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Think Big Picture Vancouver

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

My Vancouver spies insist that Trevor Linden will play a significant role of some kind in the flame lead-up at the 2010 opening ceremony and I sure hope that’s not true. Linden’s presence does not resonate outside Vancouver and if he’s significant in this, it will make the organizing committee look small and all too local. This is a world, international event, not a celebration of the rather inept history of the Canucks

read on for a few more hockey notes…

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Avs Trying To Find Their Identity

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from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

But except for the die-hard fanatic who wears a Nordiques sweater to the Pepsi Center and can recite penalty-kill percentages by heart, this is a hockey franchise in transition with the hearts of the general sports populace. It’s going to take some time to warm up to these Avs, regardless of how many games they win.

That might help explain why Avalanche management had an extended dalliance with Patrick Roy when the team went looking for a new coach, before settling on Joe Sacco, whose no-nonsense, straightforward approach certainly grabs the attention of young players but doesn’t make headline news.

This is a Colorado team in search of a personality.

“I really don’t know,” Sacco said, when I asked the rookie coach how well the Avs had established their own style of hockey. “We keep pushing the style of play that we want to play and how we need to play to be successful. The message comes from me and our leaders too. We’re just a team that’s not going to quit; we’re going to keep coming.”

This is a hockey franchise in need of some new heroes.

And that is where Stastny and Anderson need to step it up.


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Give Yourself A Pat On The Back

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It makes so much sense that a few people on here know more about the truth behind what I write than say the teams and NHL does. You would think
if I was just making these rumours up the NHL and teams wouldn’t invite me into the press box.

And yes, not only does bob mckenzie follow me, but he sent me his book and will be a guest on my podcast in the coming weeks.

-Dwayne (he prefers Eklund) to his readers.

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Sometimes When You Hit A Helmet With Your Hand, The Hand Loses

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Derek Dorsett of the Blue Jackets breaks his right hand in this fight last night with Mike Brown of the Ducks.

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Simmonds Needs Meniscus Repaired With Surgery

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via Rich Hammond of the LA Kings Insider,

In his postgame talk with the media, Terry Murray said Wayne Simmonds will undergo surgery to repair the meniscus in his left knee. No timetable for his return has been set, but such a procedure typically requires a recovery period of several weeks, if not a couple months.

Murray also said that Ryan Smyth will not play in any of the three games in Canada, and that he expects Smyth to return on Dec. 26 at Phoenix.

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Sharks May Have Lost More Than The Game

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from David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Two second-period goals less than two minutes apart gave the Phoenix Coyotes a 2-1 victory over the Sharks on Saturday night as San Jose’s winless streak reached five games — its longest since coach Todd McLellan took over at the start of last season.

And captain Rob Blake sees that as a legitimate cause for concern.

“It’s a cause of concern because we’re playing similar to where we were down the stretch last year, where it doesn’t look like there’s that much energy or excitement,” Blake said. “That’s got to be created by us internally. We need to turn that around.”...

The Sharks might have suffered more than the loss of sole possession of first place as defenseman Dan Boyle was hammered to the boards at the final buzzer by Phoenix left wing Taylor Pyatt. Boyle had to be helped off the ice, but McLellan said after the game that it was too soon to know the extent of the injury.

more on the Sharks…

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NHLPA Remains Silent On Head Shots

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Does anyone believe the NHLPA would stand for the lenient sentences leveled by the league against headhunting concussion-inducing miscreants if a player whose career was destroyed by a series of brain injuries was there to present a case for victims’ rights and safety in the workplace on a daily basis?

Instead there is silence, the silence of the lambs of the NHLPA.

There is no other issue at the moment for the union other than this one. Why can’t advisor Donald Fehr actually advise the players on the critical nature of safety in the workplace? Or maybe the former executive director of the MLBPA thinks the long-terms effects of concussions are as benign as the long-terms effects of taking steroids.

read on

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No Jump Zone For The Flyers

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from Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

The Flyers could find themselves as playoff no shows if they don’t wake up and smell the steam coming from their new coach’s ears.  The same mental errors that led to John Stevens’ firing were prevalent again Saturday night in front of Peter Laviolette.

Undisciplined penalties. Lost battles along the boards. Golden scoring opportunities gone awry. They all contributed to the Flyers’ 10th loss in 12 games and their fourth loss in five games under Laviolette.

“We stayed off the ice with the purpose of having jump tonight and we had none – zero,” Laviolette said of his decision to give players a day off the rink on Friday.


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The Bertuzzian Spin-O-Rama Move

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This was Bertuzzi’s first goal of the game tonight, he also had the game winner in OT.

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Caps Suffer A Complete Team Letdown

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from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

Well, that was a dud. To put it lightly. The Caps just played the two worst teams in the NHL on back-to-back nights and needed overtime to beat one at home and self-destructed to the tune of six goals in the final 40 minutes against the other.

The Caps were terrible after the first period tonight. Almost all of them were. Here are the two quotes you need from the aftermath:

“Obviously I thought the last half of the game we played pretty badly,” Caps coach Bruce Boudreau said. “I think outside of Shaone Morrisonn and Tom Poti all of our defense struggled tonight and they didn’t get any help from the forwards outside of Nick [Backstrom’s] line. So I guess it was basically a complete team letdown.”


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