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Babcock: 4th Line Needs More Minutes

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I may be slightly sarcastic in my reviews (or outright fabrications) of Mike Babcock's comments to our DD's, but that shouldn't come across as an indictment on his coaching ability. He's proven himself, last year's Punch in the Face notwithstanding. He's dealt with the losses of Shanny and Yzerman. He's shuffled an injury-plagued lineup the whole year. And he's made good on a guarantee that this team would be tougher to play against. But he still sees room for improvement...from himself.

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Happiness For The Mule; Angry Minnesota Deep Diggers

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I guess I started to dislike the state of Minnesota in 1987. I believe it was game 4 against the Twins, maybe game 3. Darrell Evans was picked off third, ending a rally and essentially ending the Tigers' magical run. That series really blurs for me. I remember that play in Detroit, the standing O the Tiger faithful gave Evans the next day (which reduced little Bobby Costas to tears), NBC showing closeups of Gibby every time he struck out and went NBA on any dugout object he could find, and I remember those infernal homer hankies in that plastic dome of pure evil. I'm quite certain the Wings had that in mind when they laid the final piece of wood to the Wild last night, ending Little Gary's series of fun.

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Murphy Interested In Panthers Asst. GM Job

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from the Palm Beach Post,

The search for an assistant general manager to work with Panthers GM and coach Jacques Martin drew interest from one candidate on Wednesday while losing another.
NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy, who served as an assistant coach for Martin in Ottawa, said he “would definitely have an interest” in the position.
“Jacques created an excellent situation in Ottawa, and I know that, given time, he’ll do the same in Florida,” Murphy said from NHL offices in Toronto.

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Boogaard Will Just Run Over Opponents

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from the Star-Tribune,

Boogaard said he thinks he can’t find a willing combatant because his horrifying uppercut that rearranged the face of Anaheim’s Todd Fedoruk on Oct. 27 has become folklore.
“That just means they’re scared,” Boogaard said. “They don’t want to get hurt.”
Plus, the prototypical NHL fighter is a dying breed.
“We’re not playing a lot of physical teams right now,” Boogaard said. “They don’t feel they need a guy, so I’ll just go out and do whatever I want. I’ll just run them over.”

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Playing With Names

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from Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illustrated,

Hockey names can also tangle the tongue or eyes. Trying saying (or reading) Guillaume Latendresse or Antero Niittymaki three times fast. Consider the games between the Rangers and Devils several years ago that featured the following players: Randy Moller, Kirk Muller, Corey Millen, Kevin Miller and Brian Mullen. The broadcasters were fortunate that Mike Millar was with Toronto at the time.

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Rory Ready To Move On

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from the Province,

“I’m not disappointed in falling a spot,” Fitzpatrick said. “If I fall a couple more spots that would be even better. That way there’d be no chance of me having to make a decision on whether to play in the game. Then everybody who thinks this is so important and has personal things to say can drop it and move on to the next story.”

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19 At WJC

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

JV Deep Digger Georgie Sipple reports this afternoon that he watched some tv.

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Steve Yzerman got some face time during the World Junior Championships in Sweden on Wednesday. Yzerman was interviewed during the second period of the Canada-U.S. game.

TSN reporter James Cybulski asked Yzerman if he’d thought about the ceremony to retire his No.19 next week. The ceremony at Joe Louis Arena begins at 6:30 p.m. on Jan. 2, prior to the game against the Anaheim Ducks.

“I really haven’t,” Yzerman said. “I’ve been actually surprisingly busy doing a lot of things, watching our team play and then watching some of our prospects play.”

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Cloutier On IR

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via the LA Times (reg. req.),

Dan Cloutier’s season got a little worse Wednesday, as the Kings put their struggling goaltender on injured reserve with what was called a hip injury.
Cloutier was scheduled to undergo an MRI Wednesday and did not accompany the team to Edmonton, where they begin a three-game road trip against the Oilers tomorrow night. The team will likely activate goaltender Mathieu Garon, who went through his first full practice with the team since suffering a groin injury Nov. 29.
“The soreness…in his hip is affecting his knee,” coach Marc Crawford said. “Hopefully by giving him a week off, will give him time to work through the issues he has and allow him to play at the level we need him to play.”

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A2Y Administravia

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Herringbone, blogger extraordinaire and new rival, pointed out today that "Mickelson" hadn't transferred over from the old glossary to the new one. That has been corrected, as well as a few other additions. Comments: those of you kind enough to leave comments lately have been disappointed to find that my response time to your witticisms has been less than stellar. I have an excuse, but I won't bore you with it. Keep 'em coming.

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The Maven During The Holiday

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from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,

• Has there been a bigger stiff all season than Martin Gerber? His three-year, $11.1 million deal has John Muckler hamstrung beyond a reason.
• The downfall of Markus Naslund is no different than that of his countryman, Peter Forsberg – too many injuries. No more, no less!
• Brendan Shanahan sees things clearly and sees them whole, so it’s no surprise that his analysis of Steve Yzerman’s influence is cogent. “Steve displayed to teammates every night how playing both ends can benefit you and not take away from the attention you get for your stats.”

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