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Experienced Guerin

from the Mercury News,

He can score. He still fights on occasion. He makes things difficult.
In the locker room, former teammates say, the man the Sharks acquired at the trade deadline Tuesday for a serious post-season run has yet another role.
``He knows how to loosen guys up,’’ said defenseman Kyle McLaren, who played alongside Guerin for two seasons in Boston.
What? A shaving-cream-in-the-skates kind of guy?
``If need be,’’ Guerin said. ``Sometimes I draw first blood, sometimes I don’t.’‘

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Who Wants To Play

from the Taiwan Journal,

The swishing sound of skates on ice at Taipei Arena’s skating rink could easily induce tranquility, were it not for the accompanying thunks of hockey pucks smashing into plastic partitions, the shrill screech of a referee’s whistle, and the grunting and occasional profanity from testosterone-hyped players as their bodies crashed into the walls.
Despite the sport’s excitement, as well as its grace and dynamism, ice hockey is not a common topic of discussion in Taiwan, sometimes even among those attending games.
“I don’t really understand the rules,” said Hazel Chung as she watched the Tigers play the Raptors in the second game of a triple-header Jan. 21. Chung was present as part of a 15-member group cheering on their coworker Nick Iadenza, Raptors No. 14. “I only know when a goal has been scored,” Chung confessed, “but it’s really interesting.”


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Chelios Welcomes His Biggest, Best Friend

Listen (122MB) as Chris talks about Bertuzzi, Calder, teams in the West, the Sabres/Sens game and other topics.
At about the 2 minute mark, Chris lost his connection but comes back in about 30 seconds and the audio breaks up again at about the 9 minute mark for about 10 seconds.
Also, you may have to turn up the volume to listen.
A big thanks to The Stoney & Wojo Show on WDFN for the use of the audio.

added 10:02pm, A KK member was kind enough to do some of his audio magic and he created two additional audio files for those that may be having problems with the original audio link.
He also cleaned up the file too, increasing your listening pleasure.

High Quality
Lower Quality

added 10:49pm, HockeyFights.com has a good write-up on the Chelios interview with Jim Rome today.
Also, I may be experiencing an issue on my server end with the above audio links.  You may experience some “jumping” if you listen online.  I will try to get this problem corrected tomorrow.
Best bet may be to download the lower quality link (smaller in size) and then listen with your audio player.

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All Goals

Top goals for the month of February.  Great stuff… just short of 7 1/2 minutes.

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20 Questions in The Aftermath

From Terry Frei on ESPN,

Q: What division was strengthened the most?
A: Pacific, hands down. Bill Guerin, whether playing with buddy Joe Thornton or Patrick Marleau, bolsters the Sharks. The Kings’ bizarre and inexplicable serving up of warrior, heart-and-soul defenseman Mattias Norstrom to the Stars was the most underplayed move on deadline day.


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Smyth Talks About Being An Islander

from the New York Islanders,

One reporter asked how Smyth would respond now that he’s not playing for the team he grew up idolizing.
“Every day I’m proud to be playing in the National Hockey League,” said Smyth. “When I get onto that ice, I think about nothing but being at the rink and doing whatever it takes to help the team win. I’ll do whatever Ted wants me to do even if it means putting my teeth in front of a shot.”
The four-time 30 goal scorer said he was “honored and flattered” by the Islanders’ fans responses to his arrival on Long Island.

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Stars Of The Month

NEW YORK (March 1, 2007)—Detroit Red Wings left wing Henrik Zetterberg, New York Islanders goaltender Rick DiPietro and New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for February.


Zetterberg led all NHL scorers in February, tallying 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 11 games. He scored five game-winning goals and posted a +9 rating as the Red Wings went 8-2-2 and reached the 40-victory mark for the ninth consecutive season (40-16-8). Playing alongside Pavel Datsyuk and Tomas Holmstrom, Zetterberg had multiple points in seven contests, highlighted by three, four-point games. He tallied one goal and three assists in a 5-3 victory over the St. Louis Blues Feb. 2, recorded two goals and two assists in a 7-4 win over the Calgary Flames Feb. 11 and recorded three goals and one assist in a 4-1 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes Feb. 17. Zetterberg leads the Red Wings in points (68), goals (33) and shots (224), and leads the NHL with 10 game-winning goals.

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Danger Ahead

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

Come playoff time, the Penguins are going to face conservative strategies because few teams will be willing to trade chances. Checking lines will try to contain Pittsburgh’s top line. Every save will be important—the big and the routine. That’s how teams win in the playoffs.
Pittsburgh will play past the regular season a year earlier than most thought, but its playoff chances may hinge more on Fleury than Crosby—and right now, that can’t be a comforting thought for Penguins fans.


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Rebuilding Again

from the Vancouver Sun,

Were others in charge, the Coyotes would be regarded as just another poor NHL operation. But the fact they are run by the greatest player in NHL history and a former agent who was among the most respected in his field add both comedic and tragic elements to Phoenix’s struggle.
Gretzky, who began coaching the team last season and was rewarded with a five-year extension worthy of Scotty Bowman despite going 38-39-5 and missing the playoffs by 14 points, has been unable to coax anything but mediocrity from the disparate players he and Barnett have brought in.
These are good men, but neither’s legacy in hockey is being enhanced by his work with the Coyotes, in the same way shilling for Mr. Coffee did nothing for Joe DiMaggio except open him to ridicule.


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Brian Burke’s Diary

In USA Today, they’ve printed Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke’s trade negotiation diaries for the month of February. It’s remarkable to see the progress of deals being offered, declined and pondered as other general managers around the NHL talk to Burke.  A sample:

Saturday, Feb. 17
I talk to Florida assistant GM Randy Sexton about Todd Bertuzzi, and he tells me “the guy we like is Perry.” I offer him profanity. If you are offended by profanity, it’s difficult to make a trade in the NHL. If you are going to try to rob me, at least wear a mask. We talk to Philadelphia about Kyle Calder.

more…  Read the whole thing. It’s also very interesting to note which names did NOT come up in Burke’s negotiations.
*Thanks to David at The Ice Block for giving me a pointer to this article

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