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Morning Line

This morning I awoke to several emails complaining about Comcast and its not showing the game in HD; we will reach out to Comcast.  Comcast is a great partner– we will work with them on this request.

-Ted Leonsis, Owner of the Washington Capitals at Ted’s Take.

Anyone else getting more upset by the day that networks, service providers, etc. seem to treat the NHL as second-tier customers.

All games should be broadcast in HD and even worse, when some games are available in HD, we still at times, too many game to count, get the broadcast in SD.

Imagine the outrage if this happened in the NFL or MLB or maybe you can’t imagine it because it would not happen.  The respective leagues would not allow it, yet the NHL continues to use the same line over and over again, we are working on it.

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The Potential All-UFA Team

from Edward Fraser of The Hockey News,

There’s still more than 450 regular season games, at least 45 playoff games and one Stanley Cup to be handed out before the summer spending spree begins, but there’s enough players scheduled to be available that the palette whets well in advance.

Provided they’re still available (and the betting here is, with cap-strapped and cash-conscious teams aplenty, many will be), there is top-end talent at every position. Here are the best, broken into first- and second-team all-star squads (second team Sunday).

(Not included is Wings uber-great Nicklas Lidstrom, who will either retire or return to Detroit, making him a UFA by name alone.)

Ilya Bryzgalov ($4.25 million)

‘Cool Bryz’ (a nickname we’ve been trying to get to stick since he was plucked off the waiver wire by the Coyotes in 2007) has been a fantastic find in the desert and even garnered a Vezina nomination last year as part of the Coyotes surprising resurrection. Goalies aren’t a hot commodity in today’s cap world, but a guy who can steal you a game or two along the way is still worth a few bucks.


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Panthers Could Be Busy At Trade Deadline

from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

It’s good that the deadline isn’t until the end of the month because Tallon isn’t ready to pull the chute on this season just yet. The Panthers moved into 10th place in the Eastern Conference with Friday’s 4-3 overtime win at Prudential Center. They’re five points behind the struggling eighth-place Atlanta Thrashers and four points behind the ninth-place Carolina Hurricanes.

This season is not dead, not by any means.

However, it seems like the Panthers are in this same position every single season—right on the edge of the playoff race until mid- to late-March. In the past they’ve remained patient in hopes that they can break through, but they haven’t made the playoffs since 2000.

This season could be different because Tallon wants to build a long-term winner through the draft like he did with Chicago. He might be able to acquire some extra picks if he ships off a few of his own chips this month.

It’ll be up to the Panthers to convince him otherwise.

“The next two weeks will tell whether we’re staying put, buying or selling,” Tallon said.


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Video- A Floating Head-Hunter Goal

Mark Fayne of the New Jersey Devils with a floating wrister.


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Video- Malkin Out With Lower-Body Injury

Evgeni Malkin missed the last five games with a sore knee and a sinus issue, returned tonight but did not last long.  Looks like a knee issue again.

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Heritage Classic Drawing Sponsorship Dollars

from the CP at The Hockey News,

It’s hard to imagine seven years passing before the NHL brings another outdoor game to Canada.

With the Heritage Classic fast approaching, the league is already seeing the benefits of having the Calgary Flames and Montreal Canadiens play outside at McMahon Stadium on Feb. 20.

In fact, sponsors have lined up and embraced the event to a degree not even seen for the Winter Classic outdoor game on New Year’s Day—widely considered the signature date on the NHL calendar.

“We’ve got more sponsorship dollars against this game than we actually did even (at the Winter Classic) in Pittsburgh, which is amazing to me,” NHL COO John Collins said Friday in an interview. “It just speaks to the (interest). Believe me, Pittsburgh was by far the biggest event business that we’ve had to date.”


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Video- DiPietro Talks About His Injuries

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Afternoon Line

“We felt [Paille] tried to square up and circle around, and in fact if you look at the footage at one point he was two or three feet ahead of the player, then circled back.  Whether the hit was in the danger zone, that lateral blind spot, it probably was. But I really felt that he tried to circle back and get square to the player and get in front of him. I thought it was a little stiff. I thought maybe one or two games.”

- Boston Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli on the “stiff” suspension Daniel Paille received for his hit on Raymond Sawada.  More from Douglas Flynn of NESN.

I’ve posted the video below in case you missed it or want to review it again.

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The Picture Tells The Story

from Kevin McGran of the Toronto Star,

Leafs centre Darryl Boyce missed practice and will likely miss Saturday’s game against the Buffalo Sabres with a severe facial injury.

In a tweet that says it all, Boyce wrote “My face hurts,” then added dryly “I don’t know why.”

continued and don’t click if you don’t want to see what a cut nostril looks like…

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Halak Listed As Day-To-Day

via Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Jaroslav Halak will not play tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.

The Blues have confirmed that Halak has an upper-body injury and they are listing him as day to day. It’s unknown at this point what the injury is, or when it happened. There are unconfirmed rumors that it’s hand-related.

Halak was on the ice for today’s morning skate. On a typical day, the starting goalie for that night’s game comes off the ice first, and the backup stays out until the end of practice. Today, Ty Conklin came off first and Halak quickly followed just a couple of minutes later.

Halak has practiced with the Blues every day since the team returned from the All-Star break. At the end of Thursday’s practice, the team went through extra drills and an additional non-NHL goalie was brought on the ice. At the time, that goalie was believed to be an extra body, as to not wear out the Blues’ netminders. But now it appears the Blues could have been nursing Halak’s injury.


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