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St. Louis Getting His Game Back

Martin St. Louis was on an NHL tele-conference today after being named the First Star for last week...

Q. Watching a couple of your games, the third goal last night against Ottawa, the overtime goal the other night, sort of shooting from different angles. Are you shooting a bit more, do you find? MARTIN ST. LOUIS: I don't know if I'm shooting more. I mean, sometimes you're in those situations where you can put the puck on net and good things happen. Maybe when you score a few goals, you start to feel good about yourself. You start to feel you want to take it to the net more often. I'm definitely in that frame of mind. When you have success, I think you just try to do it a little more often.

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Franzen Has MCL Damage

As Bill points out at the A2Y blog, Franzen will miss some time due to an MCL sprain. When he was hit by Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell, he fell kind of funny, twisting his left leg as he fell to the ice.

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Level Of Frustration Setting In

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated via Yahoo,

Maybe it was inevitable that, after a season in which everyone felt thankful to be back at work, the fall of 2006 and beyond has posed a sticky question for the NHL: How are the changes that were made to the game going to play out long-term? There seems to be a rising level of frustration now that all involved have had time to analyze and adjust to today's game. Time always brings scrutiny and as untold ramifications begin to emerge, a certain amount of unrest and push-back occurs.

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Throw The Red Flag

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

During the Coyotes' 6-4 loss to Anaheim last week, Ducks forward Chris Kunitz led a rush. After making a pass, Kunitz continued into Joseph, jostling him enough that the netminder could not react across the net to stop a wide-open shot by Andy McDonald. No penalty was called and the Ducks went up 2-1 en route to a victory in which the Coyotes blew leads of 3-1 and 4-2. Joseph's suggestion? Why not have a video monitor in the timekeeper's booth and allow each team one challenge on a goal per game. In this case, if the video replay showed that Joseph was interfered with, then the goal would be wiped out and a penalty would be called against the Ducks. If the review showed there was no foul, then the Coyotes would be assessed a delay of game penalty. "That was absolutely goaltender interference. Absolutely," Joseph told ESPN.com after the game. "Give us one challenge. They do it in the NFL and they're a pretty successful league."

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Yashin Out With Knee Sprain

vai TSN,

New York Islanders captain and leading scorer Alexei Yashin will be out of the lineup for 2-4 weeks with a sprained knee, the team reported today. Yashin was injured in the third period of the Islanders' 4-1 win over Washington on Saturday night. "It's a big loss, no doubt, especially with Yash playing so well, but every team has to deal with injuries," said Islanders head coach Ted Nolan. "It's up to everyone else to step up their games and take advantage of the opportunities they're provided."

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Theodore To Rely On Instincts

from the Denver Post,

Goaltending has always been partly about physics and geometry. Much of it has to do with cutting down angles and size-distance ratios. A goalie who comes out of his net closer and squares up to the shooter, for example, reduces the amount of net the shooter can see. Jose Theodore knows all that. But it was his and Avalanche goalie coach Jeff Hackett's recent opinion that Theodore was devoting too much time to the mechanical aspects and not enough to the baser, more instinctual elements.

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Yawney Fired

via TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks have fired head coach Trent Yawney. Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon has announced that Blackhawks legend Denis Savard will replace Yawney behind the bench. Savard had been an assistant with the Blackhawks since retiring from the NHL following the 1996-1997 season.
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
The bottom line is wins and losses and we needed to win more," said general manager Dale Tallon. "We've had some injuries, but in spite of that we're a better team than our record shows." Tallon wants his club to play a more up-tempo style and believes Savard can move the Blackhawks in a new direction. Savard, a Hall of Fame player who has been a Blackhawk assistant since 1997, is excited about the opportunity despite the unfortunate circumstances. "I've always wanted to be a head coach," Savard said. "The circumstances are not the greatest because when you take over for somebody mid-season it means things did not go as well as we all expected. "We're not happy over the last few years as far as our win-loss record is concerned," Savard added. "The players have to share that responsbibility. But we're looking to move forward and go in a new direction.

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Edmonton Prepares To Greet Pronger

from the Edmonton Journal,

Insecurity, immaturity and foolishness. That's what will drive some fans to ride Chris Pronger relentlessly at Tuesday evening's game between the Anaheim Ducks and the Edmonton Oilers. Rexall Place will fill with the sound and fury of booing, every time Pronger touches the ice. Will it throw him off his game? Unlikely. Instead, it will reveal more about the fan than the player. It will reveal how some sports fans lose themselves in the fantasy of home team and "our" players.

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The “New” Blue Jackets

from the Columbus Dispatch,

As far as Blue Jackets generalship goes, it might be the best three days since Gettysburg. The Jackets are suddenly a different team. They have the puck, they’re poised, they’re attacking and they’re not panicked. They’re suddenly using their size to grind down teams. What has Hitchcock done? "He explained our roles individually and as a group," center Sergei Fedorov said. "(Saturday night), everyone really understood what we were trying to do as a group. The group speed is better. We played patient hockey. It’s only one game, and we will see where it goes from here, but it’s a good start."

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Life After Europe

Via the Toronto Sun and Slam!,

After three seasons in Switzerland (Jamie) Heward is in his second year on the Washington Capitals' blue line. "Years ago it was different," Heward said. "Guys would pretty much go over to never come back and now it has changed. It's not necessarily a death sentence (for a career back home) like it used to be." Heward is a part of a small trend of players who went to play in Europe and returned to the NHL, whether it was native Europeans or others.
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