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Brodeur Wants To Remain A Devil

from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

It’s all been pure speculation and guessing from the outside so far, but, for the first time in his 20-plus years in the Devils’ organization the speculation and guessing has brought up goaltender Martin Brodeur’s name.

Brodeur made it clear today that he has no interest in jumping ship as the Devils head toward the most disappointing season in team history.

“I want to stay,” he said. “I’ve been fortunate to play on some great teams here. I’‘m not going to quit now. It might be the right way to think about it, but at the end of the day it could be out of my hands. But, personally, I don’t think I’ll be going anywhere this season or next season. I’d love to finish my career here.”


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Burke Wants To Make Player Personnel Changes

from Vinay Menon of the Toronto Star,

Burke is not sleeping these days, something I’ve heard from a few people. His team is not performing the way he expected. It’s been a season full of, well, equine excrement.

And so on behalf of Leaf fans everywhere, your humble emissary starts asking questions.

What has gone wrong? What are the objectives of management at this point? What can we expect in the new year? Can this team turn things around without an intervention? Or to paraphrase Chris Martin, why should we not panic?

“I think this group has established to my satisfaction that we’re not going to come out of this without some outside help,” concedes Burke. “We’re not looking at a coaching change. So we have to see if we can make a player personnel change.

“We’re at a critical point of the schedule where most of the games are against Eastern conference teams. We need some regulation wins if we’re going to get back in there. And we haven’t seen the progress that we’d like to see. So we’re looking to be active again as soon as we come out of the trade freeze.”


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Talking Calgary

Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun debate whether it’s time to blow up the current plan in Calgary and move into “rebuild” mode.

Burnside: When do the roosters come home to roost? This is a poorly constructed team with little in the way of young talent in the pipeline, but they do have assets that would generate significant interest from other teams, most notably Jarome Iginla, even though he has two more years at $7 million a pop. Is it time to start thinking big picture and asking players like Iginla if they’d like a ticket off the sinking ship?

LeBrun: If I were the Flames, I would blow this thing up, putting both Iginla and goalie Miikka Kiprusoff on the market. Those are the two fan favorites, I know, but you need to restock your system with assets and that’s the way to start it. The Los Angeles Kings would be interested in Iginla and they wouldn’t be alone. He’d look great in Montreal, as well.

The question is whether Iggy, who has a no-movement clause, would want to leave. His play really picked up earlier this season when Flames management told him he wasn’t going to be moved. Does that suggest he wants to stay put? Perhaps he believes he will outlast the Sutter brothers? The other thing to remember with Iginla is, he has those two years left at $7 million per. That’s a big consideration if you’re another NHL team looking at him.


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Dudley Trying To Find The Right Numbers To Sign Byfuglien & Ladd

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

He has started contract negotiations with defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and forward Andrew Ladd to try and get long-term deals done with two players who have emerged as crucial members to the Thrashers success this season.

How far along are the talks?

“Not far. But they’ve started,” Dudley told Sporting News. “It’s something as an organization we’ve had a tendency not to do in the past. But when you get good, you have to talk to your players.”

Both Ladd and Byfuglien are restricted free agents after this season and Dudley said he’s optimistic both want to stay in Atlanta long-term.

It’s just a matter of finding a number that works for both sides.


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Here Comes Vancouver

from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

Joe Louis isn’t long from an appointment with the wrecker’s ball, and there are so many ties to the Motor City and its rink among Canucks players you need an octopus’s eight arms to list them all:

■ Ryan Kesler needed upwards of 60 tickets for friends and family.

“It’s Christmas so everybody’s home. It’s always fun, I have a lot of fond memories here.”

Kesler’s first memory of the Joe is Joey Kocur chasing him around at a team/family skate when he was about eight. As he spoke, Little Caesars players were filing into a nearby dressing room, just like he did when he was part of that Mike Ilitch-sponsored development program.

“It’s still early in the season, but it’s a good measuring stick. They’re above us in the standings and we’re going to try to catch them.”

■ For the Sedins, it’s facing boyhood friend/rival Henrik Zetterberg.

“They’ve got a lot of Swedes, so it’s special,” Henrik said. “We grew up playing against Zetterberg since we were 11 or 12. ... We’re good friends and he’s a great player. For us, it’s a good measuring stick to play against him.

“And just the atmosphere, even though the last two years the crowd maybe hasn’t been like it has before. It’s still a great building. The history here is unbelievable. You look up in the rafters, it’s pretty impressive.”


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Video- You Have To Feel For The Toronto Fans

added 10:52am, from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Toronto coach Ron Wilson had one of his exasperations Monday. Asked his thoughts on his Maple Leafs being booed at home, Wilson hissed he was not going to grace the question with a reply and then stomped off. Lip readers could make out Wilson asking a poor PR flack who the offending questioner was. While Wilson’s frustration is understandable, that doesn’t make it acceptable.

An intelligent man, Wilson does not suffer fools gladly. Nor does he suffer clever people. Or the venal, vacuous or vexatious. In fact, Wilson finds it hard to abide just about anyone with a tape recorder or note pad. Of course, his is not a happy lot these days. Odd bits of interesting material make a fine quilt, but they make a horrible hockey team. And Wilson has been saddled by his friend Brian Burke with a rag-bag collection of disparate abilities that shows little sign of succeeding in, say, the next millennium.


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Flames Need To Stay Positve

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

It was a stretch of games that was supposed to be the start of their climb in the conference standings.

Instead, following a third straight loss, the Calgary Flames are even further behind in what has become a near impossible task of elevating themselves into a NHL playoff spot.

But to keep that slim hope alive — at least for the sake of their own sanity — the only thing they can do is actually believe it’s possible.

“There’s nothing easy about it. There’s nothing that’s gonna be easy about it,” said Flames head coach Brent Sutter after a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets that left the Minnesota Wild, the Edmonton Oilers and his squad to battle for the bottom three spots in the Western Conference.

“We just have to stay positive and continue to stay together. I think that’s the biggest thing — you’ve got to keep pushing and pushing together and make that sure we handle everything the right way.


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Getzlaf Tries To Motivate The Ducks

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

Facing another big deficit following another poor first period on their long road trip, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was intent on sending a message to some sleepy teammates.

As soon as the puck dropped to open the second period, Getzlaf dropped his gloves to engage Buffalo center Cody McCormick in a fight that ultimately didn’t get him a decision.

And while the scuffle’s impact didn’t carry any immediacy in a 5-2 loss to the Sabres, the Ducks saw the moment as one that they hope will resonate.

“I think so,” Bobby Ryan said. “I think he’s trying to instill something through everybody. If he’s going to go out and set an example in that sense, the guys got to follow. Not by fighting but by carrying through in the physical play and doing other things like that.”

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A Major Problem With The Blue Jackets

from Rob Oiler of the Columbus Dispatch,

The beauty in playing pin the tail on the Blue Jackets’ donkey is that you can’t miss.

Through the past decade, you could stick it to the players and win. Stick it to the front office and win. Stick it to the coaching staff and win. Stick it to the broadcast teams and win. Stick it to the inflatable cannon - Am I the only one who sees a little bit of a mustachioed Hitch in Boomer? Guessing the players see it, too? - and win.

Searching for answers isn’t the problem. They’re everywhere. Sorting through the answers takes more time, but because time and space are finite newspaper commodities, we’ll pin this one on scouting, drafting and signing of talent.

Consider the list of Blue Jackets first-round draft picks:

• 2000, Rostislav Klesla, No. 4 overall: Serviceable

• 2001, Pascal Leclaire, No. 8: Bust, or at least always broken (traded)


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Blackhawks Bring A Marine Home For The Holiday

from Ross Forman of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

A suburban family got the VIP treatment Tuesday at the Chicago Blackhawks’ practice as the team gave a salute to Marine Lance Cpl. George Handley, a 20-year-old stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

Emmitt and Brenda Handley, the proud parents from Aurora, brought their children and grandchildren to watch the team’s hourlong morning skate, toured the team’s locker room and then met many of the Hawks, including Captain Jonathan Toews.

And then George walked in, wearing a red Blackhawks jersey with his name on the back, shocking his family.

Tears of joy flowed.


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