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Low & High Numbers

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

• 13.6 minutes – Every 13.6 minutes of ice time, Sidney Crosby notches a point, the fastest rate in the NHL.

• 27.1 minutes – Every 27.1 minutes of ice time, Steve Stamkos scores a goal, the fastest rate in the NHL.

• $32,590.91 – Average cost, based on his salary cap number, of a win by Detroit’s Jimmy Howard.

• $750,000 – Average cost, based on his salary cap number, of a win by J.S. Giguere.

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Dancing Iggy

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

During Monday’s 3-1 victory over the visiting Nashville Predators, just after Flames winger Jarome Iginla scored the winning goal, the Saddledome’s Enmax Energy Board featured a few seconds of a cartoon-like captain dancing gleefully to some funky music.

The original groove on the Internet featured Olli Jokinen, but the Finn wasn’t real eager to have his dancing image plastered on the big screen when he scored.

Iginla’s peer-pressure lobbying tactic backfired.

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The Rangers At The Break

from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

The Rangers, who have had every reason to cry their way to 10th place, enter the All-Star break tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference and without reason to apologize for it.

After going 7-6-1 in the 14 games they played this season without star Marian Gaborik, they are now 10-7-2 without their second best forward, Ryan Callahan, and 3-2 since they lost their third best forward, Brandon Dubinsky, too….

“I think it’s a team that needs a break,” coach John Tortorella said. “We have handled ourselves well.”

Fifty-two games into the season, it is abundantly clear that the Rangers can take a hit. What they have refused to do is take a hint that this season should be a wreck.

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Two Things Are Certain With The Leafs

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

With the Maple Leafs nose-diving into the all-star break, there is absolute clarity on only two points.

One, James Reimer has demonstrated that he is the most qualified goalie the club has right now and deserves a chance to prove his value over an extended period.

Two, this notion that the Leafs will be looking to add talent by next month’s trade deadline for some kind of late-season playoff run is at best fanciful and at worst incomprehensible. This is a club, quite clearly, that needs to do what Ottawa has already declared it will do, and that is aggressively dump experience for futures in the hope that tomorrow will be a brighter day

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Would You Trade A First Round Pick & Maybe More For Forsberg?

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

What about this scenario: The Avs sign Foppa, he plays, and plays well. But the Avs don’t win enough games. They fall out of playoff contention.

Solution?

DEAL FOPPA AT THE DEADLINE! -We know he’s not going to want to play here if the Avs are out of the playoff picture in another month (the NHL trade deadline is Feb. 28). The Avs aren’t going to care who’s in their lineup if they’re 10 points out of a spot by then (it could happen, the way they’re playing).

So why not deal Foppa to a contender (it won’t be Detroit, don’t worry. Forsberg has told close friends and relatives he’d never play for the Red Wings. The rivalry still lives, people).

You get a first-round pick and/or maybe more for him.

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

What Will Shea Weber Do?

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

This is your sixth season with the Nashville Predators and, over that time, your team has excelled at drafting and developing players in the post-lockout NHL.

The Predators have also made the playoffs in four of the last five seasons. And this year, to the astonishment of most observers, they sit fourth in the hyper-competitive Western Conference.

That, at least, is the good news. The not-so-good news is the Preds seem to be bumping their heads against a glass ceiling. Over the span of Weber’s career, they haven’t won a playoff series, they’ve ranked in the bottom third of the NHL in payroll every season but one and they’ve been drained of an extraordinary amount of talent — including but not limited to Dan Hamhuis, Marek Zidlicky, Kimmo Timonen, Scott Hartnell, Tomas Vokoun and Alex Radulov.

So here’s the choice if you’re Weber. Do you commit to the Preds, knowing they’ll always be competitive but they might lack the resources to rise to the next level? Or do you tell the organization, “Look, I’ve given you six good seasons. I’m going to be unrestricted in another season and I’d like to win. Why don’t you move me while you can still get something for me?”

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Ray: Melnyk Upset By Murray’s Refusal To Coach

Rob Ray can be seen nowadays on Buffalo Sabres television broadcasts as an in-game analyst.  Unlike many players-turned-broadcasters, the former Sabres agitator has no qualms about delving out his opinions.

He also still has friends and contacts in Ottawa resulting from his time there at the end of his playing career - and he was more than willing to share some opinions and insight regarding the Senators coaching situation, and the status of the working relationship between Brian Murray and Eugene Melnyk, during his radio segment on WGR-550 today:

“They’ve lost a spark and I think a big part of it is the guy behind the bench.  They really, from the beginning, never bought into Cory Clouston.  And, you know, they had a hard time with him in the beginning, and you know, they kind of gave into it a little bit for a while, but I just don’t think he has what it takes to keep them.”

“I’ve talked to people up there - Melnyk wants Murray to go behind the bench to finish the year coaching, and he refuses to do it, and I think it’s causing a major turmoil amongst ownership and the general manager that he’s not willing to do that, and I think you may see at the end of the year that the coach and general manager may be moved out of there.”

Click here for the entire interview; for comments on the Sens jump to 9:15.

 

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  Tags: brian+murray, corey+clouston, ottawa+senators, rob+ray, senators+coaching+situation

Nabokov Suspended By Islanders

via Islanders.com,

The New York Islanders have suspended Evgeni Nabokov for not reporting after being claimed off of waivers on Jan. 22. The 35-year-old goaltender signed a one-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings on Jan 20.

added 4:27pm, via Katie Strang tweet,

The Islanders do have the option of “tolling” Nabokov’s contract still, and according to one league source, it appears the Islanders will

Tolling basically pushes the contract to next year if Nabokov does not report this season.  He is scheduled to be UFA July 1st, but this could force him to be property of the Islanders next season.

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Alfresson Has No Intent To Leave Ottawa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Daniel Alfredsson isn’t ready to jump ship.

The Senators captain told reporters Tuesday morning he’s quite happy to stay in Ottawa and won’t be looking to be dealt to a contender with the club struggling towards the finish line.

Owner Eugene Melnyk and GM Bryan Murray both dismissed the possibility of Alfredsson being dealt to a contender before the Feb. 28th trade deadline…

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This will not turn into a circus atmosphere Toronto had when Sundin wouldn’t move, even if it meant helping the Leafs in the long run.  Bryan Murray knows how to handle a situation like this and will do it with class.

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The 1-3-1

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

The eyeball test tells me the game is now backsliding too much. Five players idling in the neutral zone in a 1-3-1 configuration has become more prevalent than the stretch pass. I even saw up-tempo aficionado Peter Laviolette of the Flyers pull all five of his guys into the neutral zone for long stretches recently. And why not? It conserves energy because less skating is involved. Defensive players are getting away with more while moving their feet less.

I’m not blaming the coaches. If they can gain an advantage, they have to take it. Guy Boucher is bogging down the ice from blueline to blueline, but he has his Tampa Bay Lightning in first place atop the Southeast Division and is challenging Laviolette’s Flyers for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. Boucher’s team gives up the fewest shots on goal in the NHL. His formula works.

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