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Hemsky Playing Smarter & Scoring More

from Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal,

At 25, Hemsky is still making his way to the upper echelon of the National Hockey League. With 29 points in 28 games, he’s moved onto the league’s top 30 scoring list. He’s 10th with 11 power-play helpers, and he heads into tonight’s game against the Chicago Blackhawks with points in 16 of his last 20 games.

There’s a consistency to his game that wasn’t there in the past. It’s a smarter, more effective game that he is playing.

“He wants to score now,” said linemate Shawn Horcoff, “and he’s shooting the puck a lot more, which is directly tied to him scoring. He’s always been a guy who’s been creative, but now he’s not holding it as much.”

“It’s part of the process. It’s growing up as a player,” Hemsky said. “I’m not wasting as much energy. I’m playing smarter.”

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Dream Stanley Cup Finals

from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

OK, it’s a little early to be talking about Stanley Cup final matchups, but all the talk of Christmas and wish lists has inspired a wish list of a different sort: five Stanley Cup finals I’d like to see (and they’re pretty realistic, too).

Without further ado:

1. Detroit-Pittsburgh
A 2009 rematch of the 2008 final tops the list. And maybe it’s the Penguins’ turn this time….

2. San Jose-Boston
The Sharks, as usual, are cruising through the regular season, winning almost at will. The big surprise is, so are the Bruins….

read on

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Vote LA Kings

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Gaborik is “Good to Go”

From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press:

Marian Gaborik will return to the lineup for the first time since Oct. 14 when the Wild play host to Calgary on Wednesday night at Xcel Energy Center.

After a 90-minute practice today, Gaborik declared himself fit.

“I’m good to go for tomorrow,” he said.

continued…

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

NHL Players Escrow Hold-Back May Increase

From Mark Spector at Sportsnet.ca:

NHL players have been warned by their association that its escrow hold-back could be increased in the new year.

Currently, the NHL holds back 13.5 per cent of players’ paychecks. That money is available to the league at the end of the year in case NHL revenue projections are not met. The procedure was included as part of the most recent collective agreement so that players take home only their negotiated 56 per cent share of NHL revenues. Players have received back all of their escrow monies the past three seasons.

continued…

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  Tags: escrow, nhlpa

Flyers Continue To Move Up In The East

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

The New York Rangers have a fast-approaching object in their rearview mirror. It’s orange and has a gap in its teeth.

The Philadelphia Flyers are four points back of the Atlantic Division-leading Rangers with four games in hand, a red-hot stretch of 12-1-3 in their last 16 games rocketing them up the Eastern Conference standings.

“We started to play our best hockey of the season about a month ago,” Flyers star winger Simon Gagne told ESPN.com last night.

Gagne has been clutch on a line with Mike Richards and Mike Knuble. Jeff Carter is pumping in goals as well on another line with Scott Hartnell and Joffrey Lupul.

continued

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  Tags: simon+gagne

ASG Voting is Tightening in the Eastern Conference

New York (December 16, 2008) – Sidney Crosby has won a Hart Trophy and an Art Ross Trophy. He has won a Winter Classic with a shootout goal and captained his team to a Stanley Cup Final. Now, he is threatening to break Jaromir Jagr’s all-time record for the most votes received in one year of NHL All-Star fan balloting.

        As of 7 a.m. today, Crosby and Pittsburgh Penguins teammate Evgeni Malkin were running 1-2 among Eastern Conference forwards 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 Jan. 25 in Montreal. With a little more than two weeks remaining until voting ends Jan. 2, Crosby had received a League-high 793,995 votes – with Malkin in hot pursuit with 715,663.

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  Tags: all+star+game, asg

No Time For Anything But Hockey

My NHL.com submission for this week…

There are gifts to buy, errands to run and I should get outside just for the sake of getting outside, but ... I will do it tomorrow.

I have fallen into the hockey trap and I can’t get out of it. I eat, breathe and think hockey 24/7.  Morning noon and night, it is just hockey, hockey and more hockey.

continued

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Bertuzzi & Moore Meet to Try & Settle Lawsuit

From CBC:

One-time Colorado Avalanche forward Steve Moore and former Vancouver Canucks winger Todd Bertuzzi met in Toronto on Monday with a mediator in an effort to prevent a lawsuit from heading to court.

It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two since the infamous sucker punch during a March 8, 2004, game in Vancouver that ended Moore’s career.

Moore, 29, and his family filed a lawsuit seeking $38 million for loss of income and damages.

Bertuzzi, who now plays for the Calgary Flames, and Moore attended the meeting with their lawyers, as well as former Vancouver coach (now Hockey Night In Canada analyst) Marc Crawford and his representatives.

Moore’s lawsuit names Bertuzzi, the Canucks and former team owners Orca Bay, as defendants.

continued… but no details of the meeting have been released

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  Tags: marc+crawford, orca+bay, steve+moore, todd+bertuzzzi

Big Media Changes In Detroit

from the Detroit News,

The Detroit Media Partnership that oversees The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press today announced an innovative plan designed to preserve both papers by curtailing home delivery and increasing online offerings.

The plan, which is unique in the newspaper industry among major markets, calls for smaller, redesigned editions most days, but ensures the News will continue to be printed six days a week and the Free Press seven days….

The “e-edition” allows subscribers free access online to print newspapers—including ads—from their computers. Viewers can print pages, search for content, change print size and utilize other features. The partnership consulted IDEO, a global design company, about how best to transform the papers for the digital age.

“Consumers, businesses and the world around us are changing with blinding speed fueled by the Internet and exciting new digital media,” Hunke said.

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According to the Detroit Free Press, the digital edition will cost $12.50 per month.  I am not sure if readers will still have free access to either freep.com or detnews.com.

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