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Harding Getting the Job Done

From John Shipley at the Pioneer Press,

The Wild take a three-game winning streak into Wednesday night’s game against divisional rival Calgary at the Xcel Energy Center, and you can bet Harding will be in the nets. He was the winning goalie in all of those victories, with a 1.54 goals-against average and .959 save percentage.

On the flip side, Backstrom was 2-2 in his previous five starts, with a 3.40 GAA and .868 save percentage. Harding relieved him Thursday in Detroit, after Backstrom gave up leads of 3-1 and 4-2 in what was a 6-5 shootout victory for Minnesota.

After Harding backstopped a 4-1 victory over Phoenix on Sunday, coach Jacques Lemaire was asked who his No. 1 goalie is.

“The one that stops the puck is ahead of the other one,” he said. “The one that stops more pucks is the best one. So you’ve got to figure that one out.”

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  Tags: josh+harding, niklas+backstrom

Sabres Plan To Sign Campbell

from the Buffalo News,

Buffalo Sabres General Manager Darcy Regier admitted today that he’s disappointed with defenseman Brian Campbell’s decision to suspend negotiations on a new contract with the team….

“[A trade is] not the intention and that’s not the focal point,” Regier said. “The focal point is to try to sign him. You never say never about anything but the the thing we’d like to do and hope to do is to sign him.”

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No Comment From Fletcher

from the CP,

Cliff Fletcher was busy returning phone calls Tuesday.

Friends, family and media filled up his voice mail after a report Monday night said the Toronto Maple Leafs had contacted him about taking over the team as an interim GM for the remainder of the season.

“I have no comment whatsoever on it,” Fletcher told The Canadian Press from his home in Scottsdale, Ariz. “They have a management team in place. It would be inappropriate for me to say anything.

“Although I can tell you that (wife) Linda and I tomorrow morning are on our way to Mexico for a week. We’re on the plane to Cancun for sure.”

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Right To The Top Line

from the Ottawa Sun,

Ilya Zubov is being set up for success in his NHL debut.

The 20-year-old Senators prospect will start tonight’s game against the Washington Capitals as Dany Heatley’s stand-in; the left winger on the big line with Jason Spezza and Daniel Alfredsson.

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  Tags: ilya+zubov

Top Plays Of The Week

ESPN style, the plays of the week.


ESPN is also conducting a Sports Franchise Ratin Survey if you are interested…

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Nylander To Have Rotator Cuff Surgery

from Capitals Insider,

Veteran center Michael Nylander is scheduled to have surgery on his torn left rotator cuff and will miss three to six months, I’m told.

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Theodore Showing Signs Of #1 Goalie

from Adrian Dater of the Denver Post,

Tattoos cover roughly half of Jose Theodore’s upper body. They are elaborately stenciled works, some in dedication to his wife and daughter. Some seem to just signify rock ‘n’ roll cool associated with his hobby of strumming a guitar away from the hockey rink.

Winning has a funny way of making players seem cool again. Theodore’s locker stall has been bereft of reporters much of the past couple of seasons with the Avalanche, but has become a crowded place again. There is much more notice, therefore, of the intricacies of those tattoos — along with anything else on his body, or mind.

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Flames Prepare For Cup Run

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Darryl Sutter’s annual bid to bolster his team’s playoff chances started yesterday with the acquisition of 40-year-old insurance policy Curtis Joseph.

Not only does it signal Sutter’s obvious belief the team has the main ingredients necessary to challenge for hockey’s most coveted silver chalice, it also means the hype surrounding the club’s young goaltenders is just that.

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Would Moving Jagr Help

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

If it is fair to suggest that the additions to the lineup have not produced success and that entirely missing the playoffs now is a distinct possibility, would it not follow that the route to rediscovering success might well be to subtract from the equation?

If this is true, the economics of the new NHL suggest Jagr, who will be an unrestricted free agent in the summer, is the most logical piece to move. It goes without saying that there would be a market for a player of Jagr’s immense talent, even in the face of this surprisingly disappointing season.

A team like the Colorado Avalanche, for instance, desperate to make the playoffs and wracked by injuries to top players Joe Sakic and Ryan Smyth, might be interested. The Avs have been rumored to be looking to move puck-moving defenseman John-Michael Liles, a member of the 2006 U.S. Olympic team.

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Let’s Go Beat Buffalo

from Stan Fischler at Game On,

So, despite another sizzling Gomez night and some good efforts by Jagr and Marty Straka, the dots failed to connect overall. Ergo: another loss.

Why should Wednesday night be different? A similar effort against Buffalo very well could produce a win.

Then, it’s home-and-home with the beatable Bruins.

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Baby steps come first.

A win over the Sabres and then, maybe, it’ll be time for “Oh, Baby!”

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