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Ice Talk

from On Frozen Blog,

I’m no engineer, but advancements in insulating materials are such that here in the home of NASA, is it delusional to imagine that some day soon some hockey lover in Greenbelt might devise a covering for arena ice that would preserve its integrity no matter the time of year, no matter the duration of hoops overtime?

I wonder. And it is in this vein I would have all of us who are concerned about this issue direct our thoughts. Capitals’ management wants a quality surface, of that I’m convinced. But at present, it can’t happen with consistency.

That needs to be addressed, somehow. It’s the right thing to do, for players and fans. And if that isn’t reason enough, I have one hundred and twenty four million others.

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Can The Wings Fit Cleary Into Salary Structure

from the Detroit Free Press,

“We want to find people that fit into our program, at a price that makes sense for the player and the club,” general manager Ken Holland said. “We’re hoping Dan wants to stay here. We’re willing to pay, but if we can’t get something done, we’ll look at options.”

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  Tags: dan+cleary

Renney To The Rescue

from the New York Daily News,

Tom Renney understands that absorbing some physical punishment is part of being a top player. But Renney has just about had it with the unpenalized bashing he believes Jaromir Jagr receives most games….

“He’s the best player on our team and he is never going to dive,” Renney said of Jagr, who on Sunday took an on-ice pounding from Montreal defenseman Mike Komisarek and the usual over-the-air hammering from NBC analyst Mike Milbury. “He’s always going to play the game straight up to the best of his ability. Whereas those that oppose him - that stop him - in my mind, play outside the rules of the game at times.

“And for whatever reasons, it seems to go unnoticed because he doesn’t fall down; he doesn’t embellish; he’s strong; he uses his size well; he’s a puck-possession guy. And yet, protect the integrity of the game and allow the player to play.

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  Tags: jaromir+jagr, tom+renney

Why Not The Bruins

from the Boston Herald,

As you might have heard, that victory parade in Boston today won’t be taking place, but the Bruins [team stats] harbor secret hopes that maybe, just maybe, they could be at the center of a championship celebration in June.

“It’s not out of the realm of imagination,” goalie Tim Thomas [stats] said.

“It’s not impossible,” general manager Peter Chiarelli added….

Heading into this season, it was hard to imagine anyone seriously suggesting the Bruins could be Stanley Cup contenders. It remains an extreme longshot, but after watching the B’s win in Ottawa by two goals then follow with a strong, competitive match against the NHL-leading Detroit Red Wings, a deep run in the playoffs is not unthinkable.

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How Good Is Bettman - On The Ice

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  Tags: gary+bettman

Get Something For Campbell

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Darcy Regier, the Sabres’ GM, has conceded that trading Campbell is an option. But knowing Regier, he’ll fiddle around until the trade deadline, fretting and waiting for the perfect deal. There’s also the chance that management will grow reluctant to deal their top defenseman if the Sabres get hot and position themselves as a likely playoff team.

Regier shouldn’t let the team’s performance get in the way. Sure, the Sabres could get hot and slip into the playoffs, reviving title hopes among the team’s more gullible supporters. But Regier’s main concern has to be getting something for Campbell. If another star walks away for nothing, it’ll be an outrage.

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Leafs See Back-Up Goalies

via Puck-rakers,

No Olaf Kolzig for the Caps. They’re starting Brent Johnson in goal. In the newsroom on Tuesday, some vile cynic wondered aloud if the Blue Jackets led the league in facing back-up goaltenders. They do not, actually. That would be Toronto, center of the hockey universe, which has seen 20 No. 2s this season. Man, 41 years without the Cup in Toronto, and now opponents are trotting out their back-ups. Harsh.

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The Value Of Boyle

from the St. Petersburg Times,

The agent for Dan Boyle said he and the Lightning will have preliminary talks this week about extending the star defenseman’s contract.

“They had always told us they wanted Dan to stay and be part of the organization,” George Bazos said Sunday.

Boyle, 31, one of the game’s best puck-moving blue-liners, is in the final year of a three-year, $10-million contract.

continued

A good move by Tampa Bay, they will get a picture of the dollar figure Boyle wants, if they can’t make the dollars work, look for Boyle to be traded near the deadline.

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You Call That A Goal

from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

I just watched Shane Doan push a puck in with his glove - while a whistle was blowing when he did it - and tonight’s referee crew at the Pepsi Center decided to call it a good goal and cost the Avalanche a potentially valuable point in the standings.

Did these guys have a flight to catch? That was one of the worst, most obviously disallowable goals I’ve ever seen. Call me a homer on this one, I don’t care. That was horrible.

continued & the goal is officially credited to Vrbata…

Not the best video to see what Dater describes, but the only video I could find of the goal…

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European Scheduling

From David W. Unkle via Slam! Sports,

“Personally would I like to do it again, no,” said Pronger who also played games in Nagano and Turin. “Do I think it’s good for the NHL? I think it is but personally would I want to do it again? It’s a long way to go for a couple of games…for us this year it probably wasn’t the right move with the short summer…we weren’t the right team.”

Agreeing with Pronger is Vancouver’s Henrik Sedin.

“If you look at Anaheim and the struggles they went through when they came back home, you have to do it a different way,” said Sedin, who feels that the NHL should give teams more than a few days to acclimate to the time change.

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, chris+pronger, henrik+sedin, hockey+schedule, international+hockey, marketing

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