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Breaking Down PIM

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As pointed out by IwoCPO at Abel to Yzerman, Grandpapinhead breaks down PIM-

I have tried to eliminate 5 minute penalties and misconducts, focusing on the 2 min infractions. It is important to keep in mind that not all infractions are discretionary, ie..puck over the glass, netminder playing puck outside the trapezoid, and additional 2 min. for drawing blood with a careless stick, too many men on the ice, etc.
Wow, STATS should hire this guy!

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Praise For AO

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from the East Valley Tribune,

Coyotes associate coach Barry Smith has admired Washington Capitals rookie Alexander Ovechkin from afar this season. "He’s a go-to guy, and he’s one of the greatest players in the league right now," Smith said Sunday. "I really love to watch him." "I see him as a (Sergei) Fedorov, (Pavel) Bure player with an edge," Smith said. "He’s not one of those guys making all kind of creative plays and slowing things down and turning up. He’s a guy that slices and goes to the net and causes confusion for your defensemen. "He’ll go through two guys. His balance is so good, he can shoot on the move, off balance, falling down, whatever else."
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Sullivan Still Coaching

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from the Boston Herald via the Milford Daily News,

It’s really pretty amazing, almost unbelievable, that Mike Sullivan has not been fired as coach of the Bruins. That’s not saying that Sullivan deserves to be fired. He most definitely does not deserve to lose his job because of the dreadful season the Bruins are suffering. He has done his coaching duties as well as anyone could. And to replace Sullivan now would probably have little or no positive impact on the B’s increasingly slim chances for a playoff berth.
read on

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Prucha Stolen From Czech Team

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from Czech Business Weekly,

Hockey forward Petr Průcha has once again proved his worth for the National Hockey League’s New York Rangers, scoring a goal in the Rangers’ 4–0 win over the Florida Panthers Jan. 7. In normal circumstances, trading out a rising player to a rich U.S. club would be like hitting the jackpot for a European team. But these days, relations between the NHL and European clubs are far from normal, according to Pardubice’s general manager, Zbyněk Kusý. In fact, Kusý complained, “Průcha was virtually stolen from us last summer. The Rangers ignored the fact that he had a valid contract with us, and they aren’t bothering to pay for him now, either.” Pardubice expected to receive a transfer fee of more than $200,000 (Kč 4.77 million/€ 166,000). “So far, they’ve only paid us some $80,000 for him,” Kusý said.
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The ‘Poster Child’ Team

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from the San Bernardino Sun,

The Kings have picked up a big fan this season: NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. In an interview this week, Bettman had high praise for the way the Kings conducted business before last season's lockout. In anticipation of a new economic system, the Kings maintained a mid-level payroll and mostly avoided expensive, long-term contracts, a strategy that didn't sit well with some fans. Now, with the Kings seemingly in good position for a playoff spot, that course of action seems to be paying off, as the Kings were able to add key players and still fit well under the league's new salary cap.
continued

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Expect The Unexpected

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from the Delaware County Times,

On the "would you believe it?" radar are the New York Rangers, Buffalo Sabres, Carolina Hurricanes, Nashville Predators, Edmonton Oilers and Los Angeles Kings. Meanwhile, on the "what the heck happened to these guys?" list are the Pittsburgh Penguins, Montreal Canadiens, Boston Bruins, Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks. Here, at a juncture slightly past the mid-season point, is a capsulated look at how these 11 teams have gotten where they are:
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Rangers Need To Address Some Issues

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Look, even with a sub-standard effort coupled with one of Henrik Lundqvist's most ordinary games of the year, the Rangers still managed to lose to the Red Wings by only a goal on Saturday in Detroit. Still — there's always a "still," isn't there? — there are issues for the team to confront as it prepares for tonight's game in Columbus against the Blue Jackets, before two more later in the week at Pittsburgh and Boston. First, there's the absence in the lineup of even the slightest physical intimidation element, noticeable once again on Saturday when Chris Chelios ran around the ice smashing Rangers without the slightest fear of retaliation against him or his teammates. Second, there's Tom Renney's fluctuating standard of accountability...
more (reg. req.)

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Who Needs A Goalie

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from the Toronto Sun,

Goaltenders are expected to dominate discussion heading toward the March 9 National Hockey League trade deadline. While it's true that the stringent salary cap makes it hard to shed or accommodate the big salaries that the best stoppers demand, it's the time of year when prices are lowest and clubs must decide to upgrade or roll the dice with incumbents in playoffs.
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Weinrich Talks Hockey

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from Eric Weinrich via the Kennebec Journal,

From what we hear, people are excited about the new NHL. One thing I would like to see is more about the players. Especially when the NBC broadcasts start. Let's see more about the players. Promote the players. The players are the league. The other leagues do it. Let the people put a face with a name. This is what the players would like as well. This is not criticism of the coverage, just something to enhance it.
Weinrich is right. During the NBC broadcast on Saturday, they ran a spot about the New NHL. Instead of seeing guys skating in red and black jerseys with very low lighting and the camera following a slow motion puck going into the net (my description of the newest My NHL commercial), it is time to feature real NHL players. Makes sure to check out Weinrich's column, he touches on many subjects.

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Do Wings Have Interest In Komisarek

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Sources say Gainey is also trying to create a market for D Mike Komisarek. The Red Wings want depth on the blueline and may be interested. It doesn't stop there ... the Habs are also believed to be talking to the Blackhawks about a dealing involving C Mike Ribiero for LW Kyle Calder
check out all of the rumors, including who wants Owen Nolan...

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