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from Ryan Dixon of the Hockey News,
In light of Mike Green lighting the lamp for a seventh straight game Wednesday night versus the Rangers, I thought it pertinent to reprise the debate here for a broader audience: How many true No. 1 defensemen are out there and where do you draw the blueline when determining what defines that label?
The first part of the question came up after we’d collectively denied about eight names of No. 1 status.
“What, Finland’s ‘I can’t believe it’s not Lidstrom!?’ No way.”
“He’s not even the best defenseman on his team!”
“Nah. He and Brent Seabrook are co-dependant.”
Steve of Puck the Media gets this news today…
The Sharks’ 5-2 victory against the Bruins on Tuesday was the highest-rated and most-watched regular-season game in Versus’ four years with the NHL. It drew a 0.54 household rating nationally (550,000 viewers) and was 69 percent above the network’s average for the season.
via John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,
There were 11 NHL scouts at Wednesday night’s game, including four from the Boston Bruins. Also represented were San Jose, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington, Tampa Bay, Detroit and Montreal.
Wild general manager Doug Risebrough has expressed a willingness to deal from his team’s strength, defense, to shore up its weakness, offense.
Outside of Brent Burns, one of the Wild’s untouchable young core, the Minnesota defenseman that would bring the most in a trade is probably veteran Kim Johnsson, who has one more year on a deal at a salary cap hit of $4.85 million.
Johnsson played a team-high 21:41 Wednesday.
from Ansar Khan of Mlive,
Hossa called Datsyuk the most complete player in the NHL. Captain Nicklas Lidstrom said he should be a Hart Trophy candidate as league MVP.
Datsyuk takes a nine-game scoring streak (five goals, 11 assists) into tonight’s game against Minnesota at Joe Louis Arena.
The surge has bumped him up to fourth in the league in scoring with 68 points, behind only Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin and Sidney Crosby, and last season’s MVP, Alex Ovechkin of Washington.
from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via Habs Inside/Out,
To quantify this ugliness:
• It was the Canadiens’ seventh consecutive road loss;
• They have been outscored 35-14 through this span;
• In going oh-for-Alberta this week, they were outscored 13-4;
• Montreal has lost nine times in their last 11;
from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider,
Jose Theodore didn’t know the rule, and neither did Coach Bruce Boudreau. So here it is: No. 25.2, which states, “No goal can be scored on a rebound of any kind (an exception being the puck off the goal post or crossbar, then the goalkeeper and then directly into the goal).
So that’s why Ryan Callahan’s decisive in penalty shots on Wednesday was allowed to stand after it hit the crossbar, bounced off an unsuspecting Jose Theodore and back into the net.
Theodore said it’s a lesson learned.
“To be honest, I thought when it hit the crossbar, when it comes back out that it was a no play,” he said. “So I didn’t really ... I didn’t know where the puck was, but I knew it wasn’t going in. I didn’t really try to get out of the way because to me it was a no goal. Obviously, I was wrong. It’s a lesson I learned.”
continued and watch the SO goal below…
from Tim Sassone of Between The Circles,
The teams that need Khabibulin are Stanley Cup contenders, so its unlikely they are going to give up a top player in return. The Capitals might love to have Khabibulin for the playoffs, but they want to win a Cup, so who would they give up? Nylander? You make that call. I’d pass.
All of a sudden it looks as if Montreal might need a goalie. Do the Red Wings feel confident with Chris Osgood? But no way I deal Nik to Detroit, unless they want to give up Franzen.
Khabibulin might sign with the Wings in the off-season, though.
a bit more...
From Tim Sassone at the Daily Herald:
According to the blog and comments posted on stories at our Web site, these are the 10 hottest issues on the minds of Hawks fans:
1. Dustin Byfuglien: There are a lot of fans unhappy with the big guy and want to see him packaged in a deal.
There are two problems: One, Byfuglien has two years and $6 million left on a contract general manager Dale Tallon never should have offered last summer. Two, he is a wide body on a team that is somewhat small and needs all the size it can get for the playoffs.
read on for the rest of Chicago’s wish list
From Sam Carchidi of the Philadelphia Inquirer:
The Flyers will continue to use goalies Marty Biron and Antero Niittymaki the rest of the season.
But it has become clear that the order has changed.
Biron, who was the main reason the Flyers reached the Eastern Conference finals last season, will now have to play his way back into the No. 1 spot.
Until further notice, Niittymaki is the main man.
From Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice:
[Coach Brent Sutter:] “Like I said, this is not training camp and it’s not the first 10 games of the regular season. This is the real deal here now. Teams are playing at the elite level. Teams are competing to get into the playoffs. Teams are trying to get different seeds in the standings and everyone has to be at their best and that’s including the goaltender.
“Yet. we’ll monitor this the right way. There’s been a course in place and everything has gone along very well. We just have to stay the course and I have tremendous confidence when Marty comes back that he’ll be very solid. Yet, there might be some games we have to get through. There’s no need for anybody to think he’s going to be an every-day goalie when he comes back.”
Sutter’s comments seemed to be in direct response to what Brodeur said Monday about his expectations for playing, particularly with his mentioning of training camp and the first 10 games of the season.
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