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New Life For Thornton

from the Toronto Star,

Thornton is revelling in hockey as pleasure as well as profession. His is very nearly an idyllic life these days – quite content with the team’s rare forays into the Eastern Conference, although friends and family back in St. Thomas, Ont., don’t see much of the Sharks except on a dish – sharing a home with girlfriend Tabea, a Swiss-born model he met while playing overseas during the lockout.
And he’s become, shall we say, a bit more sophisticated in his California mid-20s. Today’s junk food lunch notwithstanding, Thornton’s favourite food is sushi, most particularly the highly poisonous blowfish – a lethal delicacy if not expertly dissected. Takes guts to eat.
“Just like living dangerously, I guess.’‘

more on Joe…

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Time To Lead

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Tom Renney is an ex emplary individual who treats everyone with respect. He’s a professional in the most pure sense. That and $76 will get him a 30-day subway pass. But it won’t get him into the playoffs….
This year, Renney has acted more like a caretaker than a coach. It’s baffling. He and his staff work as hard as ever, but that’s not the point. The point is, dealing with a team with more holes in the lineup than Alex Rodriguez had in his swing against the Tigers last October, Renney has not been proactive. His laissez-faire approach is not working.


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Miami’s Fine By Jokinen

from the Miami Herald:

In his six seasons with the Panthers, Olli Jokinen has seen his share of losing. On Saturday, he was part of the worst home loss in franchise history and is desperate to see some change.
Only, he doesn’t want out.

‘‘There’s a reason I signed a four-year deal,’’ said Jokinen, whose 613 games played without being in the playoffs is the most by an active NHL player.
‘‘I want to be in the playoffs here, wearing this jersey,’’ he said. ``Those reports aren’t true. They’re false. I don’t want to go anywhere, I want to stay here. If I wanted to go somewhere and didn’t believe in this program, I never would have signed that deal. I would have looked at other options in the summer.’‘



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Crosby Upset With No-Call

from the CP via TSN,

Crosby was high-sticked in the lip by Francis Bouillon late in the third period of the Montreal Canadiens’ 4-3 overtime win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The infraction went uncalled by referees Chris Rooney and Dave Jackson and Crosby took a long time getting up off the ice before slowly skating back to the Penguins bench.
Upon his arrival there, Canadiens enforcer Aaron Downey started yelling at the 19-year-old superstar while derisive chants of “Faker, Faker” rained down from the upper reaches of the Bell Centre.

read on

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Fernandez Out Another 1-3 Weeks

from the Pioneer Press,

Goaltender Manny Fernandez no longer is considered day to day.
Now it’s more like week to week.
Fernandez’s ailing left knee underwent a magnetic resonance imaging exam Friday. The new prognosis, released Saturday, calls for a longer healing period. He is expected to remain sidelined for an additional one to three weeks.



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Step In The Right Direction

from Simcoe.com,

Seven minutes into the third period, the puck was fired in past the opposition netminder, rebounding off the backboards on an awkward angle, right on Thamwongsin’s blade. Like any great goal scorer, he released the puck quickly.
It found the back of the net and the crowd erupted in jubilant celebration of the play.
The final score of the game was Kazakhstan 52 Thailand 1.
The match (or ‘out-match,’ if you wanted to be accurate) was part of the hockey portion of the Asian Winter Games, and must remind hockey historians of the early days of international hockey in the first couple of decades of the 20th century, when Canada would run up scores in the 20s, 30s and sometimes more.


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Who Goes Where

Spector has all of the trade talk, and talk, and talk…

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Looking For Defensemen

from the Mercury News,

The odds aren’t much better for a top-notch veteran defenseman to change teams before the Feb. 27 deadline—unless it’s star-for-star swap.
There are plenty of attractive talents who will be unrestricted free agents after the season such as Sheldon Souray, Mathieu Schneider, Brian Rafalski, Kimmo Timonen and Scott Hannan. But their clubs are all contenders who need those guys to stay competitive.
With so many teams hanging in the playoff race, there aren’t many declared sellers yet.

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Fans Supporting Pens

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

The Penguins, in the thick of a playoff race after finishing with the league’s second-worst record last year, played before their 17th sellout of this season Saturday at Mellon Arena. The Penguins have sold out all but 10 home games this season.
The capacity crowd that watched the showdown between the Penguins’ Sidney Crosby and Washington’s Alexander Ovechkin, the league’s top two scorers, represented the team’s 10th sellout in the past 11 home games.


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Interview With “The Cobra”

Spector recently interviewed Gary “Cobra” Simmons who played for the California Golden Seals and the Los Angeles Kings during the 1970s following a lengthy minor-pro career.
A great, two part interview and a must read for hockey fans.
Part 1 & Part 2.

My favorite part of the interview…

You played in the NHL during a time when fighting, especially bench-clearing brawls, were more prevalent than in today’s games. Do you recall getting involved in any such brawls, and do you think fighting still has a place in today’s game?
We had a bench emptier against Philly one time and everyone was involved. It was a real donnybrook. I had Wayne Stephenson as an opponent.
One time in Long Island, one of our players, Mike Christie, was being manhandled by 2 guys behind our net. I had a choice of Bob Nystrom or J.P. Parise, who never fought. Living up to a goalies reputation as not too intelligent, I grabbed Nystrom and he rapped about 5 punches on the side of my head


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