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Nabby Staying Home

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“I think I’m going to stay home for now, I’m sticking with my decision,” Nabokov told ESPN.com from his home in San Jose. “It’s nothing against the Islanders and their organization. It’s nothing to do with that. It’s just that I’m at the point in my career where I want to help a team win in the playoffs. I don’t see how I could help the Islanders or what I could do for them. It doesn’t make a lot of sense to me. And I hope they understand that.”

The Islanders claimed Nabokov off waivers from the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday, the team that he signed with Thursday. Because he began the season in the Russia’s KHL, the rules required that he clear waivers before trying to join the Red Wings.

“I understand the rules,” said Nabokov, who signed a one-year, $570,000 deal with the Wings. “We’re not stupid, we knew what was going on before we made the decision. But I made this decision because the goal was to play with Detroit.”

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Who Wants An Ottawa Player?

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

-General manager Bryan Murray will finish out the year in his position but will move on to a senior advisory role similar to that held by coaching legend Scotty Bowman with the Chicago Blackhawks. Murray, who stayed on this season at Melnyk’s request, is open to this change as friends say the results of this season have left him “sickened.”

- coach Cory Clouston will also play out the year, but is highly unlikely to stay on as head coach. The new GM will have full responsibility for naming the coach of his choice.

Murray’s immediate task will be the “selling off” of player assets heading into the Feb. 28 NHL trading deadline. If playoff-bound teams are interested in the likes of forward Alexei Kovalev or defenceman Sergei Gonchar, two unhappy and underperforming expensive veterans, deals could be forthcoming. It is even possible that longtime stalwarts such as captain Daniel Alfredsson and defenceman Chris Phillips could be moved it they agree to the deals.


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Finances Dictate Sabres’ Roster Moves

from Bucky Gleason of the Buffalo News,

Understand, the beef here isn’t about Adam, Kennedy, Niedermayer or Gerbe in particular. It’s about management’s approach in general. The Sabres are hoping to make the playoffs, but there’s a big difference between hoping to reach the postseason and doing what’s required to get there.

Almost every move General Manager Darcy Regier has made since the lockout has been based on attrition, not competition, and money, not winning. The Sabres too often this year looked like they were going through the motions, much like Regier did last summer. Their awakening going into the all-star break could be too late.

more, including other notes from around the league…

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  Tags: alex+ovechkin, brad+staubitz, bucky+gleason, buffalo+news, chris+tanev, darcy+regier, jan+hejda, luke+adam, rick+dudley, tim+kennedy

Talk In the Hockey World

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Zach Bogosian, the third player picked in the 2008 entry draft, has had a rocky season on the Thrashers blue-line. He was on the ice for five of Dallas’s six goals the other night and has been a healthy scratch, which leads to one question: Why isn’t he in the minors? Defence is a tough position for young players.

• Malkin keeps hurting his left knee. Do you want to bet he needs surgery when the Pittsburgh Penguins’ season is over? He’s got some ligament or cartilage damage in there, the major reason he’s had a pedestrian season.

• The reason NHL teams can’t just sign players and bring them over from Europe with no strings attached is the Rexi Ruotsalainen rule. Former Oilers GM Glen Sather brazenly brought the Finnish defenceman over twice late in the season and he won two Stanley Cups. But I can see where St. Louis Blues president John Davidson is coming from when his team does all the grunt work to sign guys like Marek Svatos and Kyle Wellwood, and then watches Nashville and San Jose claim them on re-entry waivers. Where’s the sense of fair play in that?

more and here too...

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Report- Crosby Out, Malkin Doubtful For ASG

via Rob Rossi of Chipped Ice at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

...multiple sources confirmed early this morning that C SIDNEY CROSBY(concussion) will definately miss the NHL All-Star Game next Sunday at Carolina. Also, C EVGENI MALKIN is very unlikely to play.

Crosby has missed eight straight games with a concussion. His remaining symptoms include headache and neck soreness.

Malkin has missed the last two games because of a re-aggravated left knee injury. The knee has been a troublesome issue dating to October.

The Penguins are expected to make an official annoucement about Crosby’s All-Star status over the comign days. No final decision has been made about Malkin, though the team believes his chances of playing are slim

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  Tags: 2011+all-star+game

Ten Hours Of Hockey Viewing Today

First puck drops around 12:40pm, last player skates off the ice around 10:30pm.

I see about a half hour break around 7:30pm, but other than that, continuous hockey today.


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Bieksa Taken Down With One Punch

from Gordon McIntyre of The White Towel,

Kevin Bieksa was 2-0 in fights this season, but he took one on the button in the first period Saturday night and didn’t return to the game.

Tom Kostopoulos, fresh off serving a six-game suspension for breaking the jaw of Detroit defenceman Brad Stuart with a shoulder to the head, was jamming at Roberto Luongo after the Canucks goalie had covered up the puck.

Bieksa and Kostopoulos dropped the gloves, each threw two or three blows that missed, then Kostopoulos connected, buckling Bieksa’s knees.

The Canucks defender looked wobbly and was escorted to the dressing room.

continued and watch the fight below…

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  Tags: kevin+bieksa, tom+kostopoulos

Sunday Morning Hockey Talk

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

• Anyone else notice the growing trend during fights that has combatants using their “grab’’ hand (the one fixed to the sweater beneath their opponent’s Adam’s apple) to deliver short uppercuts to the chin? “Yeah, that’s kind of new,’’ said Bruins bopper Milan Lucic. “I don’t do it, but I agree, you see it more these days. Hey, whatever.’’

• OK, fine, it’s not your daddy’s Original Six. But sometimes the names in the box scores just jump out of the small type when compared even with the pre-WHA-merger NHL. Case in point: the Canadiens’ 3-2 win over the Rangers last Saturday night. The goal scorers for Les Glorieux: Roman Hamrlik, Tomas Plekanec, and Andrei Kostitsyn. Not quite your Guy Lafleur-Pierre Mondou-Yvan Cournoyer Canadiens.

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The Melnyk Plan

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators owner Eugene Melnyk broke his silence Saturday night, assuring Ottawa hockey fans he has a strategy to improve his struggling team and bring a Stanley Cup home.

Speaking from his home in Barbados, Melnyk told the Ottawa Sun that GM Bryan Murray and coach Cory Clouston aren’t going to be fired before the end of the season and a plan is being put in place to get the club back on track.

Melnyk is still confident the Senators can make the right decisions quickly and return to being a Stanley Cup contender. He wouldn’t expand on what changes might be made.

“There is no one, no one, on this planet that bleeds more than I do for this team, as a fan and as an owner,” said Melnyk. “I am more disappointed in the performance of the team than any fan could imagine. The time has come to make some of the most difficult decisions that an owner can make. Do we need a game-changer? I believe we do. I’ve lost sleep. Bryan Murray loses sleep. Cory Clouston loses sleep. Everybody who loves this team doesn’t sleep well at night.”

Melnyk decided to speak to the Sun because of fan outcry and disappointment with the club’s five-game losing skid, which hit another low with a humiliating 7-1 loss to the Montreal Canadiens Friday night at Scotiabank Place.


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Video- Common Sense Used During Shootout

If you can’t see the puck, but find the puck…

Alex Tanguay can defeat Vancouver with a goal…

The short version (Vancouver TV) is first then HNIC version is below…

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