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One thing for sure: These Internet rumors that Gaborik wants to play in Edmonton are as laughable as Sean Avery jumping up and down in front of Martin Brodeur.

-Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune.  More hockey talk from Russo…

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Sydor At Forward

from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Darryl Sydor deflected the question - why did the longest-tenured NHL defenseman on the Penguins’ roster play six minutes and 31 seconds Saturday night as a left wing? - to coach Michel Therrien.

“Ask him,” Sydor said following the Penguins’ 2-1 overtime loss to the New Jersey Devils at Mellon Arena.

“I’m going to keep to myself, be a professional and work hard.”

Therrien, who essentially shelved the fourth line that Sydor shared with right wing Eric Godard and forward Michael Zigomanis, said Sydor’s role last night was determined by the need to use him at the point on the Penguins’ second power-play unit.

“And we thought (rookie defenseman Alex) Goligoski did a great job his last game, and we’re going to work with him,” Therrien said.

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Ron Wilson High On The List For Team USA Coach

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Ron Wilson and Brian Burke may be teaming up sooner than expected—and not necessarily in Toronto.

Burke admitted yesterday that Wilson is a strong candidate to coach Team USA for the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver.

Upon hearing this, Wilson said he had definite interest in coaching the U.S. Olympic team.

continued and more hockey notes scattered about Simmon’s Sunday column.

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Too Early To Judge The Bolts

from Lightning Strikes,

Anyway, (Len) Barrie said he is not going to judge the team until the end of November.

“You have to remember, we were in 30th place, so we’ve made a lot of changes we really believe in, so we’re going to be patient with them,” he said. “There’s no panic here, for sure. ... I said to (hockey ops chief) Brian Lawton, ‘If this team isn’t a good hockey team, then we should do something else.’ I really believe it’s a good hockey team.”

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Stars Not Shining At The Moment

from Keeli Garza of Five for Fighting at the Star-Telegram,

Wow, where to start with this one. A total mess, and that is one aggravated, frustrated group right now. The woes of training camp are just spilling over, and it is producing some ugly, ugly hockey.

Coach Dave Tippett brought up the names Jere Lehtinen and Fabian Brunnstrom; as in, it may be time for these two to get into the lineup. Message to players: You’ve had your chance, you’re doing nothing, have a seat.

The tsk-tsk’s abound. Mike Ribeiro has been MIA. Loui Eriksson has done nothing. Insert name here has been bad, too.

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Flames/Canucks In A Battle Last Night

from Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

Geez, tough marker. Canucks coach Alain Vigneault appeared reluctant to give the Flames much credit for their one clear decision — Jarome Iginla’s left-hand flooring of Willie Mitchell in the first period.
“They have a great leader obviously in Jarome and he was a man on a mission tonight,” said Vigneault after his team’s 4-3 overtime triumph on Pavol Demitra’s heroics. “But you know Willie was a man on a mission too — he did a great job defensively against him and he stood up toe to toe. If Jarome’s sweater doesn’t rip, I don’t think he wins that one.”

continued for more reaction to the OT win by Calgary and watch the Iginal/Mitchell battle below…

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Teams Playing Goalie Roulette

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Caps should have found the way to keep Cristobal Huet rather than signing free agent Jose Theodore and the Blackhawks would have been better off sticking with Nikolai Khabibulin this season than signing Huet to a long-term deal. Everyone will lose this game of goaltender roulette.

more NHL bits and some CBA talk too…

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Foppa Wanted In Russia

from David Staple at the Cult of Hockey,

And so it begins, the endless speculation on where Peter Forsberg will play if and when he plays this season. 

Ak-Bars Kazan has started talks with Forsberg’s swedish representatives, in an attempt to get the Tre Kronor artist to join the new Russian Continental Hockey League team, reports Peter Adler, the Euro-hockey expert.

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The Rumor Talk

The boys on Hockey Hot Stove on HNIC with the following:

Pierre LeBrun states the starting point for signing Zetterberg will be $8.25 million per year.

Mike Milbury mentioned Marian Gaborik talks are at a standstill.  May be an ego thing with Gaborik, the Wild make him an offer, he turns them down.  LeBrun said he will be traded “soon”, Wild won’t wait for the March 3rd trade deadline.

Pierre also mentioned Satan on the wing in Pittsburgh is not going well, so keep an eye on the Penguins getting involved in the Gaborik trade talk.

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg, marian+gaborik

Devils Concerned About Financial Future

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

There are 13 Devils players who will earn $2 million or more this season. Four others will come very close to $1 million.

“We’re like anybody else. We see what is going on and understand it,” Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said. “It may not have a direct effect on us at this moment, but it’s not good. It’s not good for pro sports in general. People aren’t going to spend the money to go watch games.”

Certainly a guy who earns $2.8 million, as Langenbrunner does, is more concerned about investments than the average Joe.

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