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Roberts Officially Retires

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from NHL.com,

Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Gary Roberts announced his retirement today after a 21-year career that included 1,224 games, 910 points and a Stanley Cup title.

“Today, I am officially announcing my retirement from the National Hockey League,” said Roberts. “I am extremely grateful for having had the opportunity to be a part of this great league. The game has been so good to me and I will always be thankful for having had so many years doing what I loved to do.”

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The Up & Down Canucks

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Two nights after the high point of their season, the Canucks played the first three minutes like they were serious about sending a message to the Kings, watched in horror as Roberto Luongo fanned on a balloon from noted goal scorer Denis Gauthier, then spent the next 37 minutes or so looking worse than Mickey Rourke slow dancing with RuPaul.

True, they managed to make things interesting in the third period but if they think what they offered was good enough, they’re delusional. They can talk about brave comebacks and Daniel Sedin’s goalpost until they’re blue in the face.

The real story of this game was their 12 shots on goal in the first 40 minutes. It was the four icings in about a five-minute span in the first period. It was Mats Sundin turning two odd-man rushes for the Canucks into odd-man rushes for the Kings on the same shift. And it was Sundin taking a ridiculous minor in the offensive zone which led to Jarrett Stoll’s game-winning goal.

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Talk Continues Sutter Will Leave The Devils

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from Vicki Hall of the Calgary Herald via the National Post,

Brent Sutter sounds every bit the part of a frustrated Alberta rancher lost in an urban jungle.

Homesick? You bet.

Thinking of walking away from his job as head coach of the New Jersey Devils to move back to his farm and family?

Also true.

“The hockey side ... that part’s been fun,” the New Jersey Devils head coach said in his office on the west side of the Hudson River, across from the madness that is Manhattan.

“It’s the other things. Between the ranch back home and the junior team, the [Western Hockey League’s] Red Deer Rebels, being away from all that hasn’t been the easiest thing for me.”

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GDT - Game # 67:  Red Wings host Coyotes (7:30)

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By Jeff OKWingnut

What is the adage; Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice _____________?  Is anyone else feeling apathy, resignation, indifference, frustration?  Count me among the crowd of smooth “p!ssed off”.  I remember similar feelings after the disaster that was NSH game.  I remember some who suggested it was “just one game”, and everyone has an off night. The Wings then proceeded to get Ozzie his first shoutout against STL and then a win against COL on a back-to-back.  Maybe, I thought, it was just “one-game”  I thought wrongly.  This team has more personalities than Sybil.  Kind of like Forrest Gump and his box of chocolates, you are never sure what you are going to get; from brilliance to absolute bullsh!t.  It is going to be the death of them come playoff time, and is certain to cause multiple alcohol related symptoms among the “19”.

Personally, I have seen more than enough and therefore opted for the apathy and harsh skepticism view.  Don’t get me wrong, I am always a fan, always will be; and pray for the best from this team.  I just don’t have the faith to believe this team can play excellent hockey on a consistent basis (and haven’t we all witnessed the truth of that statement all friggin year).  The pure frustration is knowing that with the Wings talent level, they could have been more dominant than last season.  If you want the numbers, continue; me, I am hoping to see some heart tonight.

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Ducks Need To Get Hot

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from Mark Whicker of the Orange County Register,

They’re four points behind sixth-place Columbus (did I just write that?) and there are only 15 games left. They need to get very hot — really, for the first time since November, when Getzlaf, Corey Perry and Chris Kunitz were the NHL’s best line.

Some say an 11-4 finish is imperative. That might be tough, since the schedule offers up three bouts with San Jose. The other drawback, unexpectedly, is a home-heavy schedule. The Ducks have the worst home record in the West.

“I have no explanation for that,” Selanne said. “This used to be a very tough barn to play in. I don’t know what’s going on there.

“What’s weird is that we’re losing and I think we’re playing good. We have a lot of chances. We just can’t get any pucks in the net. We make a mistake and it ends up in our net, and we can’t capitalize on the mistakes somebody else makes. That’s very frustrating. I can’t wait until our next game.“There might not be many left.

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Avs Playing For Pride

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Any way you crunch the numbers, the postseason seems an impossible dream for the Avs, short of anything approaching a 16-0-0 run.

Colorado not only would have to make up considerable ground, it would have to pass at least seven teams in the conference standings, a task rendered even more difficult because of many games remaining between the contenders for the final spots.

Somebody has to win those games, and it’s a safe assumption that some of them will be tied at the end of regulation and end up “three-point” games — two for the winners, one for the losers.

So what can the Avalanche hope to accomplish? That question is posed not as a marketing issue for the Kroenke Sports Enterprises operation, hoping to sell season tickets for next season, but as a hockey-only issue for the 2008-09 Avs themselves.

It comes back to pride, professionalism, at least holding out hope for the equivalent of a meteor strike, and perhaps in some cases saving jobs.

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Scott Nichol Expected Back Tonight

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

With patience, rest and gradual rehabilitation, Nichol has worked himself back into condition, ridding himself of headaches, dizziness and sensitivities to noise and light along the way.

After a 38-game absence, he’s expected to return to the lineup tonight when the Predators play host to the Washington Capitals.

“We get a guy who’s real committed, helps the penalty kill and is a real battler,’’ Predators Coach Barry Trotz said. “Right now he gives us some depth and we haven’t had a lot of that lately. We’re going to need everyone to ramp it up again and go from there, so it’s huge for us.’‘

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Concern In Calgary

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Two straight losses to clubs sitting outside the playoff picture can bring about a reaction from the fans.

The Flames can understand a bit of panic on the snowy and cold streets of Calgary these days.

In the room?

“No, not yet, anyway,” said defenceman Jim Vandermeer after yesterday’s practice in preparation for tonight’s clash with the New Jersey Devils.

“There’s definitely concern, but we still know we’re a good team. These kind of things happen. We lost a couple of guys and have to work some guys in, so I think it’s working out the kinks.

“It’ll take a bit of time, but to make it as short of a time as possible, we all have to bear down.”

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Brenden Morrow Working Hard To Get Back On The Ice

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The Oilers Have Problems

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from David Staples at The Cult of Hockey,

There’s something wrong with this year’s Edmonton Oilers. It’s been wrong from the start of this year. The problem has haunted the squad all season. It hasn’t abated, hasn’t been rectified.

The problem is not the coach. It’s not the general manager. It’s not the lack of one more top scoring forward, or the lack of a third-line center who can take face-offs or of a shut-down defenceman. These are all red herrings.

And the problem is not Dustin Penner, who report has it is going to be benched for the Montreal game. Penner is the biggest, reddest herring of them all.

No, the problem is that this Edmonton Oilers team is neither aggressive nor is it united. Instead, it’s lifeless and divided. It’s not really a team at all, at least if you go by its on-ice performance. It looks, sounds, acts and performs like a group of individuals or, at best, an assemblage of factions.

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