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Old Is Still Good

from Eduardo Encina of the St. Petersburg Times,

Hockey players have a tough time giving up on helmets, shin guards and other equipment, but there’s something about the feel and comfort of worn shoulder pads that makes them special.

“I’ve had mine since I was 16,” said center Brad Richards, 27. “They’re going to stay with me. They’re not going anywhere. I don’t know if it’s weird, but I can change skates 100 times a year, gloves, all that stuff, but my shoulder pads, if I didn’t have those, I’d be lost forever.”

Much like someone having a worn-in baseball glove or a favorite pair of sneakers, some hockey players don’t want to let go of their favorite equipment, no matter how ratty it becomes.

Some players are the same way with other equipment.

read on

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The Mother Of AO

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

“I wouldn’t call her uncompromising because she did, in fact, compromise,” McPhee says of Tatiana. “But Alex’s mother is very strong, very protective. And she knows what she wants.” What she and Alexander wanted was a no-trade clause, something McPhee had granted only once in his 10 years as G.M. In the end the two sides agreed that beginning in the seventh year of the contract, Alexander annually will submit a list of 10 teams to which he will not accept a trade.

read on

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Oh Boy

from the International Herald Tribune,

Peter Forsberg is not ruling out an NHL comeback even though his agent says it’s unlikely.

Forsberg told Swedish TV on Tuesday he still hopes his foot will recover in time for the Feb. 26 deadline to sign up with an NHL team.

“The foot doesn’t feel 100 (percent), but there is still one week left until the deadline,” Forsberg told national broadcaster SVT.

continued... but just a recap of what Don Baizley said yesterday.

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A Look At Bob Johnson

from George Johnson at ESPN,

His optimism was contagious and, in truth, a bit baffling. Former Flames and Sharks defenseman Gary Suter grew up idolizing the Badgers and the Badger before getting the opportunity to play for the man in Calgary.

“He came into the room once and asked me, ‘How ya feelin’, Suter? On a scale of 1-10, how do you feel?’ So I say: ‘A 10, coach!’ Then he goes over, punches Joel Otto in the shoulder and says, ‘And how about you, Otto?’ Joel answers, ‘I’m an 11, coach!’

“So he turns around, glares at me and yells, ‘So Suter, what the hell’s the matter with you?!’”

Badger made players better. That was his business.

more

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Oh Nick

Today at my NHL.com blog, Lidstrom and a few other topics are on my mind.

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Morning Line

from the National Post,

“You know, for 365 days, we have ‘GMs 101’ down pat,” (Nashville GM David) Poile joked. “But for that one day we do things we shouldn’t do.”

Why do GMs tend to wait right until deadline day to make those big deals? “Because we don’t want to do it,” he said.

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NHL Debut

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

Just before the national anthem on Saturday night, Sami Lepisto lifted his head as he stood at center ice. What he saw—a near-capacity crowd at St. Pete Times Forum and, across from him, Tampa Bay Lightning star forwards Vincent Lecavalier and Martin St. Louis—might have intimidated most players about to make their NHL debut.

continued (reg. req.)

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Killing Time

from the Detroit Free Press,

As an Eastern time zone team placed in the NHL’s Western Conference, the Wings fly a great deal. The past three days, for example, saw them head to Dallas and to Denver, and on Thursday, they’re scheduled to fly to Calgary, where they begin a three-game trip that also stops in Vancouver and Edmonton. That many airborne hours can’t be killed off solely by snoozing, so players find alternatives.

“Me and Malts talk,” Chris Osgood said of Kirk Maltby, his neighbor on the team’s Red Bird II airplane. “We’re intellectuals, so we have conversations. We talk about love.”

read on

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Cut The Flaps

from the Vancouver Province,

The NHL has changed its tune with regard to Roberto Luongo’s pads, singling out the Canucks’ star netminder by asking him to chop off his controversial flaps even though other goalies in the league still wear them.

Just two months after Marty Turco and Mike Smith created the so-called “pad flap,” the NHL seems to have reversed its opinion. In response to Turco’s mock protest in December, Kay Whitmore, one of the NHL “goalie police,” said there was nothing wrong with Luongo’s knee flaps, two pieces of equipment that jet out from his leg pads.

Before the Feb. 5 game in Dallas, Luongo was asked by Whitmore to cut them off and he did.

continued

Update 6:00pm ET: From Scott Morrison at CBC,

There has been a flap over the flaps on Vancouver Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo’s pads. It was first reported that the NHL told him to remove the flaps. Actually, he was told to properly fasten them down, the way they were intended to be worn.

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Some Trade Chatter

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Lightning GM Jay Feaster is trying to move C Brad Richards, who has a no-trade clause. Feaster would like to keep potential UFA D Dan Boyle, but can’t unless he deals Richards, who is making $7.8 million US a season. Boyle could be headed to the Sharks, Rangers or Senators

Devils D Karel Rachunek is about to be dealt. He was a healthy scratch yesterday vs. the Hurricanes. The chatter is he could be sent to Chicago for C Robert Lang.

read on for more, but it is the same names, just a different day…

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