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Josh Bailey Playing Without Pressure

from Arthur Staple of Newsday,

The losses still hurt Josh Bailey. Watching the Islanders, his Islanders, on television rather than being in the middle of it all doesn’t take away much of the frustration.

“The last couple of games I was there,” he says, “it felt like going into the game that it was David vs. Goliath. That’s a terrible mindset to have and it takes time to break out of that. You need to slowly regain your confidence after that, but it’s frustrating . . . You can just feel it, even when you’re not there.”

But playing hockey is fun again for Bailey, the 21-year-old former first-round draft pick who had, until Nov. 24, known nothing but the NHL in his professional career. He’s got five goals and 14 points in nine games for Bridgeport, which is 5-1-3 in the games Bailey’s played.

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Dudley In The Running For GM Of The Year

from Steve Simmons of the Toronot Sun,

There was next to no noise when Rick Dudley was named general manager of the Atlanta Thrashers last June. It was quiet, just like Dudley is, and businesslike. Nothing like the sensation of expectation that surrounded Brian Burke’s appointment in Toronto. But in just a few months on the job, what a job Dudley had done.

With the lowest payroll in the National Hockey League, Dudley managed to change coaches, hiring Craig Ramsay, and in two separate deals with his former team, the Chicago Blackhawks, acquired Dustin Byfuglien, Brent Sopel, Andrew Ladd and some other parts without parting with a single prominent player from his roster.

He took advantage of Chicago’s salary-cap troubles the way Burke attempted to do with the acquistion of Kris Versteeg.

continued plus more hockey points…

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Panthers Not Happy With Kaleta Hit

via Harvey Fialkov of the Sun Sentinel,

Panthers GM Dale Tallon called the league office and has asked for a video review of what appeared to be an intentional blindside shot to the head of defenseman Dmitry Kulikov by Sabres’ Patrick Kaleta in the third period, according to assistant GM Mike Santos.

Kaleta was given two minor penalties (charging and roughing) for four minutes, but the new rule on such hits calls for a 5-minute major penalty and automatic game misconduct, with a possibility of suspension.

Hunting for a video of the hit was unsuccessful, did anyone see it?

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  Tags: dmitry+kulikov, patrick+kaleta

The Time Bomb in Toronto

There is a time bomb ticking away in Toronto. And its inevitability is…well, inevitable.

The Leafs’ Cup drought is going to extend beyond 50 years. How could it not?

The Leafs exist in a world with Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Pavel Datsyuk and Jonathan Toews. Eric Staal and Ryan Getzlaf. Mike Richards and Steven Stamkos.

Datsyuk is the only player above not drafted in the first-round. But ask any GM in the NHL about which forward they would pick first to win the Stanley Cup today and Datsyuk would surely chalk up a few votes, regardless of how obvious a choice Crosby or Ovechkin may seem.

Tonight the Leafs head into GM Place in Vancouver to take on a team that has 10 former 1st Rounders in their line up. Ironically, two of those 1st Rounders happen to be Henrik and Daniel Sedin, a duo that Brian Burke went out of his way to secure in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft.

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  Tags: brian+burke, ron+wilson

Winning The Draw

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

It’s an accepted fact that all the best ones cheat.

This should be no small matter when talking about something that happens roughly twice as often in a typical NHL game as a shot on goal.

We speak, of course, of faceoffs, hockey’s primal test of wills and an underappreciated element of today’s game.

There are stylistic differences: You have your spin-and-kickers, the pitchfork tie-up guys, the low backhand sweepers (perfected by former Montreal Canadien Guy Carbonneau, one of the best draw takers in NHL history).

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Closure Reached On The Death Of Brittanie Cecil

from Mike Wagner of the Columbus Dispatch,

An endless stream of faces passed by Jody Naudascher at her daughter’s funeral, but the one she was privately hoping to see, the hockey player with the long, sandy-blond hair, didn’t walk through the door.

Yesterday, almost nine years after 13-year-old Brittanie Cecil died after being struck by a hockey puck, Naudascher finally met the man who had been carrying around his own anguish for the loss of her little girl.

Espen Knutsen, the former Columbus Blue Jackets player who shot the puck that struck Brittanie, embraced the trembling mother the moment he saw her, and the two began the closure that had escaped them both.

“I don’t hold you responsible; I never did,” Naudascher told Knutsen at Nationwide Arena during a private, one-hour meeting. “It was an accident, and you should never have blamed yourself for anything. I wanted to tell you all this back then.”

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  Tags: brittanie+cecil, espen+knutsen

Happy Holidays From The Sharks

Sharkspage breaks down the video.

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Colorado Playing At The Top Of Their Game

from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

But even without Paul Stastny, I thought the Avs would make short work of what I consider to be a dog team, the Senators. However…

The Avs did everything they could to give Ottawa a great road win to finish up their Western swing. They turned pucks over with regularity, came out flat as a tortilla and watched Craig Anderson give up five goals for the second time in three nights.

And yet, they got away with it. A team missing its top center and two top right wingers scored six more goals. They lead the league in goals, despite a raft of injuries to their TOP GUYS. Is it OK to call these guys the Amazin’ Avs now? I think it’s getting close….

Teams can NOT keep up with these guys. The Avs’ team speed is totally wreaking havoc on the opposition. The opposing defenses have to hang back a lot, and when the forwards turn the puck over to an Av, they are caught flat-footed as the Avs come racing in on the D, often in an odd-man rush.

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Not A Classic

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Call this Jan. 1 game a classic. Call it whatever you want, but when a game depends on the weather, it’s not one. If it snows, prepare yourselves for an unending series of interruptions in the action. Don’t look for hitting if the temperature goes south. Don’t expect the kind of competition you see during the season. It’s not going to happen.

The shame is that one team will leave with two points, another with either zero or one following what is nothing more than a money grab.

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Rangers Could Use Goals From Gaborik

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers are the fourth-highest scoring team in the conference as they head into today’s showdown with the Eastern leading Flyers, the Blueshirts’ production of 3.0 goals per game (discounting shootout winners) exceeded by only Philadelphia (3.39), Pittsburgh (3.09) and Tampa Bay (3.06).

That’s surprising enough on its face, but it’s almost a shock given the relatively quiet start of the face of the offense, Marian Gaborik, who does have nine goals in his 21 games, but has scored in just five of those matches, with hat tricks in two.

Some of that, as coach John Tortorella has taken to reminding the press on an almost daily basis, is on Gaborik, who doesn’t seem to be finding holes and open ice to the same degree he did last year. Last season, he scored in 28 of his first 57 games and 34 of 76 overall en route to 42 goals, fifth in the NHL.

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  Tags: marian+gaborik

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