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Don’t Forget The WJC On The NHL Network

The NHL Network (USA) will be televising two games today, Kazakhstan vs. Canada at 3:30pm ET & USA vs. Czech Republic at 7:30pm.

The Games are in HD as NHL Net picks-up the TSN feed for us in the States.

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Missing McGeough

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com,

I miss NHL referee Mick McGeough. There, I have said it.

I miss the arm waving, the theatrics. You always knew when Mick was in the building, not like some of the anonymous zebras working now, with no names on their jerseys.

Can you tell Dean Morton from Dean Warren from Dean Martin or Dan O’Halloran from Dan O’Rourke? Nobody could turn a slashing penalty into something akin to a beheading with the colourful gesturing that McGeough offered up through close to 1,100 league games and 63 more in the playoffs through 20 seasons. He retired to become an NHL officiating mentor this year.

McGeough has showed up at Rexall Place several times this season, sitting up in the press box, far from where he wanted to be.

continued & I would normally link to the original source story, but the Edmonton Journal is really slow-loading today for me.

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Leafs Need To Be In A Position To Take Tavares

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It’s a derby in which the Maple Leafs, not yet bad enough to get better, must have a horse.

Brian Burke knows it, Dave Nonis knows it and even Ron Wilson, you have to believe, knows it.

John Tavares’ special performance on a big stage for Team Canada in the opening game of the world junior championship in Ottawa on Friday night was just the latest piece of compelling evidence that made it clear the Leafs need to be at least in a position to win the draft lottery and land the No. 1 overall pick next June.

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More AO

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Ovechkin never stops. He is a mix of ferocity and fury; insatiable in his hunger for the puck, his desire to score, his will to win. He is Jim Brown on skates, a dominant physical force of nature who would just as soon go through an opponent as around one (or two, or three). He’s what Rocket Richard must have been like in the ‘40s and ‘50s.

Too bad, though, Ovechkin has approximately one-third the number of All-Star votes as NHL favorite son Sidney Crosby. One-third as many votes as Crosby? Why, the league’s best player has one half as many votes as Alex Kovalev, and just over half as many as the great Alex Tanguay!

The NHL should be embarrassed for itself.

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Renney Needs Better Performance From Key Players

from Michael Obernauer of the NY Daily News,

“I can tell you right now, I’m not happy with the way the team played, I’m not happy with the performance of some very key people on our hockey club who need to be better,” said Tom Renney. “They need to step up and start taking charge of this hockey club and playing the way they can.”

That was foremost a reference to Chris Drury, who played an awful game - he was on the ice for all four Devils goals and was culpable on three of them - and to Scott Gomez, who was barely noticeable except when he was losing 13 of 15 faceoffs.

“We can do a lot better than this, and we can be a lot smarter as a team, too,” said Markus Naslund, Gomez’s linemate on a trio that accomplished nothing Saturday night. “These last two games here are not acceptable.”

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The Trade Talk

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• Montreal GM Bob Gainey is determined to make a big splash before the NHL trade deadline. League sources confirm he has held talks with the Blackhawks about RW Martin Havlat, who can become an unrestricted free agent next summer. Not only do the Habs want to add a scoring forward, they’d also like to upgrade their weak power play.

• Talk will not go away that the Senators are going to deal C Jason Spezza before the March 4 deadline. If Ottawa continues to lose, Spezza’s name will be tied to more and more potential deals. The word is the eight-game road trip Ottawa is on will go a long way in determining Spezza’s future with the team because he has a no-movement clause that kicks in on July 1.

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Rangers Need Avery

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s clear that there’s one team and one team only for which Avery can play; one city and one city only big enough for him to live; one coach and one coach only - the one behind the Rangers bench - for whom Avery can play.

The mechanics of making it happen are hazy. But those are mere details. The Rangers need an infusion of energy. The Rangers need someone who actually will be tough to play against. The Rangers need Avery almost as badly as he needs them, and if anybody doesn’t like it, he should be playing better.

Because this is pretty much it was before Avery became a Ranger . . . the first time.

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Surgery For Kariya

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today that forward Paul Kariya’s left hip will require surgery and he will be sidelined indefinitely.

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Weather Fluctuation Won’t Stop Dan Craig

from Paul Sullivan of the Chicago Tribune,

Preparations for the final touches of the Winter Classic hockey rink were put on hold Saturday because of heavy rain, high wind and a tornado watch in Cook County.

In a matter of a few days, Wrigley Field went from sub-zero to semi-tropical, relatively speaking, forcing a brief delay in the painting of the ice surface. But an NHL spokesman said the ice should be painted Sunday, when the temperature is expected to drop from the upper 50s to the low 30s, and the rain is expected to subside.

“We’ll go out there with the Zamboni and give it a nice little shave, be ready to paint it white [Sunday] morning,” said Dan Craig, the NHL’s facilities/operations manager. “Everything is on schedule from our side, and we’re ready to go.”

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Too Much Winter Classic Hype

from Rick Morrissey of the Chicago Tribune,

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen anything like the buildup for the Winter Classic, the outdoor game between the Hawks and the Red Wings to be played on New Year’s Day. I understand the goose-bump factor here: It’s very cool for an NHL game to be played in the elements and even cooler for it to be played in one of the cathedrals of baseball.

But, my goodness. You would think the pope were coming to Wrigley to announce his conversion to Scientology.

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