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In Search Of The #1 Goalie In Philly

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Since Ron Hextall’s excellent first tour of duty in the Flyers’ net from the 1986-87 season to 1991-92, the revolving door in the Flyers’ goal has been mesmerizing. The search for a true No. 1 has been endless.

It started with Tommy Soderstrom in 1992-93, followed the next season by Dominic Roussel. Then came Hextall’s second tour of (twilight) duty, followed by the likes of Garth Snow, Sean Burke, John Vanbiesbrouck, Brian Boucher, Roman Cechmanek, Robert Esche, Niittymaki and then Biron.

By our count, that’s 11 masked men who have had legitimate handles on the Flyers’ No. 1 job over 16 seasons. The New Jersey Devils have had the same guy in net for the past 15 seasons. The Flyers? They’ve averaged about 1.5 seasons per starting goalie. Talk about a short shelf life.

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Sakic Hopes To Return This Season

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from Craig Stancher at ColoradAvalanche.com,

Sakic - who underwent successful surgery for a herniated disc on Jan. 7 - spoke on a wide range of topics Thursday, including his back injury, the status of his rehabilitation and his drive to get back on the ice.

“We just started rehab this week, so we’re just working on stability right now. After surgery, we haven’t been able to do anything for about six weeks,” said the 20-year NHL veteran. “Just a lot of rest and making sure you don’t move around too much. We just started, but things are progressing.”

While there is no definitive timeline for his return, Sakic’s ultimate goal is to get back on the ice before the end of the 2008-09 campaign.

“For now, it’s still too early for a timetable. I definitely want to be back sometime near the end of the year, give or take a couple of weeks,” said Sakic. “I’m not too sure right now, but as long as rehab keeps working and my back does fine and progresses, hopefully it will be by the end of the year.”

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Being Scott Hartnell

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Find out what it’s like to be a professional hockey player on ‘Day In The Life,’ airing tonight at 7:00pm ET on the NHL Network.

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Night After Night, These Guys Do Their Job

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from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,

Game No. 793 of the 1,230-game N.H.L. schedule included a first-period fight between Devils right wing David Clarkson and Rangers defenseman Erik Reitz, who shed their helmets and wrestled each other before finding the leverage to throw several hard punches. Clarkson fell atop Reitz, ending the fight.

Two officials, Tony Sericolo and Derek Nansen, swooped in to separate Clarkson and Reitz, and just as important, keep them apart. Each player received a five-minute penalty for fighting, and the fans of both teams at the Prudential Center in Newark cheered the fighters. Sericolo and Nansen later had to break up another fight, between the Devils’ Mike Rupp and the Rangers’ Colton Orr. Their job went almost entirely unnoticed.

That is the way it goes with linesmen, the most anonymous men on the ice.

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How To Wear Your Sweater

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from Let’s Play Hockey,

As a group, fans of the Minnesota Wild take their hockey seriously. They’re a knowledgeable and passionate bunch. It appears, however, that some followers of the NHL franchise have taken their love for the Wild and the game of hockey a bit too far.

According to reports out of the Xcel Energy Center, fan Chris Lagasse (Crookston, Minn.) received a healthy dose of verbal harassment from a sizable group of die-hard Wild fans at a recent game at the St. Paul arena. Reportedly, Lagasse had to ask for security assistance from ushers in the second period of the Valentine’s Day game vs. Ottawa when a group of fans heckled the 24-year-old graphic designer for tucking in his replica Derek Boogaard jersey.

“My wife and I were enjoying the game when out of nowhere this group of fans in our section started yelling at me to untuck my jersey,” Lagasse said. “They were merciless. They had half the upper deck chanting, ‘Untuck your jersey,’ followed by the familiar ‘clap, clap, clap-clap-clap.’”

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Fans Have The Right To Boo Sundin

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

Ultimately, I expect any initial round of boos Sundin will hear Saturday night quickly will be drowned out by cheers of fans who are well within their right to appreciate the 13 years of loyal, classy service he provided to the team.

But I don’t fault any Leafs fan for tossing raspberries and profanity-riddled verbal bon mots Sundin’s way. They’ve got the right to do anything they want to do, just as Sundin, the great libertarian, did less than a year ago.

And if they choose to jeer him, they’ll be looking out for their own interests first – precisely what Sundin’s last lesson taught them.

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What Lou May Do

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from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Figuring out what Lou Lamoriello is going to do at the trade deadline is a fool’s errand, so here goes. Dig we must.

Surely, the Devils’ general manager is in it if there’s any chance of prying Scott Niedermayer or Chris Pronger from the Ducks, but failing there, sources have touted Coyotes Derek Morris and Ed Jovanovski as his likely quarries.

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Big Names That May Be Moved

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

Playoff races aside, there will be trades on Mar. 4 and based on the discussions taking place now we’ve compiled a list of the Top 10 most interesting trade possibilities….

No. 1 - Ryan Smyth. Colorada needs to cut payroll and Francois Giguere is talking to teams about Smyth. The Avs won’t ask Smyth to waive his no-trade unless there’s a decent deal tabled. Teams are working on their offers now.

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Four Teams Will Open Next Season In Europe

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New York/Toronto/Stockholm/Helsinki (February 19, 2008) – The National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA), in cooperation with Live Nation Sweden, IMG Sweden and Harry Harkimo/Jokerit HC Oy in Finland, announced today that the Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Florida Panthers will open the 2009-2010 NHL regular season in Europe.  The Blackhawks and Panthers will play home-and-home games Friday, Oct. 2, and Saturday, Oct. 3, in Helsinki, Finland, at Hartwall Areena.  On those same dates, the Red Wings and Blues will play a home-and-home series at Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden. Finland and Sweden are the top ranked countries in terms of overseas visitors to NHL.com.

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Bertuzzi A Marked Man

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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Watching Todd Bertuzzi get mugged by Alexandre Burrows Tuesday night, you couldn’t help but feel bad for the Calgary Flames winger.

Pushed, whacked and prodded by the Vancouver Canucks’ agitator into the bench, Bertuzzi tried to be the better man and get back into the play.

Jabbed some more, he looked pleadingly for a man in stripes who would see the abuse and make a call.

None came, and Bertuzzi finally had enough. He poked back and took a coincidental roughing minor with Burrows….

“Well, you know what, he’s a big brute,” said Flames defenceman Adrian Aucoin.

“He’s obviously a marked man.

“I’m not complaining about the officiating, but he’s got a reputation and obviously he’s got to be careful out there. It’s got to be an obvious penalty to go the other way on him.”

read on and watch the incident below…

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