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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

Vinny Wants More Ice Time

from Lightning Strikes,

“It’s definitely a change,” Lecavalier said before the game with the Maple Leafs. “I would like to play more, and I like to play more. I want to get the 20 minutes in there, or 21 minutes. A lot of people say we played too much last year and I understand that. But 20, 21 minutes, I think, would be a good number.”

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All Todd McLellan

Todd McLellan took part in a tele-donference today and Sharkspage has the transcript,

[Q] How do you go into facing the Detroit Red Wings for the first time Thursday? Have you talked with Mike (Babcock) at all about it?

[TM] We haven’t talked about the game in particular, we talk quite often about how the families are doing. The game in particular, we have not addressed it one bit. We will approach it like any other game. Head coaches will always tell you that. We are going to prepare for the things they do well, and they are going to counter against us. Probably more will be made out of it by the media than will be made out of it by the two coaches, because it will be just another night and we have to do the best we can do for our team.

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Dealing With Head Shots

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Jim Rutherford was right; so, for that matter, were Guy Carbonneau and Brent Sutter and everyone else who, in the past 48 hours, raised alarm bells about blows to the head — and the fact that the NHL really, truly has a problem on its hands.

What makes their voices more likely to be heard is that all are old-school hockey men — and thus immune from the criticism that changing the rule book (and the mindset) about how to police shots to the head will leech contact out of the game.

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Evening Line

“You got such freedom, it’s hard to believe. In the U.S. you have so many rules, everything’s regulated and structured. When you make a mistake you pay for it — a lot. … In Russia you don’t have to worry if you make a mistake. And that’s what I love about living here. There’s always another way to make up for it. Nothing’s too serious. Nothing is a problem, and at the same time, everything’s a problem. But somehow no matter how bad things are, you can always work it out.”

-Jaromir Jagr, read more at Slap Shot…

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For The Love Of The Game

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

I watch the NHL every night, whether I am at home in Connecticut or at work in the ESPN newsroom waiting for the $100 bills to fall out of Scott Van Pelt’s pockets.

Sometimes, one simple hockey moment fills me with such sporting joy that it helps kick-start this weekly blogumn.

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Winter Classic Ticket Update

via Chris Kuc of Icing at the Chicago Tribune,

The NHL and the Blackhawks will release ticket information to Hawks season ticket-holders Tuesday afternoon regarding the Winter Classic on Jan. 1 at Wrigley Field.

There are three price ranges for tickets: $75, $225 and $325.

On Monday, the NHL will announce more information regarding ticket sales to non-season ticket-holders.

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  Tags: winter+classic

MacTavish Tells It Like It Is

from Gene Principe at Sportsnet,

I’ve covered the team for ten years and I don’t think I’ve ever seen such surgeon-like precision by the Oilers head coach when it comes to breaking down his team and here’s how it went.

Let’s start with scoring. “We have a soft, high risk offence”. OK then how about your defence? “We’re not going backwards as fast as we’re going forwards”.

Did you think it was another slow beginning against the Bruins? “Our starts have been horrific.” And why is that the case? “We’re trying to cut corners.”

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  Tags: craig+mactavish

Stars Lundqvist Out With Shoulder Injury

from Mike Heika of Dallas Stars Blog,

Joel Lundqvist is out with a shoulder injury (I believe it’s a fractured scapula) for the next 4-6 weeks.

The Stars said they do not have any immediate plans to call up a replacement.

However, the injury to Lundqvist, and the fact the Stars can put Jere Lehtinen on long-term IR retroactive to the start of the season, should clear the necessary salary cap space to bring back Sergei Zubov without having to do too much juggling.

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