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Crushed Hopes

From Adam Proteau at The Hockey News,

Hollywood movies and human nature have conditioned most of us to hope, if not outright expect, our stories to have happy endings.

However, as a few NHL franchises just learned, reality doesn’t grant nearly that many wishes. More often than not, it specializes in the cruelest of lessons, crushed hopes and dashed dreams.

That was the unfortunate result for the Edmonton Oilers, Toronto Maple Leafs, and Florida Panthers, which all saw their Stanley Cup aspirations coldly cast into the proverbial latrine after losing must-win games this week. And soon, playoff bubble teams such as the Buffalo Sabres, Nashville Predators – or perhaps the fast-sliding Vancouver Canucks – will set up shop with them on lottery lane.

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  Tags: playoffs

The NHL Hour

“Mr. Hockey,” Gordie Howe, will be the guest on today’s edition of NHL Hour hosted by National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman on XM Satellite Radio.

The show is on from 4-5 p.m. ET today on XM (Channel 204) and NHL.com. NHL Hour is an interactive talk radio show that is hosted by a rotation of League executives, and co-hosted by XM sports host and former NHL player Bill Clement. 

*At showtime, listen live at this link.  While on the air, listeners can call into the show at 1-877-645-6696, or send questions/comments via this email address: nhlhour@nhl.com.

**Archived shows available for download via a podcast on NHL.com.

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  Tags: gary+bettman, gordie+howe, interview, nhl+media

Signs The Playoffs Are Near

I am starting to get some sure-fire signals the playoffs are approaching.

Check out my blog at Hockey.com today to read all about it.

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Building The Perfect NHLer

from George Johnson at ESPN,

But the perfect NHLer?

Create your own, definitive of the era. A mix-and-match superstar. A potent cocktail of unbeatable characteristics.

The idea is to play Mary (no relation to Jody) Shelley and stitch together your very own frozen-water Frankenstein, compiling the best bits from the most compelling players in the game today.

Hey, if sticks can be composites, why can’t players? And if such a creation were possible, the assembled product could do worse than look like this:

All-around skill set

• Alexander Ovechkin

read on

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Kobasew Out With Broken Leg

via Bruins Blog at the Boston Globe,

Chuck Kobasew has been diagnosed with a fractured left tibia. Kobasew, who is on crutches, will be out a minimum of four weeks and could miss up to eight weeks.

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  Tags: chuck+kobasew

Ovechkin Needed in ‘08 Playoffs

from Kevin Dupont at NBC Sports,

The ‘08 playoffs without A.O. would not be O.K.

Just as big-time scoring has dried up around the league, so has the sport’s big-time entertainment factor. Ovechkin not only knows how to score (and there is an intelligence to getting those four ounces of rubber in that 24-square-foot net), but he knows how to entertain, too. His trademark, stamped on nearly every goal, is that running leap he takes into the glass that rings the boards, which sometimes leaves fans in the lower loges thinking that he is about to leave one of those Wile E. Coyote silhouettes carved in the glass as he makes his way through the stands and toward the pizza stand.

Showboating? Perhaps. But so what. If anyone has a right to crow a little, or a lot, it’s Ovechkin, who obviously delights in doing what he is supposed to do. He likes to score. He really likes to score.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin

Prove It

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

The New Jersey Devils are about to find out whether the adage “finders keepers, losers weepers” applies in the billion-dollar sports business.

French investment bank Société Générale is suing the Devils for more than $500,000 after it mistakenly transferred $125,635.13 (all figures U.S.) to the NHL club on Sept.6, 2006, according to court documents.

Since that transfer, Devils team executives have repeatedly refused to return the money “motivated, in whole or in part, by spite and ill will,” the bank says in court papers filed in U.S. District Court

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Morning Line

from Lightning Strikes,

Lightning coach John Tortorella has been chosen by USA Hockey to coach in this year’s World Championships in Canada. Word is he is bringing associate coach Mike Sullivan with him….

Imagine the scene if the United States knocks Russia out of the semifinals. Torts at his postgame press conference. “It looks good on ‘em,’’ he will say. “I never liked that organization.’‘

Those of you who recall his statements after the recent Panthers game will get that. For the rest: it’s a joke.

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  Tags: john+tortorella

The Stanley Cup Design

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The Hockey Hall of Fame has recovered a half century-old treasure, the blueprint of today’s Stanley Cup.

The undated sketches are thought to have been made in 1956, about the time the Cup was changed from a two-piece trophy with a removable bowl into today’s famous one-piece, five-barrel model. The drawings measure about 16 inches by 20, and show how the older model was to be rebuilt and retouched.

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Is Phaneuf Norris Worthy

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

And it begs the question whether the precocious 22-year-old should now be mentioned along with the Nick Lidstroms and Chris Prongers as a candidate for the Norris. As a human highlight reel leading Calgary to first place during the past two weeks, it’s getting harder to argue that Phaneuf’s time isn’t now. He eats up ice time and has the knack of being his most competitive in the big games. He has won the enmity of opposing players for his nasty side.

It comes down to your idea of how complete a defenceman needs to be to qualify.

more

added 10:49am, more on the Norris race at the Calgary Herald…

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

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