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Key Players Down The Stretch

from Bill Clement at NBC Sports,

Here’s a look at my top six players who should have the most impact on determining how things shake out between now and the final day of the regular season.

Sergei Fedorov

I’m anxious to see which Sergei Fedorov will show up with the Capitals after the trade-deadline deal that sent the six-time All-Star to Washington from Columbus in exchange for Ted Ruth. Will it be the Fedorov who still has the potential to be an extremely valuable on-ice force to a team striving to make the playoffs or will it be the Fedorov who at times becomes invisible.

read on for 5 more players…

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Afternoon Line

“There is a lot of daggers being thrown around, no question as (Leafs coach Paul Maurice) is going through it, and all coaches do. That’s part of the business. Listen, I’m not going to do my job to please people. My job is to do the job the correct way, and I’m going to stay with the way I feel it’s supposed to be done….”

Any guesses on who said that?

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A Nose for Fighting

From the Boston Bruins,

“You know, re-breaking your nose—I broke it again back in Florida—the last thing you want to do is get in a fight with a broken nose,” said Lucic, laughing at the incredulity of the action. “It’s probably the most fragile thing, even when it’s healthy.

In fact, earlier on the night, Lucic begged off an encounter with Pittsburgh’s noted heavyweight, and Sidney Crosby’s bodyguard, Georges Laraque.

“He felt I was running around,” said Lucic, in reference to his noticeable physical play throughout the evening. “I said, ‘No thanks. I’ve got a broken nose and I need to stay away from this one.’”

But he didn’t stay away from the next one. Milan Lucic and Jarkko Ruutu go for it—video from the Bruins below…

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  Tags: fighting, jarkko+ruutu, milan+lucic

No Playoffs Again

from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

There’s a perfectly sound reason why Columbus Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock didn’t comment publicly when GM Scott Howson moved captain Adam Foote at the trade deadline.

It’s because he didn’t want to say anything he’d later regret.

With that one deal, Howson cut the guts out of his team and ensured it would remain the only one in NHL history to have yet to play in a playoff game.

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The Reality On The Ottawa Senators

A submission by KK member Jean-Pierre Allard-

While Bryan Murray absolutely made the right decision in dismissing John Paddock, he will soon find out that it doesn’t matter who is behind the bench of the Senators.  The reality is that this team has no capable goalie, only one dependable defenseman and far too many dipsy-doodlers upfront who turtle like frightened little boys when they go up against their bigger and meaner opponents. 

Some players care only about their individual statistics, others are sadly over-rated, a few are grossly over-paid, many have lost a step or two while the majority very seldom bother putting in a solid 60 minutes a game, a strident sign of weak leadership.  Add to that the fact that there are far bigger issues with the Senators than their on-ice struggles and one can easily see how this team can be in such dire straits.

Simply put, the current edition is not nearly as good as the media has led us to believe ever since they came out of the gate with a 15-2 record.

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Morning Line

from Mike Harrington at Sabres Edge,

We don’t see the Predators much at all, in person or on TV. Fine with me. What a bunch of chippy hacks.

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Take It Easy On Simon

from the Star Tribune,

But Thursday, before the Wild’s practice in South Florida, Risebrough pleaded for the media and fans to “give Chris a chance.”

“This is a new start for him,” Risebrough said. “I called him [after trading for him]. You don’t very often get people as excited as this guy was. I mean, genuinely excited. This is a fresh start. Give him a fresh start. People deserve second chances.”

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Watch What You Say

from the Vancouver Province,

In a telephone conversation with NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell following practice, the Vancouver Canucks winger was informed his pre-game incident with Detroit Red Wings pest Aaron Downey at centre ice Saturday at GM Place has not escaped closer scrutiny.

“I thought we had moved on from that incident and I don’t know how much [the fine] will be and I’ll probably get a letter,” said Burrows. “Hopefully, the next pay cheque will be in.”

When Burrows checked in for work Saturday, he and Downey sparked a brief scrum during the warm-up.

“He wanted to get his team going and he said he was going to take care of me,” recalled Burrows. “I was ready for him. I asked him how his potato farm was doing. He probably likes the french fries the most because he’s a little chubby.”

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Crosby Invented The Cow-Kick

from the Edmonton Journal,

This new manoeuvre is a precious, contrived cow kick—there’s no other descriptor—you won’t see at any other time of any game.

Just in the shootout.

What’s more, Pittsburgh Penguins superstar Sidney Crosby is to blame. At least, he sure seems to be the first one to have tried this tactic. Sid being Sid, there have been imitators. You could check it out on YouTube, if you want.

Can this kind of move possibly fool a goalie, Mathieu Garon?

“It goes with when he fakes a shot,” the unfailingly gentlemanly and shootout-deadly Garon said. “Most of the time, when a guy shoots, he lifts his leg, so ...

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Havlat Expected To Miss Significant Time

from the Daily Herald,

Whether he’s out a week, two weeks or the rest of the season, chalk it up as yet another lost season for injury-prone Blackhawks forward Martin Havlat.

Havlat injured his left shoulder again on his first shift of the second period in Wednesday’s home victory over Phoenix and underwent an MRI on Thursday afternoon. The results won’t be announced until today.

Hopes aren’t high, though, considering it’s the same shoulder Havlat hurt in an opening-night scrum in Minnesota, causing him to miss the next 22 games, and also the same one he had surgery on in Ottawa.

“I don’t think he’ll be back in the next week or two weeks,” Hawks coach Denis Savard said. “It’s pretty much the same type of injury he got in Minnesota.”

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This guy just can’t stay healthy, hopefully next year will be different.

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