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Future Hall Of Famer Brendan Shanahan Retires

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I like to write a career retrospective when any future Hall of Fame player retires.  Yesterday, Brendan Shanahan announced his retirement, so here is his career retrospective.

Brendan Shanahan was born on January 23rd, 1969 in Mimico, Ontario (which became a part of Toronto as Toronto expanded).  Shanahan grew up playing hockey in the Metro Toronto hockey system.  It was as a 16 year old he was first seriously noticed by NHL scouts.  Shanahan joined the London Knights of the OHL to play his junior career.  Shanahan was a star in junior.  He scored at better than point per game rate in his rookie year and added 92 points in 56 games in his second junior season.  He was immediately seen as a leader and ran some Knights practices when the coach was unavailable.  As a 17 year old, Shanahan starred for Team Canada in the World Junior Hockey Championships.  He scored seven points in six games/  This was the year that a bench clearing brawl between Canada and the Soviet Union left both teams disqualified, so Shanahan did not play for a World Junior medal.  Shanahan was chosen second in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils (Pierre Turgeon was selected first overall).

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Morning Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I have stopped trying to figure out the Canadiens. They should have had the Hurricanes for lunch without No. 1 goalie Cam Ward and their best forward, Eric Staal. This one should have been decided long before Kostitsyn’s goal.

They can take the two points and run, but it’s pretty clear that this team has to start scoring goals if they hope to make the playoffs. You don’t win a lot of games with only two goals in regulation, and how the Hurricanes managed to miss winning the shootout when one goal in the third, fourth and fifth rounds would have done the job is difficult to understand.

-Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette.  More from Red…

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Early Awards

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The NHL doesn’t hand out its awards until after the season but we here at ESPN.com like to dole out the hardware every quarter:

Hart Trophy (MVP)

Our candidates: Alex Ovechkin, Washington; Rick Nash, Columbus; Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles; Marian Gaborik, N.Y. Rangers; Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh; Chris Pronger, Philadelphia; Henrik Zetterberg, Detroit.

Norris Trophy (Top Defenseman)

Our candidates: Chris Pronger, Philadelphia; Duncan Keith, Chicago; Dan Boyle, San Jose; Tomas Kaberle, Toronto; Niklas Kronwall, Detroit; Mike Green, Washington; Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary; Drew Doughty, Los Angeles.


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KK- Fighting The Flu

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I’ve been fighting flu-like symptoms the last few days and instead of getting better, it seems to be getting a little worse.

So my body says take it easy and I guess I should listen to it, therefore updates may be a bit slow today.

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The Handling Of Filatov

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from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

Hitchcock cannot escape criticism. Since the season began, Hitchock has kept Filatov on an impossibly short leash. For every mistake, there was instant rebuke and, at times, a public punishment. Why treat Filatov so? Is not the goal here to take this talent-rich player and mold him rather than emasculate him? Does not a smart coach find a way to teach him—for the good of the player, the team and the organization? Is not Filatov a prime asset?

Filatov is not devoid of culpability. Many Jackets have fresh memories of Zherdev’s enigmatic, and sometimes toxic, presence. Filatov, by comparison, is well-liked. Lately, however, Filatov has moped as his frustration has grown, and it was a source of worry within the tightly knit group of players. There is no room for added drama over a rigorous season. Jake Voracek and Derick Brassard continue to have their chains yanked, but they have responded to challenges where Filatov has not. Ultimately, Filatov used his Moscow escape hatch, which comes with a tax-free contract worth about $1 million.

The nut of it all is this: The general manager, the coach and the player reached the same conclusion, and that is that Filatov will best be served by returning to Russia for at least a year.


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Tweeting Trouble

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

As we were waiting for Joe Sacco to make his remarks, there seemed to be some commotion from the Flames dressing room area, located right near the visitors area. A minute or so later, a couple Calgary media people said “Did you hear that, did you hear about the shouting match between Phaneuf and another player. Somebody was screaming at Phaneuf, calling him selfish.”

Back up in the press box, I put out a tweet saying as much. When media people in Canada talk about any kind of “controversy” involving their NHL team, you kind of assume it’s going to be all over the airwaves and in the papers soon.

But I regret putting out that tweet now, because the Flames weren’t too happy with me about it. And I shouldn’t pass along second-half stuff like that. I thought I’d made it clear that I was just passing along what I’d heard, but I don’t think I made that clear enough at all, and it came out too much like I’d heard it myself and that it was gospel.


Adrian Dater’s Twitter...

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At Least The Leafs Can Say They Won The Fight

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Colton Orr vs Matt Carkner last night.

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Leafs Need Help

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

Yes, they played well enough to win in this heartbreaking 3-2 loss to the Senators.

But with just three wins in 19 games, moral victories aren’t worth a damn any more, especially when the script never seems to change.

And now, the difficult questions need to be asked.

First off, when was the last time a Maple Leafs goalie stole a game for this team the way the Sens’ Pascal Leclaire did last night, especially in the third period when he turned aside all 15 Toronto shots at a time when the ice seemed steeply tilted in favour of the visitors?

Answer: Maybe you have to go all the way back to (gasp) Andrew Raycroft. Who’d have ever thought that?

Secondly, can someone possibly help out Phil Kessel on the offensive end?


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Trying To Sell The Coyotes

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

Gary Bettman was in Phoenix the other day, spinning a few tales about the impending sale of the Coyotes.

Well, impending may be stretching things a tad, as the NHL commissioner is now saying he expects the sale to be completed by the end of the hockey season. And local fans shouldn’t worry about that Dec. 31 deadline the league established to give priority to buyers who will keep the team in its suburban Glendale arena. As Bettman told the Arizona Republic, “I’m not concerned about Dec. 31 or Jan. 1.”

Besides, the commish said, he has six potential buyers on the line. But as anyone selling real estate knows, a potential buyer is anyone who stops in front of your For Sale sign.


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Dr. Rob Blake

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