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LeBrun Taking Some Time Off

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But Pierre has a good excuse.

Congrats!

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High Picks Are Nice, But…

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from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,

Tear it down. Blow ’em up. Cut it to the wood.

All of the above are popular refrains of the disenfranchised fan who believes the best path to glory for their favorite franchise is through a handful of can’t-miss, top-of-the-class draft picks.

But the more you look around the league, the more you realize the folly of this sentiment. High picks are to NHL GMs what miracle diets are to the lumpy couch potato; sure, they can give you an immediate jolt, but if you want sustainable results, you have to hit the gym.

In the case of NHL GMs, you need your scouts to scour gyms, arenas and any other place you’d expect to find a burgeoning hockey player who has yet to be spotted or has, at the very least, been underrated.

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Cancer Strikes Burns Again

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from TSN,

According to La Presse, former NHL head coach Pat Burns has been diagnosed with cancer for a third time.

The report indicates Burns was told of the news earlier this month when he returned from the World Junior Hockey Championship in Ottawa.

continued

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Time For Blues Goaltenders To Play To Their Potential

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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

So Davidson is in an interesting spot. Some experts expected Legace to become available before the trade deadline, should the Blues’ front office decide to sell.

Right now, though, Legace ranks well down the list of available goaltenders.

Davidson could go the other way and add a netminder, since a LOT of them are available. Old friend Curtis Sanford and former Penguin Dany Sabourin are just two of the veterans who hit the waiver wire recently. Senators goaltender Martin Gerber, currently scraping off rust in the AHL, is also available.

It shouldn’t come to that, since Legace and Mason are capable of doing more. And this would be a good time for both men to prove it.

more

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What The Thrashers Need

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from Terence Moore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The issues are many for the Thrashers, but the solutions are few. Despite three straight victories after Tuesday night’s 4-2 slaying of an impressive Montreal bunch at Philips Arena, the Thrashers still need many things just to become decent after this weekend’s All-Star break.

They need to rise further from the bottom of the NHL in defense. They need to do more than flash signs here and there that they actually can score. They need to have Ilya Kovalchuk continue to resemble other true stars around the league, and that is, he must continue to lead on the ice as well as in the locker room. They need to keep more fans from becoming allergic to their turnstiles, with Philips Arena less than half full again despite having the historically popular Canadiens in town.

Mostly, they need to acquire more talent, period, especially with the trade deadline barely six weeks away.

continued

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Detroit Loses A Sports Station

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Somewhat hockey related, since WDFN did a much better job of covering the Wings than the flagship station…

On a personal note, I know the guys who suddenly lost their jobs and it hurts and it hurts too when it was done, on Inauguration Day, to limit the press coverage…

from Mike O’Hara Sports,

It’s what I didn’t hear on radio today that has me steamed. It’s what I didn’t hear from Rush Limbaugh snaking through his personal slime pit, and the termination of sports-station WDFN as we have come to know, love and hate it.

First, the important stuff.

Uh, sit down, Rush. You’re not important. You were the whoopee cushion of the coverage of President Obama’s inauguration – an unpleasant, misplaced noise.

WDFN-1130 – best known, affectionately to Detroit sports fans as “The Fan” – has been emasculated by Clear Channel Communications, the parent company.

Clear Channel has cut all of the local programming and replaced it with syndicated mush.

continued

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Flames Forget Hockey, Focus On Obama

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from Scott Cruickshank of the Calgary Herald,

The fact that it could infiltrate the cloistered and single-minded quarters of the Calgary Flames, that history could supersede habit, says plenty.

“We can catch highlights later—that’s usually on, but this was obviously a big day in history, a special day,” Flames captain Jarome Iginla said after Tuesday’s practice at the Pengrowth Saddledome. “We had it on all our TVs. A different beginning to the hockey day. It was good. Pretty amazing.

“It’s pretty cool how many people came out, how excited people are about it, in different countries. There was a lot of hype for his speech, and what his speech would be. He’s such a good speaker. Most of the guys, yeah, were watching it.”

Craig Conroy, one of four Americans on the roster (David Moss, Eric Nystrom, Andre Roy are the others), agreed with Iginla. It was indeed a morning like no other.

“Every TV in here—anywhere you walked in the rink—it was all him. Him!” said Conroy. “It was Obama everywhere, you could go from one room to the next. It was fun, because everyone knows it’s history. First African-American. Probably the most powerful man in the world….”

read on

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Little Gary’s Wet Dream:  No Wings In ASG

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The happy clowns are racing to Gary’s HQ.  The fire trucks are warmed up, helium tanks are on ready-standby and re-runs of Blossom are showing on every monitor in the NHL’s front office. All the special things that make Little Gary Bettman’s life a happy one are converging on this wonderful day.

Capped off by this news:  there will be zero representation from the Detroit Red Wings in Montreal. 

Datsyuk? Hurt last night. Hip flexor.  Lidstrom?  Well, now we’re talking a few new frames for our Deep Diggers’ highlight reel.

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AO In His Own World

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from Wayne Scanlan of the Ottawa Citizen,

The Zamboni driver has the ice to himself—except for this other figure, on skates, wearing what could be the underwear of Santa Claus.

The ensemble: Red long johns, red shorts overtop and a red T-shirt.

The figure is Alexander Ovechkin—bare head, bare arms, muscles bulging, testing out a new stick on the Scotiabank Place ice on the morning of the game, playfully following the Zamboni’s clean patterns.

While his teammates, fully dressed in hockey gear, wait patiently by the Washington Capitals’ bench for the Zamboni to finish, Ovechkin whirls, spins, shoots a puck gently against the boards. His own man. In his own world.

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Lidstrom & Datsyuk Out Of ASG - Replacements Announced

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ROBIDAS GOES HOME; PRICE BACKSTOPS HIS CLASSMATES; MARLEAU’S FABULOUS FIRST HALF NETS ALL-STAR NOD

NEW YORK (Jan. 21, 2009) – Having produced a marvelous first half of the 2008-09 season that has him fifth in the League with 24 goals, San Jose center Patrick Marleau now has a spot in the 2009 NHL All-Star Game to show for it. Having been named to the 2008 All-Rookie Team, Montreal goaltender Carey Price has chosen to do double-duty by coming to the aid of his class and will play goal for the sophomores in the 2009 NHL YoungStars Game presented by Upper Deck in addition to starting for the Eastern Conference in the All-Star Game.

    Marleau and Dallas Stars defenseman Stephane Robidas have been named to the Western Conference team to replace injured Detroit Red Wings Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom, respectively, in the 57th NHL All-Star Game in Montreal’s Bell Centre on Sunday.

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