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Blueprint In Place For The Leafs

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Just about the best team in hockey and just about the worst team in hockey were built by the very same people.

That is the exasperating circumstance for Maple Leafs fans.

They see the Stanley Cup contending, maybe Stanley Cup favourite, Vancouver Canucks built by Brian Burke and Dave Nonis and find it hard to envision their Maple Leafs being anywhere other than where they are.

Only Nonis doesn’t see it that way.

“We had an awful lot of growing pains in Vancouver, believe me,” said Nonis, the Leafs senior vice-president and director of hockey operations. “What we’re going through here isn’t a lot different to me. You have to remember, people were all over Daniel and Henrik (Sedin) in the early years. They were drafted in 1999. That’s a long time to get to now.

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Tables Turned

from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Herald,

Now fully healthy, Cammalleri had a great meal with a couple of old friends Sunday night.

He got together with Flames Jarome Iginla and Craig Conroy and gossiped as much as the Montreal media.

“I got the full Hotstove. I got all the scoops. I can tell you guys everything that’s going on,” he said with a smile.

He didn’t reveal any specifics, of course, but said the meeting of the minds was just like old times. The three of them are similar when it comes to passion for the game, but that’s where similarities end.

“Those are my two dinner buddies, so it was right back into the old mix. The first five minutes there are kind of like pleasantries because you haven’t seen each other for a little while. After that, it’s a lot of opinionated banter back and forth and not much agreeing with each other,” Cammalleri said.

The discussion topic?

“Hockey,” he said. “All three of us are GMs, owners, players, coaches and media all at once.

“It was just like old times.”

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McDonald And Perron Still Have Concussion Issues

from Allan Maki of the Globe and Mail,

Blues’ president of hockey operations general manager John Davidson said Monday Oshie is “getting close” to playing again since suffering a broken ankle in early November. As for McDonald and Perron, both out with concussions, there is still no indication when either forward will be able to skate again, let alone play.

“Who knows?” Davidson insisted. “When and if they get cleared, they haven’t been skating for so long they’ll have to work themselves into game condition. Both have made progress and slipped back, made progress and slipped back.”

Davidson said physicians have told McDonald and Perron not to exercise and get their heart rate up. “(The doctors) don’t want you watching TV, on computers, texting, anything where you use your brain. It’s the world of the unknown.”

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Video- Chara Tosses His Hat

via Joe Haggerty tweet,

Zdeno Chara said he got idea for hat-tossing pantomime after his hat trick from Peter Bondra, and always hoped he’d be able to do it someday

Chara’s hat toss starts at the 1:50 mark of the video.

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1000 Games For Langenbrunner

Dallas, Tex – Dallas Stars right wing Jamie Langenbrunner will play his 1000th career NHL game against Los Angeles at American Airlines Center tonight. He has played 435 games for Dallas and 564 games for New Jersey. Langenbrunner won the Stanley Cup with the Dallas Stars in 1999 and won the Cup again in 2003 after being traded to New Jersey in 2002. He is the 260th player to reach 1000th NHL games following San Jose’s Patrick Marleau who will play his 1000th game today in Phoenix. The Stars will hold a pre-game ceremony to recognize Jamie prior to the puck drop tonight at American Airlines Center.

 

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Monday Afternoon Thoughts

from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

• I believe that if a person is happy with their contract, it’s their business and no one else’s. However, you will see agents attack Jack Johnson’s deal, because he did it himself. Johnson signed for seven years, $30.5 million. With an agent, maybe he gets $3 million-$5 million more. To some players, that will matter.

• Alex Burrows escaped punishment for spearing Marc Staal’s grandchildren. No more complaints about how he’s treated.

• Alexander Ovechkin’s quiet season has led to a decrease in merchandising interest, according to one memorabilia expert. Steven Stamkos is catching him, although the dealer did say, “It’s always tougher for European players.” Sidney Crosby remains No. 1, by miles.

more plus some talk of NCAA players with UFA status…

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Jimmy Howard Pointing To A Thursday Return

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard was back on the ice Monday, briefly working out with goaltending coach Jim Bedard before practice. Howard, however, wasn’t able to practice due to his bruised right knee and won’t play Tuesday at Pittsburgh.

Joey MacDonald will make his second start in row. Howard hopes to return for Thursday’s game in St. Louis.

“I just did some skating. The only problems I really had was getting up and down,’’ Howard said. “Unless something drastically changes overnight, I’m (aiming) for Thursday. I was hoping I’d be ready for Tuesday night. I’ve been progressing every day.’’

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There’s no ‘D’ in Buffalo

The biggest concern for the Buffalo Sabres recently has been the lack of coverage in their own end.  New York Islanders star forward John Tavares had a field day in the Buffalo zone Saturday night, and he even half-heartedly noted afterwards that he had so many scoring chances in the 5-3 Isles win that perhaps he should’ve notched two hat tricks instead of his one.

The Sabres have allowed five goals in two of their last three games, and that’s in no small part due to the struggles of the Tyler Myers-Andrej Sekera pairing.  They’re a combined –9 in that stretch.  The play of Myers, who looks clumsy at times and seems to be having issues with his skating, has regressed to where it was during the first month of the season. 

Getting some heat of his own, despite a huge lack of defensive support, is goaltender Ryan Miller (17-14-4, 2.72 GAA, .911 save %).  It’ll be interesting to see how this town reacts if the red lamp behind the franchise netminder and fan favorite continues to be lit too often.  A huge component of last year’s 100-point team was Miller’s ability to steal some games, and this season it just hasn’t been happening.

Buffalo will try to tighten things up tomorrow night when the Montreal Canadiens come to town.

Twitter: @DaveDavisHockey

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Your Stanley Cup Finalists

Every Monday, Wednesday and Friday we ask the Globe’s roster of hockey writers to weigh in on an issue from the world of puck.

The question: Now that we’ve had a chance to watch just over half the regular season, which two teams make the most sense as a Stanley Cup final matchup?

JEFF BLAIR

Let’s say Detroit and Philadelphia. I think the Canucks will choke - I don’t trust Roberto Luongo - and the Flyers depth gives them the edge in the East.

Eric Duhatschek

Everybody craves an Original Six final - and since I don’t expect anybody to hold me to these picks - I’ll go with Boston in the East and either Chicago or Detroit in the West.

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Marleau Hits 1000 Games Today

SAN JOSE – San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau will play his 1,000th NHL game today against the Phoenix Coyotes at Jobing.com Arena in Glendale, Arizona at 1 p.m. PST, becoming the first player in franchise history to play all 1,000 games in a Sharks uniform.  He will be recognized in a special ceremony prior to the Sharks home game at HP Pavilion Feb. 1, also against the Phoenix Coyotes.

        Marleau becomes the 257th player in NHL history and the sixth player this season to reach the 1,000 NHL game milestone (Sergei Gonchar, Ryan Smyth, Mike Grier, Craig Conroy and Ed Jovanovski). Dallas’ Jamie Langenbrunner is also scheduled to hit 1,000 games later today, making him the 258th player in history and seventh this season to accomplish the feat.

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