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Looking At The Stretch Run

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY, USA TODAY hockey writer Kevin Allen offers 10 things to look for in the second half:

1. The Boston Bruins will choose one goalie: It’s always easy to talk about the benefits of a two-goalie rotation in the regular season, particularly when Tim Thomas and Manny Fernandez are playing sharply. You’ve heard it all: Neither goalie will be worn out, each will be ready for the playoffs, they’ll push each other. But historically, coaches don’t like rotations in the playoffs, and only a few NHL teams have won a Stanley Cup with a rotation….

2. The Columbus Blue Jackets will consider a bold trade: The Blue Jackets have immensely loyal fans even though the team has never made the playoffs. Despite a major trade with the New York Rangers and the signing of Kristian Huselius, Columbus isn’t in a playoff position….

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Gagne To Miss A Week Or So

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from CSN Philly,

Simon Gagne appears to have suffered nothing more than a mild, right shoulder strain and is expected to miss about one week.

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren told CSNPhilly.com Wednesday morning that Gagne will be re-examined in Vancouver mid-afternoon Eastern time before the team heads for Los Angeles

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Celebrate The Winter Classic

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from Jeremy Mullman of Ad Age,

To promote its Jan. 1 outdoor Winter Classic game in Chicago, the league has partnered with Miner Family Vineyards, an upscale Napa winery, to produce a limited-edition red wine as a keepsake for the game. Bottles were spotted on shelves in Chicago liquor stores for about $30 a bottle. The proceeds will go to charity.

On its face, hockey wine seems a bit like opera beer. After all, watching a player pull his opponent’s jersey over his head so he can throttle him blindly doesn’t exactly seem like a Merlot-sipping occasion. But the league’s VP-consumer products marketing, Jim Haskins, said the league’s fan base is more of a wine-drinking crowd than the sport’s blue-collar stereotype suggests.

read on and buy the WC wine here along with other NHL featured wines.

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Going For A Stroll On The Wrlgley Ice

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from Tom Gromak of the Detroit News,

I was amazed as we emerged from the visitors’ dugout onto the ‘Frozen Confines’ of Wrigley Field. There it stood: A full-sized regulation NHL hockey rink. Oh, sure, some glass was still missing as crews worked to finish it up. But it had the key components: Boards, benches, blue lines and goalie creases—and a fresh, two-inch-thick sheet of ice….

“Please, God, don’t let me fall,” I prayed as a co-worker stood rinkside with a digital camcorder to record me for posterity (and the accompanying video).

I started slowly, but I didn’t fall. And I continued to not fall, slowly gaining confidence on blades I hadn’t worn in at least eight years. I even survived the halfway point when—to my initial dismay—we had to switch from counterclockwise skating to clockwise. “But I was getting good at this direction,” I protested.

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IR For Sanford & Bergeron

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from TSN,

The Vancouver Canucks placed Curtis Sanford on injury reserve Tuesday and listed the goaltender as week-to-week.

With star netminder Roberto Luongo (groin) still on the mend until at least the All-Star break, the Canucks acquired Jason LaBarbera from the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for a 7th round pick in the 2009 NHL Entry draft.

Sanford suffered a groin injury in Tuesday’s morning skate but had hoped the injury would loosen up prior to the evening contest against the Philadelphia Flyers.

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via TSN,

The Boston Bruins have placed forward Patrice Bergeron on injured reserve.

“His headaches are always better as we move on. But they’re still there,” Bruins coach Claude Julien told the Globe. “That’s the reality of it. He is feeling better, and certainly at a better rate than the first time it happened. It’s not even comparable. But the headaches are still there. They’re minimizing every day and hopefully, sooner or later, they’ll disappear.”

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Open Post- What’s On Your Mind?

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As we close the book on 2008, how are you feeling about the state of our game?  Do you have something you want to get off your chest or perhaps want to talk about the outlook of your team for 2009 and beyond.

This post is yours, feel free to leave comments and share your thoughts with other hockey fans.

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Mario With Five

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from Going Five Hole,

December 31, 1988. Penguins v. Devils.

A feat likely never to be seen again.

Mario Lemieux torches New Jersey for five goals…in all five possible ways.

continued with video….

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If You Don’t Want To Compete, You Won’t Play

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Sabres coach Lindy Ruff after the Sabres 4-2 loss to the Capitals last night….

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Oilers Recall Brule

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

General Manager Steve Tambellini announced today the Edmonton Oilers have recalled centre Gilbert Brule from the Springfield Falcons of the American Hockey League.

This will be Brule’s second recall to the Oilers this season. The 5’10”, 180 pound native of Edmonton, Alberta was first recalled to Edmonton on December 5th and made his Oilers debut in a 3-2 overtime win at San Jose on December 6th. He is scoreless and even in two games with Edmonton this season.

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Leafs May Be Paving The Way For A CuJo Exit

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from Richard Griffin of the Toronto Star,

In any case, it was a little bit of retro Leafs feeling in the building, with 19,000 fans chanting “Cu-Jo, Cu-Jo” in the second period as he withstood a barrage of Thrasher shots on back-to-back power plays, preserving a 2-2 tie. He was named the game’s first star and when he skated on to the ice, the love-in started up again.

“You block out the negative stuff, but you hear the good stuff,” Joseph said. “It’s a great feeling. They want you to do well for sure. This is my dream job and sometimes you don’t realize it till you’re gone.”

It’s funny he should say that. Was last night the beginning of an unofficial and brief farewell tour – without the parting gifts – for the popular 41-year-old?

Think about the unusual Leafs decision to start Joseph at all in the midst of a three-game losing skid and then announce in advance that he would also start versus the Sabres. It was a head-scratcher for many.

read on

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