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Blues Booming

from George Johnson at ESPN,

Andy Murray’s sales pitch was simple.
“Right now, your individual businesses are suffering,” Murray revealed. “Keith Tkachuk, Inc., Bill Guerin, Inc., Doug Weight, Inc., Manny Legace, Inc. All of them.
“None of those businesses are healthy because this team is not winning. And if you do not play well, if you do not play hard, those individual businesses, which each of you have spent a lot of time and effort to establish, will not survive.”
They obviously bought the pitch. Because at the moment, business is positively booming.


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Mask Theme

Hannu Toivenen’s mask takes on a Boston sports theme.
Watch the video at Versus...short, 23 seconds!


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The Sooner The Better

from the Brockton Enterprise,

There has been much talk lately that the Bruins need to make some trades before the Feb. 27 deadline if they want to make the playoffs.
Based on their 6-1 loss to the New York Rangers Monday night at TD Banknorth Garden, there had better be more than talk, and the sooner the better, from Bruins general manager Peter Chiarelli.
The Bruins continue to play like a team that will be on the golf course, not the ice, the second week in April when 16 NHL teams will be beginning the playoffs.
After going down to their third straight loss, the Bruins are now 3-9-1 in their last 13 games, having been outscored, 54-26, along the way.


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Back Where He Belongs

from the Calgary Sun:

Craig Conroy felt a certain comfort making his way back into the Calgary dressing room as a Flame.
He felt that sense of having returned home.
“Even when I used to come in as a visitor, it felt like I should come in this room,” he said, taking in the surroundings. “But you tell yourself, ‘Wrong room, go the other way.’ “


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The Last Without A Mask

By KK frequent contributor Joe Pelletier

Andy Brown was a minor league goaltender who played only a handful of NHL games. But he is the answer to a most interesting trivia question - he was the last goaltender in the history of the NHL to play without a protective mask.

Brown played his last NHL game on April 7, 1974, and by doing so became the last goalie to play without a mask. Playing with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Brown lost 6-3 to the Atlanta Flames. It was his last NHL game as in the off-season he would sign with the WHA’s Indianapolis Racers.

Brown often wore a mask in practice, but claimed his visibility was hindered by the mask in game situations.

pic via Legends of Hockey

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How Does Wade Dubielewicz Feel

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

He spent about eight weeks on Long Island last season and got into seven NHL games. Even though Dubielewicz had no illusions of becoming the team’s starter this season, DiPietro’s contract all but guarantees that he’ll never hold that job — barring something unforeseen like a serious injury to DiPietro.
But Dubielewicz, a 28-year-old who grew up in Invermere, B.C., is far from bitter about the situation.
In fact, he sees DiPietro’s continued success as the key to getting him out of his current spot in the American Hockey League.


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Bloggers Blog In Blueland Blog

from the Atlanta Thrashers Blueland Blog,

When all was said and done, it was a treat for us to host some of the Atlanta blogging community in the upper reaches of Philips Arena. We had close to a dozen participants (11 to be exact) and as far as we know they all had a good time. There was no hidden agenda on our end- we simply want more people to get blogging and to write about the Thrashers.

read on.. KK readers may know I pointed to one of the bloggers last week, but this is the whole group.  A great idea and EVERY NHL team should pick up on this!!!

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Keep The Faith

Just remember, writers are paid to write and attract readers.
Read my NH.com blog for more.

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Bolts Hire A Consultant To Fix The Business

from the Tampa Tribune,

Team president Ron Campbell said Monday, in response to a story by Sports Business Journal, that the team is not actively for sale despite the hiring of investment bank Galatioto Sports Partners.
A story appeared on the publication’s Web site Monday, and will appear this week in print, with a headline that read: “Lightning owner considering sale option.”
Campbell, however, said the hiring of GSP, which took place three months ago, is not about seeking a buyer for the franchise, but rather is on a consulting basis, a common practice the club has used to help in other areas of operations.
“The motivator in this is to fix the business, not sell the business,” Campbell said.


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Miller Given Time To Find His Game

from the Buffalo News,

The All-Star goaltender isn’t being benched per se. That would seem as though he has been punished.
But the Sabres haven’t been happy with Miller’s recent performances and are giving him time to rediscover his game.
“He needs two or three real good practice days where he just gets back to what I call a relaxed comfort zone,” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “He seems like he’s been uptight. He’s put a lot of pressure on himself, which he usually does.”

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