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Early Selke Leader

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I like to pick award leaders as the season is progressing in order to see who the current leaders are and when the leader may change.  Today I will look at the Selke Trophy for best defensive forward.  I think the leader is Mikko Koivu of the Minnesota Wild.  Mikko Koivu has been turned into a top checking centre in Jacques Lemaire’s defensive system in Minnesota.  Koivu leads the Wild forwards in ice time with almost 22 minutes played per game and leads the team in scoring with 16 points.  Koivu plays against one of the toughest qualities of opposition.  In fact, only five forwards with considerable ice time (defined here as at least 10 games played and an average of 10 minutes per game of ice time at even strength) have faced a tougher quality of opposition than Koivu.

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Those Rookie Mistakes

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from Viktor Tikhonov of the Phoenix Coyotes at the Hockey News,

The road is also a good place for practical jokes. The other day we were at a team dinner and everyone was sitting at one big table. Players started clinking their glasses as if someone was going to make a toast, but when I saw a couple of them looking at me, I knew something was going on. Sure enough, I looked down at my shoes and they were covered in ketchup. I got shoe-checked.

After that I was given a mission to shoe-check Turris and Mikkel Boedker. I crawled under the table to get Boedker, but he was sitting next to defenseman Keith Yandle and I got Yandle by accident instead.

Rookie mistake, I guess!

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Battling As A Team

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from Kathryn Tappen of the Play Ground at NESN,

I liked what I saw from the Bruins on Monday night, however, I’m concerned that they looked tired. After getting out to a 2-0 lead over Toronto, I was just waiting for the Leafs to come storming back against an injury depleted Bruins blueline. We saw it against the Rangers on Saturday night, and I feared a repeat performance north of the border.

The Bruins are in the midst of playing 10 games in 18 days, four games in six days this week alone. They are physically drained, but even more so, they are mentally fatigued. Now is the time when the Bruins must work together as a team, and stay strong through 60 minutes of hockey (perhaps more as we saw in New York over the weekend).

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Blackhawks Goalie Situation

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks, according to multiple NHL sources, have a standing deal ready to go at a moment’s notice to acquire veteran center Michael Nylander from the Washington Capitals.

The only hitch is that in order to make the transaction, the Blackhawks need to free up considerable cap space and conventional wisdom is the only way they can do that is trade netminder Nikolai Khabibulin.

Just one problem, though. Khabibulin is playing much better than Cristobal Huet…

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Just Bad

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I was talking it over with some reporter brethren after the Avs’ sulfurous effort against the Flames, and the question crossed my head - was this the worst game I’d ever seen the Avs play?

Quite possibly, it was. I know there have been bigger blowout losses over the years, but this might have been the worst wire-to-wire performance this team has ever played since moving to Denver.

The inability to make even the most rudimentary plays was stunning. How many times did an Av have the puck on his stick in his own zone, only to hand it right back to a Flame, usually at the points?

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Is Kovalchuk ‘C’ Worthy

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from Mike Knobler of Thrashers Blog at the AJC,

This is about more than a “C” on the jersey. It’s about Kovalchuk truly fulfilling his amazing potential. There’s a certain comfort level in being one of the guys, in not wanting to stand out, or, perhaps more accurately, not wanting to risk being perceived as putting yourself above other people around you. But if you want true greatness, you have to get over that. You have to be willing to risk setting yourself apart and above if you want to lead.

Barack Obama had to be willing to run for president, with the real possibility he would fail and the certainty people would accuse him of being presumptuous — “uppity” was Rep. Lynn Westmoreland’s unfortunate word — for seeking that office. Kovalchuk doesn’t have to run for president. But he does have to step forward, rather than waiting to be anointed.

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Canucks In the Big Apple

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from Jeff Vinnick of VancouverCanucks.com, Tonight,

Tuesday evening, a few guys opted for a 5-star dinner, a couple other hit Broadway and a few more went to the live Letterman taping.

I’d like to think I topped the list: I got tickets to the Daily Show. Seeing Jon Stewart in person was something special. Now that I have my gloating out of the way, I can talk about our practice day in the big apple.

We started off with a trip to the NHL head offices on the Avenue of the Americas (at 47th Street). Both Mason Raymond and Roberto Luongo got up extra early so they could do interviews for the NHL Hockey Show. We then got a tour of the offices and met with NHL executive Bill Daly.

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Talking Head Hits & Hits From Behind

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Removing the trapezoid, the area behind the goal line where NHL goaltenders are allowed to play the puck, is another idea that will get discussed by the competition committee.

Some believe, the combination of forwards barreling in on the forecheck, protected from obstruction, and goaltenders not being allowed to freely move the puck have contributed to injury.

Paul Kelly wonders if Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Mike Van Ryn would have been in the same vulnerable position if Vesa Toskala had been allowed to get to the puck before Montreal’s Tom Kostopoulos raced in to complete his check…

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Blogging Live- Via The Radio

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Since the Panthers/Lightning game was not televised last night, lete’s turn to George Richards of On Frozen Pond for all of the action…

Greetings from the Chik-fil-A Center in uptown Sunrise where I’m listening to Randy ‘Red Deer’ Moller and Billy ‘I Beat the Bruins’ Lindsay broadcast live from Tampa.

Yes, Randy just sold his soul and called it Hockey Bay USA….

On TV Tonight Instead of the Panthers: Seinfeld is on TBS, the boys selling NBC on a “show about nothing.’’ Also, Two and a Half Men on Channel 39. Minnesota and Pitt tied at 1 on Versus. Heat lead the Capitals, err Bullets, on Sunshine Network.

FSN bringing us the ever-exciting, ever-important Tennessee-Martin/Tennessee basketball game. I wouldn’t watch this matchup if it was a football game.

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Rangers (Should) Win!

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

The curious thing about the Canucks is that their beat writers believe they are a better team than they showed on the ice in Uniondale. On Game Day, both Vancouver papers treated the Islanders game as a virtual exhibition in preparation for the real test at MSG. And for a short while, they appeared to know something that The Maven didn’t know. But Scott Gordon’s Isles, if nothing else, compete. They overcame an early (MacDonald’s fault) goal, scraped together a tying counter and extended the Canucks to the shootout where Luongo faltered and MacDonald did not.

Playing once again without Scott Gomez – it’s futile to guess how long he’ll be sidelined, so why not figure another week and get it over with? – the Renney-gades still should be able to handle Vancouver, Sedin Twins or not.

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