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The Best Of Saturday

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Top 5 goals from the action yesterday.

Below watch the Top 5 saves and the Best Of all the action on Saturday…

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Oilers Thinking At Least One Point, But…

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All-Time Top Swedes

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from Stephen Ripley of Sun Media,

There’s Hakan Loob, whose brief tenure with the Calgary Flames included a 50-goal season; budding superstar Henrik Zetterberg, who won the Conn Smythe Trophy in Detroit’s 2008 Stanley Cup run; gritty winger Tomas Sandstrom, who scored 857 points in 15 NHL seasons; and Flyers goalie Pelle Lindbergh, who won the 1985 Vezina Trophy before dying in a car crash that same year.

And those are the guys who didn’t make the list.

10. Anders Hedberg

Like the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, the now-demolished Winnipeg Arena was the spot where Swedish players first gained a foothold in their invasion of North American hockey. Together with countryman Ulf Nilsson, Anders Hedberg was one of the first players to storm the beach in 1974, scoring 100 points in his rookie season with the World Hockey Association’s Winnipeg Jets.

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Your Next Exec. Dir. Of The NHLPA Should Be Shanahan

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The idea of naming a player—an athlete without a college degree, no less—to direct a union rather than selecting a labor lawyer or a Fortune 500 corporate attorney or board member, may seem naive, but no one is better educated in the history between the NHL and NHLPA than Shanahan, who has endured one strike and two lockouts through a career that commenced in 1987.

There isn’t a soul who would be on the players’ side who understands the mentality of Gary Bettman and the Board of Governors more acutely than Shanahan, who played a key role in the talks that ended both the 1994-95 deadlock and the 2004-05 stalemate after being invited into the negotiations both times by Bob Goodenow.

Understand, Shanahan has not officially retired. He most certainly has not thrown his hat into the ring for the vacancy at the top of the union. When I asked him on Thursday whether he would consider joining the NHLPA in an executive capacity, Shanahan responded by text, “Haven’t had time to consider anything.”

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Hockey Comments On A Sunday Morning

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via Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• There’s nothing wrong with toughness but there is something wrong when two fighters, who aren’t even part of the game, square off because they believe it’s their job to do so.

• The Boston Bruins would love to deal NHL Players’ Association rebel Andrew Ference, but who wants a mediocre defenceman with misguided political aspirations?

• What’s next for the messed up NHLPA, after ignorantly hiring Al Eagleson’s buddy, Roy McMurtry, to explain the Paul Kelly dismissal. Why not hire Ted Saskin? Bob Goodenow? Or why doesn’t Ian Penny just resign and let the PA start over again?

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More Questions Than Answers For Wings Backup Goaltender

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

We have the seen the future of goaltending in the Motor City and, frankly, it looks more Edsel than Cadillac.

At least that’s the short view after the St. Louis Blues stunned the Detroit Red Wings for the second night in a row here, spotting the Stanley Cup finalists an early two-goal lead before roaring back to win 5-3 in the finale of the NHL Premiere Games series.

On a night when much-heralded Detroit backup netminder Jimmy Howard hoped to start answering the many questions that have been asked about his ability to handle NHL play, he instead created even more skepticism about the Wings’ goaltending situation.


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The Latest From The Hotstove On HNIC

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Mike Millbury, Glen Healy and Al Strachan joined Ron MacLean and discussed the Phoenix situation, Atlanta moving to Winnipeg, the Lighthouse Project, the NHLPA and the Canucks feel Burke has been tampering.

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Stephane Robidas With A Big Hit On J P Dumont

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Don Cherry Says Something Fishy Going On Within The NHLPA

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Coach’s Corner tonight- Don talks Leafs goaltending, NHLPA, Andrei Markov injory & Matt Duchene is going to be the rookie of the year.

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Wings Disappointed With Their Play In Sweden

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

They blew two-goal leads both nights and lost 4-3 Friday and 5-3 Saturday. Needless to say, that was not on their list of things to do in Stockholm.

“It’s real bad,” Tomas Holmstrom, who is from the northern city of Pitea, told NHL.com. “We’re really disappointed with the way we played.”

Not all was lost this week though.

The eight Swedes got to see friends and family they normally never see in the months of October through June. They also got to show their other teammates from Canada, the U.S., Finland and Russia what their culture is all about.


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