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Blackhawk Woes

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

It's been just over a week since Chicago Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon went on a mini tirade, threatened trades and warned of consequences for poor play. The result? The team went 0-4 though Friday's loss to Columbus (a team below them in both the division and conference standings). It's part of an 0-6 run that has the Hawks challenging the Blue Jackets and the St. Louis Blues for worst overall in the Western Conference and the entire NHL. This comes after Tallon made a slew of offseason signings, including signing goalie Nikolai Khabibulin to a contract that he can neither move nor, seemingly salvage.
read on...including how Nashville is doing it the right way...

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Hatcher Finding His Game

from Philly Burbs,

Some called them dinosaurs. That was understandable. When the new NHL started off as a track meet in October, skeptics thought that big, not-so-fleet-of-foot defensemen like Derian Hatcher would have trouble making the adjustment. And for a while there, they were right. The Flyers' 6-foot-5, 235-pound backliner was beating a steady trail to the penalty box, often shaking his head with a facetious grin that said, “what do you want me to do?
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Delayed High Definition

Tonight's Tampa Bay-Islanders game on OLN is a scheduled 7:00pm start. But if you have Comcast and want to see the game in HD on INHD, you won't be able to see the game until 11:30pm. The game is the 2nd of 7 NHL games that will be shown on delayed basis on INHD, due to a scheduling conflict with the NBA.

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Yashin- Enough Said

from the NY Post,

One of Alexei Yashin's New Year's resolutions should be to spend less time in the doghouse. You can count on one hand the number of dominant performances Yashin, the Lord of Dogtown, has had in an Islanders uniform — a total quickly being gained on by the number of times he's been demoted to the fourth line.
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Crosby In Canada

from the Globe and Mail,

Sidney Crosby, the No. 1 National Hockey League draft pick from Nova Scotia, plays his first games in Canada as a professional this week, in Toronto and tomorrow in Montreal against the Canadiens. Family and friends are flocking to both sites. The upside to a trip to Toronto — widely considered the epicentre among NHL cities — is it guarantees enormous exposure. In an unusual move, the Penguins will bring their entire media-relations staff in order to handle the crush expected for Crosby. The less desirable side is that a Toronto stop often raises controversies, often exaggerated, and, in this case, fuelled by Cherry's national show Coach's Corner. "There's a lot of controversy with everything you do in Toronto," Therrien said last week in response to a question from a Toronto reporter about Crosby being appointed as an alternate captain. "There was no controversy in Pittsburgh. Eventually, this is going to be Sidney's team. I'm not afraid to say it."
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Hockey 101

from the Durham Herald,

As the Carolina Hurricanes wasted power play after power play against the Florida Panthers Dec. 23, they tested the patience of hard-core and casual fans alike. First the RBC Center crowd resorted to the usual cry: "Shoooottt!" Then the more frustrated resorted to the more basic shout: "Booooo!" At least the fans who have attended the organization's tutorial class, "Hurricanes U," knew what the team was trying to do on those man-advantages. Power-play strategy is one of the fundamentals the organization explains during Hurricanes U, which is part Hockey 101 and part behind-the-scenes look at Carolina's game-day experience at the RBC Center. For $100, the Hurricanes explain everything from the basics (What's icing?), to the intermediate (What's the best strategy for killing a penalty?), to the advanced (How does the salary cap and salary arbitration work?) -- it's all there in a three-part class for fans who want to know more about the game.
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Everything Is Good In Buffalo

from Buffalo Business First,

Approaching the halfway mark for the 2005-06 season, attendance at Sabres games has increased by 2.3 percent. Through the team's first 17 home games, the Sabres have averaged 14,947 fans at HSBC Arena, up 343 from the average 14,604 the team drew during the 2003-04 season. ...The Sabres' success isn't just limited to the turnstiles at HSBC Arena. TV ratings on the MSG Network are up 56 percent this season compared to two years ago. Bill Casale, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery general manager, said business at his downtown restaurant is up at least 15 percent compared to the 2003-2004 NHL season.
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Another Calder Candidate

from the Rocky Mountain News,

Sid the Kid. Alexander the Great. Marek the Anonymous. In much the same way Dwyane Wade was forced to emerge from the shadows of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James two years ago, Colorado Avalanche rookie Marek Svatos is finding it tough to steal attention from Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. If Svatos needs a publicist, he might want to consider Avalanche goalie and fellow Slovak Peter Budaj, who has played with or against Svatos since both were about 10 years old.
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Re-thinking The NHL Schedule

"The Eastern teams are loving it and some of the Western teams -- not all -- are questioning it. That's something we're going to have to look at when the season's over and we look at the attendance figures and we look at the numbers."- Gary Bettman on the NHL schedule, via the Edmonton Journal. I sure hope something is done about this. The Wings should be playing the original six teams at least one time in each city. Not playing Toronto is a shame and I am sure the original teams feel the same way.

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Youth Coach In Critcal Condition- Injured During Pick-up Game

from the AP via WCCO,

A retired police officer and youth hockey coach was critically injured by a hockey puck Saturday during a father-son game. Dennin Bauers, 52, was struck behind the left ear by a puck at around 9:30 a.m., when about 20 high school players -- mostly from Duluth Central High School -- took on their fathers at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. He was wearing a helmet, but collapsed and was taken to the hospital.
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