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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (January 17, 2011) – Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jussi Jokinen, Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron and Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 16.

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Blues Sign Wellwood

ST. LOUIS – St. Louis Blues Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Armstrong announced Monday the club has signed free agent forward Kyle Wellwood to a one-year contract.

Wellwood, 27, has made 25 appearances with the Kontinental Hockey League’s (KHL) Mytishchi Atlant this season, recording eight points including five goals and three assists.

In 2009-10, the 5’10”, 181-pound forward tallied 25 points (14 goals, 11 assists) in 75 regular season games with the Vancouver Canucks as well as two goals and five assists in 12 playoff outings.

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Matinee Games Today

The USA celebrates Martin Luther King Day today and NHL hockey starts earlier than normal for a Monday.

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Posing A Hockey Question

from Jack Todd of the Montreal Gazette,

When I first saw Carey Price doing the Buffalo Stance, or the Buffalo Taunt, or whatever it’s called, after beating the Pittsburgh Penguins to win a shootout at the Bell Centre, I had a knee-jerk reaction:

What is he thinking?

At first, I thought Price’s action was juvenile, disrespectful and likely to come back to haunt him. (The last part came true, when those same Penguins came back to town, still minus Sidney Crosby, and blew five goals past the Canadiens’ all-star in the rematch.)

Then Marc-Andre Fleury gave more fodder to the tweeting twits when he sent the Buffalo Stance right back at Price. As Pat Hickey suggested, Fleury was obviously just having a little fun at Price’s expense.

Then I started to wonder why this showboating, which would go utterly unnoticed in football, basketball or baseball, causes such a stink in hockey? Maybe it’s time hockey players caught up with the other pro sports when it comes to laying the extra mustard on the hot dog.

read on plus more Canadiens talk…

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The Future Of Giguere And Kiprusoff

from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

An unrestricted free agent this summer, Giguère realizes he needs to show the rest of the league down the stretch he deserves a new deal in a climate where veterans like Jose Theodore have taken huge pay cuts and backup roles to stay in the NHL.

Kiprusoff, meanwhile, remains in the Flames’ picture for now, as unlike the Leafs, Calgary hasn’t pursued any type of youth movement.

Rumblings are that could be coming, however, and when it does, the fellow sitting only 20 wins behind Mike Vernon for most Ws in franchise history could get the tap on the shoulder from new GM Jay Feaster and a request to accept a ticket out of town.

Neither netminder is likely to fetch all that much these days, not in a league where, save for the ageless Tim Thomas, it’s been a trying year for goalies of a certain vintage, with Martin Brodeur, Marty Turco and Nikolai Khabibulin leading the way.

Big, young and cheap is quickly becoming the NHL’s winning formula in goal – and the rest of the season is vitally important for Kiprusoff and Giguère to prove otherwise.

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Discipline Awaiting Flyers?

via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Flyers were upset with Sean Avery for taking on and knocking down Matt Carle with a right hand to the jaw in a second-period fight that was the first of the defenseman’s six-year NHL career, such as it was, but it’s the Eastern leaders who surely will have to deal with NHL VP Colin Campbell for an incident that took place in the final seconds of their Garden 3-2 victory over the Rangers.

For after Brandon Prust laid a big hit on Kimmo Timonen and was skating down the boards, both Daniel Briere and Scott Hartnell threw punches from the Flyers’ bench that made contact with the Rangers’ winger. That provides grounds for supplementary discipline.

Briere was suspended for three games earlier in the season for his crosscheck to the head of the Islanders’ Frans Nielsen on Oct. 30. The center had been suspended twice previously by the league.

Watch the Avery/Carle fight below and the incident at the end of the game in the 2nd video

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Don’t Worry About Ovechkin

from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

Coming into Sunday, Ovechkin averaged 21 minutes 34 seconds per night, which means he’s on the ice a little over one-third of the time.

LeBron James, who rivals Ovie as the most dynamic team-sport player in North America, has played 38 of 48 minutes in 40 games for the Miami Heat this season.

LeBron can not only control a game better because he has the ball in his hands for many more minutes than Ovechkin has the puck on his stick; a basketball player can go coast-to-coast much easier.

No one wants to end this goal funk more than Ovie. But other than the times it’s clearly cost the Capitals a victory, it might not be the worst thing to have this happen at midseason.

It says here one of the Caps’ main problems the past few years is watching Ovechkin weave through five bad guys as if they were traffic cones. He almost trusted himself too much with the puck, and the result was many of his gifted teammates turning into creasemen hoping for a rebound in front of the net.

If his teammates can play tick-tack-toe a few shifts, they are only going to get better as a team. Besides, it’s not like Ovechkin isn’t trying.

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Simmonds Out With Yet To Be Determined Knee Injury

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider,

First, here’s the official update on Wayne Simmonds, from Terry Murray. As earlier noted, Simmonds did not practice this morning.

MURRAY: “He’s not coming with us on the trip. He had some swelling overnight, so with that, we’re going to leave him behind to get therapy, and he will get an MRI done on Monday, tomorrow. We’ll get a better idea, then, of what the extent of it all is, but there’s just too much swelling here, right now, to bring him on the trip, hoping that maybe he would be a part of the second game. It’s not going to happen.”

Now, for the hit. I’ll post the video a bit later, but for those who didn’t see the play, Simmonds’ injury took place after Drew Doughty leveled Edmonton’s Taylor Hall early in the second period. A full-team scrum quickly developed, and Simmonds got injured when Edmonton’s Ales Hemsky grabbed him from behind and pulled him down, with Simmonds’ leg seemingly getting caught underneath him as he got tangled in a mass of bodies.

continue to read what Murray thinks about these scrums after a clean hit…

Also, I posted the video earlier today of the Doughty hit, so go back to it and see how Simmonds hurt his knee too…

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McCabe Out With Facial Fractures

from David J. Neal of the Miami Herald,

Though Panthers captain Bryan McCabe played through multiple facial fractures suffered early in Saturday night’s win against New Jersey, he’ll miss the next several weeks after undergoing Sunday surgery, Panthers coach Pete DeBoer said Sunday morning.

DeBoer also said Keaton Ellerby would be called up from Rochester and take McCabe’s place in the lineup.

“He’s got a broken finger, too,” Panthers goalie Scott Clemmensen said of McCabe. ‘‘He’s our captain, our general in a sense. It speaks volumes of not only his pain tolerance, but his competitive desire to be out there and play with us.”

X-rays done between the first and second period suggested there probably was a break, DeBoer said. McCabe returned to the game during the first period with a large plastic lower face guard.

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Hockey Points

from Jim Matheson of the Edmoton Journal,

• Forget the talk of Alex Kovalev flying his private plane back to Montreal next season. Been there, done that. Kovalev is stealing money this year. Do you think his hand shakes every second payday? Me, neither.

• Nikolai Zherdev doesn’t have a reserved room in Flyers coach Peter Laviolette’s doghouse. He’s got 14 goals playing fourth-line minutes many nights, but his problem is his lazy streak. Every time he gets benched, he plays like a house on fire, then slides. He won’t be a Flyer next season. This is a one-and-out contract. The Flyers are 7-0 when he doesn’t play

• If Patrick Eaves keeps scoring, do the Detroit Red Wings need Jiri Hudler next year? Could they find a team to take his $2.8-million salary off their hands? Eaves, another in a long line of reclamation projects (Dan Cleary, Mikael Samuelsson), could maybe be a third-liner. They also have to find a spot for farmhand forward Jan Mursak, who has blinding speed.

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