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The Entertaining All-Star Game

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When it comes to base ball’s All-Star Game, they try to tell you that “it counts,” even though no one in either starting lineup remained in last year’s game past the sixth inning.

In hockey, they are telling you that the All-Star Game doesn’t count at all, which seems a far more refreshing and honest approach.

The NHL’s choose-up game in Raleigh on Jan. 30 might fall flat, but, really, so what? All-Star Games are largely anachronisms, anyway, and serve in all sports primarily as backdrops for meet-and-greet functions for corporate sponsors and as entertainment vehicles for fans who buy tickets to the myriad events surrounding the match.

Here’s a little secret about NHL All-Star Games—regardless of how they translate over television, which is to say not too well at all, they’re always reasonably entertaining in person, which is all that matters to the people in the arena who pay the freight.

We all know what the NHL is doing here in allowing team lettermen (captains and alternates, two forwards and one defenseman per squad) to choose sides in a televised Friday evening/night draft is a gimmick, but it’s one I’ve warmed up to over the last few days after initially dismissing it on Twitter, because, really, why not?

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Is Jarome Iginla The Dan Marino Of The NHL?

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The careers of Jarome Iginla and Dan Marino have more than a little something in common.

Both have played their whole time in one uniform. Both were the centrepieces of their teams. Both were denied better days by the talent they were surrounded with.

In Marino’s case, the Miami Dolphins were forever lacking at running back.

In Iginla’s ongoing and rapidly declining case in Calgary, the Flames have been forever lacking at centre. Who’s the best centre Iginla has ever had? Probably some middle-of- the-road player such as Craig Conroy or Daymond Langkow?

While Marino was clearly higher up the career list than Iginla will ever be, it remains a shame to see players of this magnitude lead their teams season after season without the ultimate result.

continue for some hockey notes…

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Mark Cuban Shows Interest In The Dallas Stars

So says John Shannon of Sportsnet.

Cuban talk is right after the Jeff Carter signing, which is the lead story of the video.  Also, more hockey topics discussed after the Cuban story.

Again I sing the praises of Sportsnet for allow their videos to be embedded this year.

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Video- Markov Injured As Habs Defeat Hurricanes

Reports are team doctors will look at Andrei Markov’s knee in the next few days before making a diagnosis.

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Prayers Go Out To The Richardson Family

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators assistant coach Luke Richardson — a former teammate to many of the team’s players — and his wife Stephanie have tragically lost their 14-year-old daughter, Daron.

The Senators confirmed in a statement late Saturday that Daron tried to take her own life by hanging herself at the family’s home. The club said she was rushed to hospital and succumbed to the injuries in ICU.

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Talking Player Contracts

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

* Christian Ehrhoff, a slick, puck-moving defenseman, will be in demand should the potential UFA hit the market July 1. The Canucks are trying to prevent that from happening.

In the midst of recent contract talks, I’m told the Canucks have made an offer to Ehrhoff’s camp and agent Rick Curran responded with a counter-offer. Neither side has been able to bridge the gap, so both sides agreed to take a break and regroup, with the promise of talking again later this season….

* Expect Predators GM David Poile to resume talks with Shea Weber’s agent, Don Meehan, early this week when his team is in Toronto where Meehan is based.

• Brent Seabrook is set to become a restricted free agent July 1 and will be Chicago’s top priority at some point this season. But as of Saturday, I was told contract extension talks had not yet begun on that front.

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Video- Thomas Vanek With The OT Winner Against The Capitals

Vanek with a great move to win it in ooooovertime.

Not the best video, but it just the night is early.

Note 10:14pm, Replaced original video with one of better quality.

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Video- Carey Price With The Diving Glove Save Tonight

Price takes a goal away from Chad LaRose.

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Hiller Takes A Shot To The Face During Practice Today

from Dan Wood of Ducks.com,

The Ducks will be holding their collective breath at least for a while after goaltender Jonas Hiller suffered a head injury during Saturday’s late-afternoon practice at a practice rink near the United Center.

After arriving in Chicago, where they will open a three-game road swing against the Blackhawks on Sunday night, the Ducks took to the ice, only to lose Hiller midway through practice when a shot from a teammate struck the goalie squarely on his facemask.

Hiller went down immediately, desperately shook the catching glove off his right hand and grabbed for his face. A nasty cut near Hiller’s eyebrows was the obvious damage.

After receiving immediate attention from head athletic trainer Tim Clark, Hiller was to go to a nearby medical facility for further treatment.

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Time To Start Winning In Chicago

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune at Chicago Breaking Sports,

After dropping four of their last five games and seven of 10, the Hawks have slipped to fourth place in the Central Division and ninth in the Western Conference. This despite the fact they’re tied for first in the NHL in games played at 18. They appear intent on turning things around Saturday night when they face the Predators in Nashville.

“It’s going to need to be a desperate, patient, every-little-play-counts type of game,” said veteran Marty Turco, who will get the start in goal. “Even though it’s a rival and division opponent that plays well in their home building, it’s still going to be more all about us and the way we play and what we do. It’s just too important at this point in the season to not be collecting points.

“It’s just time. It’s time for all of us.”

read on for details on tonight’s game…

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