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Quick Hitters

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Time to send out an all-points bulletin for Patric Hornqvist. Last season, his 30 goals got him a $3-million US contract. He has one goal in his last 14 games for the Nashville Predators.

• Logan Couture, who has 14 goals and four-game winners, qualifies as a rookie if you’re thinking of Calder Trophy candidates, but barely. If you play more than 25 games in a season, you’re out of contention. The San Jose Sharks centre was right at 25 last year and also got into 15 playoff games. To me, he’s not a pure rookie. Getting in 15 playoff games is like playing 30 regular-season games, but that’s just me.


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Morning Line

One day in the near future Lidstrom will finally announce the end of his playing career. Hockey fans everywhere, at every age, should try to catch him in action as often as possible. A defenseman of his calibre comes along very rarely, and his talent should be appreciated while it is still possible to do so.

-Lyle Richardson of Spector’s Hockey where you can read more on Lidstrom.

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Sunday Morning Points

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• A quick Sunday stat: There are 59 players with more assists than Ilya Kovalchuk has points, and 14 of those are defencemen.

• The amazing Sidney Crosby has 18 more goals than any other forward on the Pittsburgh Penguins and, at just past the one-third mark of the season, he’s 30 points ahead of any winger on his team in scoring. One thing Crosby doesn’t do that his owner, Mario Lemieux, managed: Crosby doesn’t elevate the scrap heap the way Lemieux made Rob Brown a 113-pount scorer once and Warren Young a 40-goal man another time.


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Video- Bad Goal Of The Night

Bryan Little of the Thrashers beats Rick DiPietro of the Islanders tonight.

The last replay at the end shows the best angle…

added 10:41pm, via Katie Strang of Isles Files,

“I feel like I want to throw up right now,” DiPietro said of the team’s 19th defeat in the past 20 games.

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Saturday Night Hockey Chatter

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Tomas Kaberle trade rumors resurfaced in cyberspace this week, but the defenseman’s agent told ESPN.com on Saturday that his client had no interest in leaving Toronto at this point.

Any move would have to go through Kaberle and veteran agent Rick Curran since the D-man has a no-trade clause. At this point, it appears Kaberle has no intention of waiving it, which means he could walk away July 1 as an unrestricted free agent and the Leafs wouldn’t receive any compensation….

It wouldn’t be a weekend blog without a Brad Richards update, right? Hey, he’s one of the most intriguing situations in the league this season, so why not.

I was told this week that the Toronto Maple Leafs are no longer among the top teams on Richards’ wish list come July 1. From talking to different people around the league and connecting the dots, I believe his most desirable destinations are Dallas (staying put), the New York Rangers (he won a Cup with coach John Tortorella), Tampa Bay (back to his roots) and the Los Angeles Kings (team on the rise). Never say never in terms of Toronto, because you never know how much money talks come July 1, but I get the sense the Leafs aren’t on the radar right now for Richards and his agent, Pat Morris of Newport Sports.

more topics…

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The Firing Is About To Begin In Calgary

from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

Someone, rightly or wrongly, is going to be sacrificed for the current mess.

And, in a time-honoured skin-saving measure, a self-serving supervisor is going to point the finger. According to the trendiest guesses, that finger, on the hand of general manager Darryl Sutter, is about to trained directly at coach Brent Sutter.

There will be plenty of time to debate the (lack of) merit for that particular move.

But, for now, some sort of process is presumably still taking place.


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Video- Tootoo Hit On Frolik

Jordin Tootoo with a big-time hit on Michael Frolik tonight. No penalty for the hit.

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Report- Blues Interested In Kovalev

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Alex Kovalev might not be singing the blues about Senators coach Cory Clouston the rest of the season.

While it’s a longshot because of the high risk for any team looking at Kovalev, league sources say there is one team — the banged-up St. Louis Blues — interested in acquiring the disgruntled Senators winger. But the Blues don’t have the cash to make a move right now….

Sources say there is an investor ready to put more money into the Blues. That won’t happen until Jan. 1 for tax purposes, which means the club can’t afford to take on the remainder of Kovalev’s $5-million (all terms US) salary for now.

Depending on Senators’ on-ice fortunes in the next month, Murray will have to decide whether he’s going to be a buyer or seller at the Feb. 28 trade deadline.

If it’s the latter, Kovalev could be moved for a draft pick.


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Sturm To The Kings

BOSTON, MA – Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that Boston has traded forward Marco Sturm to the Los Angeles Kings for future considerations. The trade is contingent upon Sturm passing a physical conducted by Los Angeles’ medical staff.

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Afternoon Line

He even told the New York Post’s Larry Brooks, with whom he has publicly sparred over the years, that an article about a goaltending decision was “well-written.”

But Tortorella never completely relinquishes the needle: He finished the comment by adding: ” . . . not that it happens all that often.”

-Steve Zipay of Newsday writing about a ‘softer’ John Tortorella.  Read more from Zipay.

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