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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (January 4, 2010)—New Jersey Devils right wing Jamie Langenbrunner, Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Mike Smith and Dallas Stars left wing Loui Eriksson have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 3.

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Talking Blackhawks

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Jesse Rogers of the Chicago Blackhawks Blog at ESPN has a few questions for Pierre LeBrun,

Is there a prevailing thought outside of Chicago that Cristobal Huet can or can’t be the man come April, May, and June?

PL: I can’t speak for other media around the league, but the way I look at it is the way I saw Chris Osgood over the years in Detroit. The Wings when they were doing their thing didn’t need great goaltending, they just needed their goalie to be decent and not give up bad goals. They were so stacked on defense and up front and controlled the puck that having a Vezina-worthy goalie wasn’t necessary. I think if Huet just does his job and stays within himself next spring, the Hawks have a shot at the Cup. He doesn’t need to be as good as the top goalies in the league for the Hawks to win.


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More Potential Issues For The Predators Owners Group

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from Nate Rau of the Tennessean,

Metro lawyers and a designee of the Metro Sports Authority will meet as early as this week with Nashville Predators officials to hash out issues surrounding lead owner David Freeman’s federal tax troubles and whether the team is in default on its arena lease with the city.

The discussion is expected to center on the National Hockey League team’s financial condition and whether a default would occur if a $3.3 million federal tax lien against Freeman is not resolved.

Freeman has said he expects to have the issue with the IRS resolved this month, but provisions in the Sommet Center lease agreement designed to protect taxpayers say financial troubles of one of its owners could lead to a default.


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Liles Has To Be Better

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

“The coaching staff made it known why I was sitting out and what I needed to do,” Liles said. “They wanted more of me. They wanted me to elevate my game, and it’s something that I’m not going to say that I disagree with them. They felt it was the right move to sit me out. You come back, work hard and try to respond. That’s what I was trying to do (Saturday night).”

Liles, 29, has 15 points in 29 games and is a minus-4. Seven of his points have come on the power play (two goals), on which his lack of production probably is most responsible for him landing in coach Joe Sacco’s doghouse.

Sacco had nothing further to add to his assessment of Liles from last week at the time of the defenseman’s benching, other than the coach is looking for a better all-around game and perhaps the intangible of more hunger to succeed.


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The Caps Rap

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The AO lookalike is pretty funny although he looks more like Malkin.

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2356- The Number Of Times We’ve Heard From Her

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I am not sure if she realizes this, but KK Member Baroque has left 2356 comments on all the blogs at KK.

Why am I telling you this, well, she is celebrating a birthday today and I hope she enjoys her day.

I am sure many of you will agree, her comments are always well thought out and are much appreciated.

People like her make hockey blogs unique and very special, just like her.

Happy Birthday Baroque.

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Bad Goalie Choices In Edmonton

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

Heading into this season, there were two worries in regards to the goaltending of the Edmonton Oilers, that starter Nikolai Khabibulin would get hurt and miss a huge number of games, and that the young-ish Deslauriers wouldn’t prove to be a capable back-up, let alone being able to carry the load as a starter….

Khabibulin had been slowed and knocked out of the line-up in Chicago on numerous occasions during his four years as a Black Hawk. In 2005, he missed ten games with a groin injury. In 2006, he missed 13 games with a knee injury. At age 36, he wasn’t getting any younger. If he was having injury problems before, one would expect they would only get worse.

As for Deslauriers, he had never been a dominant goalie in the minor leagues, just an OK-to-good one. In his brief appearances in Edmonton, he had looked shaky in net, not strong or balanced on his skates. It was certainly possible that a goalie who looked so unorthodox would still have success at the NHL level, but I’d be curious to know if anyone can point out a goalie with Deslauriers’s poor positioning in net and tendency to wobble so often who has become a stand-out goalie at the NHL level.


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Morning Line

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At this point in time, L.A. Kings fans are better than the vast majority of Senators fans. Why? Oh, I don’t know—it’s the little things. Things like everyone standing up and cheering when a goal is scored, and having people stay to watch when the good guys are a goal behind in the third (as opposed to running for their cars). Last time I checked, Los Angeles traffic was far worse than anything coming out of Kanata.

-The Universal Cynic.  More hockey bits from the TUC.

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The Hits Are Coming.  I’m Telling You. This Is Gonna Be One Of Those Days.

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Only Wing fans, only those of us who watch Wing games on Fox Sports Detroit, can really understand just how awesome this is.


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Bring Back The Old Avery

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Avery has looked lost lately. It isn’t that his hands have turned to stone around the net, or that he hasn’t been able to contribute to the breakout without first going backward with the puck, or that he hasn’t been able to cleanly receive passes.

It’s that Avery is not fulfilling the role he was born to play, the one in which he forechecks, grinds and cycles like crazy and antagonizes like he’s certifiable.

The prevailing wisdom was that Avery would become a better player if he left the extra-curricular activities behind. But that wisdom was actually ignorance in disguise. Avery needs to play with bravado, he needs to stoke emotions and he needs to skate on the edge.


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