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Rangers Needed A Change

from Stan Fischler of Game On,

In a sense Glen Sather—announcing his new coach and looking to the immediate and distant Rangers future—sounded the theme of a recently-elected president.

CHANGE!

His Blueshirts needed a different personality, with a louder voice who would provide the Rangers with a go-go attacking style rather than over-worrying about goals against.

More than anything, those points explain why John Tortorella is the new head coach and Tom Renney is on a sabbatical he would not have wished on himself.

Oh yeah, and there’s also a not-so-small matter of the Rangers possibly even slipping out of a playoff berth had the Old Guard remained behind the bench.

“Over the last couple of weeks I watched the team slide,” said Sather in a far-reaching conference call, “and our game eroded. This was obvious from the last couple of games.”

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  Tags: glen+sather, john+tortorella

Sabres Turn To Lalime

from Jerry Sullivan of the Buffalo News,

Necessity has dictated that Ruff turn his team’s fortunes over to backup Patrick Lalime, who inherited the starter’s job when Ryan Miller sprained his ankle against the Rangers on Saturday.

Ruff says he’s confident. He has faith in Lalime’s ability to hold the fort. Of course, he has no choice.

“Patty knows he’s playing,” Ruff said. “We’ve got a lot of trust that he’s going to play well for us, and I think he’s got a lot of trust that the team is going to play well in front of him.”

It’s hard for a backup to develop a rhythm when he plays once every two weeks. Ruff expects Lalime, 34, to find a rhythm quickly. Last year in Chicago, Lalime played more than expected because of injuries and went 16-12-2.

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  Tags: patrick+lalime

Question Of The Day

In my NHL.com article today, I asked readers of playoff bubble teams how they feel about their chances of making it into the second season.

So, I am also asking readers of KK the same question- Will your team make the playoffs and give me the reasons why they will or will not?

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Springtime Without Sidney?

from On Frozen Blog,

In a wildly amusing bit of unintended condemnation, the media Sunday asked Crosby about the “appropriateness” of Alexander Ovechkin’s unbridled joy after scoring goals. (Because, you know, hockey is supposed to be just like golf when it comes to celebrations.) The obviously unspoken undercurrent of this question was “Is there room in hockey for a rock star, Mr. Neil Diamond?” This perhaps is the start of the much-needed, media-led realignment of stars. 

The NHL, however, remains in a horrendously awkward position. It’s confronting the very real possibility of a Crosby-less postseason, while his counterpart in the once barren hockey wasteland of Washington is turning the town on its collective sporting ear. Ovechkin’s Caps, with their Plan B goaltender, may well just play hockey into final four territory, or better. Crosby’s Pens, every reporter who watches them observes, aren’t altogether short on talent—qualifying for the postseason is something they should do in their shower sandals. What are we to conclude about the mettle of the faux messiah?

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On a siden ote to this, I was listening to late night radio last night and heard a national sports radio show mention the Crosby/Ovechkin feud was staged by the NHL to attract viewers.  Staged, ha, I think not.

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Duff Not A Crazy Girlfriend

from Us Magazine,

Hilary Duff stands by her man!

The star said that she defends her boyfriend, New York Islander Mike Comrie, against the “intense fans” at his games.

“I like to sit in the audience, you know I don’t sit up in a box or anything, and people started to know that I’m sitting there, and they’ll be like ‘Mike sucks!’ Or [they] try to rile me up,” Duff told Rachael Ray on the set of her talk show. “And I’m like, ‘Hey, watch it! I’ll come up there, you know.’”

She added: “I try to not be that crazy girlfriend.”

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  Tags: hilary+duff, mike+comrie

One Of The Best Hockey Players In The World

George Malik of SnapShots once again turns to the web for a story on Henrik Zetterberg,

Red Wings forward Henrik Zetterberg spoke to Expressen’s Mattias Eriksson recently, discussing a wide range of topics in a February 24, Expressen (roughly translated):

“Would not like to switch lives with someone”

He is one of the world’s best hockey players and recently signed contract worth almost 600 million [Swedish Kronor].  Henrik Zetterberg says with complete certainty: “I would not like to switch places with anyone.”

This summer, Henrik Zetterberg NHL won the finals’ scoring title and was named the finals’ most valuable player.  He took a stride [forward to become one] of the world’s best hockey players and at the end of January he signed in one of the biggest contracts in NHL’s history.

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  Tags: henrik+zetterberg

Fisher And His Faith

from Jennifer Green of the Ottawa Citizen,

In seasons like this one, Mike Fisher thinks of the message he jots on his hockey sticks, the same one that helped him over an even tougher hurdle—success.

Inside the stick’s rubber grip, he has written Rom 12:12, referring to Paul’s letter to the Romans: “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.”

“It’s just a verse that I’ve always liked ... ‘Be glad in all God’s planning for you’,”

Fisher said after the practice on Monday. “Sometimes, even this year, you go through struggles on the ice, and it’s just to keep things focused on God. Things seem to make a little more sense.”

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  Tags: mike+fisher

Oilers Trying To Find Some Offensive Help

from Dan Barnes of the Edmonton Journal,

Kevin Lowe and then Steve Tambellini settled into a seat at Rexall Place to watch their Edmonton Oilers practise on Monday morning, and one thought came to mind.

Shouldn’t those guys be on the phone? In fact, shouldn’t they have made a trade already? Shouldn’t they be in the middle of sending draft picks and/or cheap young players out for a proven scorer coming back?

In a word, yes.

And to be fair, they are trying. They want to make a deal for a point-producer who would immediately slide into Dustin Penner’s first-line slot on the left side. They need somebody to trade the puck with Ales Hemsky and score off the rush and they’re prepared to surrender quality assets to make that deal.

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Ottawa UFA’s May Be Moved

from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun,

Filip Kuba has a no-trade clause in his deal, but he, Chris Neil and recently acquired Mike Comrie will be eligible to test the unrestricted free agent waters July 1. Murray will deal at least Kuba and Neil if he can’t get them to agree to contacts before the March 4 deadline.

At this point, it looks like they’re both as good as gone.

Asked specifically about the security of Jason Spezza, whose no-trade clause on his deal doesn’t kick in until next season, Murray said: “He’s our No. 1 centre. I’m not going to get into specific names. I don’t think that’s fair to the player, really, other than the guys that are unrestricted (free agents).”

A “he’s going nowhere” would have been so much simpler, if it was definitely the case.

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100% Trade Talk

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

What will Burke do? The guessing game has begun. The trade focus—and the following information—comes from NHL executives polled, those not connected to the Leafs, speaking about those who may be available.

Listed is the likelihood (by percentage) of certain Leafs being traded before the March 4 trade deadline:

NIK ANTROPOV

90%

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