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Holland Points To The Heart

from Mark Spector of Sportsnet,

Ken Holland is poking my colleague Jim Matheson in the chest, just below left collarbone. And he keeps poking him: “This is what’s important. Right here,” he says, tap, tap, tapping, without ever uttering the word, “heart.”...

“In 2001 when we lost to L.A. (in the first round), there were some people saying, ‘The Red Wings run is over.’ We’re too old,” said Holland, the Wings’ GM for 13 seasons now. “We’re just about in 2011, 10 years later, and we’re having the same conversation.”

It’s a conversation that should have Toronto listening. Calgary might want to hang around for this chat too. Edmonton, no doubt.

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What’s Bill Guerin Up To?

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

People are always saying, ‘Some team is going to need you come this time or that time,’” Guerin said. “I’m just taking it bit by bit. I don’t really have a timeline. If a day comes and I feel I’ve waited long enough, that’ll be it. If somebody calls, I’ll definitely listen to anything. Whether I jump at anything, that’s a different story. I’ve learned in this business to never say never.”

I still think Guerin can help a team in need. His kind of experience doesn’t grow on trees. His voice in the dressing room can settle down a team in panic. But there haven’t been any phone calls of late.

“We really haven’t had anything for 2-3 weeks. We’re just kind of letting it sit,” Guerin’s agent, Bob Murray, told ESPN.com on Thursday morning. “We haven’t actively pursued anything of late.”

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Breaking down the O’Byrne-Bournival trade

The media are having fun today, as we (finally) have a trade. The Montreal Canadiens ship out a $1.4 million cap hit in Ryan O’Byrne to the desperate Colorado Avalanche, in exchange for prospect Michael Bournival.

So, the question that follows every trade: who wins?

In this case, both teams. O’Byrne has been a healthy scratch since the third game of the year, and was taking up valuable cap room (and press box room, too - he’s a big boy at 6’5’‘!). Colorado, after starting four rookies on defence last night, get a defenceman who can slide in and play. The Habs get a strong prospect, former third rounder Michael Bournival, who at 18 still has lots of room for development. Bournival is a top 20 scorer in the QMJHL and a darkhorse to make the Canadian Junior team this winter.

Quite simply, Alex Picard stole Ryan O’Byrne’s job, and believe me, the Canadiens have enough big and slow defencemen as it is. Good for Ryan O’Byrne though, as he never complained and now gets a chance to play. After losing his mother to cancer early last year, O’Byrne has had a rough ride in Montreal. All the best to a classy hockey player, who I still believe can stick as a number five or six defenceman in the NHL.

The bigger question now: what will the Canadiens do next?

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Ryan O’Byrne Traded To Colorado

DENVER – The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that the team has acquired defenseman Ryan O’Byrne from the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for forward prospect Michael Bournival.

O’Byrne, 26, has skated in three games for the Canadiens this season, tallying no points and four penalty minutes.  The 6-foot-5, 234-pound defenseman was Montreal’s third-round pick (79th overall) in the 2003 Entry Draft.  He dressed in a career-high 55 games during the 2009-10 season (1g/3a) and also appeared in 13 of Montreal’s 19 playoff contests.

“Ryan is another young defenseman who will add size and depth to our team,” said Avalanche General Manager/Executive Vice President Greg Sherman.

added 12:20pm, We don’t see many trades these days, so Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail breaks this one down.

O’Byrne who wasn’t playing much for the Canadiens anyway, even before Andrei Markov returned to the line-up this past week. With Markov back and PK Subban doing fine, there didn’t appear to be much of a chance that would change any time soon.

With Colorado, on the other hand, he could end up playing a lot of minutes, until some of their injured vets start to recover. O’Byrne is 6-foot-5 and adds some size - and the deal essentially boils down to a swap of third rounders, O’Byrne 79th overall in 2003, Bournival in the third round, 71st overall, in 2010 and now playing for QMJHL Shawinigan. Bournival may even help the Canadiens some time down the road. Colorado on the other hand needs help from O’Byrne right now.

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Skinner Leading The Rookie Points Race

from Luke DeCock of the News & Observer,

Jeff Skinner awoke Wednesday morning to find himself standing alone atop the NHL’s list of leading rookie scorers, with 15 points in his first 15 NHL games.

The youngest player in the league was even tied for 14th in scoring in the entire league, sharing that position with established stars like Pavel Datsyuk, Joe Thornton, Henrik Zetterberg, Patrick Kane, Martin St. Louis and Dany Heatley. Oh, and Carolina Hurricanes teammate Eric Staal.

Still, the stats don’t really capture exactly what has made the 18-year-old such an instant success with the Hurricanes.

“When it’s time to shine, he’s not afraid to try things, and he’s not afraid to fail,” Hurricanes forward Tuomo Ruutu said. “He sees it as an opportunity. That’s how I see him. You can see it in his body language. He enjoys playing hockey. I like it. It’s fun to watch that kind of player.”

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Kings Getting Noticed In LA

from Jill Painter of the LA Daily News,

Truthfully, every King deserves rock-star status. The 10-3-0 Kings, who are second in the NHL in points and first in the Pacific Division, have won four consecutive games and host the Dallas Stars tonight with the promise of playoffs and then some.

“We started this process when we got here, building from the back, building from the draft,” said Dean Lombardi, the Kings’ general manager. “You get younger every year, and the goal is to get better every day. Last year, it started to become seeable. There’s no way anybody is satisfied.

“You can see the progress and now the fans see it. There were fans who stuck with us when we weren’t very good. At least the vision is starting to become reality. But let’s not kid ourselves. Let’s get real. We have a lot more to accomplish. We’re sitting on a lot of potential, but there’s still a lot of work to do.”

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All That Was Missing Was The Hooligans

from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

It’s commonplace for players to limber up by kicking a soccer ball in a circle, but the teams are usually separated by a considerable distance to avoid conflict. For example, in Nationwide Arena teams play soccer at either end of a 200-foot hallway.

The Blues, however, are the one visiting club with a history of circumnavigating the unwritten code in Columbus, an NHL source said. Last night, Blues players walked around the inside of the building to hold their soccer game within about 100 feet of the Jackets’ players, eyewitnesses added.

Jackets alternate captain R.J. Umberger, who does sprints before every game, apparently ran through or nearby the Blues’ circle sparking a verbal exchange, several eyewitnesses said. Umberger has grown weary of what he perceives as gamesmanship by the Blues, a source said. The Blues certainly have set a physical tone against the Jackets in recent seasons and the local club has not always responded well.

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Anyone Remember The Last Time A Current Norris Trophy Winner Was Benched?

from Chris Kuc of the Chicago Tribune,

Keith’s defensive miscues prompted Joel Quenneville to bench his Norris Trophy winner the last 3:53 of the second period. Keith ended up playing a season-low 20:55.

“Everybody has stretches when they’re on top of their game and they’re at their best and some games where you’re looking to try to keep yourself in the game and get through it when you can better yourself,” Quenneville said of Keith. “He can be better.”

When asked if he had benched his star defenseman for poor play, Quenneville replied, “Yeah.”

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Late Evening Line

The Penguins need Fleury to come out of his funk now. It’s not October anymore. His team, which fell under. 500 with the loss, needs the Fleury of old. Before it’s too late.

-Pierre LeBrun of ESPN. More on the Penguins loss to the Bruins tonight.

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Fearing Detroit

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Welcome to Detroit, where the forecast, as always, is muggy, with a chance of murder.

When you’re trying to breathe a little life back into your year, this is not the place to visit. And not just because they use more white chalk at crime scenes than they ever did in the schools.

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