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Lecavalier Grows Up

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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via the Sporting News,

“We speak as men now,” Tortorella said before boarding a team flight to New York. “Vinny and I have gone through the process. I never looked at it as fighting. I looked at it as trying to find the common ground where I was trying to define accountability and he was trying to define accountability. We had a disagreement there. We worked through that.
“I think he has turned into a man now and understands the road he needs to go down.”
No argument from Lecavalier.
“The older you get the more you learn about the game,” he said. “I don’t think anybody is the same player at 18 as they are at 25, 26, 27.”

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Devils Keep On Rolling

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from Chico Resch at MSG Network,

One of the reasons that the Devils seem to become better and better as the season moves along when other teams may struggle is that the culture and the system of the team hasn’t changed in 15 years. So, all it becomes is a matter of each year just oiling up the machine and getting its parts to move better and more synchronized. While players get to know each other better under pressure all the nonverbal communication takes place like chemistry and continuity.
The one thing that’s been the constant for the Devils for 15 years is Marty Brodeur.

read on

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Don’t Expect It

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News at the Globe and Mail,

Those holding their breath for a past or present-day NHLer to proclaim a preference in male partners are advised to exhale post-haste. I’m no gambler, but I’d bet a Saskatchewan’s worth of farms that any and all elite-level gay hockey players will be stuck in their closets for decades to come.
“A player or ex-player announcing he’s gay? No chance whatsoever,” said one NHL GM I spoke with Thursday. “You’d have better odds of a guy coming out as a member of Al-Qaeda.”

read on

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Who Is Eklund, er Susan, oops sorry, maybe Flyguy31 or..

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...Poulin, or the truth or possibly the Hockey Mod.
You see Dwayne (Eklund) is all of them (make sure to check the comments in bold, they are all from him).  Pay special attention to some of the comments, where he makes himself look like the greatest person in the world.
When I asked him about this, furious that he attempted to deceive KK readers, he told me his IP address was stolen.
I have 100% it is him, as a matter of fact, 200%, as do other hockey blogs that he has pulled the same stunts on.
Do you want more lies and fabrications, just ask him, you will be amazed…

For the record, I tried to handle this behind the scenes with Dwayne, but the lies just continued.

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Oilers On The Fence

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from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Edmonton — Buyer or seller?
Edmonton Oilers GM Kevin Lowe will be asked that question countless times before the NHL’s Feb. 27 trading deadline, but with less than three weeks to go until then, he doesn’t have an answer.
While the need for a puck-moving defenceman, a history of deadline deals and more than $3 million in salary-cap space suggest Lowe will be a buyer, a tight market and the inability to contend for Western Conference playoff spot could make him a seller.
These days, Lowe is neither.

continued

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Rod Likes Hockey

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from the Montreal Gazette,

Rod Stewart has starred at the Colisee here a few times over the years.
But the British rocker will be just another hockey father watching from the stands when his son’s team hits the ice during the 48th edition of the Quebec International Peewee Hockey Tournament, which begins at the Colisee today.
“Having somebody famous like Rod Stewart and his (ex-) wife, (U.S. model) Rachel Hunter, is great for us,” said Patrick Dom, the longtime director-general of the tournament. “There’s no price for publicity like that.”

continued... Kirk Gibson will be there too…

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No Protection Needed

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from Damien Cox at ESPN,

Compared to the abuse Bobby Orr and Maurice Richard and Mike Bossy dealt with over the course of their splendid careers, young Mr. Crosby is being treated with velvet gloves.
People love to repeat the silly NHL cliché that players used to respect each other in the good old days and don’t now, but talk to players who played then and they laugh at the very notion.
To them, modern NHLers are all chummy, well-fed union brethren who share golf games, and sometimes accountants, between playoff contests. Back in the day, they’d have fights in All-Star Games.

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Looking At Ryan Miller

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from Marcie Garcia at NHL.com,

Looking into Ryan Miller’s brown eyes is like diving into a dark sea of intensity. But put aside the serious demeanor that goes hand-in-hand with leading the Buffalo Sabres to the best record in the Eastern Conference, and Miller looks like the average 26-year-old. He’s tall, slight in frame, with shaggy disheveled hair that falls beyond his ears. If brushing past Miller on Buffalo’s bustling Chippewa Street, he looks more rocker than an athlete. But the assumption wouldn’t be a far stretch.

continued... make sure to check out the feature video on Miller below Marcie’s picture…

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Should The Caps Keep Brashear

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from Tarik El-Bashir’s Blog, the Capitals Insider,

Today’s question is this: Should the Caps re-sign enforcer Donald Brashear? And if so, for how long and how much? He earns $1 million this season and becomes an unrestricted free agent on July 1….
I would go as far as to say that his presence on the bench - just him sitting there with that scowl - allows Ovechkin and Semin to play a little bigger and forces would-be thugs to show a little restraint.

more... I am not sure how I feel about this.  Come playoff time, would Brashear even see the ice with a team like the Wings?

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The Hockey Doctor

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

A quarter-inch may seem small to many, but it’s rather significant in the NHL when it comes to equipment.
That’s the curvature increase the NHL adopted for its players’ hockey stick blades this season – up from a half inch to three-quarters of an inch.
The expansion gives players better control of the puck when they shoot or pass.
It also gave one local entrepreneur – North Huntingdon’s Brian Poe – a significant boost to his business, The Hockey Doctor, Inc.

continued

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