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Thrashers Welcome Special Anthem Singer

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

via the Atlanta Thrashers,

imageHLN anchor Christi Paul will sing the U.S. National Anthem prior to the Thrashers game on Tuesday, Feb. 24 vs. the Colorado Avalanche.

Paul, who joined CNN in 2003, anchors HLN weekdays from noon – 5 p.m. on the cable network. She has sung the anthem at other professional sporting events including the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, Cleveland Indians as well as the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the defunct International Hockey League.

 

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The Russian Way In The NHL

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from Jack Todd at the Montreal Gazette,

The league’s two best players are Russian. Four of the top 11 scorers are Russian. Three of the top 10 goalscorers. Even Sidney Crosby’s yapping during yesterday’s loss to Washington was an implicit acknowledgment of the truth: Crosby is only the second-best player on his own team and the league’s best and most exciting player is Alexander Ovechkin, not Crosby.

In a single week with the Montreal Canadiens, we got the entire spectrum the Russians bring to the game: Alex Kovalev - ordered to take two games off by GM Bob Gainey, - stormed back with a goal and two assists in Saturday’s 5-3 win over the struggling Senators.

Ovechkin scored another of his highlight-of-the-century goals against the Habs in Washington. His great young rival Evgeni Malkin, the next night in Pittsburgh, led the Penguins past the Canadiens.

And finally, the Kostitsyn brothers were scalded for their open association with one Pasquale Mangiola, who faces drug and weapons charges….

Many Canadian fans have the impression that Russians play only when they want to, that they are inscrutable, that all they want is to cash the paycheques and live the good life.

Some of it is true of certain players. Some is not.

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Don’t Expect Flyers To Make A Big Move

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from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Team officials privately, and coach John Stevens publicly, say the trade deadline probably won’t provide a big headline. There are salary-cap constraints and a limited number of available players who could make a big difference and, anyway, they like the team they have now.

“If the deadline comes and goes and the team that’s here is the team that’s here, I think we’re pretty confident this group can compete with anybody,” Stevens said. “I don’t think we’re looking for anybody to come in here and save the day. If we were to make any changes at all, I think it will be to complement what’s already here and not to resurrect anything.”

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Portzline:  Genius

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

I haven’t been paying too much attention to the various power rankings this year.  And you know me, so you know why.  If the Wings aren’t sitting on top of them, then those polls simply don’t exist in my mind.  Right. Wrong. It’s how I…you get the idea.

But hark.  What’s this?

Columbus Post Dispatch/Portszline

1. Detroit (1): It’s pretty remarkable that despite substantial goalie issues the Wings are closing in on 40 wins already.

2. San Jose (3): Yes, we see they’ve won three straight. But it’s this simple: We expect them to lose on Tuesday in Detroit.

We’re going to forgive young Aaron his calendar mistake and assume he knows a lot more than most other MSM hockey writers. 

 

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No To These Guys

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Which leads to the one list I have that is more complete than any other, and that is the list of players the Jackets won’t pursue – be it because the players are too old, too expensive, or would cost too much (first-round pick plus) to import. So far, I have on that list Jay Bouwmeester, Lecavalier, Tomas Kaberle, Pavel Kubina, Jason Spezza, Olli Jokinen, Doug Weight, Keith Tkachuk and Nik Antropov. In a couple of the cases – Jokinen, Antropov, Tkachuk – I personally don’t think the player’s personality fits in Columbus.

read on to find out who the Blue Jackets may have interest in…

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War Of Words

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from Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Bog,

After the game, Crosby was asked about the words thrown in his direction from the Caps; “that’s always the case,” he said. “You know, it doesn’t change from team to team.”

Crosby was also asked about his second-period shoving match with Ovechkin; “I don’t know, I was skating to the bench and he pushed me from behind so I just gave him a shot back,” Crosby said. “That’s hockey, and he likes to run around these days, so that was it.”

“It was not a cheap shot,” Ovechkin said. “It was a game moment. If he don’t like it, it’s his problem.”

more and check out Empty Netters for video, more words, etc…

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Laperriere Hopes To Stay In Colorado

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Negotiations have been ongoing between Ian Laperriere and Avalanche management toward a contract extension. But no agreement has been reached, and Laperriere is aware he could be dealt to another team by the NHL’s March 4 trade deadline if one can’t be made.

But Laperriere made it clear after Sunday’s 5-2 defeat to the Carolina Hurricanes that he wants to finish his career with the Avalanche.

“I don’t want to go anywhere else. But I’ve got no control over that,” said Laperriere, who has had a good season, at plus-2 with seven goals and 17 points. “If I do go somewhere else, I’ll go wherever they tell me to go. It’s a business, and we’ll see what happens in the next couple weeks.”

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Ducks GM Thinking Of Next Season

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from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

“No matter what, I have to listen, to anything that gives us a chance to be a better team next year,” Murray said. “I’m not about just getting in the playoffs and then losing in the first round. It’s about getting in and being capable of winning.”

Even if the Ducks were to sneak into the playoffs, they would appear likely to be seeded seventh or eighth and face a daunting opening-round challenge against a powerhouse foe such as the defending champion Detroit Red Wings or San Jose Sharks. The idea of making a deep post-season run, then, appears dubious at best.

“I’m losing thoughts of that,” Murray said. ” I thought some spark might come, some passion, some chemistry. It hasn’t happened. It hasn’t happened yet.”

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Rangers With Another Loss

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sather was asked whether coach Tom Renney’s job is safe, whether the head coach who has taken the Blueshirts to the playoffs in each of his three full seasons behind the bench, would be on the ice for the club’s next practice session.

“I’m not going to get into that. You know that,” the general manager told The Post. “I’m not going to talk about that at all.”

Sather similarly deflected a question about his intentions regarding Sean Avery, who remains in Hartford on loan from Dallas.

“Sean is another team’s property,” Sather said before bobbing and weaving when asked when and if he would ask the Stars to place the winger on re-entry waivers so the Rangers could claim him.

“It’s more complicated than that,” Sather said. “There are cap issues. There might be other things going on that no one knows about….”

more and watch below for post-game reaction from Renney, Lundqvist and Drury.

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Look Out For The Canucks

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

Several times this season, pundits have written off the Vancouver Canucks.  They lost Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison to free agency, while not signing the big name free agent they wanted.  That led to many predicting they would miss playoffs.  In November, star goalie Roberto Luongo suffered a groin injury.  Many thought that would be the blow that stopped the Canucks this year.  In January, Luongo returned and big name signee Mats Sundin joined the team and the Canucks proceeded to fall into a slump.  That slump was going to knock them out of the race.

It should have been clear that adding Mats Sundin and Roberto Luongo would improve any team.  But for the short term it didn’t.  Sundin had not stayed in game shape during his sabbatical from the NHL and was playing quite badly as the Canucks number one centreman.  Luongo also took a while to get back into game shape.  When your number one centre and your number one goalie are not able to play their best, problems happen.

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