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Scouts Gather In Tampa

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from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

Other than the normal seats set aside for Scotty Bowman and Pat Burns, who both live down in the Sarasota area, there are nine different scouts on the roster sheet. The teams represented are: New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings, Vancouver Canucks, Pittsburgh Penguins, Chicago Blackhawks, Dallas Stars, Philadelphia Flyers, Nashville Predators and the Toronto Maple Leafs.


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Changes In Latitude, Changes in….We’ll See.  It’s A Give It Right Back To Barry Live Blog

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

A few issues.  First, I’ve decided Live Blogs for road games will feature lyrics specific to the state in which the Wings are playing.  Oh, I know.  It’s nutty.  But that’s who I am.

Secondly, I’ve decided to decree something.  I’m not sure if I spelled “decree” correctly, but decreeing I am.  Any game in which the Wings are outshot, I’m decreeing it a loss.  And my decree will be so public as to snap the Wings out of their bowls of milk (hangovers).

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TSN Staff Chimes In

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from TSN,

Question: Who’s most deserving of a write-in All-Star campaign - Chicago’s Duncan Keith, Corey Perry in Anaheim, Tim Thomas of the Bruins or Patrick Sharp of the Blackhawks?

Bob McKenzie: “I’ll say Patrick Sharp. He was an unknown quantity in the Philadelphia Flyers organization, but not so with the Chicago Blackhawks. He has nine goals and 16 points and is arguably the team’s best player.”

John Tortorella: “Tim Thomas. He has a .944 save percentage and is one of the best competitors - if not the best - in the league.”

more and other questions with answers

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The Obama Plan

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from Japers’ Rink,

Starting next season (for the sake of convenience), Alex Ovechkin will pay $405,000 more per year in income taxes under President-elect Obama’s proposed tax plan than he would have under the current tax code…


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Chicago Goaltenders Are Assets

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from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

But general manager Dale Tallon didn’t rule anything out Thursday, even trading Nikolai Khabibulin or Cristobal Huet if it meant improving the team going forward.

“I’m not going to mess with a successful situation right now, but they’re assets, and we have great assets (in goalies Antti Niemi and Corey Crawford) in Rockford as well,” Tallon said. “We’ll listen to anything that comes our way that makes sense for the future of our franchise.

“There are always needs. We obviously are looking at everything possible to make us a better team without disrupting our core and what we have going right now.”

Tallon didn’t deny he has stepped up his efforts to find an experienced center to play on the second line, an acquisition that would allow Patrick Sharp to go back to wing.

more on the Blackhawks…

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Hockey Notes From The Maven

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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

Didja Know Dep’t. Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell have a son who plays college hockey. Wyatt Russell – “Was he named after Dad’s portrayal of Wyatt Earp in Tombstone?” our James Ryan wonders – is goalie for the University of Alabama-Huntsville. It happens to be the only NCAA Division I hockey program in the South. The coach also happens to be ex-NHLer Danton Cole.

more hockey notes and thanks to Stan for the KK mention!

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Blues Assign Pietrangelo To OHL Team

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the club has assigned defenseman Alex Pietrangelo to his junior team, the Niagara Ice Dogs of the Ontario Hockey League.

Pietrangelo, 18, a native of King City, Ontario, has skated in eight games for the Blues this season, recording one assist along with two penalty minutes.

He was the Blues’ first round pick, fourth overall, in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.

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Capitals Sign John Carlson

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have signed defenseman John Carlson, one of their two first-round choices (27th overall) in the 2008 Entry Draft, to a three-year entry-level contract, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Carlson, 18, is a 6’3”, 210-pound native of Natick, Mass., who is in his first season with the London Knights of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). In 12 games this season he has recorded 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) and is +11. Carlson played two preseason games with the Capitals this season and recorded 2 assists. 

Carlson played the last two seasons with the Indiana Ice of the United States Hockey League (USHL), where he registered 43 points (12 goals, 31 assists) and led all defenseman on the team in scoring during the 2007-08 regular season. He was also named to the 2008 USHL All-Star East Division team where he recorded an assist. 

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Ovechkin Talk Today

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Ovechkin joined us on an NHL media conference call. I started the proceedings by asking him how much fun he was having playing on a line with Semin and Nicklas Backstrom. Talk about an offensive juggernaut.

“You’re right, we’re having so much fun out there,” Ovechkin said. “We’re just controlling the game, I think. ... It’s very cool.”

Ovechkin was less thrilled with our resident ESPN.com blogger about 10 minutes later when we asked him about the Semin/Crosby controversy.

“I think it’s just the translator and it’s about media guys—about you,” Ovechkin said.


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The Hockey Is Good

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

In the midst of a wild 7-6 overtime win by Pittsburgh in Detroit on Tuesday night, Red Wings GM Ken Holland crossed paths with his Penguins counterpart Ray Shero.

“He goes, ‘Hey, the new NHL,’” Shero recounted to ESPN.com on Wednesday.

“I went, ‘Yeah, no kidding.’”

There’s been so much focus on other issues so far this season—everything from hits to the head to hits from behind to the economic crisis and its possible effect on NHL teams—that it’s easy to lose sight of an important fact.

“The hockey is pretty good right now,” said superstar San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton.


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