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Bailey Sticking With Islanders

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Ninth overall draft pick Josh Bailey could have returned quietly to Windsor as soon as he recovered from the lower body injury he suffered in training camp, and all concerned would have praised the skill he showed and the wisdom of the club to let him mature as captain of the Spitfires and a member of Team Canada at the World Junior Championships after Christmas in Ottawa.

But quite simply, the Islanders need a bright light like Bailey far more than he needs them. In the midst of their struggles in the third period to hold leads and sustain an aggressive attack, Bailey’s continued development has been one of the sources of evidence that management might be on the right track in building for the future, which can’t come soon enough for general manager Garth Snow and coach Scott Gordon.

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Saturday Hockey Talk

Inside Hockey

The Inside Hockey Radio Show this week features host James Murphy with co-host Todd Carroll.  They’ll be joined by guests Jim Nill (Detroit Red Wings), Jim Cummins (Fox Sports Arizona),  Conor McKenna (TEAM 990), plus Bob Snow and Shawn Roarke of NHL.com.

The show is on the air from 2-4pm ET on NHL Hockey Ice XM 204 and on TEAM 990.  You can call in at 1-877-645-6696 or email radio@insidehockey.com.

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Live from Wayne Gretzky’s

At 4pm ET you can tune into Live From Wayne Gretzky’s.  This week, hosts Gord Stellick & Doug McLean talk to Bob Clarke in the studio, and are scheduled to hook up with Phil Esposito and Brian Burke over the course of the show.

The show can be heard online or by local radio via these stations:  XM 204 NHL Home Ice, Fan 590, and others.

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Breaking Down The Burke Drafts

from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star,

Those calling, or hoping, for new general manager Brian Burke to ratchet up the Maple Leafs’ rebuilding process by dumping veterans for draft picks, might be wise to tone down their enthusiasm.

During his years in Vancouver, Burke and his staff were not exactly draft day geniuses.

We all know that the entry draft is a guessing game at the best of times; an educated guessing game but a crap shoot nonetheless. And twice during his time heading up the Canucks, Burke completely crapped out on draft day.

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Toronto will officially introduce Burke today at 2pm ET and you can watch at the Leafs site.

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Showcasing Schneider

from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

But if the Canucks are truly into outside-the-box thinking, as the new regime purports, than Roberto Luongo’s groin injury should be viewed as an opportunity for Vancouver’s head coach to break with convention and make an organizational statement.

That statement: “Cory Schneider is our No. 1 goaltender.”

While Luongo’s injury realized Vancouver’s worst fear, and while backup Curtis Sanford has played well in relief, this window provides a rare chance for the Canucks to either build up Schneider as a valuable trade asset or groom him as Luongo’s eventual replacement.

That means playing Schneider, a 22-year-old rookie and former first-round draft pick who has yet to log a single minute in an NHL crease, while Luongo mends his wounds. It means giving the kid a string of games to show he belongs in the NHL right now.

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Rookies With A Little Seasoning

from Craig Custance of the Sporting News,

Brassard is winning 51.3 percent of his faceoffs, compared to 42.5 in 17 games last season. Hitchcock attributes Brassard’s success as one of this season’s top rookies to the fact he took the correct path to the NHL.

Brassard, 21, played four seasons of junior hockey. He spent most of last season in the AHL. This season, the coaching staff is putting him in position to succeed in the NHL.

When you look at which rookies are struggling this season and which are playing well, there’s a common theme. Rookies like Brassard, the Chicago Blackhawks’ Kris Versteeg and the Toronto Maple Leafs’ Mikhail Grabovski (the top rookie scorers) all spent considerable time in the AHL honing their skills.

It’s not only on the ice, it’s stuff like managing money, managing free time and playing professional hockey without the pressure that comes from being a highly hyped young NHL player.

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At A Loss With Another Loss

from Five for Fighting,

We went down to the locker room and this was the scene: Guys like Krys Barch, Toby Petersen, Matt Niskanen, James Neal, Loui Eriksson… those were the ones remaining (wait, sorry, Sergei Zubov was in there, too). Now Marty Turco did come out, as did Darryl Sydor, but otherwise, most were cleared out by then.

Just don’t know what you can say at this point. There’s no building on positives with this group. They get behind and they fall apart. Coach Dave Tippett said this team needs its goaltender first and foremost:  “Everybody has to do their part. Certain players we expect a lot more from, and it starts in goal with marty. Right now with our lineup, we just have to have good goaltending to give ourselves a chance.”

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Theodore Gets His Revenge

from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,

Theodore was lights out, stopping all 28 shots he faced to beat Montreal and settle an old score against his former team. The 32-year-old goalie was the No. 1 star of the game for the first time as Cap, earned his first shutout as a Cap, and got his first standing ovation as a Cap….

Carbonneau on Theodore: “He was good. He was lucky at sometimes but sometimes you make your luck. He made the save when he had to, but we didn’t really test him.”

more on the Caps 30 victory over the Canadiens last night…

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All Is Not Well

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The survival of the New York Islanders hinges on an arena deal that may be compromised by tightening U.S. credit markets.

The Coyotes’ future in Phoenix is threatened by the plight of owner Jerry Moyes’ trucking firm, Swift Transportation, during an economic slowdown.

The Atlanta Thrashers are in court daily, mired in an ownership tug of war that threatens to de-stabilize the franchise.

A 27 per cent share of the Nashville Predators is tied up in the William (Boots) Del Biaggio bankruptcy hearing….

Against this mounting evidence, amid the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, commissioner Gary Bettman recently reported a sunny forecast for the gate-driven National Hockey League, buffeted by increased attendance in October and brisk ticket sales in many markets.

Looking forward, the picture isn’t so cheery.

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Sakic Out Again With Bad Back

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

He took one shift - 28 seconds - before shutting it down for the day because his back was bad.

This is obviously a red-siren, MAJOR setback for Cap and the Avs. He has, in essense, missed eight of the last nine games now. He has yet to play a full game in any of the three he’s allegedly been healthy enough to play in those last nine.

This is serious. A bad back can very often mean the end of a player’s career. Knowing the Avalanche and their medical staff, I would bet the ranch that they will now shut Sakic down for at least another few games and try to get this thing cured.

more on the Avs loss to Phoenix today…

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A Look At Goalie Injuries

from Doug Harrison of CBC Sports,

Through the first seven weeks of this season, injuries beset no fewer than 17 NHL goalies, including 12 starters.

The most serious injury was to Brodeur, followed by Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo, who is sidelined week to week after straining his left groin on a routine save at Pittsburgh on Nov. 22.

Luongo had played in at least 72 of his team’s 82 games in each of the past four campaigns….

Healy, who retired in 2001 after 437 NHL games, suggested an argument could be made that there is no down time for today’s players.

The former Los Angeles King, Toronto Maple Leaf, New York Ranger and New York Islander recalled playing organized hockey for only seven months as a youngster.

“It’s a 12-month job now and there are lots of kids that would like your job and they’re creeping up on you pretty quick,” said Healy, now the director of player affairs for the NHL Players’ Association. “At some point, does that affect your ability to have that durability?

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