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Dudley Trying To Find The Right Numbers To Sign Byfuglien & Ladd

from Craig Custance of The Sporting News,

He has started contract negotiations with defenseman Dustin Byfuglien and forward Andrew Ladd to try and get long-term deals done with two players who have emerged as crucial members to the Thrashers success this season.

How far along are the talks?

“Not far. But they’ve started,” Dudley told Sporting News. “It’s something as an organization we’ve had a tendency not to do in the past. But when you get good, you have to talk to your players.”

Both Ladd and Byfuglien are restricted free agents after this season and Dudley said he’s optimistic both want to stay in Atlanta long-term.

It’s just a matter of finding a number that works for both sides.


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Here Comes Vancouver

from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

Joe Louis isn’t long from an appointment with the wrecker’s ball, and there are so many ties to the Motor City and its rink among Canucks players you need an octopus’s eight arms to list them all:

■ Ryan Kesler needed upwards of 60 tickets for friends and family.

“It’s Christmas so everybody’s home. It’s always fun, I have a lot of fond memories here.”

Kesler’s first memory of the Joe is Joey Kocur chasing him around at a team/family skate when he was about eight. As he spoke, Little Caesars players were filing into a nearby dressing room, just like he did when he was part of that Mike Ilitch-sponsored development program.

“It’s still early in the season, but it’s a good measuring stick. They’re above us in the standings and we’re going to try to catch them.”

■ For the Sedins, it’s facing boyhood friend/rival Henrik Zetterberg.

“They’ve got a lot of Swedes, so it’s special,” Henrik said. “We grew up playing against Zetterberg since we were 11 or 12. ... We’re good friends and he’s a great player. For us, it’s a good measuring stick to play against him.

“And just the atmosphere, even though the last two years the crowd maybe hasn’t been like it has before. It’s still a great building. The history here is unbelievable. You look up in the rafters, it’s pretty impressive.”


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Video- You Have To Feel For The Toronto Fans

added 10:52am, from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Globe and Mail,

Toronto coach Ron Wilson had one of his exasperations Monday. Asked his thoughts on his Maple Leafs being booed at home, Wilson hissed he was not going to grace the question with a reply and then stomped off. Lip readers could make out Wilson asking a poor PR flack who the offending questioner was. While Wilson’s frustration is understandable, that doesn’t make it acceptable.

An intelligent man, Wilson does not suffer fools gladly. Nor does he suffer clever people. Or the venal, vacuous or vexatious. In fact, Wilson finds it hard to abide just about anyone with a tape recorder or note pad. Of course, his is not a happy lot these days. Odd bits of interesting material make a fine quilt, but they make a horrible hockey team. And Wilson has been saddled by his friend Brian Burke with a rag-bag collection of disparate abilities that shows little sign of succeeding in, say, the next millennium.


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Flames Need To Stay Positve

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

It was a stretch of games that was supposed to be the start of their climb in the conference standings.

Instead, following a third straight loss, the Calgary Flames are even further behind in what has become a near impossible task of elevating themselves into a NHL playoff spot.

But to keep that slim hope alive — at least for the sake of their own sanity — the only thing they can do is actually believe it’s possible.

“There’s nothing easy about it. There’s nothing that’s gonna be easy about it,” said Flames head coach Brent Sutter after a 3-1 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets that left the Minnesota Wild, the Edmonton Oilers and his squad to battle for the bottom three spots in the Western Conference.

“We just have to stay positive and continue to stay together. I think that’s the biggest thing — you’ve got to keep pushing and pushing together and make that sure we handle everything the right way.


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Getzlaf Tries To Motivate The Ducks

from Eric Stephens of Ducks Blog,

Facing another big deficit following another poor first period on their long road trip, Ducks captain Ryan Getzlaf was intent on sending a message to some sleepy teammates.

As soon as the puck dropped to open the second period, Getzlaf dropped his gloves to engage Buffalo center Cody McCormick in a fight that ultimately didn’t get him a decision.

And while the scuffle’s impact didn’t carry any immediacy in a 5-2 loss to the Sabres, the Ducks saw the moment as one that they hope will resonate.

“I think so,” Bobby Ryan said. “I think he’s trying to instill something through everybody. If he’s going to go out and set an example in that sense, the guys got to follow. Not by fighting but by carrying through in the physical play and doing other things like that.”

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A Major Problem With The Blue Jackets

from Rob Oiler of the Columbus Dispatch,

The beauty in playing pin the tail on the Blue Jackets’ donkey is that you can’t miss.

Through the past decade, you could stick it to the players and win. Stick it to the front office and win. Stick it to the coaching staff and win. Stick it to the broadcast teams and win. Stick it to the inflatable cannon - Am I the only one who sees a little bit of a mustachioed Hitch in Boomer? Guessing the players see it, too? - and win.

Searching for answers isn’t the problem. They’re everywhere. Sorting through the answers takes more time, but because time and space are finite newspaper commodities, we’ll pin this one on scouting, drafting and signing of talent.

Consider the list of Blue Jackets first-round draft picks:

• 2000, Rostislav Klesla, No. 4 overall: Serviceable

• 2001, Pascal Leclaire, No. 8: Bust, or at least always broken (traded)


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Blackhawks Bring A Marine Home For The Holiday

from Ross Forman of the Chicago Daily-Herald,

A suburban family got the VIP treatment Tuesday at the Chicago Blackhawks’ practice as the team gave a salute to Marine Lance Cpl. George Handley, a 20-year-old stationed in Okinawa, Japan.

Emmitt and Brenda Handley, the proud parents from Aurora, brought their children and grandchildren to watch the team’s hourlong morning skate, toured the team’s locker room and then met many of the Hawks, including Captain Jonathan Toews.

And then George walked in, wearing a red Blackhawks jersey with his name on the back, shocking his family.

Tears of joy flowed.


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Don’t Bet On Canada

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Want a sucker’s bet?

Find someone who will bet you that more than two Canadian teams will make the National Hockey League playoffs this season, and you’re almost guaranteed to make money.

As general managers across our country threaten to make trades that never seem to happen anymore, and beg for consistency from a lineup that hasn’t delivered anything of the sort through 33 games thus far, it is time for a Canadian reality check.

Toronto? The chances of the Maple Leafs making the playoffs stand at less than one percent after 33 games.


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Montreal looks to get back on track in Dallas

A 9 pm puck drop tonight as the Canadiens take on Dallas. Word is that Andrei Kostitsyn and Yanick Weber will be healthy scratches, though you never know anything with Jacques Martin until his lineup card is handed in.

It appears Lars Eller will get a further look on one of the top two lines. I hope to see Pouliot get a bit more ice time as well. It stands to reason that after a solid year thus far, and a lack of production from the top two lines, that Benny deserves a shot. Yet Benny was on the fourth line and the extra man at practice yesterday, so who knows.

As for the defence, PK Subban skated with Hal Gill towards the end of Sunday night’s loss to Colorado. An interesting tandem and perhaps a more natural fit for Subban, as Gill stays back and covers for the young Torontonian. Subban hasn’t looked as confident since his healthy scratch streak two weeks ago. Which Subban will show up tonight?

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