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The State Of The Thrashers With Don Waddell

from Mike Knobler of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Q. You’ve said you won’t trade Ilya Kovalchuk. Are there any other players you rule out trading?

A. There are some guys that I won’t trade, but I’m not going to get into the names. There are certainly some younger guys, and you can figure it out, that we want to continue to build around.

Q. What’s the first priority you’re looking for in a trade?

A. A centerman would be No. 1, but if it’s a player that’s going to make us a better team at this point, particularly a forward, we’ll look at pretty much anything.

Q. When do you start having to make a decision, is this a team that has a chance to make a run or is it time to look to the future?

A. The trade deadline’s March 4. In February we only have [five] home games. We have to put ourselves in position over the next five, six weeks. If we don’t, it’s going to be tough for us.

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Comparing The Rangers To The Islanders

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The Islanders are the other team in the Atlantic, and they only thing they seem to be chasing - other than opposing players with the puck - is the first overall pick in the June draft.

And yet, our two local teams have more problems in common than you might think.

Huh? What’s that? How can a team that’s 10 games over .500 have anything in common with a team 11 games under and in the midst of a 10- game losing streak?

Plenty.

The Islanders’ problems are more obvious, thanks to their lesser talent all the way round the rink. Scott Gordon has been beset by injuries (unlike Tom Renney and the Rangers), so he’s juggled lines and defense pairings and tried to get a variety of players to adhere to his coaching system and style.

read on

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Caps Continue To Win No Matter Who Is On The Ice

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

While it’s unclear who will be able to suit up, this much is known: The Capitals have been one of the league’s best teams over the past month despite an injury-ravaged lineup that, on Tuesday night at Madison Square Garden, was minus eight players who were on the ice opening night.

Since the roster became a virtual revolving door on Nov. 24, they’re 10-4-0 and have built a comfortable eight-point edge in the Southeast Division.

In that span, 11 players have been recalled from the American Hockey League’s Hershey Bears, five have made their NHL debuts, and even a front-office employee was signed to serve as a backup goaltender. In all, 35 players have donned a Washington jersey this season compared with 26 at this point a year ago.

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Sullivan Feels Like A Hockey Player Again

from Kevin Allen of USA Today,

It’s been 22 months since Nashville Predators forward Steve Sullivan has played an NHL game, and no timetable has been set for his return.

But as his family prepared for the holidays, Sullivan felt like he had already received a gift “because I feel like a hockey player again.”

After two back surgeries and overflowing frustration, Sullivan has been able to skate with teammates and embrace the idea his comeback will be sooner rather than later.

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Red Wings Send Their Hockey Greetings To You

TSN has their version of Twas The Night Before Christmas dominated by notable faces from the hockey world.

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Merry Christmas Everyone

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I am late, very late.  Must get the Christmas tree up, but I run into a neighborhood boy who wants to skate.

Sure I say, a break from the hustle and bustle will do me good, so two hours later I am in a much better mood.

Remember our game on this day and if bothered or down on such a glorious day, just put on the skates and go out and play!


Previous Christmas Day posts… 12/25/07 & 12/25/06.

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Preparing For The Big Guy

Time to put our game on the back burner and enjoy the warmth of this Holiday Season.

I do thank all of you for your patronage and hope you have a safe and peaceful time and can spend some meaningful time with family and friends.

The big fella is about to begin his long journey, but first he had to get a little warm-up in!

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All Todd McLellan

from Jim Carlton of the Wall Street Journal,

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mr. McLellan looked at what he has accomplished and where he hopes to lead the Sharks, who have yet to win a Stanley Cup or even conference championship in their 17-year history in San Jose. Excerpts:

The Wall Street Journal: How much credit do you take in this winning record?

Mr. McLellan: I am a small piece. There are a number of other important people on the staff, and the most important people are the players. They are the ones who lay themselves on the line every night.

WSJ: How much different are you from your predecessor, Ron Wilson?

Mr. McLellan: When I got the job, I had a real good idea how I wanted the team to play. There were some changes in the way some of the players were utilized in the past. For example, we wanted the defensemen to be much more active, shooting the puck more.

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A Look At The Western Conference ASG Voting

New York (December 24, 2008) – Three of the top defensemen in the world are vying for just two spots while five forwards are within a final-week surge of snatching the last opening up front for the Western Conference in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports that will select the starting lineups for the 2009 NHL All-Star Game in Montreal.

        Six-time Norris Trophy-winner Nicklas Lidstrom of Detroit remained the leading vote-getter on defense as of 7 a.m. ET today. However, his lead had been trimmed to a mere 3,036 votes by supporters of Chicago’s Brian Campbell. And those two hardly had locks on their starting spots, as Calgary’s Dion Phaneuf was within 66,500 votes of Campbell with nine days left in online and mobile text voting.

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TSN Experts Discussion

from TSN,

The panel then offered their thoughts on their leading candidates for Comeback Player of the Year this season. McKenzie and Matthew Barnaby went with Philadelphia Flyers’ winger Simon Gagne while Dreger chose Michael Ryder of the Boston Bruins.

“Coming back from a concussion is a very difficult thing to do and Gagne is scoring in the tough areas,” said Barnaby. “The Flyers are having a great year and he’s a big reason why.”

McKenzie stressed the enormity of Gagne’s return to form and the road he has had to travel to get there. Through 32 games this season, Gagne has 17 goals and 38 points.

“Gagne’s not just coming off a bad year, he’s coming back from having his career threatened,” said McKenzie.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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