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Morning Skate In Atlanta

At 9:30am ET the Eastern Conference will take to the ice for a morning skate, followed by the Western Conference at 10:30am.

Watch it live when the stream goes live at 9:30am ET…

added 3:08pm, Well, the stream is now dead, but they did loop the show a couple of times so I hope you were able to enjoy it while it lasted and we will have another one up around 4:30pm ET, showing the Red Carpet Entrance of the players.

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Join The Fun In Columbus

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

My recurring thought is this: Forlorn and frustrated fans who long ago fled Nationwide Arena ought to know that it’s now safe to re-enter the building. This team is legitimate.

The Jackets have glaring needs for a playmaker and a puck-moving, right-handed defenseman, but they have not dwelled on what they’re missing. They have built something of substance on top of Leclaire, an All-Star in everything but name, and the defense he anchors.


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Old Schoolers In Atlanta

from Blueland Blog,

On Tuesday afternoon some of the all-time greats from the hockey world converged on TJ’s in Alpharetta. They were there to launch the Alumni Wine Series but but the hundreds of fans that came through the doors just wanted to see their heroes from the days of their youth. Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay, Bobby Hull, Tony Esposito, Rob Ray, Bobby Clarke, Dave Schultz, Clark Gillies, Frank Mahovlich, Johnny Bower, Pat Quinn, Scott Mellanby, Willi Plett, Eric Vail and host and former Atlanta Flames captain Tim Ecclestone.

The chatter in the bar and outside was the same no matter who was talking.

“Can you believe his many people are here?”


Since we are on the old school topic, well, Gordie How gets a well deserved Detroit greeting at the 1980 All Star game…

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Attracting The African-American Fan

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Intelligent, young and motivated, urban and hip.

An African-American living and going to school south of the Mason-Dixon line.

At 21 years of age, Jonathan Davis is the kind of sports fan the NHL covets. There’s just one problem.

“I love basketball, I grew up playing basketball, that’s part of my culture,” says Davis, a Clark Atlanta University student originally from New York City. “If you can show me how the NHL is like the NBA, I will definitely be there.”

In what might sound like an odd twist, the NHL is asking Davis, and marketing students from predominantly black Atlanta-area colleges and universities, to come up with a plan to sell the NHL to African-Americans.


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All Is Well On The Ice

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

When Gary Bettman faces the news media this weekend, he will undoubtedly face the usual questions about troubled franchises, the continuing struggles to attract viewers on U.S. national television and issues surrounding the collective labour agreement.

But it’s unlikely the commissioner will have to defend the on-ice product, as so often has been the case during his 15-year tenure. While Nash’s goal is being hailed in some quarters as one for the ages (which has translated into hundreds of thousands of page views on YouTube), there is an ever-increasing number of lift-you-off-the-couch moments from NHL arenas on the nightly reel of hockey highlights. Two emerging trends are largely responsible for that development — the influx of talented young players into the NHL and the gradual weaning away of obstruction from the game. Oh, and you can also toss in the shootout, which provides another opportunity for the game’s most highly skilled entertainers to walk in uncontested on opposing goaltenders.


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Different Year, Same Names

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Only a handful of NHL GMs are making the trek to Atlanta for this weekend’s all-star festivities.

But, that’s not going to stop them from talking trade.

Two league executives told the Sun yesterday San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson is amongst the most active trying to wheel and deal with the NHL trade deadline set for exactly one month from today—Feb. 26 at 1 p.m.

“Right now, there’s a lot of tire-kicking going on because so many teams are in the race,” a league executive said yesterday. “Teams are going to continue talking, but you’re going to have to blow someone away to get something done.”

read on for a few names, mostly the same names we have heard again and again…

Also from Garrioch,

Thrashers GM Don Waddell said last night he’s going to sit down with Hossa and his Edmonton-based agent Ritch Winter early next week to try and hammer out a long-term contract extension.

“I’m not frustrated. It’s just something that’s got to get moved quicker than it has,” said Waddell. “Look, (the Feb. 26 trade deadline) is right around the corner, we’ve had many, many discussions and I’m just going to tell them that we’ve got to get to the next stage.”

more NHL bits too…

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The Odds Of Making The Playoffs

from On Frozen Pond,

Got an email today from Karen Baird at the University of Alberta—home of the Zips. Anyway, they have a business professor there named Armann Ingolfsson who teaches management science through simulating NHL hockey games. That’s my kind of science!

Anyway, by playing out the rest of the season using current winning percentages, they’ve figured out which teams are in the playoffs—and which teams ain’t.

read on for the chart…

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Selanne- Very Good Chance I’m Going To Come Back

from the LA Times,

Teemu Selanne gave the strongest indication yet that he may come out of semi-retirement when he said Friday there’s a “very good chance” he’ll return to play for the Ducks.

Selanne insisted he would not make a final decision until he talks with General Manager Brian Burke next week, but the 10-time All-Star forward admitted he is leaning in a certain direction.

“It could happen. I’m leaning one way. I’m not going to say which way,” Selanne said. “Right now, I feel there’s a very good chance I’m going to come back. When? That’s the question. When I feel ready. Every week, I’ve been feeling better and better and better.

continued (reg. req.)

With the Hockey News report from yesterday and now this, well, it appears Teemu will soon be back.

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Going From College Hockey to the NHL

From George Bazos—a player agent with Sports Professional Management that represents college-turned-pro players including Martin St. Louis, Craig Conroy and others—an article in College Hockey News:

It seems that every off-season (and sometimes even during the season), more and more college hockey players are deciding to sign professional contracts and leave school early.

I have been representing professional hockey players for over 17 years, the majority of whom have come from the collegiate ranks. I have represented players that have stayed in college for four years, as well as some who have chosen to turn professional before their collegiate eligibility has expired. Every player’s situation is unique, and a number of factors must be considered when determining the best time for a particular player to become a professional.

continued… considering the issues a college player needs to evaluate before turning pro

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Again, Don’t Believe It

from the Dallas Morning News, the Dallas Stars Blog,

Just got off the phone with Les Jackson to ask him about the Marty Turco for Martin St. Louis trade that hockeybuzz is touting, and he said his policy going forward is going to be to not comment on trades, because it just seems like a waste of time to him.

But he said he has not had talks with trading Marty Turco to anyone for anything.

“I am not interested in trading Marty Turco. That’s just the way I feel,’’ he said


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