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Lidstrom’s Game Has Not Changed

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Even the immortals, his once-upon-a-time contemporaries now enshrined on Olympus (located at Brookfield Place, 30 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ont.), can only sit back, slack-jawed, in wonder.

“You could tell right away that he was special,’’ reminisces Hall of Famer Paul Coffey. “I know people are always saying that after the fact. That they KNEW way back when. But this was so obvious.

“You couldn’t miss it.

“Even I couldn’t miss it.

“The one word that best described Nick Lidstrom when he and I played as a pair - and that’s a long time ago - is the same word that best describes him now: Poise. He literally has not changed.

“You hear about how the game today is better, all the guys are bigger and stronger and faster . . . OK, maybe they’ve got zero per cent body fat and they can bench-press the rink. Great. But they run around like maniacs for 40 seconds, they’re beat, and they come off.

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Spin-O-Rama Again, Leisure Suits Next?

Mikhail Grabovski of the Leafs with the spin move in the shootout.

Am I the only one not really impressed with these?

By the way, Leafs won the game.

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TUC With F Or C

from The Universal Cynic,

* 24/7 provides completely unguarded insight into NHL players’ lives. CRAP.

* The only way you’re going to see the true side of a player is with a NannyCam. FACT.

* The Sens have hit rock bottom. CRAP.

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Another Season Of 24/7?

Ross Greenburg, President of HBO Sports, discusses a 2nd season of 24/7.

What about you, if you want to see it return, name the two teams involved.

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Habs Lose Another Defenseman

from TSN,

The injury situation on the Montreal Canadiens blue line just went from bad to worse as general manager Pierre Gauthier has confirmed that Josh Gorges will need surgery to repair his injured knee and will miss the remainder of the season.

Gorges originally suffered the injury during a December loss to the New York Islanders.  He was placed on Injured Reserve on New Year’s Eve.

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Langebrunner Asked To Waive NTC

via Tom Gulitti tweet,

Langebrunner said he has been asked to waive no trade and is awaiting word of next move.

He is not in the Devils lineup for tonight.

added 6:13pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Langenbrunner has been asked to waive his NTC but not formally and not yet to a specific team. That should occur in not too distant future.

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Don’t Mention These Names In Any Vezina Talk

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Steve Mason, Columbus Blue Jackets

It seems like years ago when he put up 33 wins, a 2.29 goals-against average and won the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year. Well, it was just two seasons ago. Since then, the sophomore slump as extended into a Year 3 malaise. As of Thursday morning, his 3.20 GAA was 40 among NHL goalies and his .902 save percentage was 32nd….

Craig Anderson, Colorado Avalanche

How the mighty have fallen. Nominated for the Vezina last season after a sensational campaign, Anderson has the 38th-ranked GAA (3.13) and 33rd-ranked save percentage (.901) in the NHL. Granted, the Avs’ blue line isn’t Detroit’s, so there’s plenty of rubber coming his way, but it was the same when he stood on his head last season….

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Ryan Miller Can Be Better

from John Vogl of Sabres Edge at the Buffalo News,

Lindy Ruff doesn’t need to look at the stats any more than anyone else to know one thing: Ryan Miller hasn’t been as dominant as last season.

Miller will enter tonight’s game against San Jose ranked 28th in goals-against average (2.77) and 27th in save percentage (.907). Those numbers are a long way from last year’s Vezina Trophy-winning career bests of 2.22 and .929.

“I think just OK,” was how Ruff assessed the season for the Sabres goaltender. “He’s been a victim sometimes of some pretty tough breaks with deflections and pucks off of people’s skates on the backside. At the same time, he’s had a tough time grabbing that one big save for us at a key time in the game. There’s nobody that wants it more than he does. Short-term, if we can get his goals-against down, it’ll help us win games.”

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  Tags: ryan+miller

2010 Top Lines

John Grigg of The Hockey News put together his Top 10 quotes from 2010.

“Nick is going to be a Red Wing ‘til the day he hangs them up. I may try to draft one of his sons one day.” – New Tampa Bay GM Steve Yzerman when asked if he would try and bring Nicklas Lidstrom to the Lightning.

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With WJC Over, Pegula Watch Begins

Joyous Russian hockey fans weren’t the only ones enthusiastically counting down the final seconds of the World Juniors gold medal game last night.

No sooner had an ecstatic group of Russian teenagers on HSBC Arena ice started celebrating and screaming stuff that we couldn’t understand than Sabres fans at home began holding their breath in anticipation of “The Announcement”.

It was as if they were glued to the television waiting for Managing Partner Larry Quinn to walk out onto the ice right after the Russian anthem, grab the microphone, look into the TSN cameras and spill the beans. “Igor, Yevgeni, great job tonight.  Now, for those of you Buffalo Sabres fans who may be watching, I have some exciting news…”

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  Tags: buffalo+sabres, chris+parker, larry+quinn, terry+pegula, tom+golisano

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