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Ah- Regulated, Calculated Fighting

via Complex.com,

Do you enjoy watching people get pummeled?
Elisha Cuthbert: No.

But you’re a hockey fan!
Elisha Cuthbert: Actually, I’m pretty conservative and anti-confrontational. I’m not a big fan of confrontation—that’s probably the Canadian in me.

Really? I thought most hockey crowds go nuts for fights.
Elisha Cuthbert: I think the worst would be watching Ultimate Fighting, you know? Hockey can get really aggressive and fights definitely break out, but they’re regulated and there are officials there. It’s almost calculated. I think football’s a lot harder to watch sometimes.

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A Different View Of The Washington Capitals

from Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post,

Independent co-producers Gemma Hooley and Chris Nelson have spent most of the last eight months trying to show a different side to the game, seen and heard through the eyes and the voices of Capitals veteran forward Brooks Laich and rookie defenseman Karl Alzner….

“There is very little sports on NPR, and certainly not much hockey,” said Hooley, a 40-year-old South African who narrates the features. “Chris and I thought there were so many stories that could be told, and we thought we could do it with sound. We’re not interested in the games in general. We just thought we could follow two players through the season on and off the ice and explain the game in a thoughtful way, especially what it takes to play at this level.”

read on

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Bobby Ryan Enjoying The Season In Anaheim

from Bobby Ryan at AnaheimDucks.com,

I’m having a blast. Outside of the success I’ve had this year, you still get to come to the rink every day and play hockey. You’re playing a game every day. That’s pretty incredible.

I’ve gotten a little bit of everything from the fans since I’ve been here. There have been phone numbers handed to me at events. I’ve had fans wait at the hotel for me after games, because they know all the rookies are staying there. One girl wrote me a poem that she made me read out loud back to her. It’s flattering and it’s nice to be noticed. It’s been fun spending time with our fans and they’re second to none.

continued

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The LA Kings METAL Ice Crew

Want to spruce up your computer with some fresh wallpaper?

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Weight Out With Sprained MCL

from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

The news doesn’t get much worse than this for a 30th place NHL team playing without it’s All-Star goaltender. But the Islanders just announced that center Doug Weight, who suffered a sprained medial collateral ligament in the second period last night against the Devils, is out for six weeks.

continued

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Tomas Plekanec Suspended

TORONTO (February 12, 2009) – Montreal Canadiens forward Tomas Plekanec has been suspended for two games, without pay, for an incident involving Edmonton Oilers defenseman Denis Grebeshkov during NHL Game #809 last night, the National Hockey League announced.

      At 4:29 of the second period, Plekanec took down Grebeshkov from behind, resulting in an injury to the Edmonton player. He was assessed a minor penalty for tripping on the play.

added 6:35pm, watch the video of the incident below…

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Yzerman Talks Team Canada

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Even if it is sometimes easy to forget, Steve Yzerman actually does have a day job.

Officially, he is the Detroit Red Wings’ vice president/hockey, which places Yzerman just between general manager Ken Holland and vice president/assistant general manager Jim Nill on the NHL team’s administrative pecking order.

But nowadays, wherever he goes and whatever he does, Yzerman is primarily identified as executive director of Canada’s 2010 men’s Olympic hockey team.

continued

added 6:16pm, The link to the story changed on me, but is now working.

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Coyotes Assign Turris To AHL

GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have recalled defenseman David Schlemko from their American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage.  In addition, center Kyle Turris has been assigned to the Rampage.

Turris, 19, has recorded 6-10-16 and 17 PIM in 50 games with the Coyotes this season.  The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Turris was selected by the Coyotes in the first round (3rd overall) of the 2007 NHL Entry Draft.

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Did The Vinny Talk Hurt The Canadiens?

from Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey,

Does it strike anyone other than me as more than a coincidence that the Montreal Canadiens went cold right around the time the Vincent Lecavalier trade rumors broke last month?

From early December to a week prior to the 2009 NHL All-Star game the Canadiens had rallied from a minor November slump and were a sizzling 11-2-1, despite losing such notables as Carey Price and Saku Koivu to injury.

Then the trade rumors linking the Habs to Lecavalier broke, and they’re 2-8 in their last ten leading up to February 11th.

I’m a big fan of Habs GM Bob Gainey and overall approve of how he’s built and maintained the current roster, but his cryptic responses to the Lecavalier trade speculation seemed to only stoke the rumors.

It’s unknown if Gainey spoke to any of the players who were rumored headed to Tampa Bay for Lecavalier to calm their nerves.

continued plus some Bouwmeester talk…

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Does +/- Even Count?

from Al Strachan at Fox Sports,

...Being the league’s statistician, it was a simple matter for Andrews to release these numbers to the media, and in 1967, the league made it official. Plus-minus became a recognized statistic.

But that was more than 40 years ago and the game has changed a lot since then. Now, we have specialists. We have coaches who have elevated the art of line-matching to a science.

As a result, certain defensemen will always be on the ice against the opposition’s top lines. So if you’re constantly going head to head against the likes of Sidney Crosby, Alex Ovechkin, Pavel Datsyuk and so on, how can your plus-minus have any relevance whatsoever when compared to the defensemen on your team who only get off the bench to play against third and fourth lines?

more plus some Kelly/Lindros talk…

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