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They Know Luongo

from Jason Botchford of The White Towel,

Before the last meeting between with the Blackhawks two weeks ago, Roberto Luongo was asked if there was any advantage having played Chicago so many times in the past two seasons.

His answer: “The more you play someone, the more you get familiar with them and their tendencies. But the same could be said about those guys being familiar with me.”

Good point. Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Patrick Sharp know Luongo’s tendencies better than his own teammates. If any team has Luongo’s number, it’s Chicago.

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Reviewing The Kovalchuk Trade

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In Kovalchuk’s first 50 regular-season games for the Devils, dating back to last year’s trade, he has scored 14 goals. In his first 49 games for the Thrashers, Niclas Bergfors, the principle forward going Atlanta’s way from New Jersey, has scored 14 goals. Officially, the deal also included Johnny Oduya, Patrice Cormier, plus a first-round pick that Atlanta subsequently swapped to Chicago to get all those ex-Hawks now making a difference for them this season. Not bad horse trading for a franchise not known for its bartering successes in the not-so-distant past.

more topics, including a look at the the Avalanche…

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Goons No Longer Needed

from Andrew Podnieks of IIHF.com,

In truth, what does an enforcer do these days? So many of today’s fights are staged, they have nothing to do with determining the outcome of the game. It’s like a solo in jazz where the other musicians stop playing to allow one member of the band to showcase his technique for a minute or so. When was the last time a fight changed the tone of a meaningful game or had an impact on a playoff series? Not in the 21st century, that’s for sure.

And why would a coach put a goon on the bench to play him for five minutes when he could add some skill or checking prowess to his lineup? Indeed, if the goon is on his way out, perhaps he is being replaced by the superpest, the player who has a decent amount of skill, is small and not willing to fight a great deal, but who is good at needling the opposition. Think Steve Downie with the Lightning, Maxim Lapierre in Montreal, Alexandre Burrows in Vancouver, or the mother of all pests, Sean Avery with the Rangers, who is arguably mountains more effective than Boogaard.

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Is Chara An Elite Defenseman?

Adam Proteau of The Hockey News answers some email…

Why is Zdeno Chara always talked about as one of the NHL’s top defensemen? When the Bruins gave him a seven-year extension this year, I had to shake my head.

Sure, he’s got a heck of a reach and a blistering shot, but it seems like (a) he’s always getting burned at the blueline by small, agile skaters (like Martin St-Louis); (b) his shots are never on net; (c) he turns the puck over every time he takes more than two strides with it; and (d) he’s always taking mental-mistake penalties at the worst times….

Certainly, there are people in the hockey industry who feel as you do, but I’m not one of them. Which isn’t to say I put Chara at or near the top of my Norris ballot each year – in fact, he wasn’t in my top five last season.

That said, the guy averages two more minutes of ice time than any other Bruins skater; has missed an average of just five games in each of the past eight seasons; currently is tied for second on the team in plus-minus (at plus-13); and, since he was traded from the Islanders organization in 2001, has been a plus-156 in 639 regular season games.

That may not qualify him for Hall of Fame status, but in today’s NHL, Chara’s skill set is more valuable than you imply….

more Q & A inlcuding Detroit trading Jiri Hudler and a pick for Martin Brodeur….

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No Changes Planned In Toronto

from Darren Dreger of TSN,

There are no plans for drastic change in Toronto, including the firing of head coach Ron Wilson.

“No coaching change,” said Maple Leafs GM, Brian Burke via e-mail, no doubt frustrated by his team’s play and the predictable line of questioning that inevitably follows each Leafs’ loss….

“Have the players quit on Wilson?” “No,” said a source close to the team.

Brian Burke and Maple Leafs’ management continue to work the phones in search of a trade, but there is no deal at the moment the team believes is even remotely worth considering.

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This Can’t Happen

Easy to pick on a goalie for making this kind of Tommy Salo-esque mistake but I’m not trying to kick Mike Smith when he’s down at all.

Obviously, there was more than this one play to fault for an 8-1 Lightning loss in Boston but the bottom line, as GM Steve Yzerman has now publicly acknowledged, is that the Bolts imply need more from their goaltenders.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, mike+smith, steve+yzerman

A Passing Grade for Yzerman So Far from Mike Milbury (Oh, Thank Heavens!)

Advice from Mad Mike… Now that’s funny…

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Savard Finally Plays Again

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“You don’t know what you have sometimes,’’ mused the 33-year-old Savard, “until you lose it.’’

What Savard got was a warm reception from the sellout crowd of 17,565 and an impressive night’s work in which he logged 15:45 in ice time in the Bruins’ 8-1 rout. He went without a point, but he moved well, used his stick to break up a number of Lightning passes, and came out of it all feeling fine and wanting more — which he’ll get tomorrow night when the Bruins play in Toronto.

“I was hoping for a miracle today,’’ said a smiling Savard. “It didn’t happen, but . . . ’’

But, no dizzy spells, no nausea, no depression, no needless worries. Savard traded shoulder bumps and knocks in open ice. No fake artistry about it, he played well from start to finish, although he noted feeling winded when a few of his 21 shifts ran a little longer than anticipated.

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Boudreau Not Happy With Officiating In Loss To Dallas

from Katie Carrera of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

Coach Bruce Boudreau had quite a bit to say about the officiating after the game, from the non-goal at the end of regulation to some of the minor penalties called against the Capitals in the second period. Here’s some of what didn’t make it in the print edition:

“It’s a bad call [the non-goal],” he said. “Refs make bad calls but at that time of the game when you’re down one you better be sure something is happening instead of wanting to make that call, let alone the calls in the second period. I want to know and I hope I get a call on this thing what the actual rule is for breaking a guy’s stick with the slash.

“I’ve seen breaking the stick called, breaking the stick no call,” Boudreau said. “I’ve heard every different excuse in the book but unless we’re all on the same page as officials and coaches and management and league we’re going to question it every game because every game it’s different.”

more and watch the waived-off goal below…

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Changes Needed In Calgary

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Change has to be coming. Soon. Sure as . . . the turnin’ of the Earth.

This has deteriorated far beyond a one-off, one-game sickness. This isn’t an over-reaction. It’s a continuation.

The rot is surely becoming too deep for anyone to ignore. No one is inferring that under-fire general manager Darryl Sutter has intentionally run the ship aground. Quite the contrary. But there it is, all the same, the once-proud vessel shattered on the rocks, hull gashed and engines damaged beyond recognition.

Absence of intent does not alter the facts.

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