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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

“There will be a time,” Trevor Daley was saying, “when the streets come calling.” The Dallas Stars defenceman was sitting with Canadiens centreman Glen Metropolit, a friend and idol of youth nine years his senior who, in many ways, had walked the same challenging road to the National Hockey League.

“When that time comes, you’ve got to have the willpower to know what decision you need to make,” Daley continued. “Glennie and I had to make those decisions to get where we are today.

“I’m sure we’ve made some wrong decisions. I know I have along the way. But it’s not an easy thing to do, especially when the streets come calling. You get into that position: ‘Do I run with these guys, or those guys?’ ” Metropolit, 35, and Daley, 26, grew up without privilege, luxury or any sense of entitlement in downtown Toronto’s Regent Park district.


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A Night In the Video Review Room

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from Rich Hofmann of he Philadelphia Daily News,

It doesn’t take long, less than a minute. They all have settled into their chairs in a dark room that glows from the light of about 30 television and laptop screens, settled in for a long night that will feature a dozen NHL games and the potential for at least a few controversies. The easy conversation of co-workers combines with three play-by-play announcers droning on simultaneously in two languages.

Then the Leafs’ Jay Rosehill appears to score a goal behind the Flyers’ Michael Leighton, and one voice raises above the others.

“Murph, that one went in a little funny,” says Mark Barbetta, from one of the workstations arrayed around the room. At which point, you can feel the adrenaline build.


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Flames Want To Retain Jokinen & Bourque

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from the Calgary Herald,

The Calgary Flames hope to be able to sign pending unrestricted free agents Olli Jokinen and Rene Bourque.

General manager Darryl Sutter made the admission during Thursday night’s inaugural FAN 960 Fan Forum at Flames Central.

“We’ll do everything we can to make sure Olli is not an unrestricted free agent,” said Sutter in response to a question from the invitation-only crowd about the Finnish centre and his future with the team.

A short time later during the two-hour-long town hall style gathering, which included club president Ken King, Sutter said right-winger Bourque was “a big part of our team and we’ll do everything in our power to keep him.”


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Oshie Pulls A Slewfoot On Ebbett

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

Andrew Ebbett left the arena tonight in a neck brace because of neck, back and shoulder spasms after T.J. Oshie, who scored the lone goal 26 seconds into the third, executed a textbook slewfoot. Referees Kevin Pollock and Ian Walsh didn’t think so. If they did, Oshie would have gotten a match penalty and the Wild a five-minute power play in a 1-0 deficit.

One of the most dangerous hits I’ve seen. Oshie grabbed across Ebbett’s chest, swept his legs out from under him and Ebbett’s head slammed against the ice while he crashed into the boards. Ebbett tried to soften the blow with his shoulders and back, he said, which is why he thinks he’s paying the price now. Better than head smacking directly against the ice, however.

more on the Wild loss to the Blues last night…

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The New Detroit

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from Aaron Portzline of Puck-rakers,

The Blue Jackets knew what to expect in Chicago tonight. They knew the Blackhawks would be amped up, and they did a much better job anticipating the wave than they did two night ago in St. Louis.

And that makes the 3-0 loss in United Center even more troubling….

Interesting quote from Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash when I asked him if Chicago was the new Detroit:

“Yeah, Detroit has changed their style, and Chicago has picked it up. It’s a puck possession game. You don’t see them dumping the puck. You don’t see (Patrick) Kane and (Jonathan) Toews dumping and chasing. They’re making plays.”

Nash is slumping badly. He’s gone 11 games without a goal, matching a record set during his rookie season. But it’s more than that. Nash had one shot on goal tonight, giving him just three shots on goal in his last three game and only nine in his last six games.

more on the Blue Jackets…

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Don’t Blame Coach Sutter

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The easy way to explain the recent offensive struggles of the Calgary Flames would be to pin it on Brent Sutter’s system.

The simple thinking would be because the Flames have made a commitment to defence—going from 23rd last year to fourth this season prior to last night’s action—they’ve sacrificed offence.

Pure bunk.

Calgary’s goal-scoring struggles have nothing to do with the expectations the head coach has on his team when it comes to keeping pucks out of their net. The plan of attack has proven the past few games the Flames can generate enough chances to score more than one or two goals per game.


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Tyler Bozak Of The Leafs With His First NHL Goal

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The Fighting Flames

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from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

Monday, there were three tilts in the opening four minutes, including a wild heavyweight whirl between Brian McGrattan and Colorado ruffian David Koci.

Wednesday, there was only one bout, but it was a dandy tussle, featuring McGrattan and Pittsburgh pugilist Eric Godard.

“They’ve been great for us,” Flames captain Jarome Iginla said of Prust and McGrattan. “Obviously, the energy boost when you see them lay it on the line like that (against) some of the tougher guys in the league . . . and never backing down and doing great. That’s part of it.”

“But also, when we’re successful, we play an aggressive, in-your-face type of game, and they create more room for us. They take care of the some of the guys who are trying to quiet some of our guys. You have to answer to them.”

Fourteen members of the Flames have drawn fighting majors this winter.


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Vigneault Says He Did Not Send Any Players Out To Fight

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via Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Joking he now has National Hockey League vice-president Colin Campbell on speed dial, Vancouver Canucks coach Alain Vigneault said today he did not order Darcy Hordichuk or anyone else to fight in the third period of Wednesday’s 5-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild.

Wild heavyweight Derek Boogaard, who fought Hordichuk after a late faceoff, said after the game the Canuck told him his coach was making him fight.

Vigneault said he believes Hordichuk said what he did to get Boogaard to engage, and denied ever sending a player off his bench to fight.

“I can’t remember what I said,” Hordichuk said. “Guys talk sh—all the time. You just say stuff.”

Asked about the exchange, Vigneault said: “It must have been a real intellectual conversation.”

Campbell demanded an explanation from Vigneault and the coach said the league’s justice czar seemed satisfied with the answer.

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Drift Back In Time And Find Your Feet In The Middle Of A Live Blog

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Bullet Bob, and I’ve heard he’s actually talking about Ann Arbor.  I can’t confirm it.

But I’ll tell you something I’m sure of.

This was pretty frigging cool…

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