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Savard Remains Loyal

from the Chicago Tribune,

In the greater scheme of things the game meant very little—a run-of-the-mill late January game for a team with little hope of making the playoffs. Yet Savard had to take time to compose himself in order to not break down, then professed his love for his players, the city of Chicago and the franchise.
After waiting so long for a chance to be a head coach, Savard has thrown himself into the job with the intensity normally found in the NFL coaching ranks.
“If I have to be here 15 hours a day, I’ll be here 15 hours a day,” Savard said over the weekend. “I’ll never give up.”

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Change The Gear

from Ross McKeon of the San Francisco Chronicle,

The future Hall of Fame goalie is dead-on, of course, regardless of the fact he’s playing the position that would be most adversely affected by such a change. Brodeur suggests expanding the size of the playing surface or going to more 4-on-4 skating, if the trend continues.
“If they make the nets bigger, players are just going to shoot from everywhere,” he added. “Does the league really think 8-7 and 9-8 games are going to make hockey more popular? I don’t know too many hockey fans who want to see that.”

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Only If He Is Healthy

from the Windsor Star,

He wants out of Philadelphia badly there’s no doubt about that,” one Wings scout confirmed. “It’s been discussed trying to bring him here.”
The Wings interest in Forsberg will depend entirely on his health.
“There’s been one inquiry, a long time ago, only to say that if he were healthy we’d like to hear from Paul at the deadline, if he’s going to move him,” a Wings official said. “If he’s going to be dealt, just place a courtesy call to us.”
“I can’t say we’re the front-runners,” said the Wings’ official of the persistent rumours that Detroit’s large Swedish contingent and cap space make the Wings a leading contender for Forsberg.
“We have no interest if he’s not real healthy.”

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Fans Embrace Canes

from the Toronto Star,

The city has embraced the reigning Stanley Cup champions, with 15 home dates so far drawing more than 18,000 fans to the RBC Center. That’s a far cry from last year when only seven of their first 25 home dates drew that many fans.
“Clearly, if you win the Cup, that’s the ultimate,” said president and general manager Jim Rutherford. “It makes your business run so much better.”
A testament to how much the fans in Raleigh have embraced the only pro sports team in town came earlier this week in a fundraising event. Traditionally the team raises about $30,000-$35,000 (all figures U.S.) on its casino night. The biggest draw is usually a trip for two with the Canes on a road trip, drawing about $3,000. This year the event raised about $150,000 with the road trip-winning bid topping $10,000.

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Leafs Or Flyers

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

So if you had a choice between being where the Flyers are today and where the Leafs are today, everyone except John Ferguson and a few stubborn diehards would take the Flyers’ position.
If you’re going to be lousy in sports these days, it pays in the end to be really lousy. Being middle of the pack gets you Jiri Tlusty not Sidney Crosby. Being middle of the pack gives you hope when you really have none.
There is no false hope in Philadelphia these days. People know this team is terrible. People hope there is a star on the way.

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The Maven Knows Gump

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

Lorne “Gump” Worsley will go down as one of the finest, funniest and ironically mistreated goalies in Rangers history.
A product of the Blueshirts’ farm system, Worsley learned his goaltending trade as a teenager with the Verdun (junior) Cyclones in Montreal.
Few Rangers fans today remember that the Blueshirts had a farm team that played at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoons called the Rovers of the Eastern Hockey League.

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Simply Not True

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Wings were shocked to hear about an Internet report out of St. Louis that said there’s widespread dissension and a revolt against Babcock.
“There’s no truth to it,” said Draper, who the story stated had a loud argument with Babcock after the Colorado loss Jan. 20. “That kind of caught me off guard. I haven’t seen the story, but there’s nothing to it.”
Babcock said there was no truth to the report.

In case you missed it, IwoCPO was all over this yesterday at A2Yand was able to confirm the same thing after communicating with Wings beat writer Ansar Khan. 
Now how ironic is it that Ted Kulfan, Wings beat writer for the Detroit News, who points out the inaccuracy of the internet report, is planning to blog for the website that made these accusations.

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Merci, Merci

from the Montreal Gazette:

Ken Dryden never showed much emotion as a player, but he admitted to being a tad misty-eyed as he hugged his family and watched his No. 29 hoisted to the rafters at the Bell Centre last night.
“It was a special moment and they’re a part of my life,” said Dryden, whose number was retired prior to last night’s game between the Canadiens and Ottawa Senators.
“I knew what the events of the night would be, but I didn’t know what the reactions from the fans would be, and I didn’t know what my reaction would be,” he said. “As I walked from the dressing room, I couldn’t see because the arena was dark, but I could certainly hear the arena.

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Aiming For Another Summit

from the Canadian Press via TSN:

Vladislav Tretiak would like to see another Canada-Russia Summit Series.
Tretiak, who starred in goal for the former Soviet Union squad in the ‘72 series that gripped the hockey world, said Monday he hopes to propose a new eight-game event to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
‘‘This year is important for us because 35 years ago we played - four games in Canada and four games in Russia,’’ said Tretiak, now president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation. ‘‘I’d like to see us make eight games again.

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NBC’s Sunday Hat Trick

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail:

Encouraging news for NBC’s National Hockey League telecast on Sunday (Atlanta-Philadelphia, Colorado-Detroit and Dallas-Anaheim). It earned a 1.3 overnight rating (percentage of TV households tuned in), up 8 per cent from 1.2 for the same telecast last season. It was up against stiff competition: Tiger Woods winning the Buick Invitational on CBS, and San Antonio Spurs-Los Angeles Lakers in overtime on ABC.

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