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Rutherford Points To Canes Defensive Problems

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from WRAL,

“Our goaltending is fine, especially with Cam. He’s going to have a great career,” Rutherford said. “He’s still developing that mental toughness.

“Our goalies are left alone a lot, probably more than any team in the league, where the whole system breaks down.”

Other teams, he said, get too many free shots at the Canes’ goal.

“Our goalies have kind of been hung out to dry,” Rutherford said. “They need more help from the team.”

Rutherford said Carolina needs more quickness and speed on defense.
“Our team is still missing what we’ve talked about for quite some time,” he said. “On our defense, we’ve got to be more mobile.”

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Trade Primer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Spector at his Fox Sports Blog,

3. General managers are not on the phone every day trying to swing trades, ok? I keep hearing that nonsense and it’s simply not true. If it was, they’d have no time to devote to other aspects of running a team, like scouting, managing payroll, and player development. Yes, they have assistants but GMs must stay involved in day-to-day activities….

6. Correctly predicting one rumored trade doesn’t make you a genius prognosticator if you’re wrong most of the time. One rumor out of one hundred coming true is nothing to crow about. If you were a weather forecaster with that kind of prediction rate you’d be unemployed in no time!...

read on

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IPE > NHL ASG

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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The NHL All-Star Game will fill Philips Arena on Sunday, will be covered by media from across the United States and Canada, and will be yet another source of bragging rights for Atlanta’s sports boosters.

But in a city of major events, sports and otherwise, hockey’s All-Star game and accompanying festivities will not even be this week’s largest attraction.

That would be the International Poultry Expo, which wraps up a three-day run at the Georgia World Congress Center today.

continued

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Hockey Tonight

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from the Lansing State Journal,

ANN ARBOR - As sparkling, new, state-of-art hockey arenas pop up all over college hockey, venerable Yost Arena lives on.

As soon as one sets foot in the 84-year-old building, a player, coach or fan immediately feels the buzz, the electric atmosphere that is prevalent throughout a building which has been home to University of Michigan hockey for 35 years - since 1973-74.

And once the puck is dropped, the combination of a hard-core group of boisterous students and their colorful and, often times, off-color cheers and chants, the loud pep band, great acoustics and the Wolverines’ upbeat style on the ice makes Yost Arena one of the best places to watch a game.

continued... If you need a hockey fix, 6th ranked MSU plays #1 UM tonight, the puck drops at 7:35pm ET and can be viewed on FSN Detroit.

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Canes Scouting Liles

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from the Denver Post,

The Hurricanes continue to be looking over Avs defender John-Michael Liles, an unrestricted free agent after this season. Carolina has made no secret of its desire for a puck-carrying, offensive defenseman. Liles, however, is suffering through the worst season of his young career, with two goals and 18 points in 48 games coming in.

Scouts from the Toronto Maple Leafs, New York Rangers and Washington Capitals also were in attendance.

more on the Avs…

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Savard Rips Team After Loss To Columbus

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from the Daily Herald,

An angry Savard ripped into his team for failing to deliver the proper effort in what was an important game for the Hawks on so many levels.

“I’m disappointed and (ticked) off about the effort,” Savard said. “This is a divisional game, we’re fighting for our lives here, we want to get in the playoffs, we have a nice crowd, and this is what they give us?

“I think they forgot last summer or two summers ago or three summers ago what we gave them. We commit to them and they’re very happy when they sign it … well, commit to us, commit to the jersey, commit to the people here.”

Savard refused to name names, saying to reporters that they know who he’s talking about.

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  Tags: denis+savard

Almost Everyone Is Traveling

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have decided to stay home during the ASG Weekend, which will allow me to re-charge my battery as the race to a playoff spot is about to get real interesting.

Alanah is still nursing her unfortunate meeting with concrete and word is IwoCPO of Abel to Yzerman may have had a few “pops” with some guys who skate for a living while vacationing in Cancun.

As the NHL types begin to gather in Atlanta for the ASG, we will be providing KK readers with all the information they need to know about the mid-season classic.

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Trade Blake

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from the LA Daily News,

If the Kings’ Rob Blake wasn’t so good, this wouldn’t be so awkward.

Blake, the club’s aging captain, has to go. He is still one of the top four players in franchise history and his Hall of Fame credentials are unquestioned. He is a stand-up guy.

But the team is going to miss the playoffs for the sixth consecutive year. His best contribution right now would come from leaving, with the club getting a couple of draft picks before the Feb. 26 trade deadline.

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  Tags: rob+blake

Alfredsson- Hat Trick and 4 Assists

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Ottawa Sun,

“It was a fun night,” said Alfredsson. “Our line played well, we moved the puck, created chances and had them running around a bit.

“The way I look at it, you add them up at the end of your career ... maybe it will be ‘you remember that night in Tampa?’ When they come, you take them. It doesn’t happen that often.”

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson

Laraque Hit On Downie

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

The only thing on which the Penguins and Flyers could agree was that Laraque was assessed a major penalty for hitting from behind and a game misconduct. Get past that, and everything became a matter of partisan perspective.

When Flyers coach John Stevens looked at the sequence, for example, he saw “a vicious incident” and “a very, very dangerous play.”

When Laraque reflected on it, he saw an incident in which he pushed Downie, not cross-checked him, and did so with absolutely no malice, let alone intent to injure.

“If I want to hit somebody from behind,” Laraque said, “he’s not going to get up.”

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  Tags: georges+laraque, steve+downie

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