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JSG Has Something To Prove Every Day

Jean-Sebastien Giguere took part in a NHL tele-conference today.

Q. Like you said, with a guy like Chris Pronger in front of you, how much more of a calming influence has Chris been for you compared to maybe how you felt last year with some of the other defensemen around? JOHN SEBASTIEN GIGUERE: You know I was really comfortable with what we had last year. But I think having Chris, you know, probably one of the top three defenseman in the league, and having Niedermayer on our team as well, I think those guys on the ice will have to you know, like one is on the ice and the other one comes on the ice. It's a one two punch, and I mean for a goalie they're great. It's awesome having those guys on my team.

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Back Again

Bertuzzi's back is still an issue and he will not dress for the game tonight. He is seeing a doctor about his back and may miss the upcoming Panthers road trip.

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The Making of One Hockey Fan

By Alanah Downie I've been spending a lot of time lately, indoctrinating a non-hockey friend to the awesomeness of our favorite sport. Not knowing the game very well, it's hard for him to understand the sequence of brilliance that leads to an Ovechkin goal or a Luongo save -- he's learning, but it takes time. So today I sent him the video below just for the hell of it, and surprisingly, this is the highlight reel that finally got his attention:

Hockey grabs different people for different reasons over time, but maybe it's just the raw energy, risk and power of the game that reaches people first. For every person who complains about "too much violence" and that it's "not family friendly enough" there are many others who are open to it, but just don't understand the skill, speed and physical prowess that make this a brilliant sport. A highlight video of hockey checks like this one shows only small aspect of the NHL game. But it's winning over my friend one hit at a time. Go figure. [YouTube video link]

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Move Doan

from Arizona Central,

Shane Doan doesn't deserve this. He needs to find out that the grass really is greener on the other side. He needs to go play for an organization committed to winning. He needs to go somewhere where he has a chance to win.... Doan is the captain. It is his team. He becomes a free agent after the season and although he has stated his desire to stay, why would he want to. The Coyotes are farther from winning now than at any point in their desert existence. Doan could demand a trade and go to a contending team where he would have a chance to win, maybe the Calgary Flames, his hometown team. He could force the Coyotes' hands. Although neither side has attempted to negotiate a new deal at this point, if Doan comes out publicly and say he will test the market the Coyotes would have to trade him

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An Invitation To Belinda

Belinda Luscombe (bio), a senior editor at Time, wrote today about the process she went through to become an American citizen. She also used this comparison...

In a way it's probably a shame if I'm the 300 millionth American, because I'm not nearly as excited about becoming one as most of the other folks here. They're mostly beaming and chatting in hushed tones with all the family members they brought to watch a three-and-a-half-hour ceremony with no music, costumes or red carpet. Basically it's three hours of sitting and 15 minutes of picking up paperwork. As spectator sports go, this is up there with a visit to the DMV or an ice hockey game. I figure they keep it dull to provide contrast with with the moment of 300 millionth American unveiling, just like how Jim Carrey movies are so stupid so he can look more funny in them.
You can read the full article but what I would like to do is invite Ms. Luscombe to attend an "ice hockey" game with me. I would hope I could change her opinion of the "ice hockey" game!

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Single Season Magnificence

KK member Joe Pelletier sent in another submission for the "KK Free Friday" last week. I was suffering with the flu so decided to hold off posting this until today. I have given Joe an open invitation for more of these type of themed articles and hope he takes me up on it. Also, make sure to check out his blogs- 1972summitseries.com & legendsofhockey.blogspot.com.

A look at the 10 greatest regular seasons in NHL history
Every season the NHL witnesses a few amazing year-long individual performances that resonate hockey greatness. Last season we watched the emergence of Sidney Crosby, Alexander Ovechkin, Jonathan Cheechoo, Dion Phaneuf, and the re-emergence Jaromir Jagr. In a really magical season we are able to watch a player turn in a campaign that becomes legendary or, even better, transforming. The achievements of that season may garner iconic status because of historical significance, dramatic impact, defining nature, or statistical dominance. Without taking into account the Stanley Cup playoffs, it has been a while since we’ve seen a player’s regular season efforts reach a status of truly important in NHL history. We might have to go back to Dominik Hasek’s days in Buffalo for that. All of this got me thinking: Which individual season is truly the greatest? With over 90 seasons and countless great performances, I have narrowed my choices down to five key performances. In my estimation, the single most consequential NHL campaign was turned in by Bobby Orr in 1969-70. In his fourth NHL season, the 22 year old Orr captured the Hart, Norris and Art Ross trophies. Yes, the Art Ross. Bobby Orr became the first and only defenseman to win the league’s haloed scoring championship. It was a signature moment in a career that revolutionized the way the game is played.

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Faith In Gretzky

from the Arizona Republic,

Asked if what has transpired over the first few weeks of the season has made team ownership doubt Gretzky's coaching ability, CEO Jeff Shumway, who said he was speaking for himself and majority owner Jerry Moyes, said: "Absolutely not. In fact, I think it's exactly the opposite . . . The more I've gotten to know Wayne, the more I appreciate his great knowledge and his ability to handle the players and his ability to communicate with them." Gretzky, of course, also owns part of the team. ...A team source said the Coyotes are exploring signing an unsigned veteran center - presumably Jason Allison or Yanic Perrault - to fill in for Steven Reinprecht, who will miss the next seven weeks or so because of a broken clavicle.

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Tanguay Starting To Feel It

from the Calgary Sun,

"I'm starting to get my legs and see my spot on this team," Tanguay said after practice at the Saddledome. "I'm starting to feel this is my team. There was an adjustment seeing different jerseys and now I feel I fit in better." Tanguay's move to the Flames following an off-season trade from Colorado hasn't exactly started with a bang. While the team has struggled out of the gates en route to a 2-4-1 record, Tanguay has had middling success of his own, with two goals and two assists in seven games.
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Wings Not In Synch

from the Detroit Free Press,

"The attack that we mustered in the last three games is very much unlike us," coach Mike Babcock said. "Even earlier in the year, we attacked better than we did. We played a good Buffalo team; we attacked. But for whatever reason, we're not fluid together. We have to attack together and move the puck."... Nowhere has Detroit's problems reared any uglier than on the power play. The Wings are 4-for-46 with the man advantage, and 37-for-54 on penalty kills. "You can't win in the league unless you have good special teams," Babcock said. "The power play has to work for you to win games. We don't believe we've changed that much or that the coaches suddenly got dumb, so we'd like to think our power play will be back."

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Carnival Of Hockey

NHL Digest is hosting the first Carnival of Hockey. All hockey bloggers are invited to send in their submissions.

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