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Video- Missed The ASG?

The condensed version of the ASG can be watched below.

It runs 17 minutes and you may want it to buffer a bit once it starts.

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  Tags: 2011+all-star+game

Raleigh Pulls It Off

from Michel Farber of Sports Illustrated,

The “non-traditional” All-Star venues have been problematic. And by problematic, I mean awful. Los Angeles swallowed the All-Star game without even bothering to chew while the mid-season hockey festivals came and went in Tampa Bay and Florida without leaving a footprint in the sand. The Atlanta event didn’t register within 100 yards from the arena. In all these cases, the tedium was the message.

But the Triangle region of North Carolina faced the challenges of holding an All-Star game—the diffuse nature of the area, the distance of the arena from the modest Raleigh downtown—and stared them down with a smile. This wasn’t Montreal 2009—it was some 60 or so degrees warmer, for one thing—but it was the next best thing, a reminder that hockey can have universal appeal.

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  Tags: 2011+all-star+game

Controversy Surrounds Sabres Prospective Owner

As you know, I don’t play the political game here but felt it was necessary to let readers know about this topic.  As always feel free to express your opinion and make sure to check out the comments from readers at the Buffalo News.

from James Heaney of the Buffalo News,

In the course of making his fortune, the Florida billionaire negotiating to buy the Buffalo Sabres contributed heavily to politicians in a position to advance his business interests and established a less-than-stellar track record in the environmentally dicey business of drilling for natural gas, The Buffalo News has found.

A News review of compliance records found East Resources, the company Terrence M. Pegula sold last summer for $4.7 billion, had a middling record of complying with environmental regulations in Pennsylvania, his base of operations. The company last year paid the largest regulatory fine in its history and was involved in a spill of toxic wastewater that resulted in the first quarantine of cattle in the history of natural gas drilling in the state.

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Game’s the Same After All but All-Star Weekend’s Just Fine

I’m beginning this short update in the second intermission, with Team Lidstrom leading Team Staal 7-6, in an All-Star game that looks pretty darn similar to every All-Star game I’ve ever seen. Some fans behind me have expressed disappointment at the lack of defense being played and the absence of body checks (no, seriously) but, format change and all, it is still exactly what we thought it’d be. And, though I’ve made my lack of excitement over All-Star games in any sport pretty clear over the last few weeks, being here in Raleigh for this one, taking in the entire experience, has created an appreciation for what the event is all about – celebrating the game, selling the product and rewarding the fans with a showcase of the league’s biggest stars.

The city of Raleigh itself has been fantastic and there is no doubt that these people are big time hockey fans. They were jacked for this weekend and can take pride in knowing that they did a first-class job as a host. Folks have been friendly, welcoming and overly polite. And the infamous Carolina tailgaters today, my new friends at Cole’s Knoll specifically, were as energetic as advertised and just beaming about their team, their city and this weekend’s happenings.

I’ll check in one last time tonight before shutting things down for the weekend, as we trek back to Tampa tomorrow.

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  Tags: nhl, nhl+all-star+game

Video- Best Of The First Half

Sportsnet put together a 3 minute video highlighting some of the great plays from the NHL games prior to the All-Star break.

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  Tags: sportsnet

What Is Gary Roberts Doing?

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

“I’m 10 pounds under what I played at. I lift (weights) a couple times a week, skate every once in awhile.

“I’m healthier now, at 44, than when I was drafted at 18.’’

In its recent 100 People of Power and Influence issue, The Hockey News ranked the 10-season Calgary Flames left-winger 54th, ahead of such luminaries as uber-agent Don Meehan, Flames co-owner Murray Edwards and the CBC’s longest-playing stuck record, Don Cherry.

Amid a litany of presidents and general managers and commissioners and titans in power suits, he alone made the cut under the job description: Hockey Trainer.

“How about that?’’ Roberts laughs delightedly. “Where’d THAT come from, I wonder?

Not bad for a guy who couldn’t do 11/2 chin-ups at his first pro camp.’’

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Penguins Have Decisions To Make On Potential UFAs

from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Whether Talbot—who has been, at times, the heartbeat of this team—will be deemed expendable by management is hard to say. With the stretch drive and playoffs still ahead, it would be foolish for general manager Ray Shero and his staff to have finalized any decisions about who will be allowed to walk this summer.

Nonetheless, with a seven-figure cap hit ($1,050,000) and such an emphasis on getting the best possible return on every cap dollar, Talbot has to be viewed as a possibility, especially if he’s unable to ratchet up his game over the next few months.

Talbot, though, is not the only forward on the cusp of unrestricted free agency. Here is a list of the others, along with their cap hits and an assessment of where they’ve fit in:

Pascal Dupuis ($1.4 million): While he isn’t a classic first-line winger, Dupuis can be counted on for 15 or so goals.

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Surprise Guests For Wild Rookie Dinner

from Michael Russo of the StarTribune,

No matter what Cody Almond accomplishes in his hockey career, the Wild rookie always will consider singing for Charles Barkley and Michael Strahan “icing on the cake.”

Last Sunday at the Chicago Cut Steakhouse, Barkley, the former NBA great-turned-TNT commentator, and Strahan, the former New York Giants star defensive end-turned-Fox commentator, were dining at the same restaurant the Wild was having its rookie dinner.

Wild center John Madden used to live in the same neighborhood as Strahan when Madden played for the Devils and Strahan for the Giants, so next thing you know, “Sir Charles” and the NFL’s single-season sacks record-holder entered the room to, as defenseman Nick Schultz said, “hold court for two hours.”

Barkley and Strahan told stories, especially about past rookie dinners during their careers. Rookie dinners are a pro sports tradition where the rookies buy the team dinner.

“Suddenly, Charles started getting all these crazy ideas in his head. I was just like, ‘Oh man, here we go,’” rookie defenseman Jared Spurgeon said.

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  Tags: charles+barkley, michael+strahan

Trade Parise?

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Devils LW Zach Parise, out the past three months following knee surgery, hopes to return to play in the next month.

But will he do it in a New Jersey uniform?

Parise, a pending restricted free agent who has a $3.25-million US cap hit, is expected to play before the end of the season and if he goes on the trade block at the deadline, there will be several contenders interested.

Parise will play a handful of games before the end of the season. If he isn’t in the playoffs, he could play for the U.S. at the world championship.

Parise, who can become a UFA in the summer of 2012, could simply decide to sign a one-year deal with the Devils or make it impossible for the club to sign him to try and force a trade.

The Kings have been trying to acquire a forward with Parise’s skill set since last summer, when they missed out on Ilya Kovalchuk.

more plus trade talk from other teams…

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  Tags: zach+parise

What To Do With Nabokov

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Nobody cried foul when Nashville claimed Marek Svatos off waivers in late December after the Blues signed the winger following his departure from the KHL, and nobody cried foul when the Sharks claimed Kyle Wellwood off waivers earlier this month after St. Louis had signed the forward following his departure from the KHL.

But pretty much everyone cried flagrant foul against Snow for upsetting the natural order, whereby the Lordly Red Wings should get what they please—Exhibit A, lifetime contracts never contested by the NHL—while the tenement-dwelling Islanders are to remain in the shadows.

So the season is over for Nabokov, as it should be. The open question is whether Wang and/or Snow intend to hold whatever is left of the goaltender’s career hostage by tolling (freezing) his contract and therefore retaining his rights for next season rather than allowing him to become a free agent this coming summer.

more plus other hockey topics…

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