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Always Worried In Vancouver

from Jason Brough of Orland Kurtenblog,

What if the Canucks trade Bieksa and Salo can’t play?

What if Salo returns to the line-up, the Canucks trade Bieksa, then Salo gets hurt again?

What if Salo returns to the line-up, the Canucks trade Bieksa, then either Edler, Ehrhoff, Hamhuis or Ballard gets hurt?

What if Salo returns to the line-up, the Canucks trade Bieksa, Salo gets hurt again, then either Edler, Ehrhoff, Hamhuis or Ballard gets hurt?


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Ranting On Carlyle

Pierre LeBrun answers some rants… 

Is it just me or does Randy Carlyle get a free pass? He is lucky to get 50% out of his “superstars” and yet Murray keeps saying that the coach is safe. I think the Ducks need a change in their style of play not to mention a coach that is going to whip Getzlaf, Perry and Selanne into shape. These players should be in the Stamkos, Crosby, Ovechkin conversations but they are not because they are not challenged by their coach to do better.

I understand your frustration as a Ducks fan. I believe Randy Carlyle is one of the best coaches in the league. But sometimes—and that time may be coming—you stay long enough in the same place and the players stop responding. It’s why great coaches like Scotty Bowman didn’t stay in the same place forever; the late Pat Burns coached four different teams to impressive levels of success. But like any coach, the players stop responding after a while. It may be that time has come in Anaheim.

more rants and answers…

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  Tags: randy+carlyle

President Of HBO Sports Talks 24/7

Ross Greenburg on pulling off a show like this.

Make sure to check below for more clips….

Continue Reading »

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Afternoon Line

The Red Wing-lovers at Kuklas Korner get positively orgasmic when I write stuff like this, so consider it an early Christmas present: From a GM, “Detroit is the best team we’ve played this year. It’s not even close. Their puck control is incredible…You have to hope your goalie has a great night to give you a chance.”

-Elliotte Friedman of CBC.  More thoughts from Elliotte plus a look at Crosby.

I think I need a cigarette!

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‘Power Less’ In San Jose

from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

A power outage at HP Pavilion this morning has disrupted the usual game day routine.  Emergency power — think dim lights — is available so a few players are expected to be out on the ice, but the usual morning skate appears to be off for both teams.

Electricity was lost about 8:40 a.m.  and PG&E crews are on the scene, but so far no word yet on what’s causing the problem.

Important point to make:  I’m advised the quality of the ice won’t be compromised unless there’s a loss of power for six to eight hours.

a bit more...

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Hossa Out 2-3 Weeks

via Tim Sassone tweet,

Hossa out 2-3 weeks

He had an on-ice collision with Nick Boynton in practice yesterday, lower-body is the report.

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  Tags: marian+hossa

Colorado/Washington Trade

via Bob McKenzie tweet,

COL’s Scott Hannan has been traded to Washington Capitals. Details to follow


via Adrian Dater tweet,

Scott Hannnan for Tomas Fleischman

added 12:37pm,

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired forward Tomas Fleischmann from the Washington Capitals in exchange for defenseman Scott Hannan.

Fleischmann, 26, has tallied 10 points (4g/6a) with a +3 plus/minus rating in 23 games for the Capitals this season.  In 2009-10, the Koprivnice, Czech Republic native set career highs in goals (23), assists (28) and points (51) in 69 games for Washington.

“First and foremost, I would like to thank Scott Hannan for his services to our organization and wish him the best,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.  “In Tomas we are acquiring a top-six forward who is only 26 years old.  His addition will bolster our lineup immediately.”


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  Tags: scott+hannan, tomas+fleischman

Wait.  Just Wait

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Now, whether Burke can find his own alternate route looks uncertain, or even doubtful now, but rebuilding projects always look this way. Three years after drafting Alex Ovechkin, the Caps had 70 points. But George McPhee wasn’t fired. It’s been four years since the St. Louis Blues bottomed out and took Erik Johnson first overall, and after a fast start it appears the Blues are likely to be fighting for a playoff spot again this season. Don’t hear anybody calling for John Davidson’s head.

These things take time, yet so many want to scream “Failure!” at the Burke regime after just two years. Make no sense.

Similarly, reaching final conclusions on Phil Kessel, the closest thing the Leafs have to a franchise forward, makes no sense either. Bill Watters, the former Leaf executive and radio analyst on A640, called Kessel a “dog” repeatedly on the air yesterday, and maybe he’s right. Ol’ Wilbur has been around the game a long time and talks to a long of folks in the sport, so I’m certainly not dismissing his opinion.


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Thinking Out Loud

• Wasn’t it a few weeks ago the LA Kings were leading the Western Conference in points?  Today, they are not even in the playoff picture, sitting as the 11th seed.  They need some scoring, badly.

• I am thinking of hiring Allan Walsh as my agent.  Would probably be worth it since he tweets about his clients about 100 times a day.

• Working my way across the web last night and this morning, I never knew how badly ‘slew-foot’ could be spelled.  Examples:  slu-foot, slued-foot and slued-footed, slewed-foot, sloo-foot and slew-fut.

• Trade talk still is slow and one reason is just about every team still is considered to be in the playoff race.  14th seeded New Jersey is 8 points out of the playoffs while 14th seeded Calgary is 5 points out of the race.

• What’s more surprising- The Flyers may have found their #1 goaltender in Sergei Bobrovsky or the Toronto Maple Leafs still don’t have a #1 center?

• People say the Blue Jackets need an offensive defenseman, I say they need someone to get the puck to Rich Nash more often.  Nash at times still tries to do too much with the puck.

• Best TV broadcasting crew- I am going to eliminate the Wings and also eliminate the Canadian teams since we don’t get enough of their broadcasts on Center Ice, so my pick is Randy Hahn and Drew Remenda of the San Jose Sharks. Comingin 2nd and rising quickly is John Kelly and Darren Pang.  How about you, do you have a favorite, non-homer crew?

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Report: Pegula Signs Letter of Intent to Buy the Sabres

From Ken Campbell of The Hockey News:

THN.com has learned that billionaire Terry Pegula has signed a letter of intent to buy the Buffalo Sabres from Tom Golisano for about $150 million.

Pegula is the founder and CEO of East Resources, one of the largest privately held companies in the United States. A graduate of Penn State University, he and his wife Kim, recently donated $88 million to the school to help fund a new arena and establish a Division I hockey program.

More to follow.

Edit 11:42 a.m. ET :  Sabres Managing Partner/Minority Owner Larry Quinn has released the following statement:

“Reports regarding the sale of the Buffalo Sabres tend to surface from time to time. There have been several inquiries in the past few years regarding this subject. Our company policy is we do not comment on them because people make inquiries all the time. Some of these inquiries are serious, some are not, some make the media and others do not.  The report that a $150 million letter of intent has been signed is simply not true.”

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, terry+pegula

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