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Thrashers Will Search For Coach After The Season

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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Thrashers general manager Don Waddell told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Thursday morning that the Thrashers won’t be going outside the organization for a new coach this season. He spoke with the Atlanta Spirit ownership and they supported his plan to keep any replacement at coach within the organization during the season.

For now, Waddell will stay behind the bench and continue to lean on the services of assistants Brad McCrimmon and Steve Weeks. He said the search will reconvene after the season.

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  Tags: atlanta+thrashers, coaching, don+waddell

A Different View Of The Game

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Yesterday I posted about the unique TV broadcast of the Kings/Ducks game on Tuesday.

You can get a bit of the feel of the game by watching the video, but do remember, the HD broadcast really enhanced the overall feel of the game.

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Practice Time

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I have had a few emails asking for an update on the Thermoblade testing….

via the Edmonton Journal,

Marty Reasoner took the new Thermoblades for a spin in the morning but figured it would take a game or two to see the benefits.

The blades, fuelled by a rechargeable battery pack, heat up to 5 C and are designed to reduce friction.

The NHL has agreed to test the technology.

“The concept is that it melts the ice, just enough to create less friction,” Reasoner said. “You actually don’t dig down as deep so it makes turning easier and it’s supposed to alleviate the lactic acid in your legs.”

Reasoner changed back to his traditional skates for the game.

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  Tags: marty+reasoner, thermoblades

Line Of The Day

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via the St. Peterburg Times,

Pat Burns considers it fortunate that, living in Port Charlotte, he regularly attends Lightning games at the St. Pete Times Forum.

Watching Vinny Lecavalier turn into a superstar hasn’t been bad either, the former Devils coach said, and Wednesday’s 6-1 victory over the Hurricanes confirmed what he long has believed.

“If I was to start a hockey franchise and I had the first pick overall, I’d take Vinny,” Burns said. “I’ve said he is the top player in the NHL.”

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  Tags: tampa+bay+lighting, vincent+lecavalier

Ducks Need To Maintain Their Focus

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

“It was Cup or bust last year. Every practice, everything we did, that was our focus,” defenseman Sean O’Donnell said.

“And this year we haven’t been able to… call it human nature, call it whatever you want to call it, we haven’t been able to get that focus for extended periods of time. We’ve done it at times. We’ve been really good sometimes and looked like our old team. More often than not we haven’t.”

more (may req. reg.) on the Ducks…

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, sean+o'donnell

Avs Returning To Power

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from the Denver Post,

Nobody with the Avalanche is getting self-satisfied right now, however. Not making the playoffs for the first time since 1994 still stings for many longtime personnel, and there are 65 more games needed to prove the Avs are playoff worthy this season.

But the Avs feel they have a solid foundation in place for another possible long succession of playoff runs. Not only do they have one of the brightest young stars in the league in Stastny, but youngsters such as Wolski, Liles, Peter Budaj and Marek Svatos already have had NHL success. Add veterans such as Sakic, Milan Hejduk, Andrew Brunette, Ian Laperriere and free-agent newcomers Ryan Smyth and Scott Hannan, and the Avs again have one of the deepest teams in the league.

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Salo Will Return With A Visor

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from the Vancouver Sun,

He has a metal plate in his nose and another helping to hold together his cheekbone.

Soon, Sami Salo will be sporting a new facial feature—a visor….

“I want to protect my eyes,” Salo said before the Canucks met the Oilers at General Motors Place. “You can always fix noses and cheekbones, but you can’t fix your eyes. I don’t want to be in a vulnerable position if I don’t wear a visor and the puck hits my eye. I’m not worried about my face and nose.”

read on

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  Tags: sami+salo, vancouver+canucks, visors

No Change Needed For Red Wings

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from Bruce MacLeod of the Macomb Daily,

Hasek described his play after Tuesday’s loss in St. Louis as “not being able to get in the game.” He doesn’t see action for minutes, then lets in a quickie ... which is another way to say that he’s playing like a No. 2 goalie. Osgood plays behind the same tight defense and manages just fine.

Tuesday’s game was a good example of the difference between the two netminders. Hasek was pulled after allowing four goals, including two off big rebounds. Osgood came in and looked a lot sharper.

All of that said, it would seem obvious that the correct thing to do would be to make a change, to play Osgood more often and give the Red Wings a better chance to win.

But not doing anything right now would be better than doing something like making a change.

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  Tags: chris+osgood, detroit+red+wings, dominik+hasek, goalies

Not All About The Money For Alfredsson

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Daniel Alfredsson may very well be the best all-around player in the NHL, but in collecting a salary of $4.338 million (all terms US), he’ll be just the fourth- highest-paid Senator this season….

“I’m not going to renegotiate my deal,” said Alfredsson, who shrugs at not being the highest-paid player in his dressing room. “That’s the way it goes. There’s a lot of facts that go into it. I signed before the lockout and took a 24% cut right away. I was part of the process, to do that deal. Both me and Billy Guerin thought about it, we both had just signed long-term deals ... you’re going to lose a lot of money ... and that’s a big part of it. You put another 24% more on my contract and it’s not a bad deal at all.

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  Tags: daniel+alfredsson, ottawa+senators

Fighting Rick Nash

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

What was Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock thinking when he saw his best player dropping the gloves with a notorious knucklehead?

“I hope he doesn’t hurt his hand,” Hitchcock said.

And what was Nash thinking?

“It’s part of the game,” Nash said. “He (Vandermeer) threw a couple of cheap shots during the game, a couple of cross-checks. We fought. No big deal. Boller (Jared Boll) and Shell (Jody Shelley) fight all the time.”

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  Tags: columbus+blue+jackets, fighting, ken+hitchcock, rick+nash

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