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Best Hits Of The Week

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Let’s forget the goals and saves this week and concentrate on just the hits from the past week in the NHL.

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This Week Could Decide If Ducks Are Buyers Or Sellers

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from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Is Ducks general manager Bob Murray going to be a buyer or a seller when March 3 rolls around, or perhaps before that fateful date?

It is one of the questions that’s floating around in hockey circles as the Ducks sit precariously outside the playoff picture entering tonight’s game against the Kings at Honda Center. Make no mistake, there are contending teams who wonder if Scott Niedermayer, Saku Koivu, Teemu Selanne and others will be available when the NHL trade deadline rolls around.

Murray isn’t providing an answer to that question right now but one could reveal itself soon — perhaps this week before the break for the Winter Olympics.

The thing is the Ducks are five points out of eight place, not far enough to throw in the towel and start the rebuilding process and perhaps close enough to believe a move or two might give them a lift in their playoff push.


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Gainey Felt It Was Time To Pass The Torch

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from Mike Boone of Habs Inside/Out,

Gainey said he had decided to resign as general manager after a “long and difficult period of reflection.” With his contract due to expire in June, Gainey approached Pierre Boivin during the Christmas holiday period, telling the Canadiens’ president he was not interested in staying on “for four, five or rix years.”

“Given the choice between staying too long and leaving early, I prefer to leave a little bit too early,” Gainey said. “I did my best. Now iyt’s time to pass the torch.”

read on

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Demitra Leaves Canucks To Tend To Personal Matter

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via Brad Ziemer of the Vancouver Sun, Vancouver Canucks forward Pavol Demitra has left the team and returned to Vancouver to deal with a personal matter.

“He has has a personal matter that he had to take care of so he flew back to Vancouver this afternoon,” coach Alain Vigneault said after his team’s practice here this afternoon.

Vigneault said he does not know whether Demitra will be back for any of the four remaining games of the Canucks’ current eight-game road trip. The team would not make any further comment on Demitra, who is scheduled to play for Slovakia at the Winter Olympics in Vancouver.

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Gainey Press Conference

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Word is, but not official, that the NHL Network will cover the Montreal press conference which is scheduled for 4:00pm ET today.

If a stream is available, I will also post it.

update 3:39pm, I have put a stream below that should show the press conference if you desire to watch it. It is not live yet, but should be by 4:00pm.

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Watching Hockey On TV - 101

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from Will Harvie of The Press (New Zealand),

Few Kiwis know much about ice hockey. Will Harvie explains what to watch for at the Winter Olympics.

The skill of watching ice hockey on television is knowing where the puck is probably going, not focusing on where it is at any given moment.

For example, there are times in every hockey game when the puck skitters into a corner or behind the net and players on opposing teams converge to dispute possession. Offensive players want to pass the puck to a team-mate so he can take a shot on goal; defensive players want to get the puck out of the danger area.


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The Lecavalier Question

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

When the Montreal Canadiens make the transition from Bob Gainey to Pierre Gauthier later today – presumably on an interim basis to start – I suspect the one question that everybody wants answered is one that won’t be; and that is, what was the plan that Gainey actually had in mind for the 2009-10 season and not the one that was actually put in place, which involved throwing a lot of money at Scott Gomez, Brian Gionta and Mike Cammalleri. I suspect two things: One, that it wasn’t – and that the moves that he put in place were a fallback plan after his pursuit of Vincent Lecavalier fell short; and two, we won’t hear the definitive answer in a public forum, even if it would a lot of last year’s machinations into their proper perspective.

But like a lot of Habs watchers, you had to think that Gainey knew the value of putting a French-Canadian superstar such as Lecavalier in a Montreal sweater, and not just because of his heritage either.


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KK- Site Load Times

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Fro about the last 1 1/2 hours, KK has been loading slowly.

Once again, it is a hosting issue and hopefully will be resolved soon.

Again, sorry for the issues in the last few days.

update 2:44pm, from the folks who host KK,

The issue was tracked to a storage system that failed to properly fail-over to 2nd head unit in the process of a systems error.  Total downtime involved the identification of the issue, system restart, the wait time for each web server to finish their reconnect back to the NFS mount point.  We are currently investigating the initial cause of the issue, and staff are closely monitoring the system as well.  This issue affected approx. 10% of our clients.  There is still some latency/non-page loads because of the backed up web requests that hit the web servers during the time they could not get to files on the storage system in question.  These systems are being worked on to bring load back to normal now that the storage system is fully operational.

About the only thing this hockey guy understands is fully operational!

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Detroit Injury Report

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from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Forward Tomas Holmstrom (bruised left knee) was on the ice briefly at the start of practice but couldn’t push off, so he left. He said he will skate Tuesday morning in St. Louis before a decision is made on whether he can play against the Blues.

Defenseman Niklas Kronwall (left knee) practiced but said he won’t play Tuesday. He is waiting for a new knee brace to arrive, one that will better support his MCL. He said aiming to return Thursday against San Jose.

Forward Drew Miller (bruised ankle) will play Tuesday. Forward Patrick Eaves (sprained ankle) did not practice and won’t play. He is listed as day-to-day.

more on the Wings…

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (February 8, 2010) – Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin, Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere and Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 7.

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