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Pushing The Right Buttons

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Lindy Ruff did not go to Yale. He never attended any college. But Ruff is one of the smartest and most intuitive coaches I’ve known, a man with a knack for pushing hockey players’ buttons and getting them to perform at a higher competitive level.

Ruff has been coaching the Sabres for 12 seasons. He is by far the longest-tenured coach in the NHL. He’s never been shy about speaking his mind. But the more secure he gets in his job, the more willing he is to single out players for soft or substandard performance.

It doesn’t matter if you’re a star. Slack off and Ruff will cut your minutes. He’ll bench you. He’ll call you out in public.

Somehow, it works.

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Best Of The Week

Five minutes of the best goals, hits and saves in the NHL from the past week.

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How About The WJC In Canada Every Year?

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

There is a movement afoot to have the World Junior Championship in Canada permanently and you might be surprised by who is in favor and who is against it happening.

On the side in favor is International Ice Hockey Federation president Rene Fasel, who reasons that Canadian crowds generate enormous revenues and make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. On the other side is Hockey Canada president Bob Nicholson, who is clearly wary of killing a golden goose by giving Canada too much of a good thing.

“I think there is a good chance (of moving the WJC to Canada permanently),” Fasel said. “Bob is not an easy guy to negotiate with, but if he wants to have the tournament here every year then we have to find a way to make it work for the other federations.”

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Report- Tavares Traded

from Patrick King of Sportsnet,

John Tavares will soon be a member of the London Knights, sources tell Sportsnet.ca

There has been speculation that Tavares would be traded before the Jan. 10 trade deadline and sources say the deal is done to send the Oshawa Generals forward to London.

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Bruins Happy With Their Goaltender Rotation

from Daniel Nugent-Bowman of the National Post,

It took some time, but Peter Chiarelli’s unconventional plan is finally starting to pay off.

When the Boston Bruins’ general manager acquired goaltender Manny Fernandez from Minnesota in July, 2007, he envisioned a goaltending tandem - Fernandez and Tim Thomas - that could lead his team to NHL supremacy.

Thomas set career bests in goals-against average (2.44) and save percentage last season - and the Bruins, eighth in the East, made the playoffs for the first time since the lockout - but a knee injury limited Fernandez to just four games.

This year, the goaltenders are making Chiarelli look like a genius.

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Survival

from Georges Laraque at Sportsnet,

I want first to offer my condolences to Don Sanderson’s family. Don is the 21-year-old man who passed away on Friday after hitting his head on the ice in a hockey fight on Dec. 14….

So this incident brings the first subject that I wanted to talk about and that’s simply that fighting is not just the toughest job in hockey, but in all professional sports. Fighting is not easy, not easy physically nor mentally. During a fight, you pretty much fight for your life because as you know, many things can happen and on top of that, you are being watched by millions of people. And whether or not someone watches your game live, your fight will end up on YouTube forever.

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Foote Out Indefinitely With Tricep Injury

via Craig Stancher at ColoradoAvalance.com,

The Avalanche will be without a pair of veterans when the club faces Nashville tomorrow, as defenseman Adam Foote and forward Ian Laperriere will not make the trip to Tennessee.

Foote suffered a tricep injury during Sunday’s loss to the Minnesota Wild. The blueliner played briefly in the second period before leaving the game. He did not take part in practice Monday and is out indefinitely.

The Avalanche also played the third period of last night’s game without the services of Laperriere. The winger, who has been playing center of late, skated for just 9:03 before leaving the contest with a back injury.

“Adam has a tricep injury and he’s going to be reevaluated in the next few days,” said Avalanche head coach Tony Granato. “Ian should be day-to-day. He’s got a stiff back but won’t make the trip.”

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Flyers Injury Update

from PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren on Monday updated the team’s injury list.

“Joffrey Lupul has an abdominal pull, so he is probably out for at least 14 days. Right now, he is on I.R..:.

“Simon Gagne is actually doing better. We’ll still say he’s day-to-day, but we’re kind of hoping he’ll play tomorrow.”

“Antero Niittymaki actually feels a little bit better today, but we’re still probably looking at a week to 10 days before he’s able to play.”

Danny Briere also spoke to the media on Monday, and said that he may be a week or two away from returning to game action. Briere has missed the last 14 games with a groin strain.

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Therrien Not The Big Problem

from Mark Madden of the Beaver County Times,

While Therrien has wielded his iron fist more judiciously than in the past, his tactical acumen remains inadequate and the coaching staff’s continued mangling of the power play is unforgivable. The staff should have been upgraded between seasons. Mike Yeo lacks experience, Andre Savard lacks a pulse and the staff as a whole lacks a communicator.

But Therrien didn’t ask for a roster caked with wings that lack both finishing and fury. Therrien left Saturday’s post-game press conference without answering the final question: “Can you win with these players?” Shero might not have wanted to hear Therrien’s answer.

Therrien isn’t responsible for the significant injuries that have dogged his team, either.

The end of Saturday’s second period typified the Penguins lately: Max Talbot and even Sidney Crosby fought in a transparent attempt to inject adrenaline into their lifeless teammates. But Nathan Horton extended Florida’s lead to 5-1 exactly 90 seconds after Crosby’s set-to.

Crosby should have punched one of his wingers. At least his rage would have been properly placed. Crosby’s attempt at inspiration was met with raging indifference.

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Time To Beat The Penguins

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

As the old punch-line goes, “TONIGHT’S THE NIGHT!”

And so it should be for the Rangers at The Garden this evening when the shaky Penguins come to town.

With apologies to the punch line (“Tonight’s The Night”), perhaps the theme should be simply to pick apart the Pens whose confidence appears to be leaking out of every pore.

Granted, the Rangers have not been playing in the manner of Boston nor San Jose, but on Saturday night, they gave the capricious Capitals a good run for their Ovechkin before losing by a mere goal. Considering that Washington virtually never loses at home, the Blueshirts played them hard and well.

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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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