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The Race For The Hart

from Damien Cox at his blog, The Spin,

The race for the Hart Trophy as league MVP is down to two, and it’s going to be one heck of a charge to the finish line.
It’s crystal clear that Pittsburgh’s Sidney Crosby and New Jersey goaltender Martin Brodeur have separated themselves from the crowd, a very deep and talented crowd that includes Vancouver netminder Roberto Luongo, Tampa Bay centre Vincent Lecavalier and Anaheim blueliner Scott Niedermayer.
But Crosby and Brodeur are clearly the two to watch.

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From The ECHL To Covering Iggy

from the Calgary Herald,

He was there. Maybe his nose didn’t look like a potato back then, but that was him.
Decked out in red, cheering his head off for the Calgary Flames during the Stanley Cup final.
In particular, he was rooting for the captain.
“It was something,” Zenon Konopka, hard case of the Columbus Blue Jackets, said Thursday morning. “You’re in the ECHL, you’re in hockey pools. I actually had Jarome Iginla in my pool. Now? I’m trying to get under his skin, trying to get him to drop his gloves. It’s funny what a difference three years makes.”

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Dedicated To AO

A fan site dedicated to Ovechkin called Alex Ovetjkin.
Why the name?- Ovetjkin is the spelling of Ovechkin in Swedish.

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Considering Changes

from the Star Tribune,

Some of us were under the impression that the NHL was a declining league, stuck on a boondocks cable channel, in desperate need of realignment and more logical scheduling.
NHL commissioner Gary Bettman resoundingly agrees ... that his league is considering alignment and schedule changes.

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Hockey Day In Michigan

HDIM will be celebrated on Saturday, February 10th.  Rinks will be busy throughout the State… more information available.

WDFN will be dedicating their afternoon broadcast today to HDIM.  Stoney & WDFN Hockey Insider Kevin Allen will be broadcasting live and they’ll have special guests including Steve Yzerman at 4:35, Michigan native Mike Modano of the Dallas Stars at 5:05, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman at 5:35, & CCHA Commissioner Tom Anasto.
WDFN does stream if you care to listen.

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Icing & Instigating

from Tony Gallagher of the Province,

The icing rule is a favourite hobby horse of Don Cherry as he wants the injury-causing races for pucks shot down the ice ended so as to avoid the awful sound of bodies slamming into the boards when players trip going in at top speed.
Bettman said he would have no problem seeing that rule changed if, in fact, that was the recommendation of the competition committee. But the committee has dragged its feet on the issue, evidently not enough defencemen on the body to make an impact given it’s they who must pay the price in most cases.
Ditto the instigator rule, and it’s here where it really does make sense for everyone to take a sober second look.

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Roenick Sees The Curtain Calling

from the Arizona Republic:

These are precarious days for Coyotes center Jeremy Roenick, as he wrestles with retirement or the possibility of returning for at least another season, somewhere.
“I know I can play this game. I can play it hard, and I can play it well, but I haven’t decided what I want to do,” Roenick said after Wednesday’s 4-2 loss to Detroit at Joe Louis Arena.
Still, Roenick said he might have played his last regular-season game at the Joe, and it struck a major chord about his impending future, especially with the Coyotes languishing out of the playoff picture.
“I’ve always had an admiration for Detroit,” he said. “It’s been kind of a love-hate thing since my days with the Blackhawks. . . . If this was it, though, I’ll miss this place. This is one of the greatest buildings in all of sports. The fans are just awesome here. They call it Hockeytown for a reason.”

...plus Wayne & Gordie talk…

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Up & Down Blue Jackets

fromm Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,

The problem wasn’t last night, but the two weeks that preceded it. For the past 10 days, the Blue Jackets haven’t been so much a hockey team as a Nationwide commercial.
Ten days ago, they were a budding NHL powerhouse, having beaten Detroit, Buffalo and Minnesota at home and Vancouver on the road.
They woke up yesterday morning as the Bad News Bear Jackets, with half their players vying for the role of Engelberg and the other half resembling Coach Buttermaker.
Life comes at you fast.

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LeClair Waits For The Right Call

from Philly Burbs,

Still, LeClair remains upbeat. He sits at home, not waiting for the phone to ring, but certainly answering it when it does.
So far, he says, several teams have called (the Flyers not among them). But as a free agent he’s in a position to pick and choose where he goes and so far he hasn’t found anything he likes.
It’s not so much about whether the prospective team is a contender or where it’s located. It’s just about whether that team is a good fit.

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Recchi Meeting The Challenges

from the Philadelphia Daily News,

“I still don’t know why it happened here,” he said. “But then that kind of pushes you, too. You want to stuff it to people who don’t believe in you. I played hurt through all those playoffs and I did a lot for the organization, so you know, it was a little disappointing. But that’s what keeps you going. If you don’t have that little bit of bite in you, there’s no use playing.”
Mark Recchi is more than playing. At age 39, he is the right wing on Sidney Crosby’s first line, with a gaudy 52 points while playing in all 54 games. His 19th goal, made on a second-effort poke as he fell on his back, broke a 2-2, third-period tie last night and helped the red-hot Penguins to their 10th victory in 12 games via a 5-4 shootout victory over the Flyers.

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