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“The Mouth” Speaks

from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,

• You’ve got to believe that Colorado fans are wondering what might have been during the 2003-04 season if Paul Kariya and Teemu Selanne had played that year to the level they are both reaching this season.
• Why do I persist in my notion that Jason Spezza could be an even better player than he is currently showing? He’s having a very decent season, but somehow I expected more from him by this point in his career.
• The ridiculous penalty parade persists. Every night I see guys barely touch another player and get whistled off for some imagined infraction. I know the NHL is trying to establish a standard, but sometimes it looks like a no-contact beer league out there.

more from Ted, who is shaping into mid-season form…

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Get That Hat Back

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

It was instinct more than anything. Marian Hossa had just scored his third goal of the game Tuesday night against the Los Angeles Kings, a hat trick.
Eric Simpson did what any hockey fan raised in Ohio, within an hour of Detroit, would do. He spotted a hat and threw it on the ice. It’s a longtime hockey tradition, but, unfortunately, it wasn’t his hat.
His stepson, Chris Millar, was furious. Well, not immediately. His initial reaction?
“He was stunned,” Simpson said.
So Simpson tried to get Millar’s lucky hat back.

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Think Offense Against The Devils

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

In this fast-paced, more exciting NHL, the Devils are … well … most often, neither of those things. And of course they’re not hard-hitting because everybody is too afraid to be hard hitting. Most importantly, the Devils have the opposition reverting into that Safety First mentality against them, which makes for very few end-to-end rushes or risky maneuvers. They have ruined my fun so far this season when I’ve gone to see the Sabres and Thrashers and Penguins—high-flying teams that ground themselves against the Devils.

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Sounds Like Tampering

You would be amazed at how much talk is already going on about UFA’s this coming summer between agents and GMs.
If this is true, a big investigation just may be underway... A2Y has the info....

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St. Mike’s & Hockey

from the Town Crier,

Mike McCarron admits he had no idea how much hockey means to St. Michael’s College School, even though he played on the school team for five years in the 1970s….
“I knew it was prominent at St. Mike’s, but I had no idea how much until I got started looking into the archives and old photos,” said McCarron about what he found during his event preparation, which culminated on Jan. 13 with a day-long celebration. “It’s staggering….
One hundred and seventy St. Mike’s alumni eventually made their way to the NHL, of which 13 have been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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Looking Into The Future

from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

The race for the Art Ross Trophy (scoring leader) will go down to the last week of the season with Atlanta’s Marion Hossa making a big push to win it all down the stretch. Ottawa’s Dany Heatley will be chasing him, adding fuel to the debate as to which team got the better player in the big trade.
The race for the Rocket Richard Trophy (goal-scoring leader) will also go to the last week of the season with Dany Heatley, Martin St. Louis and Vinny Lecavalier all challenging Alexander Ovechkin who wins it as the Caps fall out of playoff contention and just start feeding their ace.

much, much more...

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Michael Meets The Devils

from the Daily Record,

Greeting him in the locker room was his favorite player Martin Brodeur who showered him with Devils memorabilia including his very own hockey stick.
Born with a life-threatening heart deformation, Michael’s dream-turned reality was made possible by the New Jersey Chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In addition to meeting Brodeur, Michael also chilled with Scott Gomez and Patrik Elias.

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Talk About A Disconnect…

This from Scott Morrison of the CBC:

Just because the one topic won’t go away, each week, inevitably, the faithful commentator will say to MacLean we have another breathless update on the state of the great schedule debate in the National Hockey League.
Without fail, MacLean will roll his eyes north and grimace. The faithful commentator shrugs and carries on, though inwardly he is rolling his eyes and grimacing, too.
The great debate, you see, is rather tiresome to everyone. Both the faithful commentator and MacLean agree: wake us when a decision has been reached.
Alas, the rolling and grimacing may be coming to a merciful end. Call it the break before the all-star break….
On the downside, it means Ottawa, Montreal and Toronto will not play against Calgary, Edmonton or Vancouver next season, which throws a bit of monkey wrench into scheduling Hockey Day In Canada next year.
But on the plus side, the faithful commentator and Mr. MacLean will be no longer be rolling eyes and grimacing.

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All Barnaby

from David Amber at ESPN,

In this week’s “Facing Off,” the gloves are off as the Dallas Stars spark plug tells us how he racked up nearly 500 minutes of penalties in one season, why he has little love for fellow Dallas agitator Terrell Owens and why Mother’s Day will always hold special meaning for him.
Question from David Amber: I read that your mom made some huge sacrifices to help make your NHL dream come true. What kinds of things did she do?
Answer from Matt Barnaby: I grew up in a single-parent family, and having a mother that worked full time, it was tough to get the money necessary to play in the hockey tournaments and get me all the equipment. So, she put her needs aside so I could play hockey. It was a big sacrifice.

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Let’s Be Frank

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News at the Globe and Mail,

One of the bigger necessary changes, as Bill alluded to, needs to come from the coaches. There are people around the league who have complained about entertainment-stifling game strategies for years, but it’s never been more apparent the guys behind the bench simply aren’t buying into the new program, on or off the ice….
In one sense, it’s hard to blame coaches for employing systems most likely to keep them employed. But where is the coaching fraternity’s Brendan Shanahan? Where’s the man willing to stand up and be brave enough to admit he and his colleagues haven’t and aren’t giving fans what they pay to see? Where’s the coach who asks how the dreaded trap can be outlawed, once and forever?

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