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Theodore Wants To Get Back To “Hart” Level

from Canada.com,

Jose Theodore has his Hart, but does he have the hands and feet to be an NHL starting goalie anymore?...
Theodore, who’s an albatross around the neck of the Avs if he can’t recover his game because they have to pay him next year, too, knows he has to be better.
“You’re not going to win the Hart every year, but I still think I can be at that level,” said the 30-year-old, who became only the second goalie (Dominik Hasek) in the last 45 years to win the MVP.

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Out With The Old - In With The New

from Robert Tychkowski of the Toronto Sun,

Maybe Dave Semenko was right, that you do play your best hockey when you’re playing guilty.
For most of this season, the Columbus Blue Jackets and Chicago Blackhawks played a carefree brand of hockey - as in, they didn’t seem to care that their embattled coaches were being fitted for blindfolds and cigarettes.
While Trent Yawney and Gerard Gallant fretted for their jobs and struggled to light a fire under their teams, rather than those cigarettes, it didn’t look like the players shared their sense of urgency.

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Canes Fans Getting It

from the National Post via the Times Colonist,

Something felt vaguely unnatural yesterday about the home hockey has found in North Carolina. It might have been the golfing weather that greeted the Carolina Hurricanes after their workout, or the hunting content of the local sports section, or the sign in front of the team’s practice rink that boasted its capacity for “ice skating.”
More than anything, though, it might have been that the Hurricanes have found a home at all. After almost a decade spent in the alien habitat of Tobacco Road, they seem to have established a footprint in Raleigh, with the defending Stanley Cup champions inspiring bar owners to hang their picture and prompting locals to learn more about the game.

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Kings Recall Fukufuji

LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled (emergency basis) goaltender Yutaka Fukufuji from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.
Fukufuji, 24, has not appeared in a Monarchs game this season.  The 6-1, 180-pound native of Tokyo, Japan, was recalled by Manchester from the Reading Royals, the Kings/Monarchs ECHL affiliate, on November 30.  He has a 3-3-0 record, a 3.19 goals-against-average and a .898 save-percentage in 10 appearances with the Royals this season.

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Pens Need An Owner

from TSN,

Canadian billionaire Jim Balsillie has pulled his bid to purchase the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Sources tell TSN at the last moment the NHL provided a list of terms that Balsillie didn’t want to agree to. Among those terms was a promise that the franchise would remain in Pittsburgh regardless of circumstances. Also, if problems arose, the NHL would take over control of the franchise.

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The Best Of The Best

from Phil Coffey at NHL.com,

So, who is the best player in the NHL today?
Ice Age wants to hear your opinion, so drop us a note.
I would imagine that there will be a lot of support for Sidney Crosby, who seems to be getting better and better this season. Crosby’s six-point, tour de force performance against the Philadelphia Flyers on Wednesday was impressive, to say the least. Say what you want about the Flyers being a struggling club wracked by injury, but a goal and five assists in an 8-4 win is eye-opening..

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Time To Deal

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via TSN,

Jay Feaster is frustrated by his team’s 13th-place standing in the NHL’s Eastern Conference and the Tampa Bay Lightning GM is intent on doing something about it.
He says he’s not paying lip service when he says he’s looking at making a trade or two to put a jolt in his 14-16-2 club. “We’re serious about it,” Feaster told The Canadian Press on Friday. “Let’s face it, I can’t have a $44-million payroll and be a sub-.500 team.

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Savard Takes Charge

from Linda Cohn at ESPN,

Have you noticed what your Haaaaaawks have been doing lately?
Leave it to Hall of Famer and Blackhawks legend Denis Savard to provide a much-needed breath of fresh air in the Windy City.
The man who goes by the name of “Savvy” has lifted the spirits of these Blackhawks, who have posted a 5-1-3 record and earned 13 of a possible 18 points since he replaced Trent Yawney as head coach.

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Tibbetts In Finland

James Mirtle has discovered Billy Tibbetts will be playing in Finland... and so have the hockey fans....

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All Promos

The National Hockey League has produced more than 30 player features and TV promos designed to give hockey fans a glimpse into the lives and personalities of their favorite NHL players….
Among the features currently airing, Columbus Blue Jackets left wing Rick Nash shows off his sports memorabilia collection and his ping-pong skills; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Rob Blake describes the workout surfing offers and dismisses the stereotypes about L.A.; Edmonton Oilers right wing Fernando Pisani and his father share his family’s journey from Italy to Edmonton.

read on and view many of the videos…

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