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The ESPN Mindset On Avery - All About The Publicity

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from Paul Kix of ESPN, To put it bluntly,

Sean Avery was the extent to which we followed hockey. A sartorially minded on-ice agitator who trashes the new boyfriends of his old exes? That’s reason enough to stay tuned, dude. We won’t any more, now that the Stars have banished him from the team, even agreeing to pay his salary so long as he keeps out of the arena. But with a look at Avery’s sins, one thing’s for certain: Whoever gets the Stars’ sloppy seconds will have to up the tolerance for anarchy, because this is milquetoast stuff.

And the NHL wonders why it can’t expand its audience….

This is the problem with the NHL: It thinks a guy who interns at Vogue and routinely shows up in People and on PerezHilton is bad for the game. You fools. He’s growing the game. Or at least, he was.

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One Bad Prediction

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from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Believe it or not, there was a time just a few months ago when some of hockey’s most well-known experts were saying the Avalanche was a better team than the Detroit Red Wings.

“Colorado,” NBC hockey analyst Pierre McGuire said quickly, when a couple of us nosy reporters asked who would win the Avs’ Western Conference semifinal last spring with Detroit. “I like how they stack up against Detroit.”

Four games later, the Avs were done. Game 4 was the humiliating 8-2 Detroit romp at the Pepsi Center. Henrik Zetterberg was scoring on backhanders while falling down and Johan Franzen flashed his big Swedish grin for the final of his approximately 46 goals he scored in the series (actually, only nine — but still a Detroit record for one series).

This foolish reporter was actually sipping the Avalanche Kool-Aid before the series, too.

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Comfortable In The KHL

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from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

On a recent Friday night, an unseasonably warm night for northern Russia in late November, Emery was a world away from the scrutiny and was asked what kind of mood he wakes up in most mornings.

“At the start I do the old, `Where am I?’ when I open my eyes but now I’m used to it,” he said. “Sometimes I’m still confused or feel a bit homesick when I wake up. It’s been a pretty good break for the most part. I’m just relaxing. It’s nice not having that microscope on you, being able to live.

“I miss a lot about Canada, North America, just living there, conversing with people. But at the same time, I don’t miss not being comfortable at dinner because people are watching you and you feel eyes on you all the time.”

read on as Westhead continues with stories from Russia…

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  Tags: khl, ray+emery

How The Rangers Can Clear Cap Space For Sundin

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Sundin told friends money will not be the prime factor when it comes time to choose a team.

The Blueshirts currently have approximately $1 million of cap space. Pro-rating cap hits, the Blueshirts would need approximately $2.877M of space on Dec. 27 in order to be able to offer Sundin a full-season contract of $5M, half of Vancouver’s standing bid.

Trading or waiving Petr Prucha by Friday would add approximately another $1M of space. Returning freshman Lauri Korpikoski - who has had three straight games of under 10 minutes of ice time - to the AHL Wolf Pack by Friday would add approximately another $635,000 of space.

That would give the Rangers about $2.635M of space - enough to allot Sundin around $4.25M.

Understand, the Rangers are not trading Michal Rozsival to Dallas in exchange for the right to bury Sean Avery in the minor leagues.

They are most certainly not attempting to deal Scott Gomez.

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Bruins Have Boston Buzzing

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from Lynn Zinser of the New York Times,

Vaulting to a 21-5-4 record, with a roster filled with young, fresh faces who play a fun style of hockey, the Bruins have finally softened the heart of their city.

“In Boston, it’s a tough crowd,” General Manager Peter Chiarelli said. “People are now critiquing how we win. You know what? This is a good sign.”

The Bruins have lost only three games since the beginning of November, one of them in a shootout to the Rangers. They have won 16 times in that span, including a 5-3 victory last Monday against the Lightning. And they ended up lamenting having given up the three goals to Tampa Bay.

But the fans loved every minute. They watched one of their young stars, 21-year-old Phil Kessel, score at least a point for his 12th straight game, a streak he has stretched to 15 games. They howled at every hit and shot taken by Milan Lucic, who at 20 is fast becoming a folk hero for his scrappy play. Lucic is constantly serenaded by chants of “Luuuuu,” from an increasingly boisterous crowd.

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Evening Line

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‘It wasn’t feeling like it was supposed to be feeling, so I got off the ice.  I didn’t want to make it worse and I’m going to stay off the ice until I’m 100 percent.’‘

‘Week-to-week? Tough to say.  This is the first time I’ve dealt with a groin injury. Just when I thought I was ready to get back into it, my groin was telling me something else.”

‘‘I’m a competitor; I want to be in goal every day.’‘

-Canucks goaltender Roberto Luongo.  More at TSN.

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Roenick Having Shoulder Surgey

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Two injury updates from the morning skate:

Joe Pavelski could be in the lineup against L.A. on Monday night, but just in case he isn’t, the Sharks plan to call up another forward from Worcester. Nothing official yet, but Jamie McGinn would be a pretty good guess.

And Jeremy Roenick will have arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder tomorrow. That decision means he’s definitely going to be out of action longer than the three-week forecast given yesterday, but just how much longer won’t be known until the procedure is completed and the training staff knows what it’s up against.

continue for more on the Sharks

I wonder if the Sharks would attempt to bring up Claude Lemieux who would have to clear waivers first?

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The Best Ice

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• If you’re wondering who has the best ice in the league, it’s not Edmonton. We’re still in the top 10, but closer to No. 10 than No. 5 because there’s lots of snow buildup now. It’s often only good for the first five minutes or so of a period. The best sheets are in Montreal, Minnesota , Philadelphia and Detroit.

• Sergei Zubov’s body is breaking down. The Dallas defenceman might need hip surgery now.

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Ducks Trade Sutherby To Dallas

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from TSN,

The Anaheim Ducks traded forward Brian Sutherby to the Dallas Stars for the rights to collegian David McIntyre and a conditional draft pick.

Sutherby is playing his seventh season in the NHL, putting up 29 goals and 39 assists in 321 career games played between the Ducks and Washington Capitals.

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added 2:54pm, from Mike Heika of the Dallas Stars Blog,

I don’t get it.

They lose prospect David McIntyre, taken in the fifth round in 2006 who currently is at Colgate. He’s a swift and nifty center who had 15 goals and 17 assists in 39 games last season. They also lose a conditional sixth round draft pick in 2010. Seriously, it’s probably not that much of a cost. It really is just a minor deal for a player who once was a first round draft pick for the Capitals.

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The Healthy Scratch

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from Sean Pronger at the Hockey News,

I’m sure most of you have seen the headlines about Jason Blake, Dustin Penner and Brendan Morrison (to name a few) who have been healthy scratches in the past couple of months. I know it’s especially hard on these guys because at this point in their careers they figure this part of the game is behind them.

Not so, my friend. I can tell you from experience - lots of it - that getting scratched sucks. And not just the mental effects it has on a player, but the logistics of it.

Being a healthy scratch for a home game is a little easier because you can usually find a place to hide. You prefer not to see anyone, you don’t want anyone seeing you and you certainly don’t want to have to answer the question, “Why aren’t you playing tonight?”

This is about the time I fake a limp and tell them, “Tweaked my knee in the last game,” and they’re thinking to themselves, “How do you tweak your knee on the bench?” Oh, it can happen….

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