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Goal Or Not

from the Daily Herald,

Ryan Shannon scored the only goal in the shootout on a spin move that saw him bump Hawks goalie Nikolai Khabibulin.

Referees Paul Devorski and Wes McCauley appeared confused but allowed the goal to stand, much to the dismay of Hawks general manager Dale Tallon, who exploded in anger in the press box and immediately got on his cell phone and called the NHL office in Toronto.

“To me, that’s interference,” said Hawks coach Denis Savard. “The goaltender shouldn’t be able to get bumped.”

more on the Hawks shootout loss to Vancouver….

Watch the Shannon SO goal…

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Who’s Talking

Matt Cooke and Nick Lidstrom are mic’d up during a recent game.

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Canucks Need To Get On A Roll

from the Province,

The Canucks are 10th in the Western Conference with 59 points, but just five points back of division-leading Minnesota. They are also just two points up on Columbus and four ahead of St. Louis and Edmonton.

What does this all mean?

If you calculate that it’s going to take 95 points to secure a playoff position, then the Canucks will need to go on an 18-10 run the rest of the way. Daunting, but doable, according to captain Markus Naslund.

read on

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Luongo Facing His Old Team

from George Richards of the Miami Herald,

The bottom line is, Luongo always thought a deal was going to be made, and he would remain in Florida. Luongo was the face of the Panthers, and he figured he would be for years. The franchise is led by others now, but Luongo has his piece of its history.

Luongo and the Panthers have moved on. But Friday night’s game is still going to be special.

‘‘I think it’s going to be real emotional for him,’’ said Jokinen, who came to Florida with Luongo in a trade from the New York Islanders in 2000. ``He’s going to have a lot of friends out there.’‘

In the stands, and on the ice, too.

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Naslund Must Get Offensive

from the Vancouver Province,

Naslund started Tuesday’s game against Dallas playing with Brad Isbister and Mason Raymond. That didn’t last long and by the end he had played with just about every forward on the team.

“I think his overall attitude has been real good,” Vigneault said.

“But I do think the fact I’ve tried him with so many guys, his morale has been challenged. Mentally, he has been challenged. Sometimes his effort slips a little bit and it happens, probably, without him knowing.”

Whether his harsh critics believe it or not, $6 million can buy a lot less than Naslund.

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No Deals To Be Made

from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

“There are no deals out there,” Nonis said.

“I think everyone is somewhat frustrated,” he answered before adding, “I thought there’d be more opportunity. I think everyone thought there’d be more opportunity. I mean, it’s almost February and there hasn’t been a major deal. When was the last time that happened? Probably never.”

But it’s happened this year and while it comes as little consolation to Nonis, he’s hardly alone in this matter.

The NHL is now roughly a month away from its Feb. 26 trade deadline and judging from commentary provided by GMs around the league, the market is currently deader than Arsenio Hall’s career.

That’s bad enough. What’s worse is it’s not likely to spring to life any time soon.

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Beech Back On Waivers

via TSN,

CKNW radio in Vancouver is reporting that the Vancouver Canucks have placed forward Kris Beech on waivers.

Beech was recently claimed off waivers by the Canucks on January the 10th from Columbus. Beech however has been a healthy scratch of late and did not play in Monday’s game against the Minnesota Wild.

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Just Another Game

from the Vancouver Province,

With Mikko Koivu and Mattias Ohlund about to meet on the same sheet of ice for the first time since the Vancouver Canucks defenceman broke the leg of the Minnesota Wild centre with a timber-felling whack two months ago, tonight’s tilt isn’t just any old game.

No, according to the Wild, it’s Game 48 on the schedule.

That’s it. Nothing more, nothing less. Two important points against a divisional opponent up for grabs. A road trip to get off on the right foot against three Northwest teams in cities in which the Wild have yet to win this season.

Mattias Ohlund? Who’s he?

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Luongo Finds His Game

from the Vancouver Province,

Somewhere among those 49 Detroit shots he found his game.

“I think it was something that I needed,” Luongo said regarding the shot barrage. “I’m happy that I got so many shots. It brought my confidence back up a little bit. I started to feel like myself there.

“They were throwing everything at the net and it got me in the game early and I established a pretty good comfort zone right off the bat.

“I was getting in a pretty good groove there.”...

“He was standing on his head, spinning around, stopping everything,” Sami Salo said. “I don’t even know the word for it. I don’t know if there is a word for it. It was more than unbelievable….”

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Time To Win In Vancouver

from the Vancouver Province,

There is, in fact, the overwhelming belief that the current edition of the Canucks has a window of opportunity which is open only as long as Luongo is wearing the whale-thingy on his chest.

The next question is how long does GM Dave Nonis have before that window closes shut, and that’s where things get very interesting for all concerned.

Consider the following:

- The Sedin twins have one more year left on deals which pay them $3.575 million US per, a figure which makes them woefully underpaid for front-line NHLers.

As things transpire, they are both unrestricted at the end of those contracts and it will cost the Canucks, minimally, another two million each to extend them for any length of time.

read on

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