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Coming Up Small

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from the New York Post,

The biggest mystery in Devildom is why the $16.5-million top line has been so mediocre this season. The reasons are myriad. They all matter.
The Magic Show, EGG Line or whatever it’s called looked better broken up Sunday. That temptation to scramble the EGGs is sure to linger in the mind of coach Claude Julien as the Devils visit the Flyers tonight, having lost two straight.
Scott Gomez, who potted 33 last season, has 10 goals this year and none in 10.

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Leonsis Remains Patient

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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

“We couldn’t overcome our injuries [and] lack of depth,” Leonsis said in an e-mail interview. “And we left way too many points on the table with our lack of success in the shootouts. But I am not disappointed with our rebuild. Personally—while very competitive in nature—I knew what I signed up for. I’m patient and plan to see it through its full course.”...
“Payroll will be increased,” Leonsis said, “as will financial losses. We will fill holes, and add depth and skill, some additional veteran leadership….”

read on (req. req.)

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Is Europe In The Future

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from Wes Goldstein at CBS Sportsline,

When NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly was in London last week for the formal announcement of two games there between Los Angeles and Anaheim, he mentioned the possibility that one day European teams might play for the Stanley Cup. Don’t be surprised. While the NBA tests out the Las Vegas market, the NHL is taking a step toward fulfilling its long time lust for Europe with these regular-season games. NHL teams have played preseason games in Europe before, but these are “serious” and come at a time where real global expansion possibilities truly exist for the league.

read on... and a few other NHL topics…

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Again, Lost In Translation

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from the CP via TSN,

Alex Kovalev says it was all made up.
The Montreal Canadiens right-winger insists he didn’t criticize coach Guy Carbonneau or his teammates in an interview with a Moscow radio station two weeks ago. An alleged transcript of the interview, in which he says Carbonneau doesn’t like Russian players, appeared later in the Russian weekly magazine Football-Hockey.
And on Monday, it was translated into French in Montreal La Presse, which devoted nearly its entire sports section to the controversial statements that Kovalev denies ever making. It’s main headline was: Good Information Despite Kovalev’s Denial.

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The Maven Looks At The League

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from Stan Fischler at the Hockey Journal,

• One of Hollywood’s biggest executives has his eye on an NHL franchise but only if he could move it to Las Vegas. It’s not likely that Sin City will enthuse Bettman, Inc. Meanwhile, until the Penguins swing a deal for a new arena, the club will be known as a “portable” franchise. …
• Just Wondering Dep’t. Does the NHL’s Toronto “War Room” take seriously phone calls from irate Canadian broadcasters who buzz them in mid-game over controversial plays? …

more from Stan… and it is not only the Canadian broadcasters who call the “war” room- Ken Daniels, Wings play-by-play man has called them too…

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What!

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from the Iceman Bloggeth at the Atlanta Journal-Cosntitution,

When I heard on the radio this morning that Don Waddell had been named the sixth-best GM in hockey, I did a classic Danny Thomas spit take with my morning coffee.
When I then realized that, no, in fact, Don Waddell had been named the sixth-best GM in all of sports, I accidentally swallowed my coffee mug whole, getting it lodged halfway down my throat in a horizontal position, so that you could clearly see the outline of the handle framing my Adam’s apple.

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If you missed the Forbes article, it was pointed to from KK last Friday…

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It’s Back

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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

Yeah baby, old time hockey is back. Thank you God, thank you Jesus. Thank you Gary Bettman, general managers and the board of governors and everyone and anyone who gave Colin Campbell, the Director of Hockey Operations, the tacit OK.
No more of this no-touch, finesse hockey for the NHL. Eric Lindros, Chris Drury, Pat LaFontaine, Kaberle, Ron Francis, Paul Kariya be dammed, who wants to see them anyway. Show me the replays of Scott Stevens laying guys out. I want to see the second coming of Tie Domi’s elbow on Scott Niedermayer’s face. Hey, what’s Marty McSorley doing these days?

more

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Stop The Crying

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from John McKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,

I don’t know precisely when the male jocks lost it, but they clearly have and it must stop, so let this stand as a collective slap in the tear-drenched face….
But Darcy Tucker, as chippy and over-the-top an NHL disturber as ever wiggled into a jockstrap, crying at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night after returning from an injury? That’s rich, considering all the players his cheap shots have sidelined.

more

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Kasparaitis On Leave

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via the Hartford Courant,

Hartford Wolf Pack defenseman Darius Kasparaitis has been given a personal leave of absence after leaving practice last week because of shortness of breath.
Kasparaitis, a 14-year NHL veteran on his second assignment from the Rangers, was taken by ambulance to Middlesex Hospital, where he had tests and was later released. He will be sidelined indefinitely and no other details about his condition were released.

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What To Watch For

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from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,

Gazing around the league, here’s what’s striking me right now as the post-trade deadline stretch unfolds:
• Roberto Luongo for MVP. That trade by GM Dave Nonis in Vancouver has had more impact than any other in the league this season. Luongo has helped the Canucks change their whole organizational mindset. They really are New Jersey West, and that is a compliment.
• Monday night’s Islanders-Rangers game should be a great watch. The Islanders look even better since they added Ryan Smyth at the deadline. The Islanders are made up of an angry group that has created an us-against-the world mentality. That is tough to beat.

read 11 more bullet points…

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