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Wings Look Good According To Osgood

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood had the opportunity to analyze the team during his five-week absence with a strained groin.

He’s not afraid to say this year’s version reminds him of the Stanley Cup-winning team from 2007-08.

“This is the best I’ve seen us play since 2008,” Osgood said after Saturday night’s 3-2 overtime loss to the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center. “The way we’re playing as a group—we’re playing smart hockey, we’re tough to play against. We were tired tonight and we still gave ourselves a chance to win the game.

“We’re going to win a lot of games playing like this.”

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Sakic Attending BOG Meetings

via Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Joe Sakic’s start in the business side of the NHL – something he’s stated previously as a goal – will start today with Avalanche president Pierre Lacroix and general manager Greg Sherman.  Sakic, the Avs’ all-time leading scorer and future Hall of Famer, will join Lacroix and Sherman at today’s start of the NHL board of governors meeting here.

However, Sakic has not accepted a formal job with the Avalanche as yet. He is sitting in with Lacroix and Sherman – at Lacroix’s invitation – to begin the process of learning more about the hockey business, for a possible future role with the team in management.

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Blue Jackets Missing ‘Tools’

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Dispatch,

Legendary NHL coach Scotty Bowman once defined the five tools of a hockey player as head, heart, hands, hips and heels. By “heels,” Bowman meant feet, but the amateur wordsmith wanted the alliteration.

Those qualities can be applied, in a larger sense, to NHL teams. Great teams have all of the above, good teams have a sufficient amount of each, poor teams are missing one or more.

So what ails the Blue Jackets these days?

In the throes of a five-game losing streak heading into tonight’s game against the Dallas Stars in Nationwide Arena, “all of the above” would seem a fair answer.

Saturday’s 7-2 loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in Nationwide will go down as one of the most embarrassing nights in franchise history, which is quite a statement. It came just two weeks after the Blue Jackets flew home from California after having pulled off a West Coast sweep.

So how do they keep ending up in the abyss? With the exception of “hips” - too technical - let’s go category by category:

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The Rivalry Continues- Pittsburgh Against Washington

Read all about it below…

added 10:02am, Another video below, this one is of Ovechkin behind the scenes of the above video…

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Guerin Retires

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Billy Guerin today announced his retirement as an NHL player – and, symbolically, he is retiring as a Pittsburgh Penguin.

Guerin, 40, played 18 NHL seasons for eight teams, recording 429 goals and 427 assists for 856 points and winning two Stanley Cups.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound right winger played 95 games with the Penguins over the final two seasons of his career and was an essential part of the team’s 2009 Stanley Cup championship after being acquired at the March trading deadline.

“We were only here a short time but my family and I developed such a deep connection to the city, the team and the fans,” Guerin said. “It was amazing. From ownership and Ray Shero to the coaching staff and trainers, from my teammates to the arena workers to the people in the stands, they all treated us in such a first-class manner. It was an extremely positive experience. We all agree that retiring as a Pittsburgh Penguin is the perfect thing to do.”

Guerin also played for the New Jersey Devils, Edmonton Oilers, Boston Bruins, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues, San Jose Sharks and New York Islanders in a career that spanned from 1991-92 through 2009-10. He broke in with the Devils and won a Stanley Cup there in 1995.

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Hard Questions Facing Flames

from Scott Cruichshank of Flames Insider,

Questions aplenty about the Calgary Flames, who despite a wealth of experience and cap-max expenditure, are now 11-14-2. (If you’re asking, yes, that is rotten.)

* When do the Flames cut its losses and go into sell mode?

If you happen to be one of the very few Calgarians who believe the team isn’t at that point yet, you must be getting real, real close. The Flames haven’t won back-to-back games since late October. Upon the Flames soon is asset-management time (read: wholesale — and deep — changes). It’s December, they’re in 15th place in the Western Conference, and few glimmers of hope have been displayed. And those bargaining chips are getting wrinklier by the day.

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Will Markov Be A Canadien Next Year?

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

It is time for a hard look at Andrei Markov’s future now that he’s lost for the season to the Canadiens. What does it hold for the team’s best defenceman facing major surgery for the second time in roughly seven months?

General manager Pierre Gauthier delivered the company line when he announced the team’s worst-kept secret on Friday.

“We are very confident that Andrei will be able to fully recover from this injury,” the GM was quoted in a statement.

We’re not talking about a groin injury or a strained knee here. The surgery Markov is to undergo in Alabama on Wednesday involves repairing a meniscus and reconstructing the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his knee. What that means is the biggest question facing the organization is whether or not he’ll ever again wear the jersey.

Markov becomes an unrestricted free agent at season’s end, so what does the team do?

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Blues Had Extra Motivation To Beat Canucks

from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

The St. Louis Blues didn’t win Sunday with artistry or skating.

They had few perfect passes, and no perfect goals. They won ugly, choking out the Canucks by digging deep after losing five straight and finding inspiration from the back page of a local newspaper.

Pinned in their locker room was Sunday’s Vancouver Province. The back page blared:

“Time to abuse the blues; St. Louis is struggling and the Canucks are rolling - the perfect time to lay the smack down on a conference rival.”

Alex Steen, who had two goals, swears it made a difference.

“We were a little pissed off,” Steen said. “We have a reporter in Vancouver to thank for their nice title today in the paper. Let’s ‘abuse the Blues?’ It put a fire under us.

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What To Do With Michael Leighton?

via Chuck Gormley of Flyer Files,

In a rare American Hockey League game at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on Sunday, goaltender Michael Leighton allowed two third-period goals, including one shorthanded, as the Adirondack Phantoms fell to the Albany Devils 4-2 for their 10th straight loss.
In two rehab starts for the Phantoms following Oct. 11 back surgery, Leighton allowed seven goals on 56 shots for a 3.55 goals-against average and .875 save percentage….

Now comes a more difficult decision. The Flyers are about $700,000 under the salary cap and Leighton makes $1.55 million. Holmgren said Leighton has been returned to the Flyers but he is trying to find a way for Leighton to get playing time elsewhere.

“We’ll get him checked out (physically),” he said. “I’m not sure if he’s ready for NHL action. Ideally, we’ll try to get him some more games somewhere else.”

Asked what options the Flyers have available to them other than the Phantoms, Holmgren said, “We’ll do what we need to do and you’ll find out then.”

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Patrick Kane Will Be Out A Bit

Numerous tweets stating Coach Q. says Kane will be out a bit with a lower-body injury and will be re-evaluated tomorrow.

Sorry for the lack of posts in the last few hours, lost web access due to DNS problems at Comcast.  Switched to OpenDNS as suggested by a tweet and I am back to normal.

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