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Winter Classic Night On The NHL Network

Make sure to catch “Ice and Ivy” All Access: 2009 Winter Classic tonight on the NHL Network. followed by replays from both NBC & CBC of the Winter Classic.  The shows will be broadcast in the US and Canada and the progamming begins at 9:00pm ET.

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Good Advice

via John Feinstein of the Washington Post,

It is now time for the Caps, their fans and the local media to let go of this whole all-star thing and move on to far more important tasks: like trying to win the Stanley Cup.

It really doesn’t matter that Montreal’s fans stuffed the ballot boxes to get four of their players into the starting lineup or that Ovechkin, the best player in the league, wasn’t a starter, or that other all-star-worthy Caps got snubbed. Because there has been so little actual winning among the professional sports teams in this town during the last 20 years, there’s a tendency to make a big deal out of things that just aren’t that important.

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If The Ducks Became Sellers

from Dan Wood of the OC Register,

Rather than targeting draft picks, Murray would be more likely to seek established players in their early to mid-20s. Certainly, the commodities that might bring the most in return would be former Norris Trophy-winning defensemen Scott Niedermayer and Chris Pronger. Neither has been nearly as dominant as in seasons past, but might be very attractive to teams looking for the final piece to a potential Stanley Cup puzzle.

Niedermayer, the team captain who stands to become an unrestricted free agent, has given no commitment to playing beyond this season, but could remain extremely valuable as the Ducks attempt to break in a younger group of defensemen. Pronger has one year, at $6.25 million, remaining on his contract.

“I’m certainly aware of it,” Pronger said. “We have to start doing whatever it’s going to take to win hockey games. If we don’t, then we’re forcing their hand and they will be forced to move guys, obviously. They’re not going to just sit there and watch.”

more on the Ducks…

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Fernandez Will Miss A Few Games

from Kevin Paul Dupont of Bruins Blog,

Coach Claude Julien said that goalie Manny Fernandez is experiencing some ‘‘general soreness’’ and is likely to miss a few games.

In keeping with the club’s secretive policy about injuries, Julien did not divulge any further information, or the specific nature of the ‘‘soreness’‘.

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No Appeal Process, Lidstrom & Datsyuk Will Sit

from Ansar Khan of Mlive,

Update from Monday’s practice: Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom and center Pavel Datsyuk both said they were disappointed in the NHL’s decision to force them to sit out Tuesday’s game in Columbus for withdrawing from the All-Star game due to injuries and not showing up in Montreal for the off-ice activities.

The Wings said, contrary to reports, there is no appeal process. It’s cut and dry. They will not play tonorrow. Technically, it’s not a suspension, as they will be paid.

continued

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Jan. 26, 2009)—Los Angeles Kings left wing Dustin Brown, Carolina Hurricanes goaltender Cam Ward and Edmonton Oilers right wing Ales Hemsky have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Jan. 25.

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Forced Sit-Down May Actually Help Wings

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Much was made of the fact that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will not permit either the Detroit Red Wings’ Pavel Datsyuk or Nicklas Lidstrom from playing in Tuesday’s first game after the break because they skipped Sunday’s All-Star Game, in order to permit minor injuries to heal.

What an unnecessary tempest in a teapot.

In the grand scheme of things, a couple of extra days off for their two veteran stars will help, not hurt, the Red Wings as they prepare to defend the Stanley Cup…

That’s not to fault Bettman for his decision either. Last February, at the semi-annual general managers’ meeting, he made it clear that All-Star Game matters and so the policy going forward was this: If a player opts out, there better be a good reason to do so – or at least an injury significant enough to keep him out of the game just before the break or the game after.

read on

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The Games Count Now

from TSN,

History shows that having a playoff position in January tends to be a big indicator of who ends up with a spot in April. In each of the last two seasons, 14 of the 16 teams that held playoff spots at the all-star break went on to make the postseason.  In other words, teams on the outside looking in today will really have their work cut out for them.

But that doesn’t mean that that the jump can’t be made.  In the Eastern Conference, Buffalo, Carolina, Florida and Pittsburgh are separated by just three points.  Two of those teams will make the playoffs, and two won’t.  In the West, only two points separate the five teams seeded six through 10, with the Oilers and Canucks both in the thick of the battle.

read on

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Ugly Incident In College Game

from Kevin Ryan of the Ann Arbor News via Mlive,

An on-ice incident during the University of Michigan hockey team’s game against Michigan State at Yost Ice Arena on Saturday night landed Wolverines defenseman Steve Kampfer in the hospital, Spartans players Corey Tropp and Andrew Conboy facing discipline and a man being accused of physically confronting a player in Michigan State’s locker room.

Kampfer, a junior from Jackson, was clothes-lined and sucker-punched from behind by Conboy along the boards and whacked in the neck area by Tropp’s stick during the final minute of play in the Wolverines’ 5-3 victory on Saturday. Moments earlier, Kampfer had knocked Tropp off his feet with what appeared to be a clean open-ice hit.

continued with video…

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Bettman & MacLean

Last night Ron MacLean of HNIC had his annual ASG sit-down with Gary Bettman.

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