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The Latest On The Komisarek Incident In LA

from TMZ.com,

NHL all-star Mike Komisarek has told LAPD investigators he NEVER punched a woman in a Hollywood nightclub earlier this month—and witnesses are backing his claim ... TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the investigation tell us multiple clubgoers who were partying near Mike and the women all seem to have the same story—Mike never raised his fists.

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Will Columbus Make The Playoffs?

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets are 23-21-5, with 51 points. They are in 13th place in the Western Conference, five points in back of eighth-place San Jose and seventh-place Chicago.

The West is wild. It is stacked with quality teams, tightly clustered. Of the 15 teams in the conference, 14 are either holding a playoff position or are within five points of eighth place. Nine points separate No.4 Nashville from No.13 Columbus. Only Edmonton is in draft mode.

Five points out of eighth with 33 games to go this is doable, is it not?

The task might be too tall. Five points seems a slight spread, but it is not, not in the big picture. The Jackets have as many points as the 14th-place (next-to-last) team in the conference. Can they jump five teams, including the Los Angeles Kings - who have played well below potential?

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All-Stars Talk Head Shots

from Sarah Kwak of Sports Illustrated,

Are you in favor of abolishing all headshots from the game entirely?

Lidstrom: “I think the league is making strides, going in the right direction with the blindside hits and especially hits to the head. So I’m sure they’re going to look even closer at that and see what they can do to eliminate or try and cut down on some of the headshots. At the end, yeah, I think [a rule against headshots] will happen. But then again, sometimes you’re not trying to hit someone in the head, but when you’re skating, your head is going to be down or your head is going to be there first, so it’s a fine line. But I like the direction that the league is going with this.”

H. Sedin: “You don’t want to see guys getting injured. You don’t want to see guys having concussions, but where do you draw the line? It’s extremely tough. It’s not easy to answer. [It’d be great] to have a game where no one goes after the head, but again, a lot of those hits are not done purposefully. It happens. It’s a fast game, so what’s the penalty going to be? Things like that, it’s tough to know what to do about it.”

more players respond to this and another question too…

added 9:16am, I see Geoge posted this story earlier, sorry for the double post folks. In keeping with KK policy, we don’t delete, just point out the mistake and move forward.

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Gonchar Available

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While the names of defenceman Chris Phillips and winger Jarkko Ruutu have been bandied about on the trade market for months, Gonchar’s availability has only just surfaced and comes as a bit of a surprise.

Gonchar, 36, arrived amid great fanfare when he signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, but has produced only six goals and 15 assists in 50 games and is a brutal minus-17.

There are plenty of teams looking for defencemen as the deadline approaches — the Sharks, Blue Jackets and Bruins among them.

With two years and $11 million (all terms US) left on the three-year, $16.5-million deal he signed after spending five seasons with the Penguins, Gonchar isn’t an attractive option for many teams.

“You could deal him, but you’re going to have to take somebody back,” said one NHL insider. “It’s going to have to be a dollar-for-dollar, which means they’ll have to take someone’s big contract back.

“This is going to be a really tough deal for (the Senators) to make.”

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Live Tweets From All-Star Fantasy Draft

The big victory here is that, with some help, I figured out this Twitter widget issue…

Hang out here during tonight’s All-Star fantasy draft to catch my reaction to each pick as it happens (and drop me a line as well with yours!)

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Update from Raleigh: All Eyes on the Draft

Funny… In chatting with several casual hockey fan friends and family of mine about being in Raleigh here for ASG weekend, a mention of “The Draft” as part of the festivities has led to a pause in each case and a question along the lines of, “Wait, what? They’re having the draft at the All-Star game now?”

Of course, they don’t know any better - that it’s juuust a “fantasy” draft for an exhibition game.

We do, but if we didn’t, judging from walking around Fan Fest at the Raleigh Convention Center today, where the draft will be held, this silly little pick ‘em event is being taken pretty seriously.

Granted, Nicklas Lidstrom and Eric Staal aren’t exactly holed up in “war rooms” or anything but the league and its broadcast partners are certainly planning on putting on a first-class show. The set for the draft is aces (and enormous!) and the commentators and analysts from TSN and Versus were intently rehearsing each and every “pick”, with Darren Dreger playing Staal and Matthew Barnaby assuming the role of Lidstrom.

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ASG Coaches Assigned

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 28, 2011)—The coaching assignments for the 2011 NHL All-Star Weekend were determined after a coin-flip ceremony today.

      Head coach Joel Quenneville of the Chicago Blackhawks and his assistant, Mike Haviland, was assigned to coach Team Staal—captained by Eric Staal of the All-Star host Carolina Hurricanes.

      Head coaches Peter Laviolette of the Philadelphia Flyers and Alain Vigneault of the Vancouver Canucks, meanwhile, will coach Team Lidstrom, which is captained by Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings.

      Quenneville and Haviland were named as All-Star coaches as a reward for guiding the Blackhawks to the 2010 Stanley Cup Championship. Laviolette and Vigneault earned All-Star coaching honors for leading their respective conferences through the midpoint of the regular season (Saturday, Jan. 8).

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At The All-Star Break

I’ve listed the Eastern and Western Conference standings below and would like your thoughts of how will the standing look at the end of the regular season.

What teams fade, what teams make a push to get make the playoffs?

In the East, I think there will be only one change, Atlanta will be out while Carolina will move up into the top 8.

Looking at the West, Nashville and Phoenix drop out of the playoff picture while Minnesota and Calgary, yes Calgary, make the playoffs.

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Talking Trades

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

“There hasn’t been much real talk,” Florida Panthers GM Dale Tallon told ESPN.com this week. “Teams are saying ‘We’ll talk later, we’ll talk later.’ But that’s fine.”

“Most of us have players that we would make available even right now for a trade, either because they’re underperforming and/or overpaid,” Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier told us this week. “But it’s impossible right now to get an agreement on values. We’re all hoping that we’re going to be able to just charge a cost without taking anything back, and that’s not reality. So I think, yes, we’re all sitting around to the last day or two again [before the trade deadline].”

It’s been a frustrating time over the past month for several GMs who are trying to shake things up.

“There’s been lots of talk going on, but it’s hard to jar anything loose right now,” Columbus Blue Jackets GM Scott Howson said this week.

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Will Money Motivate Semin?

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

To many who don’t watch the Caps a lot, it might be easy to believe that Ovechkin, Backstrom and Semin are the Big Three, particularly after Semin chimed in with a 40-goal season a year ago. But that’s far from the case. In fact, Leaf fans who don’t much like the way Phil Kessel plays would find a lot of similarities between Kessel and Semin, particularly the way in which they prefer the periphery to those angry, messy areas much closer to the net, which contributies to the streakiness of each player. There are a lot of players like that in the league, and it’s the ones like Semin who play in markets where there isn’t a great deal of media scrutiny who fare the best. Put Semin on the Leafs and Kessel on the Caps and you’d see them perceived in very very different ways.

Semin’s competitive reputation took a huge hit with his dreadful performance in the playoffs last spring against Montreal, and he hadn’t scored in 14 games this season before being knocked to the sideline with an injury this season.

So how does that player get $6.7 million for next year, a bump up from $6 mil’ this season?

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