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Avery Answers

from AskMen.com,

Are there any good looks for facial hair right now? What would you recommend?

(Avery): Facial hair is still going strong. I am rocking a really red beard that looks like sh*t right now, but I feel fall/winter is the time to do it. I think women like a man with a beard because it reminds them of their dads.

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If Only It Were That Easy

from Craig Kanalley of Hawkey Central,

The Frenchman, Huet, is 1-2-1.  The Russian, Khabibulin, is 2-1-2.  For those keeping score at home, that’s 3 points for Cris and 6 for Nik….

This situation needs to be resolved, and it needs to be resolved quick.  It’s just a distraction, and it doesn’t need to be.  The players shouldn’t have to be looking over their shoulders wondering who’s in net one night to the next.  Especially when one goalie is clearly struggling compared to the other.

My recommendation is to unload Huet real cheap - he should have never been here to begin with.  Ottawa needs a goalie.  Give him to them for a draft pick.  Hopefully this mess is resolved sooner rather than later.

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Headline of The Day

A hockey website had this headline today:  Teams Scouting Gaborik!

I did not read on, but did wonder, are they following him around, checking out his walking ability?  He hasn’t played a game in two weeks, so it may be a little difficult to ‘scout’ him these days.

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

Pick One Player - Vinny Or Iggy

from Adam Kimelman of NHL.com,

In the 2004 Stanley Cup Final, one of the most memorable exchanges occurred in Game 3, when the Lightning’s Vincent Lecavalier and the Flames’ Jarome Iginla, each team’s best player and biggest star, dropped the gloves.

The fight sparked both teams to a memorable seven-game series, eventually won by the Lightning.

Who won the fight that night in Calgary four years ago is pretty meaningless. What does matter, though, is who the better player is. That’s for the fans to decide.

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  Tags: jarome+iginla, vinny+lecavalier

Rangers Need To Think Ahead With Dubinsky

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Dubinsky is tied with Scott Gomez for the team lead in scoring with 11 points (4-7). When on his game, he plays with a chip on his shoulder the size of his native Alaska. He is a team guy and a leadership guy.

He also is on the final year of his Entry Level contract, and is the class of the prospective Group II Class of ‘09, all due respect to Paul Stastny and Jordan Staal.

With an anticipated 10 percent increase in average, a team making a Group II offer sheet of $5.7M would only owe compensation of a first-, a second- and a third-round draft pick for Dubinsky if the Rangers refused to match.

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Lundqvist Your Early Season MVP

from Steve Zipay of Newsday,

The numbers are worthy of royalty: a league-leading seven wins, fourth in the NHL in goals-against-average, just .007 from third place in save percentage, and perfect in denying three shootout attempts.

He did all this while playing the most minutes of any goaltender in the league so far.

Crown Henrik Lundqvist the early season team MVP.

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Panthers Trimming Staff

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

The Panthers put at least 10 of their loyal employees on waivers today, folks who stood up for this organization over the years. People in sales, charity, PR….

The team is no longer matching employee money in their 401(k)

Those who have tickets to the ‘specialty’ clubs will not be allowed in 30 minutes early as has been the case. This is said to save quite a bit of money.

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Oh Those Practical Jokers

from Lightning Strikes,

So, the Lightning players, who have really taken to Stamkos (“He’s always smiling,” captain Vinny Lecavalier said), decided to let him skate onto the ice first during warmups. What Stamkos didn’t know is that his teammates were going to hold up in the runway to the ice and have him skate out by himself. It worked as it took Stamkos about a half a lap of the Lightning zone to realize he was out there alone.

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Living In The Past- Avs Would Have Won With Roy & Forsberg

from Adrain Dater of All Things Avs,

The Avs had about five or six forwards who looked like they cared tonight - I’d say they were McLeod, Stastny, Lappy and, to a lesser extent, Smitty and Jonesie. The rest basically mailed it in, and at the top of that list I’d put Tucker, Wolski, Arnie and Hedgie.

Budaj was fine through two periods, but allowed another horrible short-side goal to Rene Bourque on Calgary’s second goal, which positively sank any hopes of an Avs point. But he wasn’t the reason they lost tonight. The Avs just didn’t want to win this one bad enough. On an old Avs team, they probably still would have won this kind of game. Tied 0-0 entering the third? Guaranteed that’s the kind of game where Forsberg makes some kind of great play in the third, they get a garbage insurance goal and Roy makes it stand up in a 2-0 or 2-1 win.

“We didn’t play too well, but we’ll take the two points,” would have been the quote from Roy or Foppa.

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Canadiens Honor Coaching Greats

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Among the 30-plus head coaches who have worked behind the Canadiens’ bench during the past century, none approaches those who joined the franchise’s Builders Row last night at the Bell Centre. Not even close.

It starts with the numbers for Dick Irvin Sr., Toe Blake and Scotty Bowman, who won a combined 16 Stanley Cups during the 36 seasons they wore the CH on their hearts. I’m talking about coaches who posted a 1,350-678-416 record in 2,444 regular-season games. It’s about their dedication to winning. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, it’s in the admiration they earned for winning as often as they did.

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  Tags: dick+irvin+sr., scotty+bowman, toe+blake

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