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Blues Goaltending Up For Grabs

Larry Pleau and John Davidson participated on a tele-conference call today...

Q. Either one of you could maybe answer this or both of you, I'm wondering how you break down your goaltending situation, obviously Curtis Sanford had a great year last year and you did decide in the end in bringing Manny Legace as a free agent, how do you see that in terms of 1A or 1B or in terms of competition again the two? LARRY PLEAU: I think you said it best, the competition. When you look at it all three of our goalies, Bacashihua, they have a lot to prove, and the spot and the opportunity is there for somebody to jump up and be that No. 1 guy. So the competition has got to be key for us. And when you look at a Legace in his career, that's what he wanted is the opportunity to show everybody in this league that he's No. 1, and one thing we could offer is the opportunity for that. JOHN DAVIDSON: We have a young fellow the first rounder, Schwarz he's going to play in the American League in Peoria. And it gives a depth where if something happens along the way here, we don't have to force him into something he shouldn't be doing, unless he earns it. With the three goalkeepers that are the main ones, the internal competition is terrific. We now have depth there, and at the same time in signing Manny, it put us in a position where we didn't have to make a trade where we lose a significant draft pick or at least maybe a significant prospect. So we've helped ourselves for the immediate season, and we've helped ourselves hopefully fo r the long term, also.

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Martin Talks About Keenan

from the CP via TSN,

Despite reports to the contrary, Florida Panthers coach and GM Jacques Martin insists Mike Keenan isn't gone because of him. "No, I don't think there was a breakdown with my relationship with Mike," Martin told The Canadian Press in an interview Thursday. "I think I've always had a good relationship with Mike. I think we worked well together. I think the organization, the ownership, for whatever reason, listened to Mike when he came to them."

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Center Ice Available

In the USA, you can now order Center Ice on Directv, Dish Network and as of today (at least in the Detroit area) on Comcast. The earlybird special is $149.00 compared to a $129.00 price we paid last year. I believe they discounted the $20 as a thank you to the fans after the lockout year. CI has also been available in Canada for the last few weeks. image

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Off-Season Lessons

from Terry Frei at ESPN,

So what have we learned in the offseason? • Neil Smith didn't like being part of a multitiered and crowded chain of command. He reacted to it with such revulsion, it was almost as if he had spotted 23 rats running around in the hallways of the Coliseum. But give him credit, the Islanders were undefeated during his tenure. • John Davidson stepped out of Hockey Night in Canada's "Hot Stove" and into the fire as president of the Blues. Actually, having only one gig instead of 12 might represent a cutback in his workload. • Cutting its ownership stake in the Canadiens to 19.9 percent, Molson Coors is showing its interest in hockey now is Light.

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For Your Listening Pleasure

My XM radio interview (mp3 file) from this morning on Hockey This Morning. It lasts about 9 minutes.

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Blackhawks Outlook

Blackhawk fans are able to submit their story regarding the team at Chicago Sports...

Let's see if I got this right. The Blackhawks were one of the worst, if not the worst team in the NHL. This is a very slow, unskilled team with a poor defense and power play. I hope I didn't miss anything. The management, including Dale Tallon and Bill Wirtz, were embarrassed but uplifted by the play of our young defensemen. So far, we have a third-string goalie, our top draft pick is going back to college, and we just traded our No. 1 point man from last year, Kyle Calder, for a taller, heavier defenseman who scored 12 goals last season.

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Camping 101

Wicked Bruins Fan has attended a few training camps in the past. Some tips from her include...

• Get sleep. Naps are highly recommended. Camp events start early in the morning factoring in the time for commuting, and by the end, waiting around for the last bunch of players to leave turns into a long day. If you’re not a morning person (like myself), you’re going to need all the sleep and Dunkin Donuts coffee you can get. • Be prepared to see players vanish. Once the assignments and cuts start, players start dropping like flies. Get acquainted with them early, so you’re only half disappointed when you see they are no longer there.
many more...some are Bruins related but can be generalized to meet your needs...

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All Ace’s

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

So many stories, so many laughs, such a big life. So let us start, then, with those who did not know Ace Bailey at all. The ones like 4-year-old Isabel Santiago, concentrating on extracting the jelly from a donut; trailing her intravenous tubes and medical machinery behind her as though they were a feather boa or a toy of some kind.
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Prospect Tourney Increases

from the Traverse City Record Eagle,

The annual NHL prospects tournament makes its return to Traverse on Friday, and it's bigger and badder. OK, at least bigger. The tourney will have its largest field ever, with eight NHL teams sending their top prospects to train and play for five days. The event at Centre ICE — which had five teams last year — marks the return of St. Louis and adds Dallas and the New York Rangers.

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