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An Unusual Case Of Sponsorship

from the Vancouver Sun:

Vancouver Canuck fans have been known to be fickle. But with the team leading their division, even the feeblist are cautiously talking about playoffs and less cautiously touting coach Alain Vigneault as a contender for coach of the year.
One big fan, law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, is doing even more - putting money where there cheers are . The firm, Vancouver’s largest, today announced it has entered into a long-term sponsorship agreement with Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owner of the Canucks, which the firm called the first agreement of its magnitude between a law firm and a western Canadian National Hockey League team.
In return, Fasken Martineau gets branding presence at the games, and takes on the title “official legal counsel to the Vancouver Canucks and General Motors Place.”

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Game Of The Night- I Think

from Stan Fischler,

Avery must skate a fine line; avoiding foolish penalties as well as his occasional tendency to over-react.
The Devils simply must play their well thought out wait-for-the-breaks game while tending first to defense.
This is, by far, the most heralded Rangers-Devils regular season game in my recent memory.
Expect an A-1, Yankee Doodle, Ipsy-Pipsy doozie of a contest!

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The Talk…

Spector picks up on a little banter going on…

John Hadley insists fellow reporter Andy Strickland, who covers the St. Louis Blues for ESPN radio and Hockeybuzz, is wrong regarding his latest report disputing Hadley’s report yesterday that Keith Tkachuk and Bill Guerin have been told they’ll be traded in the near future. “I don’t give a damn what Andy Strickland wrote or John Davidson reportedly said… I know for a fact that Keith Tkachuk and Bill Guerin were told they’d be traded. If the Blues management team is denying this information… they’re liars….”

Boy, I bet you IwoCPO would like to get in on this…

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Dealing With The Goaltender In Florida

from the Palm Beach Post,

Still, there are those in the organization who are questioning the wisdom of making the $1.6 million commitment inherent in making Auld a qualifying offer or opting for a potential upgrade elsewhere.
One option is the free-agent market, where potential names include Buffalo’s Martin Biron, Anaheim’s Jean-Sebastien Giguere, St. Louis’ Manny Legace and Los Angeles’ Mathieu Garon.
Another is a trade before Tuesday’s deadline. Buffalo has been rumored to have an interest in a Biron-for-Belfour deal, and other teams with two quality goalies, such as Anaheim and San Jose, could dangle one in efforts to land a Todd Bertuzzi, Gary Roberts, Martin Gelinas or a package of players.

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Love The Game

from EJ Hradek at ESPN,

So, instead of speculating about the coming deals or waxing over the proposed change to the instigator rule (who cares!), I decided to give a short list of things I like about our great game. It’s a quirky list from a quirky guy. There is no order. Just 10 things I enjoy about the game and my job covering it.
HDNet Games
Ducks’ jersey numbers
Chris Chelios

read on to find out why and more favorites…

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Is Z Hart Material

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

But while Crosby is running away with the Art Ross, the Hart looks like it is up for grabs. There’s no doubt that Martin Brodeur, with his 37 wins and 11 shutouts, belongs in the conversation. And now, after a two-month run of superlative play, so does Detroit’s Henrik Zetterberg.
Zetterberg’s been an upper echelon player for several years, but he’s never played with this sustained level of excellence at any point in his career. As far as the Red Wings are concerned, his timing couldn’t have been better.

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These Deals Worked Out

via the NHL,

There have been a number of notable trades made at the trade deadline featuring draft picks that would turn into star players.

March 10, 1980 – Los Angeles Kings obtained D JERRY KORAB from Buffalo for Los Angeles’ first-round choice in 1982 Entry Draft (D PHIL HOUSLEY)—trade completed one day before the trading deadline.
The Kings received 10-year veteran Korab, who had been a mainstay on the Sabres clubs that contended for the Stanley Cup in the mid 1970’s. The Sabres used the future first-round draft pick to select Housley out of St. Paul South (Minnesota) High School. Housley played eight seasons in a Sabres’ uniform, tallying 60+ points in each season.

March 10, 1981 – Los Angeles Kings obtained LW RICK MARTIN from Buffalo for Los Angeles’ third-round choice in 1981 Entry Draft (D COLIN CHISHOLM) and first-round choice in the 1983 Entry Draft (G TOM BARRASSO).
The Kings received Martin, who posted eight seasons of 30-or-more goals and was a member of the Sabres’ famous “French Connection” line with Gilbert Perreaultand Rene Robert. Buffalo used the future first-round draft pick to select another high school phenom, goaltender Tom Barrasso of Acton-Boxboro (Massachusetts).

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Tie Domi Files Lawsuit

From CanWest News,

Former Maple Leaf enforcer Tie Domi has launched a $950,000 defamation lawsuit against Toronto radio personality John Derringer and his employer.
Domi alleges the Q107 morning show host falsely alleged in a broadcast on Oct. 2, 2006 that he charged fees to appear for charities.
The lawsuit also claims Derringer led his listeners to believe that the former Leaf “is a morally flawed” personality who misleads the public about his philanthropic contributions.

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*thanks to David for the tip

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Detroit Fans Tough On Goalies

from the St. Louis Blues,

Thanks to a first round elimination at the hands of the eighth-seeded Edmonton Oilers in April 2006, Legace wasn’t offered a contract from Detroit and was left to explore the free agent market, where he sat for weeks before teams started calling. His 2.65 goals-against average in the postseason was hardly cause for alarm, but Legace shouldered the blame for Detroit’s early playoff exit and was forced to pack his bags.
“You have to live in Detroit (to understand),” Legace explained. “They (had) to do something for the fans, who (were) asking for a change. Goaltending is the obvious big change.”

more on Manny, good read…

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Can’t Go Back

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

The Doug Weight Rule.
And that rule would be: If you’re traded during the calendar year when your contract is expiring and you could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, there is one restriction on unrestricted free agency. You can’t re-sign with the team that traded you.

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