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The Favorites For Gold In Vancouver

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Russia is the team to beat in Vancouver, according the GM of the defending Olympic hockey champions.

“I think the Russians, in my opinion, are fairly heavy favorites,” Swedish Olympic team GM Mats Naslund told ESPN.com this week. “But otherwise, I think Canada, the Czechs and Sweden can win it. It’s a tough tournament to pick the winner.

“It’s always very close,” Naslund added. “You need that extra luck that we had in Torino. There’s probably three or four teams that can win it.”

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All Paul Holmgren

Craig Custance of Sporting News Today has a Q & A with Flyers GM Paul Holmgren…

Q:  Is there a specific area you’d like to address before the deadline?

A:  There are some areas I wouldn’t mind shoring up.  We’d like to get a little bigger up front, if we could….

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Fight Of The Night

Wade Belak of the Predators takes on Cam Janssen of the Blues.

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Must Wins In Tampa

from Rob Longley of the Toronto Sun,

Despite mutually miserable seasons, however, the two teams which entered the contest 10 and 13 points out of the Eastern Conference playoff picture, respectively, are worlds apart in other ways.

The Leafs, as we are reminded regularly by coach Ron Wilson and president Brian Burke, are looking far beyond this spring, enjoying the benefit of never having to worry about selling tickets.

The Bolts, as embattled interim head coach Rick Tocchet made clear yesterday, have no such free pass.

“I don’t care who you have on your team, if you don’t win, you’re not going to bring people in,” Tocchet said. “We’re in a market here where we have to at least compete.

“The fans want to see us win, that’s the bottom line.”

As league issues go, that bottom line is becoming particularly gruesome in these economic times, particularly for NHL teams in southern locales.

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Bruins Looking For Dman

via Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

There were four Bruins scouts at the Avs-Wild game the other night, and I know the B’s very thinking seriously about getting a defenseman - most likely Clark, Salei or Leopold. And, I think Svatos has been discussed as well.

Who would the Avs get back? Probably a draft pick or two. When you’re a seller, that’s what you get back. Then you build your team back up to being good enough to be a buyer again, and take your next shot at the Cup.

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The Marty St. Louis To Pittsburgh Talk

from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

Marty St. Louis’ name has popped up in relation to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

It’s not the first time St. Louis and the Penguins have been linked as Pittsburgh is trying to find somebody consistent to play on a line with Sidney Crosby. Marty would probably be a good fit with Crosby because he works hard every shift, can chase down pucks and works well in the corners. The name mentioned as coming back is defenseman Ryan Whitney. But here’s the thing, if the Lightning think Whitney is the No. 1 defenseman they need, it’s just not the case.

Now, if the deal was Whitney and Jordan Staal, maybe you think about it from the Lightning’s perspective. Otherwise, you don’t trade the heart and soul of this team

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Ebbett Talks About The Phaneuf Hit

from Dan Wood of Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

After taking part in a loose practice session during the club’s annual “First Flight” field trip for elementary-school students Thursday at Honda Center, Ducks rookie center Andrew Ebbett talked about the hit to the head he took from Calgary Flames defenseman Dion Phaneuf the night before.

Sporting a broken nose, courtesy of the shot delivered by Phaneuf late in the second period of the Ducks’ 3-2, overtime victory, Ebbett considered himself fortunate he didn’t incur further damage.

“It doesn’t feel that good this morning,” Ebbett said. “Luckily, it didn’t give me a concussion or anything — I hope. The nose is just kind of throbbing.”

Ebbett related his recollection of the play near the Calgary blue line.

“I saw him coming, dumped it (the puck) by him,” Ebbett said. “I thought I had the inside track on him, to get on the inside. The last thing I saw was his arm kind of coming up. Watching the replay, it looks more like an elbow than a shoulder to me.”

continued and the only video of the hit I could find can be seen below…

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Could Team Canada Go Retro?

from MarketWire via the Earth Times,

Team Canada 72 and Ficel Marketing Corp., Team Canada’s marketing agency of record are offering the Official and First Ever Team Canada jersey from 1972, to our Olympic Athletes in 2010 Vancouver Olympics.

This jersey has become the most recognizable hockey jersey in Canadian Sports History….

“That is the best Team Canada jersey. I don’t know why we changed it.” Wayne Gretzky

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Ah- Regulated, Calculated Fighting

via Complex.com,

Do you enjoy watching people get pummeled?
Elisha Cuthbert: No.

But you’re a hockey fan!
Elisha Cuthbert: Actually, I’m pretty conservative and anti-confrontational. I’m not a big fan of confrontation—that’s probably the Canadian in me.

Really? I thought most hockey crowds go nuts for fights.
Elisha Cuthbert: I think the worst would be watching Ultimate Fighting, you know? Hockey can get really aggressive and fights definitely break out, but they’re regulated and there are officials there. It’s almost calculated. I think football’s a lot harder to watch sometimes.

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A Different View Of The Washington Capitals

from Leonard Shapiro of the Washington Post,

Independent co-producers Gemma Hooley and Chris Nelson have spent most of the last eight months trying to show a different side to the game, seen and heard through the eyes and the voices of Capitals veteran forward Brooks Laich and rookie defenseman Karl Alzner….

“There is very little sports on NPR, and certainly not much hockey,” said Hooley, a 40-year-old South African who narrates the features. “Chris and I thought there were so many stories that could be told, and we thought we could do it with sound. We’re not interested in the games in general. We just thought we could follow two players through the season on and off the ice and explain the game in a thoughtful way, especially what it takes to play at this level.”

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