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The Best Division In The NHL?

from Pierre LeBrun of the CP,

Only one division in the NHL can boast having every single team over the .500 mark. Surprisingly, it’s the Central.

Widely considered the weakest of the league’s six divisions over the last few years, where Detroit has captured six straight titles, the Central has some spine this season.

The Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues and Columbus Blue Jackets are vastly improved while the Nashville Predators have not tumbled badly as many had predicted.

“They’re all good teams,” Red Wings head coach Mike Babcock told The Canadian Press this week.

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All Fedorov

from Hockey Adventure,

HockeyAdventure.com: How about you? You’re unrestricted at the end of the year. How much longer would you like to play?

Sergei Fedorov: I don’t know. Hopefully a couple more years.

HockeyAdventure.com: Still hungry?

Sergei Fedorov: Yeah, I still love the game. I like the challenges and the communication with the younger guys. Obviously they have quite a few questions about what’s going on. It’s still fun for me.

more Q & A with Sergei…

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Line Of The Day

from Puck-rakers,

Hitchcock was asked if he was planning to “go with Malarchuk” tonight against the Canucks:

“Hey, he wasn’t bad for a guy in the 1970s. I don’t think you’ll see him (Thursday night). It was hard enough to get him out there for practice. He kept holding out for a better deal. We didn’t get it done until right before practice.”

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MacLean Still On The Mind Of Columbus

from Puck-rakers,

Now, it’s highly unlikely the deal in Tampa will go through. It’ll take a minor miracle for it all to get settled and go through before the end of the season. Thus, the Blue Jackets will have to keep on paying MacLean. The remainder they owe is about $450,000.

That money would come in handy right about now if general manager Scott Howson is eagerly working the trade market. Certainly, that would be some nice “play money” at the trade deadline.

A $450,000 chunk doesn’t sound like much. But if a $1.8 million player is acquired at the trade deadline, the salary he’s owed the rest of the season—about 1/4 of the way to go—is roughly $450,000. There are some pretty good $1.8M players out there.

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Westcott Out With Another Concussion

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets defenseman Duvie Westcott likely suffered yet another concussion Saturday, ruling him out of the club’s short-term plans and calling into question his NHL future.

The news yesterday was not good.

“We’ll wait for the doctors to tell us (what’s next),” general manager Scott Howson said. “But we have been told that he’s symptomatic.”

Detroit’s Niklas Kronvall slammed Westcott into the boards late in the game Saturday in Nationwide Arena.

Westcott’s head did not appear to be struck, but his body was jolted.

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Nash On The Same Page With Hitchcock

from the Edmonton Journal,

“You can get your workers to buy in every night,” Hitchcock said Monday. “But if you can get your skill guys to buy into that (defence-first system), that’s how you win.”

Nash readily admits he and his teammates have bought Hitchcock’s system, the one that drove sniper Brett Hull to distraction when he played under Hitchcock in Dallas.

And Hitchcock noted that, apart from his own tutelage, his charges have an ongoing living lab in how to play sound defence sitting right there atop the Central Division - the Detroit Red Wings.

“They’re the gold standard,” Hitchcock said of the Wings’ textbook all-around game. “(Pavel) Datsyuk and (Henrik) Zetterberg - they all check.”

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Pascal Leclaire Leaves Game In Loss To Edmonton

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Goaltender Pascal Leclaire, whose early career has been dogged by leg injuries, left the game at 5:58 of the second period, complaining of a tight hamstring.

After the game, the Blue Jackets—from coach Ken Hitchcock to Leclaire himself—stressed that the injury was minor, that Leclaire might be out only a brief while, if he missed any time at all.

“We’ll see how it is (today),” Leclaire said. “But I don’t have any sharp pain or anything.

“It’s more like a tweak, but it’s not something I wanted to take a chance on.”

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Howson In The Right Place

from the Edmonton Journal,

Howson isn’t only a detail man, obviously. He has to paint the big picture for a franchise that has yet to make the NHL playoffs. Where the Jackets are headed and how they will get there depends on Howson as much as it does Hitchcock and the players. Fortunately, coach and GM complement one another.

“His strengths really balance with me. He’s a really patient, big-picture guy who sees things in months and years and I fight the daily fight, like all coaches do,” said Hitchcock. “Because he was a player at all levels, his ability to understand the team mindset at the end of competition is calming for me. You’re able to move past the emotion of the game and that’s important for me….”

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Stay Out Of Hitch’s Way

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Hitchcock ambled in with a smirk-smile on his face and a massive monkey wrench in his belt. The cast-iron wrench is a good tool. It can twist a nut. It works as a hammer or a back scratcher. Sometimes, it’s handy just for show.

Hitchcock installed his system. Now, hockey systems can be overrated, as one does not differ much from another. The important thing is consistency, and Hitchcock was consistent: “Do this, do this because it works, and if you do not do this, you will not play.” Then, he held up the monkey wrench.

Critical point: Nobody interfered.

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Becoming A Team

from the Columbus Dispatch,

“We are very together,” center Sergei Fedorov said earlier this month. “We know each other, we like each other, and we’re playing for each other, and that is not a small, little thing.

“Before you can do anything else in this league, first, you have to be a team.”

Now 20 games into the season, a pretty clear picture of the Blue Jackets has emerged.

more including Columbus could use more scoring…

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