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What Team Wins The Cup

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Nobody really remembers who wins the NHL All-Star game, but the Stanley Cup? That’s etched for eternity. So who, besides their own team, do some of the All-Stars think is the favorite to win it all this season? Judging by an informal poll, it will be either Detroit or Anaheim.

Manny Legace, St. Louis goalie: “Obviously, Detroit. Every year. Top to bottom, they’re just solid. The goaltending is unbelievable. It’s going to be a scary team.”

Staal, Carolina forward: “I can’t pick anybody besides us, it would jinx so. So I say Carolina.”

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The NHL Needs An Attention Getter

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

Yes, the NHL has realized that it needs some mustard. The problem is, it doesn’t have any hot dogs.

Its players are a bunch of humble Canadians and quiet Europeans. As Jason Arnott said this weekend, Owens wouldn’t last 30 seconds inside an NHL dressing room.

“Not a chance,” said Arnott, a typically Canadian boy from Wasaga Beach, Ont., with typically conservative views on the game. “You hear of a lot of changes. How they’re trying to change the game, trying to make the nets bigger, trying to change the integrity of the game. I’m kind of against that.

“The shootouts are great for the fans. They love it,” he said. “I don’t know how much the guys really love it, because it is pretty individual.”

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Trying To Grow Hockey In The South

from Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Until they can sign Dale Jr. to drive a Zamboni, popularizing Canada’s game down here remains slow, hard work, y’all.

“I said from Day One that this project is going to take 10 years, just to expose the product to as many people as we possibly can,” said Thrashers general manager/coach Don Waddell, whose team is in Year Eight of the 10-year plan. The Thrashers are out in the Atlanta metro area aggressively, hosting some sort of developmental or introductory program weekly.

The love for the game is here just like in any of its traditional Northern outposts, but it’s the quantity of that devotion that is open to question.

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Nolan Calls His Goal

from the Calgary Herald,

“Top corner, bar and in,” grinned Jarome Iginla, Nolan’s present-day teammate with the Calgary Flames and an NHL rookie at the time. “Yeah, I remember it. It was great. It was nice to see. He was calling his shot. I think Hasek had made some pretty good saves on him before that and he was saying, ‘I’ve got you this time.’ And he did. It was pretty cool. A good way to finish off a hat trick.”

“It was great,” said Nolan. “First of all, it’s an honour just to play in an all-star game. And to be able to score a goal during it and then get a hat trick in front of the home crowd? It’s too hard to explain. It was a great atmosphere when that third goal went in, I honestly thought the roof was coming in. It felt like an earthquake.”

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1st Half Awards

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

(If I Only Had A) Heart Trophy: Patrick Marleau, Sharks. A year ago, the high-flying center taken second overall in 1997 was on his way to 32 goals, 78 points and a plus-9 rating. Heading toward this year’s All-Star break, Marleau was on pace for 15 goals, 40 points and a team-worst minus-31. But he can take heart because he’s in bad company with Dishonorable Mention: Thomas Vanek, Sabres; Jaromir Jagr, Rangers; Andrew Brunette, Avalanche….

Vezina Trophy: Roberto Luongo, Canucks. Just when you thought this masked man couldn’t get any better, he did. Entering the All-Star break, Luongo was among the league leaders in wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts and was on pace for a career-best 2.04 GAA.

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Sign Or Trade Pitkanen

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

In today’s escalating salary wars, Pitkanen could be a $5-million defenceman. “We really haven’t started into negotiations,” said his agent Larry Kelly, who says he’s been a moving target, tough to track down with other things going on.

Does Lowe want to go to $5 million for another defenceman? He’s already paying Souray a cap hit of $5.4 million, but he was an unrestricted free-agent and price was of little concern to get him last summer. Lowe’s going to have to bump up Gilbert a good deal.

If he gives Pitkanen $5 million, then that’s considerably more than his best three best forwards Shawn Horcoff, Ales Hemsky and Dustin Penner.

If you were Lowe would you be talking to Rutherford about, say, winger Erik Cole and a prospect? Would you be calling Dean Lombardi in L.A. and inquiring about Alex Frolov or Mike Cammalleri, if he gets back from his bruised ribs?

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Penguins Go Shopping

Colby Armstrong, Max Talbot, Sergei Gonchar and Evgeni Malkin got together and did a commercial...

*my thanks to the KK reader who dropped this link on me earlier today

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The Mature Kovy

from Ray Glier of the New York Times,

This season, Kovalchuk, 24, is considered a leading candidate to be the league’s most valuable player. He has evolved into a more complete player, and he has carried the Thrashers into playoff contention after an 0-6 start. He is second in the league in goals (37) and fourth in points (63).

“This is my sixth year now; you learn the game more, the coach trusts you in situations more,” Kovalchuk said. “It’s a good feeling for me, because I want to be in the situations to help us win.”

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ASG Memories: 1983 New York

1983 All-Star Game – February 8, 1983, Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale, NY: Wayne Gretzky set an All-Star record with four goals in the third period.

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Happy Birthday to Wayne today, on his 47th birthday.

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Can Hockey Grow In Atlanta

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

The hockey community reads All-Star weekend like a barometer for the game’s local importance. And as might be expected of a city with just five ice rinks in the metropolitan area, a stopover by the game’s preeminent players hardly ranks with, say, an SEC championship football game.

“We just haven’t been able to get the excitement of hockey introduced to the fans,” said Schmidt, who has been in his seat in Section 310 for every game the Thrashers have played, save one in 2001 after he had a kidney removed. And he watched that game on television.

“If Chipper Jones gets a hangnail, it’s front page news,” he said. “We need to get a little more excitement going. And to be honest with you, I don’t know how to do it.”

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