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Big Job Ahead In Calgary

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Whenever an organization makes a significant change at the top, as the Flames did this week, there is always that cathartic short-term adrenalin rush in the community - that better days are ahead and maybe even just around the corner. Then the snow falls the next morning again, and the actual work begins - of sloooooooowly changing a culture, a line-up, a development system; in short, of making all the other various and sundry adjustments needed before an organization can get back on the right track.

It is a slow and imprecise process and many times, requires a franchise to take one step backward in order to move two steps ahead. Too often, the transitional regime doesn’t ever get the necessary time to effect real change - and pays the price because of the prevailing what-have-you-done-for-me-lately ethic that permeates professional sport (and isn’t limited to just impatient radio audiences).

It can be a thankless job and requires someone to go into the undertaking with his eyes wide open - which is where the new interim Calgary general manager Jay Feaster finds himself now.

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Jersey Pride

from Rich Chere of the Star-Ledger,

What are the Devils playing for with the playoffs no longer in the picture?


“That’s all we’re playing for right now,” defenseman Henrik Tallinder said today. “Personal pride.”

Coach Jacques Lemaire said: “You should play to win. And when you don’t win, pride comes in. He’s right.”


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Stamkos vs. Omark: The Controversy That Isn’t (With a Cameo from Denis Savard)

A few weeks ago, Edmonton’s Linus Omark’s spin move from center ice to begin the eventual shootout winner over Tampa Bay irked the Lightning. Players called it disrespectful, embarrassing and so on and so forth. I opined that it was no big deal and that the Bolts were overreacting. A day later, many of them realized just that, including the victimized goaltender, Dan Ellis, in particular.

“Bottom line, the kid scored,” Ellis told ESPN 1040’s Mike Corcoran. “In the end, if we want to go spin every time and put the puck in the net, then so be it.”

Last night, Steven Stamkos was awarded a penalty shot against Montreal and converted to lengthen the Lightning’s lead in an eventual 4-1 win with a more traditional spin-o-rama from in tight.

And, sadly, it didn’t take long for several mouths to start yapping about Stamkos’ attempt being just like Omark’s, when nothing could be further from the truth. Snarks aimed at Ellis, specifically, were commonplace and one has to wonder, at this point: What is it that people outside of Tampa (and maybe Detroit?) seem to hate so much about the Bolts? Success breeds contempt, I suppose - or maybe it’s a Florida/Southern hockey thing… But it seems like any time anything even remotely spicy pops up around this team, so many are - pardon the pun - lightning-quick to pile on.

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  Tags: dan+ellis, denis+savard, linus+omark, spin-o-rama, steven+stamkos

Ring In The New Year With Nine Hockey Games

First puck drops just after 5:00pm ET and final horn should sound about 1/2 hour before 2011 arrives.

Enjoy the games, enjoy the night and most importantly, be safe.

See the full schedule below…

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A New Beginning

Here we sit, waiting for the new calendar year and wondering how many more weather reports we are going to get from Pittsburgh.

So, to kill some time, what is the outlook for your team in 2011?  Do you feel the team you follow is on the right path, or perhaps things may have gone sour?

Are you satisfied with the talent level, coaching and ownership or should changes be made?

The floor is yours….

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Think Big For The 2012 Winter Classic

from Christopher Botta of Fanhouse,

Big, as in The Big House at the University of Michigan. Big, as in more than 110,000 spectators on site, just like the “Big Chill” college hockey game earlier this month between Michigan and Michigan State.

Big, as in a pair of Original Six franchises. Big, as in the major-market Rangers against the ratings-bonanza Red Wings. Big, as in Sean Avery uncensored on HBO"s “24/7.”

Think of the economic impact on the surrounding Michigan neighborhoods, too.


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Watching The Winter Classic

from Roy MacGregor of the Globe and Mail,

A simple regular-season game that counts a mere two points in the standings has come, bizarrely, to count for more than anything else in the NHL’s own standings among U.S. sporting events of notice, from the Super Bowl to the World Series. The league promotes the game heavily, and it has elevated the marketing effort for this edition by working with cable channel HBO on a reality series that is spiked by the rivalry between two superstars, Crosby and Ovechkin.

The three prior Winter Classics have averaged about four million viewers on NBC, and the league is betting that Saturday draws a bigger audience than the 2009 Detroit Red Wings-Chicago Blackhawks affair, which attracted 4.4 million, most for a regular-season game since 1975. But the consequence of delaying the game would be to flirt with a ratings collapse, first on Saturday night by going head-to-head against ESPN’s broadcast of the Fiesta Bowl featuring Oklahoma and Connecticut. By moving to noon on Sunday, the Classic would compete with NFL pregame shows on three networks and then at 1 p.m., the game between the hometown Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns.


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Critical Few Weeks Ahead For The Flames

from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

The next few weeks will dictate the next step for the Flames.

Should they go on a winning streak, jump into the mix and even take hold of a playoff spot before the Feb. 28 trade deadline, the likelihood of a mid-season rebuild will decrease.

However, should they continue to remain well outside the playoff picture, you can bet Feaster will receive the OK to start pulling the trigger on what deals he can make to start a new chapter.

The stress level hasn’t changed, but there has been a noticeable difference in the atmosphere around the Saddledome in recent times.

“It’s simple — it comes down to winning,” forward Brendan Morrison said.


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Leafs Lose So Time To Talk Trades

from Mark Zwolinski of the Toronto Star,

The Leafs performance in Thursday’s 3-2 loss to Columbus was disturbing enough to prompt serious talk among observers that it’s time for GM Brian Burke to make a trade to help his troubled team.

Burke, of course, does not listen to media rants and won’t be swayed by them. But Thursday’s disappointment certainly carried the point home in large part because it further deflated an almost flat hope that this roster can do very much to rescue a playoff berth.

So, with 46 games left on the schedule, and little belief outside the dressing room that this roster can salvage at least a drive for the playoffs, the focus turns to what can be done to bolster that belief.


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Desjardins Leads Lightning Past Canadiens in NHL Debut

A little pre-game surprise added to the excitement and anticipation for tonight’s game between the Montreal Canadiens and Tampa Bay Lightning as goaltender Cedrick Desjardins was announced late as the Lightning’s starter, making his NHL debut against the organization with which he spent parts of four seasons before coming to Tampa Bay in an off-season trade.

Lightning head coach Guy Boucher insisted, however, that his decision on a goaltender for tonight’s game had nothing to do with a Desjardins vs. Montreal scenario. Rather, it was quite the opposite.

“That was the right time because our streak was over,” Boucher said of a Lightning run of six wins in seven games and points in eight straight prior to Tuesday’s loss to Boston. “I almost didn’t start him because it was the Canadiens.”

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  Tags: cedrick+desjardins, guy+boucher, steven+stamkos

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