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By Alanah D. A lot of entertaining reads around the blogosphere this past week. From Mark Messier to a Sportsnet-TSN catfight, I hope y'all enjoy the suggested reading. The NHL's Mark Messier Leadership Award is being handed out for the first time today -- to the confusion of many. Hockey Passion has a few thoughts, starting with "I'm not sure why he is the one who gets to select the winner (with input from the league)." And Abel to Yzerman is concerned about all the drug pushing going on.

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Hossa Hot In Atlanta

Marian Hossa participated in the NHL tele-conference yesterday.

Q. I guess my first question is about Vyacheslav Koslov, your teammate. People have just been talking more lately about his leadership role on that team, and I wonder what you thought he added to the team? MARIAN HOSSA: The Professor? Q. Yeah. MARIAN HOSSA: The Professor, he's one of the smartest players I ever played with. He sees plays really well, and doesn't have to use speed or quickness as much because he's smart and he can make the play and hit you when get open, and that's what makes the other players around him better. Q. What's behind the chemistry that you guys have had all season? The three or four of you guys really have been on fire since the season started. What's behind how you've been playing? MARIAN HOSSA: You mean the three of us or you mean the whole team? Q. Well, I mean, the three of you guys are above the league leaders in scoring. But really the whole team has been off to such a wonderful start. MARIAN HOSSA: Yeah. Well, I got two things to say: I think we are committed to the defense much better than last year. I think everyone is playing much better defensively and more responsible in our zone. Second thing is definitely our goalies are healthy. We’ve got great goaltending, and we're playing well and we got great goaltending right now in the league. The special teams are working well, also.

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What Is In The Box

A huge print campaign has hit the Toronto area. Billboards, busses and subway stations are displayng this ad. Could it be the Stanley C..? image

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Adams Trade Talk

from the Buffalo News,

Kevyn Adams was well aware Monday that he's been mentioned in several trade rumors floating around the gossipy National Hockey League, but this time they could wind up being more fact than fiction. Evidence supports the argument that the Carolina Hurricanes center and former Clarence resident could be shipped out this season. His ice time has been limited. He had an altercation with a teammate. He's set to become an unrestricted free agent.
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Gallant Gone- Now What

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Word that coach Gerard Gallant had been fired began spreading among Blue Jackets players around 5 p.m. yesterday. They weren’t pleasant conversations. "Not one player is happy about it," left winger Jody Shelley said. "Gerard deserved a lot more wins than we gave him. He deserved a lot better fate, that’s for sure. "I’ve got a sick feeling about it, I really do, because I love that guy."
continued from Bob Hunter of the Columbus Dispatch,
Gerard Gallant has been fired, and the cold, cruel NHL world is again safe for our beleaguered Blue Jackets. It is the coach’s fault, right? Sure, it is. Dumb as it is, that has always been the pro sports mentality. As they say, you can’t fire the players, so you fire the coach. The underlying hope is that maybe this will temporarily quell the uprising of disgusted season-ticket holders threatening to turn Nationwide Arena into a good place to stretch out and do some quiet reading.
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What’s Next For The Senators

from the Spin, the blog of Damien Cox,

If a body is to be tossed overboard in Gallant-like fashion, the prime candidates are GM John Muckler, head coach Bryan Murray and captain Daniel Alfredsson, not necessarily in that order. Muckler is in the trickiest position, having chosen to keep Redden ahead of Zdeno Chara in the off-season and failed to convincingly address the team's goaltending needs. Without Martin Gerber struggling in the nets and without Redden or Chara in the lineup, the Sens are a very vulnerable squad at this moment. During the off-season, Muckler declined to deal Alfredsson, the goat on the season-ending shorthanded goal by Buffalo's Jason Pominville in last spring's playoffs. That now appears to be the last major card Muckler has to play, and it's a tough one.
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It Was Like You Were There

Shawn Roarke, an NHL.com writer, did something a little different the last few days. Shawn blogged (at NHL Connect) about all of the action surrounding the Hockey Hall of Fame inductions. A great job by Shawn and hopefully a sign of things to come.

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Luc Joins LA Front Office

Another former player turns exec. Via TSN,

Robitaille, hired as the Kings' alternate governor, will focus primarily on the Kings business operations and community relations. "The game of hockey has been extremely good to me and my family, and I have always considered the Kings to be my second family," Robitaille said in a statement. "Even though I'm not on the ice anymore, my goal remains the same - to bring the cup to Los Angeles."
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Too Many Shootouts

from the Daily News,

Shootouts have been great for hockey. It's the right way to end a game in the regular season when regulation and overtime can't decide a winner. It sure beats those boring ties that had become all too common place in the sport. But have shootouts become too much the norm in today's hockey world? I say yes, and it's time to do something about it. Going into last night's action in the National Hockey League, 33 games were decided by a shootout. Average that out, and more than 90 per cent of NHL nights have had at least one game end in a shootout.
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Holmqvist Leads Bolts Charge

from the St. Peterburg Times,

The leg pads, as Johan Holmqvist recalled, came up to about his waist. They were the big, old-fashioned leather kind that got heavier and heavier as they got wet. Holmqvist said he was about 8 when the older boys on his street in his hometown of Tierp, Sweden, decided he would play in net. "They were 15 years old and they would fire tennis balls and rubber pucks at me," he said. "They said I was pretty good and I should try it on the ice." If they only knew. The Lightning goaltender is one of the NHL's hottest with four straight victories, a .917 save percentage in that stretch and a 2.22 goals-against average. He has earned playing time at the expense of struggling No. 1 Marc Denis and, for the short term, removed the backup label with which he started the season.
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