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from USA TODAY,
A few years ago, when Ted Leonsis and his wife, Lynn, stumbled onto a designer show house that was on the market just outside Washington, D.C., they fell in love with it.
Well, sort of. Kind of. OK, not really.
But they bought it, gutted it, added on and rearranged. They bought the neighbor’s house, too, then tore it down.
When the sawdust had finally settled, there stood a 22,000-square-foot brick mansion on 5.5 acres, complete with pond, pool, tennis court, guesthouse and five-car garage.
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from the Mercury News,
Ron Wilson has not been hesitant to criticize Marleau - usually indirectly in postgame remarks about his line or vague “players” who weren’t sharp. Marleau has kept his mouth shut publicly about that. But he has to be gurgling inside after some of those remarks.
Here’s the truth: Marleau and Ron Wilson are the Lennon and McCartney of the Sharks. If this team is going to make sweet postseason music, it needs them to collaborate. Otherwise, our beloved Los Tiburones are going to drop off the charts faster than Vanilla Ice did. Right now, Doug Wilson seems inclined to let Marleau and his coach work out their issues as mature adults should. Keep an eye on that. If their relationship doesn’t lose its obvious sour taste, there could be a new recipe. With new ingredients.
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Chelios also talks trade possibilities, saying that he thinks a defenseman would help the team most. His defenseman of choice? Rob Blake of the Los Angeles Kings. “He’s in a situation there where there’s just no end at the light of the tunnel and he’s lost his drive right now,” Chelios says of Blake. “I’ve been there. I talked to him last time we played him, and he would love to come here.”
from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,
When is this going to end? I mean, Stastny practiced today and looked great. Then his appendix bursts afterward. Now you’ve got an Avalanche team without Joe Sakic, Ryan Smyth and Paul Stastny in the lineup - with Sakic and Smyth out until March 1 at least.
It’s going to be up to No. 60 now, along with Nos. 23, 15, 40, 8, 39 and 37. Yes, I think T.J. Hensick is going to have to really come through now, and he’s got the chance to do it.
Anyone get the feeling Dater watches too much NASCAR?
from the Buffalo News,
No team wants to be compared to the 2002-03 Buffalo Sabres. Too late.
It’s not just the results that create comparisons, though. It’s the way the Sabres are losing — and what they are saying about it — that links this club to one of the worst in franchise history.
• Hard work goes nowhere. Now: “If we work like that and play like that, we’ll start winning.” — Coach Lindy Ruff after the streak reached seven games.
Then: “Today’s work ethic was enough to get the win, and if we work like that every game, we’re going to win our fair share.” — Defenseman Rhett Warrener after the streak reached four.
Nash scores the game winner with 22 seconds left.
added 8:42am, from Puck-rakers,
With Coyotes’ D-men Keith Ballard and Derek Morris in front of him, Nash switched the puck from forehand to backhand no fewer than nine times. He shifted back and forth on this skates, lowered a shoulder and made his way past both Ballard and Morris, considered the Coyotes’ most reliable blue-liners.
Coyotes goaltender Mikael Tellqvist tried to poke-check the puck away. He got a piece of it, but the puck followed Nash, who settled it down and fired a wrister into the net before Tellqvist could recover.
from the Colorado Avalanche,
The Colorado Avalanche Hockey Club announced today that forward Paul Stastny will miss approximately two to three weeks after undergoing surgery this afternoon to remove his appendix.
“Paul experienced some pain in his abdominal area today,” said Avalanche Head Athletic Trainer Matthew Sokolowski. “Further examination by our medical staff following practice determined he needed the procedure. We expect him to fully recover in two to three weeks.”
from Thrahsers Blog at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
As for Hossa? He says: “I’m 29. There are four or five years in your prime. My goal is to win the Stanley Cup. To do it [you have to be] on a good team. So I want to take my time. I want to make sure if I sign here, it’s a good decision. That’s why it’s taking so long. It’s a big step for me, and the organization. We’re trying to make the best of it.”
“We got some big pieces in this organization, key pieces,” Hossa said. “That’s a good sign. We’ve just got to prove it on an every day basis.”
from George Johnson at ESPN,
The joker in the deck, however, is how incumbent Miikka Kiprusoff, the silent Finn, will react to the support (threat?) posed by a goalie who, although 40 and well past his peak, has still won 446 regular-season NHL games and himself been feted as a Vezina Trophy finalist.
The Flames can argue until they’re blue in the face that Joseph’s arrival means a fresher, more motivated Kipper, that he will embrace the competition and chance to swap stories and secrets with a fellow lodge brother.
Nobody’s trying to turn this into a goaltending controversy, but Kiprusoff could easily interpret the signing as a lack of faith, a kind of betrayal.
via the Chicago Blackhawks,
General Manager Dale Tallon announced this afternoon that the Blackhawks have signed Patrick Sharp to a 4-year contract extension.
“We’re very excited about having Patrick Sharp in the fold for the next four years,” said General Manager Dale Tallon. “His play and his attitude have been outstanding and he has taken on a real leadership role with our team. We feel that Patrick is an integral part of the future of our team. We feel that in making this commitment to Patrick Sharp we have also made a commitment to our organization and our fans in trying to achieve our goal which is to win the Stanley Cup.”
“I’m very excited about the opportunity to continue my career with the Blackhawks” said Sharp. “I love the city of Chicago and the Chicago fans and I want to be here for a long time. I feel that our team has improved and continues to get better. Team success is a product of individual success and I will do everything I can to help bring a championship to the city of Chicago.”
added 4:26pm, Link now available from the Blackhawks.
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