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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
Nobody really remembers who wins the NHL All-Star game, but the Stanley Cup? That’s etched for eternity. So who, besides their own team, do some of the All-Stars think is the favorite to win it all this season? Judging by an informal poll, it will be either Detroit or Anaheim.
Manny Legace, St. Louis goalie: “Obviously, Detroit. Every year. Top to bottom, they’re just solid. The goaltending is unbelievable. It’s going to be a scary team.”
Staal, Carolina forward: “I can’t pick anybody besides us, it would jinx so. So I say Carolina.”
from Mark Spector of the National Post,
Yes, the NHL has realized that it needs some mustard. The problem is, it doesn’t have any hot dogs.
Its players are a bunch of humble Canadians and quiet Europeans. As Jason Arnott said this weekend, Owens wouldn’t last 30 seconds inside an NHL dressing room.
“Not a chance,” said Arnott, a typically Canadian boy from Wasaga Beach, Ont., with typically conservative views on the game. “You hear of a lot of changes. How they’re trying to change the game, trying to make the nets bigger, trying to change the integrity of the game. I’m kind of against that.
“The shootouts are great for the fans. They love it,” he said. “I don’t know how much the guys really love it, because it is pretty individual.”
Five minutes of highlights!
Pretty good 3rd period for an ASG. Now, on to Montreal for next year.
Game recap from Phil Coffey of NHL.com.
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Four and a half minutes of highlights from the 2nd period of the ASG in Atlanta.
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Three and a half minutes of goals and talk…
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Rock band The Hives will open the game with a performance of their hit single, “Tick Tick Boom.” The Atlanta Boy Choir will perform the U.S. national anthem and singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards will perform the Canadian national anthem. R&B singer/songwriter and five-time Grammy nominee Ne-Yo will perform his hit single “Because of You” with Halftime Live, a 75-piece marching band, during the second intermission.
In addition to tonight’s performers, the celebrities in attendance include actors David Boreanaz (“Bones”), Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights”), Matthew Modine (“Weeds”) and Thorsten Kate (“All My Children”); actress Alyssa Milano (“Charmed”), rock band Mastodon, country superstar Garth Brooks and Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine.
Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin also will be in attendance as the special guest of NHL legend Willie O’Ree. The first intermission will feature a special tribute to Willie O’Ree and the 50th anniversary of his NHL debut.
Go behind the scenes before the ASG starts….
Watch the streaming video which is scheduled to start at 3:30pm ET.
update: Stream is over.
Spector covers all the current trade and rumor talk today.
On a side note, most teams have a meeting scheduled in late January where they will discuss many different trade scenarios. Are they buyers, what players could help and who may be considered movable.
from Jo-Ann Barnas of the Detroit Free Press,
Smoking marijuana, McCarty said, had become “my escape.”
“It was sort of like I didn’t have to deal with anything,” he said. “And I was functional. You wouldn’t be able to tell if I was high or if I wasn’t. I was depressed, big-time. I just wanted to sleep. I just wanted to be by myself—or not around people that care about me.”
After speaking with his ex-wife, McCarty left the hydroplane races that July day and did what he needed to do. He entered rehab for three months. (McCarty said he wants to keep the name and location of the program private.)
“I finally faced things that I needed to face,” McCarty said. “I firmly believe that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. But for me, I needed to pretty much lose almost everything to realize what was important. I’m one of those people.
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