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Gomez Has To Be Better

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers need Gomez to be much better. There have been far too many haphazard passes to nowhere, far too many turnovers.

Gomez is holding on to the puck way too long. His instincts appear to have become hazy.

Not everybody is going to play the same way as Patrik Elias and Brian Gionta, Gomez’s linemates in New Jersey with whom he had brilliant chemistry, but it is on the centerman to make it work with Naslund and Zherdev.

Gomez turns 29 today. He’s the team’s seventh-eldest.

It’s a long way from his tenure as a Devil during which he had people like Claude Lemieux, Scott Stevens, Randy McKay and Ken Daneyko to learn from and lean on.

Now, ready or not, Gomez is at the head of the class.

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Crosby’s OT Goal Last Night

You make the call and Tony of The Confluence has brought the subject up too.

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  Tags: sidney+crosby

Talking Wild

from Russo’s Rants,

Assistant GM Tom Lynn said Marc-Andre Bergeron, who leads the Wild defensemen with 16 points, is out a matter of “weeks, not days,” due to a lower-body injury. He didn’t want to peg an exact time frame, but obviously it’ll be into the New Year. Defenseman Erik Reitz will take Bergeron’s spot in the lineup, and with Kurtis Foster still a ways from returning, you can bet this puts a halt on any possible trading of one of the Wild defensemen….

Lynn also said Marian Gaborik will be managing his injury for at least a month. So he’ll be judging his own discomfort and decide when he needs to take a practice off or leave practice early. Lynn said that’s normal, and with only one back-to-back before Jan. 19-20 games, Lynn feels Gaborik should be fine to play every game (unless of course there’s an aggravation).

read on for more on the Wild and the Gaborik to Atlanta rumor…

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  Tags: marc-andre+bergeron, marian+gaborik

Financial Health Of The Devils Is Good

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

The economy is bad and could get even worse.

Even many fans who would have been willing to dig deep into their pockets were unable or unwilling to get to the Devils’ past two home games because of snowstorms.

Still, Devils owner Jeff Vanderbeek remains optimistic fans will support a team that has been surprisingly resilient on the ice and that the club will be profitable for a second straight season in the Prudential Center.

“The health of the Devils is fine,” Vanderbeek told The Star-Ledger Monday. “Certainly we saw the light (financially) last year, but we need to continue to grow. I haven’t seen specific numbers, but I think our attendance is just a touch up (from last year at this point). I think the prospects are good.”

continued

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TSN Ranks The Teams

from TSN,

The Flames, Panthers, Hurricanes and Coyotes climb as the Blue Jackets and Oilers slide in this week’s edition of the TSN.ca NHL Power Rankings.

1. Boston
2. San Jose
3. Chicago
4. Detroit

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Another ECHL Team Folds

As Tapeleg points out in his Jerseys and Hockey Love blog, the Fresno Falcons folded today.

That makes two ECHL teams this year, both during the season.

from the ECHL,

The ECHL announced Monday that the Board of Governors had voted unanimously to terminate the Membership of the Fresno Falcons, effective immediately.

The termination of the Membership comes as a result of the Fresno ownership group notifying the ECHL that they are unable to continue to operate the Membership for financial reasons.

Failure to ice a team for play is grounds for automatic termination under the ECHL Bylaws.

continued

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Bettman In Maxim

from Maxim.com,

(Maxim) The other great debate in hockey is fighting. Some people are for banning it, others say it’s a necessary part of the game. How do you feel about it?


(Bettman) It’s always been a part of the game.  It’s an incidental part of the game and in increases and decreases based on how the game is being played. It’s physical. Contact is encouraged. Players are skating at each other, running into each other. It’s speeds up to 30 miles per hour and players are carrying sticks. It’s nonstop, it’s edgy, and it’s emotional. So the fact that this is an incidental part of the game-I don’t think it calls for debate to whether or not it should be in or out of the game. It’s always been a part of the game.

many more topics discussed…

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  Tags: gary+bettman

The Best Of…

Five minutes of the best goals, hits and saves from last week.

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Don’t Eat Before You Go To A Yotes Game

from the Phoenix Coyotes,

GLENDALE, Ariz.—- In times of a troublesome economy, the Phoenix Coyotes are taking an extra step to help make a fun night out easier for Valley families.

The Coyotes have launched an Economic Stimulus Plan that includes a variety of promotions to help make attending games more affordable to fans during tough economic times, including an all-you-can-eat offer for the 6 p.m. Coyotes’ New Year’s Eve home game vs. Colorado.

The All-You-Can-Eat Pack – that will regularly be available at all Saturday Coyotes home games – includes an upper-level game ticket and unlimited hot dogs, nachos, popcorn, peanuts and fountain sodas for only $25.

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All Jeff Carter

Jeff Carter of the Philadelphia Flyers took part in an NHL tele-conference today.

Q.    Have you always shot the puck as much as you’re doing this year? And at this time of the season, did you think you would have more goals than Ovechkin?

JEFF CARTER: Yeah, I mean, when I grew up, my dad always taught me you can’t score if you don’t shoot. So I try to put it in the net every chance I get. The second part about Ovechkin, I don’t know how long I can hold him off for. He seems to be scoring well these days. He’s a great player. We’ll see.

Q.    The number of fights this year is up. Have you noticed the play being more chippy this year, a little bit more closer quarters than they have been?

JEFF CARTER
: I don’t really see a difference at all. I think it’s just the way the game is. I think it’s intense, tight games this year. I think a lot of teams are real close to each other in the standings and stuff like that. They mean a lot more, and guys are just battling.

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