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Video- Talking Coyotes

Matthew Hulsizer, the prospective new owner of the Phoenix Coyotes, talks to the media at the BOG meeting.

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Hall Starting To Shine

from Gene Principe of Oilers.com,

OK now that is a little more like it…actually a lot more like it from Taylor Hall. That’s the guy Edmonton thought they were getting when they used the first overall pick to select the Windsor Spitfire winger. How good has he been lately? Really good. The kid has been impressive on how often he scores and how he does it

I don’t know if I can fully explain the certain quality he has that not many are born with and that’s wanting to be the ‘guy’, the gamebreaker, the game changer. It’s like he eats pressure for dinner. He showed it Saturday night when there was the opportunity to get the puck from Ryan Whitney. He was yelling for the puck, he wanted it. He wanted the puck and the game on his stick.

Did you really have any doubt he was going to be the OT hero? When I saw him in all alone I figured Jaroslav Halak had no chance of stopping that puck.

continued and if you missed the OT goal, watch it below.  You will also see Andy McDonald suffer an upper-body injury when his head meets the knee of an Oiler player.

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Power Play Of Words

via Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

We play a tough one at home tonight against Toronto, a team that knows how to earn power plays. They have more than us this season - that is for sure - and more players on the All-Star ballot; and more power play opportunities to date. Go Caps!

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28 degrees here in the Detroit area and I am sure other hockey fans are feeling a bit cold today.

Let’s warm up and meet Jennifer of the LA Kings Ice Crew.

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Shape Up Or Ship Out

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

So far this season we’ve seen a few GMs - Bryan Murray, Brian Burke and Chuck Fletcher among them - warn their players about being shipped out if they don’t shape up.

Here’s the question: Does this work anymore?

It differs from player to player, but many of them gossip as much as fans and media do and if they don’t, their agents fill them in. They know how hard it is to make a deal.

The levelling off of the salary cap has created a near-paralysis around the league. Since the puck dropped on this season, there have been two trades (Ian White/Brett Sutter for Anton Babchuk/Tom Kostopoulos and Scott Hannan for Tomas Fleischmann) that involved active NHL players for other active NHL players.

Few teams are in a position to add salary, and fewer are interested.

continued plus 30 thoughts…

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News from the Farm: 12/6/10

Promised this week’s look at the Southeast’s top AHL affiliates by Sunday night and here it is Monday… That’s just how it’s gone for me lately. Hopefully, you won’t hold it against me. (Think I’m ok, somehow…)

Onward we go with a look back at last week’s AHL action from all five Southeast Division affiliates:

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Afternoon Line

You could say it’s time to get rid of the coach but what ails this squad runs a lot deeper than Brent Sutter. A lot higher, too. General manager Darryl Sutter has put this squad together in a haphazard manner. He has to pay the price for that. Move him out and slide assistant GM Jay Feaster onto the hot seat and allow him to shake things up, trade veterans for draft picks and prospects.

-Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail where you can read more on the Flames.

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Defending The East

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

It’s generally accepted that the balance of power continues to lie in the Western Conference, but it’s interesting to note that the top four defensive teams in the NHL all reside in the Eastern Conference. Boston, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, in that order, are allowing the fewest goals per game this season. Both Boston and Montreal are allowing fewer than two goals a game (Boston 1.88 per game and Montreal 1.96). Last year, those four teams finished second, 13th, 20th and 15th respectively, which is a credit to the coaching staffs on all four of those teams. If its true that defense wins championships, maybe observers shouldn’t be so quick to dismiss the Eastern Conference, even if it is home to some of the worst teams in the NHL.

more talk including Phoenix/BOG, Blue Jackets, suspensions and the Flyers…

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Modano Hopes To Return In March

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Modano said he has wondered at times whether his career is over—this apparently will be his last season—but his goal is to return in March and, he hopes, be part of a long playoff run.

“The opportunity is still there, it’ll still be there in March when I come back,’’ Modano said. “That time of year is always exciting and fun, the opportunity to take one more last run at it. The skill level of the team is certainly going to be the same situation. Hopefully come back well-rested, in good shape, feeling good, positive about that time of year.’’

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (December 6, 2010)—Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller and Edmonton Oilers left wing Taylor Hall have been named the NHL ‘Three Stars’ for the period ending Dec. 5.

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