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It’s All About Work For The Coyotes

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Spend any amount of time around the Phoenix Coyotes these days; watch how everybody interacts – coaches, players and staff – and it becomes clear why they are the surprise story of the NHL season.

It is a smart, experienced group, on the ice and behind the bench, where a quintet of coaches (Dave Tippett along with assistants Dave King, Ulf Samuelsson, Doug Sulliman and Sean Burke), all possess a keen sense of what works and what doesn’t in today’s NHL….

“We’re hard to play against because we work,” says King, “and in our game today, it’s still an important aspect. Work can take away the edge a team may have in experience or skill.”

read on plus additional NHL topics…

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Jimmy Howard Gets Divine Intervention

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A feature on Fox 2 Detroit this morning was about a guy who found something very interesting on Jimmy Howard’s trapper.

Mary and Jesus?


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Burrows Take A Shot To The Throat

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

First reports from the medical room indicated Burrows was hit in the trachea area. There was no need for him to be taken immediately to hospital. Not long after the shot, he was upright and breathing fine. The concern was with the swelling. In 2007, when Roberto Luongo was hit in the throat in Montreal, the swelling forced him to spend a night in hospital.

more on Vancouver injuries…

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Flyers Hope To Try Another Goalie

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from Frank Seravalli of Frequent Flyers,

The Flyers have signed goaltender Sebastien Caron from the Swiss Elite League in Europe, general manager Paul Holmgren confirmed to the Daily News last night.

Holmgren said Caron has arrived in the United States and if he clears waivers today at noon, he will join the team for the final five regular-season games. His contract is a pro-rated $500,000 for the remainder of this year, which would pay him about $25,906 for the last 10 days.

Since he signed after the March 3 trade deadline, he won’t be eligible for the playoffs.


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Moving Reunion At A Caps Game

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The video tells the story.

View more news videos at: http://www.nbcwashington.com/video.

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Questioning Jacques Martin Words On Price

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from Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out,

(Carey) Price earned third star vs. Carolina but was booed by some in the Bell Centre crowd for it. Yesterday, I asked Canadiens head coach Jacques Martin if he’d been angered or if he otherwise felt strongly about his goalie being heckled. Martin replied: “I respect the fans. They pay good dollars to be entertained and they have a right to an opinion. As a professional athlete, or a coach, you have to work within the framework. Sure I’d like to see better results (for Price), as he would. At the same time, I can’t say we lost the game because of him.”

With this answer, Martin blew a golden opportunity to publicly support his goalie who’s been working hard in practice, trying to get better results, keeping his team in games and yet been victimized by bad luck.


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Colby Armstrong Hit On Mathieu Perreault

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Washington fans want Armstrong suspended for this hit, what do you think?

from On Frozen Blog,

Armstrong should be suspended — most especially by the criteria which has been applied to suspensions of Capitals’ players this season for hits up high.


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Kings Prepare For The Playoffs

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from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

There will be much written and said about the Kings as playoff newbies but they’re better prepared for this than you think.

Four have won Stanley Cups: Rob Scuderi (Pittsburgh), Justin Williams (Carolina), Fredrik Modin (Tampa Bay) and Sean O’Donnell (Ducks).

In the room there are 488 man-games of postseason experience, including 87 by O’Donnell and 81 by Smyth.

Drew Doughty, Dustin Brown and Jack Johnson haven’t gotten past the vernal equinox in the NHL, but they breathed the pressurized air of the Olympics.

“You’ve got to be on top of the things in the playoffs because there’s no room for error,” Smyth said Thursday morning. “It comes down to whether you can outplay and outwork the guy in front of you. If enough guys do that, you’ll be successful.

“If we get into the playoffs it will be a huge accomplishment. No question that we would have taken this position at the start of the year.”


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Report- Glendale Approves Proposals

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from ESPN,

Two lease proposals for the Phoenix Coyotes given to the Glendale City Council earlier this week were approved, sources told ESPN.com on Thursday.

A pair of potential ownership groups, Ice Edge Holdings and a rival bidding group that includes Chicago White Sox/Chicago Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and local businessmen, presented the proposals.


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The “Bear Hug” Proposal

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Toronto Maple Leafs General Manager Brian Burke is convinced a good hug may go a long way to curbing a constant safety issue in the NHL - hitting from behind.

Burke is lobbying the league to allow what he calls a “bear hug,” where a player, usually a defenseman, is allowed to wrap his arms around the targeted player, for a fleeting moment, while he takes him into the boards.

Burke says this change would avoid the “billiard-ball” force hits that exist now where all of the force is transferred directly from the “hitter” to the “hittee.”



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