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A Simple Request

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It has been stated that the ruling that Gary Bettman would use to suspend Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom for their All Star Game no shows was made clear during a February 2008 General Manager’s meeting.  Does anyone have any evidence from February 2008 that this is true?  Any links to a story about it from last February?  I can’t find any and one would think they should exist.


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Now This Is A Road Trip

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from Len Ziehm of the Chicago Sun-Times,

Like it or not, the 17-day trip is here.

After practicing today in Bensenville, the Blackhawks take off on their longest road trip in eight seasons and the second-longest in the 82-year history of the franchise.

The stretch of eight consecutive road games begins Wednesday in Anaheim, and the Hawks won’t return to the United Center until Feb. 14.


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from Jay Onrait of TSN,

A very good friend of mine sent me an e-mail over the weekend that pretty much sums up my feelings about this past weekend’s NHL Skills Competition:

“… half the guys looked like they didn’t care and the other half were trying these things that they couldn’t pull off. Ovechkin won because he put on a hat. It was bad.”

Exactly. Ovechkin won because he put on a hat.

What if Kovalev had put on a bra? Would that have tipped the scales in his favour?


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Western Battle

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Of all the questions to consider as the 2008-09 NHL season heads into the home stretch, the one on everyone’s mind in Western Canada is: Is this the year the region’s three Canadian-based teams qualify for the playoffs together?

At the all-star game break, the Calgary Flames were third on the Western Conference list, with the Edmonton Oilers holding down sixth place and the Vancouver Canucks, despite a six-game losing string, hanging on to seventh.

If the playoffs began today, the Flames and Oilers would meet in the opening round, setting up the first playoff Battle of Alberta since their memorable 1991 meeting, won by the Oilers in seven games.

continued with a look at the Wings, Ducks and some trade options…

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Murray Not About To Blow Up The Senators

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

With a leg dangling over each side of the fence, Bryan Murray claimed yesterday he is prepared to do both some buying and some selling.

But he also adamantly insisted he’s not about to put a stick of dynamite to the Senators roster.

“I read and hear the comments being made ‘blow up the team’ or ‘start over’ or ‘lose all the games so you can get the first pick’. I don’t think that does any of us any good at this point,” the Senators GM told an Ottawa media scrum yesterday. “Maybe four years down the road it may make a difference, but this year and next, I don’t think you people would be very happy writing and talking on a daily basis that we’ve gone into the tank or whatever….”


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Morning Line

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“If we play well, and do the things we’re capable of doing, and play like we can and get the goaltending we need to have, I think we’re as legit as anyone else in the league.  But you have to have everything fall in place for that to happen. I’m very confident in this team and I have a lot of trust in this team.”

-Devils coach Brent Sutter.  More on the Devils from Mark Everson of the NY Post.

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Gordie With A Move

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via David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Detroit legend Gordie Howe was at the party, one of several places I saw him holding court over the weekend, talking with players, having his photo taken with fans. My favorite moment came in the lobby of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, the NHL’s home base, when two older women walked past him, and the ever polite Red Wing legend, nodded to them and said, “Hello, girls.” They continued on, and then Howe looked up, smiled and said to no one in particular (me): “My age.”

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Keenan Shoots Down Gerber Rumor

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from Flames Insider,

Coach Mike Keenan was present . . . explaining to assembled media why percolating gossip about the Flames chasing down veteran G Martin Gerber is poppycock: “I think it’s out of the question. I think his contract is a little heavy. So if you look at contracts and players available in that position, I think that Curtis is the best solution for us.”

more on the Flames…

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The Race In The West

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from Razor With An Edge,

Tuesday night the race in the Western Conference resumes.

And right now just about everybody has a nag in the race. Eleven teams (from 5th to 15th) are separated by eleven points.

Only eight make it to the post season, the other seven will exhaustedly saunter over to retire in the paddock, and a couple of their coaches will join John Paddock in unemployment. (To my knowledge none will see a glue factory – which is good.)

So here, with apologies to Norm Hitzges, is my handicapping sheet:

#9 Minnesota- Only Boston owns a better GAA…but the Bruins have scored 51 more goals. Gaborik would help this pop-gun offense.


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Looking At Scary Contracts

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey,

It was a six-year extension that would pay Legwand, 27, an average salary of $4.5 million a year until the end of the 2013/14 season, a salary fit for a medium-to-high-end NHL star.

The contract loudly announced a few things: that the Predators were locking up their franchise center, their American-born ace; and that the NHL was booming, the cap was rising, and Nashville was in the game….

Some teams, such as Nashville, Phoenix, Florida, Tampa and Atlanta, will likely have trouble just making the payments on these massive contracts, if you go by the poor revenue streams of these teams. For the wealthy teams, the Philadelphias and Edmontons of the world, it will be the cap implications that really hurt when it comes to massive pre-recession contracts like the one Daniel Briere signed, or Shawn Horcoff for that matter.


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