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Barry Trotz Knows Hockey

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from the Winnipeg Free Press,

We put five quick questions to the Barry Trotz:

* What’s the best thing about the NHL?
Trotz: The best thing is the skill level. The speed and skill right now is amazing.

* Worst thing about the NHL?
Trotz: The officiating.

* Best team in the NHL?
Trotz: Detroit Red Wings

* Best player in the NHL?
Trotz: Pavel Datsyuk.

more on Barry Trotz…

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Always Looking For A Better Puck

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from the Toronto Star,

“We’re always looking at new things that come across our desk,” says Mike Murphy, vice-president of hockey operations for the NHL. “There’s always a package with something in it, a new puck ... and in our due diligence, we take a look at them.”

Sitting on Murphy’s desk at the NHL’s Bay St. offices are several pucks mailed in from inventors with ideas on improving the puck and its performance.

Among the versions Murphy studies are discs with 30- and 45-degree angles planed into the edges. The inventors claim the shaved pucks bounce less than standard models, especially when they rebound off the boards.

Bouncing appears to be the chief complaint against the puck, and the target of individuals attempting to refine it.

read on

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Opposites Attract

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

She has never been in a physical confrontation, she says, unless you count the time irony smacked her between the eyes. That was the day, five years ago, when she met her future husband, Blue Jackets enforcer Jody Shelley.

“My friends from back home couldn’t believe we were dating,” Mandy said. “They reminded me I was the student who always ran to the nearest teacher when I saw a fight.”

read on

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It Used To Be

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

They’re back, so once again you can expect to hear about the Canadiens-Maple Leafs “rivalry.” The Rocket and everyone wearing a Leafs sweater. Eddie Shack and any Canadien who was within a stick-length of him. Dickie Moore and Frank Mahovlich.

“Hey, remember the time Dickie led a charge off the Canadiens bench after the Big M intentiallly shot the puck into Henri Richard’s face?” That was then and this is now - so what rivalry? The rivalry as we knew it was at its height in the six-team league and continued after the NHL’s first expansion and into the 1970s. Since then, it has gone the way of the grus Americana.


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Jagr Needs A Center

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from The Record,

It’s clear that Jagr is missing the chemistry he had with Michael Nylander. For two seasons, Nylander brought out the best in Jagr because their styles complemented each other….

It’s time to give Gomez or Drury another try with Jagr, who hasn’t scored a goal in five games, and stick with it until they figure out how to make it work.


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Shootout Experts

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from the Edmonton Sun,

“It’s like being in Vegas up a couple of thousand,” said Oilers head coach Craig MacTavish. “You’re playing with house money, and all of a sudden that $20 bet isn’t that intimidating.

“When you’re 9-1 in the shootout, you go into those situations pretty loose and if something bad does happen, it’s not the end of the world because of the record that we have. That allows the players to relax.”...

“In large part it’s been the goaltending,” said MacTavish. “And Horc (Shawn Horcoff) has had great numbers in the shootout, as has Ales (Hemsky) and (Sam) Gagner.

“When you have great goaltending that is not letting in any goals and you have shooters that are as confident as our shooters are right now, it’s a good combination.”


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Morning Line

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While Burke did manufacture a team that quickly became a Stanley Cup champion, he has almost as quickly allowed it to slip back into mediocrity.

Empty Netters tells you why…

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Weight Wanted To Win In St. Louis

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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The holdup in the deal was Weight’s no-trade clause, which he waived reluctantly. Weight spent six seasons in St. Louis, re-signing with the club in 2006 after winning a Stanley Cup in Carolina.

When asked how the deal unfolded and why he waived his no-trade clause, Weight said: “I just don’t feel like I want to comment on that. It is what it is ... Over the last 15 years, I’ve developed a pretty good reputation and I’m an honest person. I have no need to leave this city throwing mud, you know. I’m not going to comment on how it went down. If somebody asks me, I’ll tell them ... and I guarantee my teammates and friends will know exactly what happen.”...

“There’s nothing more I wanted than to try and win here,” Weight said. “It was an exciting atmosphere at the beginning of the year. Sometimes things happen that aren’t in your control. Some things aren’t always as they seem.”


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Almost 12 Hours Of Hockey Today

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A couple of early games on the NHL schedule today.  Check NHL.com for broadcast information.


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He Is Who He Is

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

“I am who I am,” the 24-year-old says. “I never change.”

He thinks somebody, maybe him, could score 70 goals in today’s NHL. That’s the limit.

“When Gretzky scored 92, the game was different,” he says. “I don’t think anybody is going to score 92 anymore. I think 70 is the most ...

“I think that’s possible.”

He admits to being selfish and doesn’t apologize for it.

“You have to be,” Kovalchuk says. “When it’s time, it’s time. You don’t have to be shy. You take over. It’s an emotional game, a team game, but sometimes you need to be selfish (to score).”


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