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Fading Fans In Chicago

from Dave Caldwell of the New York Times,

Frank Pellico is the Chicago Blackhawks’ longtime organist, which means he usually gets to play in front of thousands of empty red seats at the United Center and for a mediocre team that often disappoints the fans who do show up.
“Well, each game is brand new to us,” Pellico said cheerfully last Sunday on a snowy, windswept afternoon in Chicago. “We have to do each game like we’re in first place. Nobody backs down. I don’t see many down people at all.”


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Some Players Want The “Edge” Now

from Robert Picarello of Fox Sports,

But in talking to the players, some wouldn’t mind making the switch right now.
“I love the new Rbk EDGE jersey,” Buffalo’s Chris Drury said. “It’s a very comfortable uniform, much lighter than what we’re used to. It will help me and everyone in the league perform to our maximum capability, particularly late in a game when we can sometimes get a little slower and heavier. This is a real step forward and it will be great for the league and our game. I wish I had it earlier in my career and if I could wear it as early as this week, I would.”

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What’s Good About Hockey?

Tony at Skate2Stick offers a fan’s perspective on the good stuff we can focus on,

Now I am a fan, I visit the NHL website several times a day, I have an account at NHL connect, there own blogging section with all sorts of different groups and I visit many NHL blog’s like Kukla’s Korner, Canucks & Beyond, Behind the Jersey, NHL Digest, Puckheads Thoughts and many, many others. I read over 50 articles a day and I even write on my own blog. I have yet to see a poll asking how I feel about the schedule, I emailed NHL Live the other day and I was disappointed that they did not get to my email as time ran out, but it asked that very question, where is this poll located and how do I sign up for fan survey’s. I still have yet to see this wonderland. Now we can beat this dead horse for days, weeks and even months, but I want to say what’s right about hockey and finding fault with everything is not what’s right about hockey.


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Holland Won’t Deal Prospects

from the Windsor Star,

“I can tell you what I want to give, but if the other guy doesn’t want it, then there’s no deal,” Holland said.
Holland makes no bones about what lengths he’s willing to go to make it happen.
“To trade a player off our roster, we’re going to have to get a much better player,” he said. “Would we trade away a draft pick? Yeah, we’d trade a draft pick.”
What he’s not as willing to do is deal prospects. Competing for the Stanley Cup year after year has cost the Wings several draft picks, and their future talent pool isn’t nearly as deep as other clubs.
“We might have 5, 6, 7 players we think are going to be NHLers, while some other team might have a dozen,” Holland said.


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Coffey Happy With What He Does

from the National Post via Canada.com,

But there were no goaltenders, nor Calgary Flames forecheckers to be found at Coffey’s Toyota dealership in Bolton the other day, just a crew of employees who had been slugged in the gut by a colleague’s abrupt departure for a competitor.
Coffey had heard a few speeches in his time. From Glen Sather, Scotty Bowman and the rest.
But now it was his turn to do the talking.
“When we lost Carter, I said to Dean our sales manager: ‘It’s time for you to step up,’ ” Coffey says. “I said to him: when Gretzky left in ‘88 Messier stepped up. And Dean said to me: ‘F—-, I love Messier. I love Messier.’
“They love when I talk about that stuff around here.”

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Players Blogging On FHM

from Hockey Rants,

As I was wasting time around the web, as I am prone to do, I came across FHM’s (For Him Magazine) website, which has an interesting web-based project called The NHL Locker Room.
They’ve signed up a few NHL players and personalities who do a few journal entries (faux blog style) for the site, including Martin Havlat, Marty Turco, Marian Hossa, Jeremy Roenick, and Derek Boogaard.


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Father, Son, And Cancer

from Mark Ormsby Of The Toronto Star:

They are bound by blood, defined by hockey and mirrored in each other’s voice and looks.
They even share a name.
John Ferguson.
When an aggressive form of prostate cancer burrowed into the father’s bones in 2006, it was only natural the son would help steady his father through the knee-buckling load of drugs, radiation and exhaustion the disease inflicts on anxious families. Another round of chemotherapy began yesterday in Toronto as père and fils brace themselves for the next difficult stage in the cancer fight.



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Things Are Looking Up For Budaj

from the Toronto Sun:

Every time he steps on to the ice at Denver’s Pepsi Center, the kid from St. Mike’s knows all too well he is guarding the same crease once occupied by the legendary Patrick Roy.
In fact, Peter Budaj is reminded of it whenever he peers skyward at the rafters.
“Whether it be a game or a practice, I find myself looking up at Patrick’s banner all the time,” Budaj said from Denver. “It’s an honour to be following in his tradition, so I don’t care if I’m in his shadow. I’m actually grateful to be in the shadow of the greatest goalie in hockey history.”



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Dogfight In The East

from the National Post via the Ottawa Citizen,

...prior to last night’s results, only nine points separate the sixth-place Pittsburgh Penguins from the 14th-place Boston Bruins. And why only four points divide the Pittsburgh Penguins, Tampa Bay Lightning, Carolina Panthers, Toronto Maple Leafs and new York Islanders.
With about 30 games remaining in the regular season—and the trade deadline less than four weeks away—here is a breakdown of the six main teams that are battling for the final two playoff spots:

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Hockey Fans Are Hockey Fans

from the Leader-Post,

Contrary to what some may believe, hockey is no laughing matter south of the border.
Not to Melrose, anyway.
“The Americans are great people and they love hockey,” he continued. “I just talk to them like I talk to my buddies back in Kelvington. Hockey fans are hockey fans, wherever they are. Some may know a little bit more than others but others make up for it with excitement. Hockey is certainly not as big in the United States as it is in Canada and it’s something we’re continuing to work on but the American hockey fan is a passionate hockey fan, no doubt about it.”

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