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Something In Common With The Greats

from Karl Samuelson at NHL.com,

Guy Lafleur did it with the Montreal Canadiens.
Steve Yzerman did it with the Detroit Red Wings.
Mario Lemieux did it with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Mark Messier did it with the New York Rangers.
Wayne Gretzky did it with the Edmonton Oilers and repeated the feat with the Los Angeles Kings.
And now Alexander Ovechkin is doing it with the Washington Capitals.
Doing what?
Offering hometown fans reason to believe.


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PJ at Sharkspage did a recent interview with Chris Young…

Toronto Star deputy sports editor and former JABS blogger Chris Young was kind enough to answer a few questions on sports journalism, blogs, NHL television broadcasts, and the quote machine that was Charles Oakley.
[CY] The NHL is pretty well-covered by blogs, more and more, and with Dave Stubbs’ Montreal Gazette blog, Habs Inside-Out, I think you are seeing more and more the mainstream media (I do hate that phrase almost as much as the MSM shorthand it usually gets) can produce good blogs.
I love Eric McErlain and James Mirtle. I think Alanah and Jes out west, and Tom Benjamin, really do good blogs. I am missing some, but I think the point is made. The NHL blogosphere is pretty good, and perhaps that is partly due to those U.S. markets we talked about opting out of coverage. Where there is a vacuum, something is sure to follow.
[CY] I pay no attention to trade rumours, they are the empty calories of sports coverage. Easy to make up, instantly digestible, no nutritional value at all.

much more
My personal request, start blogging again Chris, you are missed!

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NHL Wins Again

The NBA All-Star Game entertainment lineup will include “Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton.
Enough said!


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Everyone Wants To Be A Hockey Player

I believe Jes started it, now it continues to grow.
Just start clicking the people he tagged, you will everntually find more and more and more…

Others who have participated, please use the comments to be added.

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Hasek Glad Nolan Is Back Coaching

from Newsday,

“It’s a long time ago,” Hasek said when asked to explain his reasons for calling for Nolan’s firing. “There were some different views in the organization between me and him. And I really felt that way when I said it. I felt the organization needed someone else.
“However, I think for him to start somewhere else is great, and I’m glad he’s back in the NHL. I felt for the Sabres at that certain time, it was better to go with someone else. I felt that way, and that’s what I said, yeah.”


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Waiting On X-ray

from the OC Register,

Scott Niedermayer is scheduled to have an X-ray on his right foot to see what, if any, healing has occurred in the stress fracture that has kept him out of skates since Jan.20. Niedermayer was able to rest for 12 days over the All-Star break to give the injury time to heal.
Niedermayer is expected return, but how much time it will take remains undetermined.
“The doctors are going to describe what’s going on there,” Niedermayer said. “Certainly the impression I had from our initial discussion was to at least give it a chance to start healing - and if it doesn’t look like that’s happening, then eventually I should get back and start playing.”


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Riding Raycroft

from the Toronto Sun,

In reiterating yesterday that Raycroft could play all 31 remaining games, the coach would be making the inconsistent Raycroft the first Leafs goalie since Potvin to get in 70 decisions in one season. Potvin established that club record in 1996-97, but his mark of 27 wins, 36 losses and seven ties failed to get the Leafs in the playoffs.
“I’m going to run Razor as hard as I possibly can,” Maurice said when questioned about playing Jean-Sebastien Aubin tonight against the New York Rangers, the only back-to-back games situation this month. “I think his game is coming along. He won us a game, in my mind, in Tampa and he was solid the other night against Montreal.


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NHL Looking At Racing Guy

from the Star Telegram,

People who know Eddie Gossage say he could sell ice to an Eskimo. What the NHL is interested in investigating is if the TMS (Texas Motor Speedway) president can sell ice hockey to apathetic fans.
Sources confirmed that a headhunter has contacted Gossage on behalf of the NHL to gauge his interest in joining the league in a yet-to-be-determined executive position.


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Rags Look To Add The Other “Walt”

from Larry Brooks of the New York Post:

[A]s the Blueshirts prepare for tonight’s Garden match against the Maple Leafs, Plan A appears to be St. Louis’ Keith Tkachuk, who, in the final season of a contract under which he earns $5.7 million, has played a significant amount of center for the Blues this season while re-elevating his game. Tkachuk, 34 in March, has a no-trade clause, but it’s believed he would waive it to become a rental player with the Blueshirts.
But the cost isn’t going to be at all cheap, even if it’s understood that Tkachuk would return to St. Louis after becoming an unrestricted free agent on July 1….
The Post has learned the Rangers have inquired into a couple of Plan B alternatives. The Blueshirts, who have been engaged in various trade discussions with the Blackhawks since late October, have inquired about 35-year-old Bryan Smolinski, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

The Brian Smolinskis of the world tend to have a better track record than superstar acquisitions when June rolls around…



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Talking Shop With GM’s

The Canadian Press’s Pierre LeBrun was able to squeeze a few deadline-related comments out of several GM’s on Monday evening:

“My sense is that it’s going to go down closer to the trade deadline,” Detroit Red Wings GM Ken Holland said yesterday.
“If you look at the standings, in the East every team except Philly is within six points of a playoff spot and in the West, 12 teams are within six or eight points of a playoff spot. So I think we’re going to be waiting for the last few days to the deadline.”

“Teams are walking that tight rope,” said Anaheim Ducks GM Brian Burke. “It takes courage to sell this early. But I think there will be so few teams mathematically eliminated at the deadline that the playoff-bound teams will end up fighting over five or six guys.”

“We’ve had more calls probably in the last 10 days on some of our unrestricted players,” [Flyers GM Paul Holmgren] said. “I would say that’s a fair comment, that it’s heating up.”



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