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Scoring Down

from the New York Times,

...But this season, despite the same rules and a continued crackdown, scoring is down. In fact, more than half the gain registered last season has been lost, and league officials are at a loss to explain why.
The game looks a great deal livelier over the past season and a half than it has looked in years, in part because enforcing obstruction allows for fairer and freer play, and in part because of the addition of a reduced-risk overtime period (teams receive a point in the standings even if they lose in overtime) and a shootout.

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Old School- The Rocket Lit It Up

from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,

Who was the best player to ever wear Le Bleu, Blanc et Rouge of the Montreal Canadiens?
That is a tough question. There was Jean Beliveau, Doug Harvey, Bernard “Boom Boom” Geoffrion, Toe Blake, Howie Morenz (who was sometimes called the Babe Ruth of hockey), Jacques Plante and Henri Richard among others. But Maurice “The Rocket” Richard tops a long list of Canadiens greats both on and off the ice.

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Yashin In

via the NY Islanders,

The New York Islanders have activated captain Alexei Yashin from the Injured Reserve. After missing the last eight games with a sprained knee, Yashin will return to the lineup tonight against the Atlanta Thrashers.

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Islanders/Flyers Trade

via the NY Islanders,

The New York Islanders have acquired defenseman Fred Meyer and a conditional third round draft pick from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenseman Alexei Zhitnik.

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Would This Work For You

from Mark Everson of the NY Post,

Trades are rare these days, but when the Red Wings and Devils meet at the Meadowlands this afternoon, New Jersey’s Scott Gomez and Pavel Datsyuk of Detroit might keep an eye on each other.
Although it isn’t believed to have been seriously discussed, there is at least some recognition that a swap involving those two centers would solve issues for each team.

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Let The Games Begin

Ah, hockey all day and night.  Al times are ET.

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Kitchen Gave Everything He Had

from the News-Democrat,

Still, Kitchen felt he was up to the challenge and blamed no one but himself for the team’s failure to turn things around.
“I’m not going to throw the blame anywhere,” he said. “I didn’t get the job done and I’m the coach. I’ve got to find different ways, and that’s my responsibility.”
Kitchen ran a practice on the day he was fired, still looking for improvement.
“I gave everything I had and I wouldn’t change too many things that I did,” he said. “I couldn’t find a way, that’s probably the one regret I do have. But I know it wasn’t from a lack of work or anything like that.”

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Why Not

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Still, Fitzpatrick might be the perfect player to bestow the designation on, given the fans’ response in the first season that voting has gone exclusively online. In the first 12 days of voting, the number of votes had exceeded all votes in 2003-04 by about 10 percent.
Some will suggest that Fitzpatrick’s potential presence in Dallas somehow denigrates the institution. But with all due respect to All-Stars living and dead, people, it’s the All-Star Game. This is an event about closing the gap between fans, players and sponsors, not about any meaningful competition. It’s a schmooze-fest of the highest order. Nothing more, nothing less.
And given that, surely there’s a place for Fitzpatrick here.

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A “Grinder” Starts Scoring

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Fritsche was a grinder, said NHL scouts and some folks in the Blue Jackets organization, a good skater with a big heart, but lacking the hands, the shot or the creativity to suggest he’d ever score many points in the NHL.
As the label became more permanent, Fritsche seethed.
“That whole grinder role,” Fritsche said, with disgust in his voice. “I’ve never been a grinder.
“I’ve always been a highenergy player, but I don’t think that makes me a grinder. Growing up, at every level, I’ve always been one of the leading scorers on my team.”

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The Powerful “OMG Line”

from the Calgary Herald,

Being discussed is the Phoenix Coyotes’ forward conglomeration of Mike Zigomanis, Oleg Saprykin and Laraque—an unlikely combination with unlikely production. Specifically, Laraque is being asked for full disclosure of the trio’s nickname.
Eventually, the answer arrives.
“OK, the media, they call it the OMG line, which stands for Oh My God,” says Laraque, still chortling. “And, you know, O for Oleg, M for Mike and G for Georges. But I don’t know about giving a whole line a name. The only line that was deserving of a name was the Legion of Doom (Eric Lindros, John LeClair, Mikael Renberg).
“But the Oh My God line? Of all things.”

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