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Chicago Enters All-Star Break With A Little Slump

from Tim Sassone of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

“It doesn’t matter how we feel out there,” Toews said. “There are going to be tough times during the schedule with little things nagging at you like injuries, fatigue or whatever it is.

“We need to figure out those little excuses don’t matter and we all need to step up and play better in those moments and learn how to play through adversity.

“We know what kind of team we are and showed it in December. We want to keep going down that path and keep getting better. Obviously the way we’ve played the last two games is a setback.”

The Hawks still are fourth in the Western Conference, but it’s a team in a downward trend, particularly offensively.

Quenneville questioned the Hawks’ work ethic in the last little while.

“The mind-set is we have to think of checking,” Quenneville said. “A lot of things are going to be resolved by checking and simple plays and getting opportunities off it.

“I think we’re probably sick and tired of people telling us how good we are instead of how hard we work, and that’s going to get us out of it.”

more on last night’s loss to the Blues…

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Phaneuf Hit On Umberger

via Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

R.J. Umberger had a strong game with two goals and nearly a third midway through the third period. And if that wasn’t enough he was hammered from behind by Dion Phaneuf in the first period, drawing a game misconduct for boarding. Umberger smacked his cheek hard against the glass, but said he was mostly just dazed.

“I’m lucky I was so close to the boards,” he said. “If I were a little further out, I could have been in trouble.”

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf, r.j.+umberger

Brodeur Cleared For Skating

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

“Marty went to the doctor today and got the OK to skate,” Lamoriello said. “He did skate today, but I would not rush that. And by saying he’s skating, it’s part of the physical therapy he’s going through. It will be a day-to-day situation as far as skating goes with the exercise he does.”

Lamoriello said Brodeur did not take shots and has not been cleared to do so yet. He would not estimate how long Brodeur skated for and did not know if he would skate again on Thursday.


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  Tags: marty+brodeur

A Tim Thomas Move

Thomas decides to make the ‘aggressive’ save against Jason Blake.  The Bruins win the game 4-3 in a shootout tonight after being down 3-1 at the start of the 3rd period.

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  Tags: jason+blake, tim+thomas

Surgery For Olesz

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Florida Panthers general manager Jacques Martin said winger Rostislav Olesz needs surgery to repair a sports hernia that already has cost Olesz six weeks of his season.

Olesz was injured Dec. 4, with the original diagnosis being a pulled groin. Olesz returned to practice a few weeks ago before being shut down after the pain failed to subside.


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  Tags: rostislav+olesz

If The Stars Became Sellers…

from a fan Q & A with Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Q: With the hole the Stars dug themselves into at the beginning of the season, do you see them being a seller as the trade deadline approaches? If so, who would be the top names they would likely jettison?

HEIKA: If they are completely out of it, the likely people you could nab would be: Darryl Sydor, Brian Sutherby, Toby Petersen, Mark Parrish – the role players who will be unrestricted free agents and either don’t cost much or could be reacquired in the summer.

If a team asked about the big-dollar contract guys – like Marty Turco, Mike Ribeiro or Brad Richards – my guess is the Stars would listen very hard.

But my guess is they will be in the mix for the playoffs, will be very small buyers and will try to add a defenseman and/or a veteran backup goalie.

more Dallas related questions and answers…

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Wings Thinking Draft

from Michael Caples of DetroitRedWings.com,

While Hockeytown is snowy and frozen this week, assistant general manager Jim Nill and the masterminds behind the Red Wings’ success were meeting in warm and sunny Arizona in preparations for the 2009 NHL Draft.

Nill and general manager Ken Holland gathered the entire Detroit scouting staff to the Phoenix area to decide on what amateur players the Red Wings will target in late June in Montreal.

“What we’re doing is going over each league, and we’re going to rank the players, talk about the players, discuss what’s good and bad about them,” Nill said. “Get all the information on the players then we’ll start to rank them.”


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Passing Out Grades

Scott Burnside of ESPN passes out his mid-season grades.  We will start at the bottom…

St. Louis Blues: D
Injuries have so crippled the Blues, it’s hard to get a sense of how bad they are or, conversely, how good they might have been. Still, there are a lot of things to look forward to if the play of youngsters T.J. Oshie, Patrik Berglund and David Perron are any indication. Just not now.

New York Islanders: D-minus
How’s that 15-year deal with goaltender Rick DiPietro working out? Yikes. Dead last in the NHL, the Islanders can only hope their bad luck doesn’t extend to the draft lottery and they land the No. 1 pick that their dreadful play suggests is their right. Bad building, bad team. The highlight for them is going to be playing an exhibition game in Kansas City next training camp. How bad is that?

read on

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Steve Webb Now Teaching Teens

from WHEC (Rochester),

Former New York Islander Steve Webb was known for being a “tough guy on the ice”, but his time off the ice is now dedicated to teaching kids life lessons through sports. He visited one local high school today.

Webb was a gritty right winger known for protecting and inspiring his teammates. He has turned his hard work and will to battle back towards kids.

Webb says, “At that time it was a big learning experience for me.” Drafted by the Sabres in 1994 Webb he was released for being out of shape and unfocused. That tough start in the NHL now serves as his inspirational story for teens.

continued and a Webb tribute video below…

Continue Reading »

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  Tags: steve+webb

Saku Koivu Returns

via Habs Inside/Out,

Captain Saku Koivu, who has been sidelined with a high ankle sprain since early December, will return to the Canadiens lineup for tonight’s game against the Devils in New Jersey.

Coach Guy Carbonneau confirmed Koivu’s return but said he hadn’t decided which player would sit. The choice is between veteran Steve Bégin or rookie Gregory Stewart.

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  Tags: saku+koivu

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