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Kapanen Decides To Stick It Out

from the Delaware County Times:

IKapanen, 33, has let the Flyers know he wants to come back next season and Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has responded in kind, saying the team wants Kapanen back as well.
“I would like to stay here and I’m confident we can make it work,” Kapanen said. “I could see myself and my family staying here after hockey. The longer you stay here, the more comfortable you get. The way we’ve been living over here, it’s been fun.”

At this point, Sami Kapanen’s much more likely to exit Philly as a spring rental than Peter Forsberg…



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Can Stevie Sell

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Accordingly, the attraction of going to Russia to play in the 2007 tournament, after a long difficult NHL season that ended in either a missed playoff spot or an early playoff exit, can sometimes cause a candidate to say ‘thanks but no thanks.’
Hockey Canada believes that when Yzerman is at the other end of the telephone, making a pitch for participation, that players will have a difficult time saying no to the future Hall of Famer. It is a strategy that worked well during Wayne Gretzky’s various turns as Canada’s Olympic and World Cup GM.
How will Yzerman do as a salesman?


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NHL Beats NCAA B-Ball

A little snippet today in Blog Maverick, the blog of Mark Cuban…

The NHL Beats College Basketball in the Ratings
The NHL on NBC beat College Basketball on CBS, 1.1 to .70 Is College Basketball doomed?  Does no one care anymore about college basketball?  Is the NHL on a resurgent climb? (This just in, NHL was up again to 1.3 on NBC) Is NBC just really good? Are both great sports in a crowded market? Stay tuned

Thanks to a KK member for the heads-up.

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Overstating The Facts

from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,

But I can tell you that former Wing Mark Mowers did not enjoy playing for Babcock, and I know that Tomas Holmstrom, Jason Williams and Andreas Lilja have all griped to the media about being benched by Babcock. But to call it an all-out coach-against-players situation is really overstating the facts. There is probably not a team in the league that doesn’t have players who are ticked off at their coach. It’s just part of the game. Besides, some of these Wings played for Scotty Bowman, the coach who wrote the book on head games played with players, and they did pretty well. The only thing that matters is results on the ice.

much more on the NHL from Ted… and he remembers The Gumper…

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Those Shadowy Figures

from the Star Tribune,

It’s 6:40 p.m. on a Thursday night, and Gary Harker has settled into his familiar spot in another corner of another dimly lit high school hockey rink.
All his tools are ready to go. He’s got his notebook—the contents of which might tip the future of an NHL hopeful in one direction or another—and his bag of arena popcorn.
“This is my supper,” he says. “I don’t eat the hot dogs.”
Most think of Harker and the three other NHL scouts in Edina’s Braemar Arena as sports’ version of super-spies, shadowy figures in dark coats recording secret observations and disappearing from the back rows of the stands.


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GM Advice

from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

So you’re a General Manager in the NHL and you’ve just learned that Philadelphia’s Peter Forsberg may be available. You’d really like to add him to your lineup in much the same way as a fat kid would really like that last slice of pie, but you aren’t sure if your team has what it takes to entice Peter into committing to you….
Dating Rule #1: Get Her Flowers. In this instance flowers doesn’t actually mean flowers, more likely just making a thoughtful gesture to show your sincerity and how much you pay attention. For someone like Peter Forsberg, with a history of foot trouble, maybe a nice pair of Birkenstocks?

read on

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Fake Eddie

from George Richard’s On Frozen Pond,

Introducing a new feature to On Frozen Pond, a definite Miami Herald exclusive.
Each Tuesday, I’m going to visit with Panthers goalie Ed Belfour. He’s played his way into becoming Florida’s top netminder, and I think people would like to get to know ‘Eddie the Eagle’ a little better.
Unfortunately, Ed doesn’t talk very much these days—especially if you are a member of the South Florida media….
So, with apologies to the Dan LeBatard Show on 790 The Ticket, here is our interview with the fake Eddie Belfour:
OFP: There’s a report you might sign with Pittsburgh in time for tonight’s game.
FEB: I wish I could because that would give the Panthers a much better chance to win.


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Blues Booming

from George Johnson at ESPN,

Andy Murray’s sales pitch was simple.
“Right now, your individual businesses are suffering,” Murray revealed. “Keith Tkachuk, Inc., Bill Guerin, Inc., Doug Weight, Inc., Manny Legace, Inc. All of them.
“None of those businesses are healthy because this team is not winning. And if you do not play well, if you do not play hard, those individual businesses, which each of you have spent a lot of time and effort to establish, will not survive.”
They obviously bought the pitch. Because at the moment, business is positively booming.


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Mask Theme

Hannu Toivenen’s mask takes on a Boston sports theme.
Watch the video at Versus...short, 23 seconds!


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The Sooner The Better

from the Brockton Enterprise,

There has been much talk lately that the Bruins need to make some trades before the Feb. 27 deadline if they want to make the playoffs.
Based on their 6-1 loss to the New York Rangers Monday night at TD Banknorth Garden, there had better be more than talk, and the sooner the better, from Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.
The Bruins continue to play like a team that will be on the golf course, not the ice, the second week in April when 16 NHL teams will be beginning the playoffs.
After going down to their third straight loss, the Bruins are now 3-9-1 in their last 13 games, having been outscored, 54-26, along the way.


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