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Strong Outing From Giguere Gives Carlyle Options

Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

Coach Randy Carlyle, who had ridden mostly strong play from backup Jonas Hiller for five consecutive games and seven of the previous eight, again has two seemingly attractive options when choosing whom to play in Saturday’s matinee against the Calgary Flames at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

“Hopefully, it’s a starting point for Jiggy,” Carlyle said. “He made some big stops. He gave us a chance, gave us everything he had. That’s a huge positive.

“It’s good to see him back in the net.”



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Up To The Players In Calgary

Via The Flames Insider at the Calgary Herald,

The Flames failed quite emphatically in yet another opportunity to test their ‘elite team’ credentials against the young, relentless, Hawks.

That’s three losses on the trot. With Anaheim and Montreal due in within the next four days.

Clearly, Sutter and Keenan both took their shot at trying to shake them out of their lethargy. And failed.  It’s now up to the players themselves to get this sorted out before this mini-slide starts getting out of hand, in a hurry.



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Flyers Look To Stem Stupid Penalties

From The Times Herald,

“Awareness is the one thing that we need to focus on,” Stevens said. “The number did come down a little bit (against Boston) but there’s still a lopsided number between what we draw and what we take.

“It’s like anything else. It’s not something that you’re going to snap your fingers and it’s going to go away. It’s a process that you have to go through before it goes away.”

In other words, bad habits are hard to break.


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Zednik Heating Up In Miami

From On Frozen Pond,

As many of you may remember, Zednik was really turning things on at this time last season, then that game on Feb. 10 happened in Buffalo. Sure everyone remembers that game. Anyway, if the Panthers are going to be serious contenders for the postseason this year, they’re going to need Zednik to be on.

Check out this quote from one Peter DeBoer: ‘‘He’s a game-breaker. Your best players have to be your best players down the stretch, and he’s in that group of guys. Right now, he’s delivering.’‘


Update 10:28 am ET (alanah): Video of Thursday’s highlight-reel goal—


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Turning Up The Heat On Osgood

Red Wing execs are not holding back this week about the poor play of Chris Osgood.

With 31 games remaining in the regular season, general manager Ken Holland said it’s vital for Osgood to step up his play—right away.

“Chris Osgood is not even close to where he was last year, but history has shown he’s been able to raise his game,” Holland said. “We need Chris to get his game back—and now.”


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Forsberg Retirement Near?

Adrian Dater says that may be the case.

We have a story that just came up on denverpost.com, written by a Swedish journalist we hired, detailing Peter Forsberg’s first game of any kind since Game 3 of the Western Conference semifinals for the Avalanche against Detroit.

It didn’t go so well. As reporter Anders Ronmark wrote in his story, quoting Forsberg: “This wasn’t fun at all. I have to go home and evaluate this. I don’t want to go into details, but it didn’t feel as good as I hoped it would.”


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Caps Goalie Johnson Out 6-8 Weeks

From TSN:

Capitals goalie Brent Johnson will have hip surgery next week and is expected to miss up to two months.

The decision to have the operation was made Thursday. The Capitals said Johnson could be out six-to-eight weeks.


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Peddling the Coyotes

From David Shoalts at the Globe & Mail:

Gary Bettman struck out at least three times in attempts to peddle the Phoenix Coyotes, according to multiple sources.

The sources say the NHL commissioner was turned down by Chicago White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, by Phoenix Suns majority owner Robert Sarver and by Ken Kendrick, the managing general partner of the Arizona Diamondbacks, on separate occasions. All three were said to have backed out after looking at the books of the Coyotes, who are expected to lose as much as $45-million (all currency U.S.) this season.

“It’s not happening,” a source close to Reinsdorf said yesterday. “They’re begging him to do it, but there’s no way. He has no interest. Who would?”

Reinsdorf, Sarver and Kendrick could not be reached for comment. Bill Daly, the deputy commissioner of the NHL, declined to comment.


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Sabres Turn it Around with Defense

From Pierre LeBrun at ESPN (h/t to Sabres Insider):

Coach Lindy Ruff was more blunt: The trap is back.

“Most teams now have four, five guys back,” Ruff said. “It’s a 1-4 now. They’re lining up, a five-man group in the neutral zone.”

So the Sabres also felt the need to tighten up. But hey, let’s not get carried away here. The Sabres remain a skilled and entertaining team, underlined most recently by a 10-2 drubbing of the Edmonton Oilers. But if there’s an overwhelming reason for Buffalo’s turnaround, it is that Ruff has finally gotten through to his players about defensive awareness after pounding them with the message since training camp.

read on

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Mid-Season Coaching Changes

From Jim Kelley of Sports Illustrated:

The Cory Clouston era kicked off in Ottawa this week.

The hope of the Senators and their fans is that the new coach, fresh up from Binghamton in the American Hockey League, will be the second coming of Bruce Boudreau, the veteran minor league coach who took over a foundering Capitals team and drove it to the Southeast Division championship on the final day of the 2007-08 regular season.

Not to be disparaging of an NHL newbie who was just getting his style unwrapped in the AHL, but I have a two-word view on that possibility: fat chance.

continued with a look at all the teams who’ve had coaching changes this season

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