanics of making it happen are hazy. But those are mere details. The Rangers need an infusion of energy. The Rangers need someone who actually will be tough to play against. The Rangers need Avery almost as badly as he needs them, and if anybody doesn’t like it, he should be playing better.

Because this is pretty much it was before Avery became a Ranger . . . the first time.


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Surgery For Kariya

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ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward Paul Kariya’s left hip will require surgery and he will be sidelined indefinitely.

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Weather Fluctuation Won’t Stop Dan Craig

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from Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune,

Preparations for the final touches of the Winter Classic hockey rink were put on hold Saturday because of heavy rain, high wind and a tornado watch in Cook County.

In a matter of a few days, Wrigley Field went from sub-zero to semi-tropical, relatively speaking, forcing a brief delay in the painting of the ice surface. But an NHL spokesman said the ice should be painted Sunday, when the temperature is expected to drop from the upper 50s to the low 30s, and the rain is expected to subside.

“We’ll go out there with the Zamboni and give it a nice little shave, be ready to paint it white [Sunday] morning,” said Dan Craig, the NHL’s facilities/operations manager. “Everything is on schedule from our side, and we’re ready to go.”


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  Tags: winter+classic

Dater:  Drink Up Dive Fans

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Saw this yesterday and decided to save it for tonite’s extravaganza from the Ass Can.  Adrian Dater, after several paragraphs devoted to the Dive’s number one center—-Tyler Arnason—-has this recommendation for the 14 die hard Denver fans left in his dear city.

...if I’m a fan of the Avs, I’m taking a good, stiff drink before tomorrow’s game.

All the spritzers you can sip, Dive fans.  Send the bill to Adrian.

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Too Much Winter Classic Hype

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune,

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like the buildup for the Winter Classic, the outdoor game between the Hawks and the Red Wings to be played on New Year’s Day. I understand the goose-bump factor here: It’s very cool for an NHL game to be played in the elements and even cooler for it to be played in one of the cathedrals of baseball.

But, my goodness. You would think the pope were coming to Wrigley to announce his conversion to Scientology.

read on

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Pyatt Out With Broken Foot

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via TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks will be without the services of Taylor Pyatt for an indefinite period of time after the winger suffered a broken right foot in Friday’s loss to the Edmonton Oilers.

The injury looked to happen late in the second period when Pyatt’s right skate caught a Willie Mitchell slap shot from in front of the Canucks net.

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Osgood, Lidstrom Both Sitting

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Uncle Mike’s not taking chances on tonite’s game in Denver, not with two big ones against a real rival looming.  Nick Lidstrom’s ankle hasn’t improved, (“It’s about the same as last night,’’ Lidstrom said.“Still swollen, can’t really move my foot the way I would have to in my skates. Day off tomorrow will help,”)  and Conklin’s in net.


...trainers are being extra cautious with Chris Osgood’s strained groin. Osgood said he would know on Monday whether he’s playing Tuesday at home against Chicago. They haven’t made it official, but it’s safe to assume Conklin will start in the Winter Classic on Thursday, given Osgood’s injury.

George Sipple has more on Lidstrom’s injury.  There is potential for sadness.  I’m just warning you.


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Great Young Players Bring Excitement To The Game

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from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

New toys. Gifts under the tree. For an old grump like me, the best present is doing what I do every day: Watch and enjoy hockey.

I love new toys in the form of so many energetic youngsters showing their skills and making a great game even better with their hunger to show us all how great they can be.

“We haven’t seen such a great group of young players come into the NHL each year for a long time,” Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky told me. “It’s exciting to see all the skill, the speed, the energy they bring.

“As a coach now, it keeps me young to see how excited they are to be in the NHL.”


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Blue Jackets Looking At Trades To Improve Club

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from Tom Reed of the Columbus Dispatch,

After an offseason roster overhaul, the Jackets find themselves next to last in the Western Conference, four points behind their pace from a season ago with a six-game road swing looming.

The second-year general manager said fan disappointment is understandable but that he supports the coaching staff and the team. He believes the Jackets can qualify for the playoffs as currently constructed, yet is working to improve the lineup after the loss of rookie center Derick Brassard to season-ending shoulder surgery.

The Dispatch has learned the Jackets have been in trade talks with six or seven teams. Howson would not confirm a total. The NHL’s holiday roster freeze ends tonight at 11:59.

“I still think we can make the playoffs with the team we have now,” he said. “But we are trying to tweak the roster for sure. We’ve had conversations (with other general managers) over the past week.”


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So-So Season For Phaneuf

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

As his team readies to face the slumping Senators, Phaneuf is a study of the glass being both half-full and half-empty.

On one hand, he has just three tallies—not exactly on pace with previous seasons. He scored 20 goals in his rookie year and 17 in the last two campaigns.

On the other hand, the blueliner has 23 points, which is close to being on target for his career-high.

On one hand, he’s a minus-11, which puts him near the bottom of the league.

On the other hand, he’s tops in the NHL with an average of nearly 28 minutes of ice-time per game.


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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

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