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Remembering The Nordiques

from the Denver Post,

“There’s no question that people in Quebec still follow this team,” said Goulet, who retired as a member of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1994 and joined the Avalanche front office shortly after team moved to Denver.

“There’s no doubt in my mind. I still receive letters and cards, and there still are fans in Quebec who follow whatever we do here. We’re here for a reason. There was a team in Quebec City. At the end, it was struggling a little bit, but we had a good franchise when it came here, and we’ve had a tradition for the last 12 years here.”

And now the franchise is at a mille victories and counting.

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Lost Time

from the Edmonton Sun,

It’s been a long, awful stretch for Moreau, who hasn’t played a regular-season game since Oct. 21 of last year. He’s missed 105 games and counting after sitting out the final 75 games of last season with a shoulder injury.

The tough part is that he should have been back from this about six weeks ago, but doctors misdiagnosed the injury, which cost him a couple of weeks, then put him in a walking brace, rather than a cast, until early November, which cost him a few more.

“It shouldn’t have taken that long,” he said yesterday at a Dallas practice rink. “It’s not a complicated injury. I got hit, fractured my tibia. Unfortunately we didn’t find the break, so we wasted a little bit of time.

“That’s probably the hardest thing to deal with, just the wasted time.”

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Building In Phoenix

from the New York Times,

Although he has a vast array of investments and business interests, Gretzky prefers the hockey life to a life of leisure. He will arrive at the rink hours early for game-day practices, and he still holds to a ritual of an afternoon nap and pregame meal.

In this, the third season of Gretzky’s Act II as a coach, the Coyotes are still expected to lose more often than they win. But this has been a year of major adjustments for Gretzky. His legendary playing career, which earned him a place between Gordie Howe and Bobby Orr on the sport’s Mount Rushmore, is now eight years past.

His team, after two seasons at the bottom of the standings, is rebuilding with highly regarded prospects who are learning on the job

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  Tags: wayne+gretzky

Head-To-Head

from the Vancouver Province,

Forget the game, it was a head-to-head that people will be talking about for days, maybe years.

It was two of the best players in hockey, Vancouver’s stalwart netminder against Pittsburgh’s wunderkind forward in two head-to-head battles.

With the spotlight all to themselves, it was Sidney Crosby versus Roberto Luongo in overtime. And then again in a shootout.

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I stayed up late last night and caught the whole game and I must say, one of the better games of the year. 

Did anyone else catch the stare-down Luongo gave Crosby after stopping his shootout attempt?  Watch for yourself (game highlights)...

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  Tags: roberto+luongo, sidney+crosby

The Other Side Of Steve Downie

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post,

Latchford didn’t know a whole lot about Downie when she opened her Peterborough, Ontario, home to him two years ago. She had heard about his on-ice fight with junior teammate, Akim Aliu, but other than that, she knew very little.

But as their relationship grew, so did Latchford’s affection and appreciation for Downie.

She was there for him when he lost a 19-year-old friend to leukemia and a 20-year-old friend to meningitis. She has seen a side to Downie very few people in the hockey world has seen.

“He’s been through a lot, but he doesn’t want anybody to feel sorry for him because he lost his father,” Latchford said from her home in Peterborough. “Other kids have been through things, too, but nobody knows about them because they’re not in the limelight.”

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Raod Trip Could Define Flames Season

from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Their lives will be a mad jumble of airports, buses, hotel lobbies and restaurants.

They’ll bump into such recognizable faces as Jonathan Toews, Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Olli Jokinen, Rod Brind’Amour and Rick Nash along the way….

The Flames will either return in a little under two weeks time still very much in the mix in a Western Conference that’s looking more and more like one of those ‘50s campus stuff-the-telephone-booth fads, or find themselves staring at an empty Yuletide stocking.

Christmas is always the close of the unofficial first half of any season. A chance to stop momentarily, inhale, and take stock of what’s gone right or wrong, individually and collectively. For a team stutter-stepping along, groping around in the dark, piling inconsistency upon inconsistency, a disastrous road swing just before the spiked-eggnog break could prove catastrophic.

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Another Big Line

from the Chicago Daily-Herald,

The temptation has been there for Blackhawks coach Denis Savard ever since Martin Havlat returned from his shoulder injury.

And on Friday, Savard decided to go for it—so he put his three most skilled players on the same line. Havlat skated with Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane in the 5-3 loss to Anaheim and the trio is expected to stay together for tonight’s game against the Calgary Flames at the United Center.

“It’s a lot of skill,” Savard said. “The three of them are great players, and I think it’s going to work out beautiful.”

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Canadiens Struggle At Home

from the Montreal Gazette,

Carbonneau, who called a practice this morning on what was supposed to have been a day off, was at a loss to explain the Canadiens’ problems at home.

“It should be the opposite,” he said. “Maybe it’s the distractions, maybe we try to do too much.” Christopher Higgins said the Canadiens play a simpler game on the road.

“When we get home, we get away from that. Maybe we’re trying to please the fans, but the effort isn’t there.”

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Would Bruins Want Fedorov

via the Edmonton Journal,

Knowing Bergeron could be gone for the year, and on long-term injury reserve, the Bruins can get a break on their cap issues. They only need a rental for a year. They could probably have the Columbus Blue Jackets’ Sergei Fedorov, who has $4 million US left on his contract.

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No Wings In Carolina

from the News & Observer,

What may be the most anticipated road game of the Carolina Hurricanes’ season will be played in a television void when the Hurricanes visit the tonight.

FSN South, Carolina’s local rightsholder, will be showing a Top 50 touchdowns countdown when the Canes take the ice at 5 p.m. because the network chose to air the ACC game between Boston College and Maryland at 7:30 p.m. instead.

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