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Impact Players of the Season

From Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

With a quarter of the season and Barry Melrose gone—Barry, we hardly knew ye, at least this go-around—it is time to look at the players who, point for point and dollar for dollar, have had the most profound impact since joining new teams in 2008-09.

1. Dan Boyle,
Sharks defenseman, $6.67 million

The Sharks are getting their money’s worth out of a defenseman who signed a six-year deal with Tampa Bay (Melrose’s old team) last February but was traded to the Sharks on July 4. Like the estimable work of Brian Campbell in Chicago—Campbell had a trade-deadline spell with the Sharks last season—Boyle has come in to run the power play, move the puck and make the glut of high-end San Jose forwards better.

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Shanahan Talk

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

While there are some eastern conference teams that are seriously interested in Shanahan, they would have to make deals or clear cap space or get permission from ownership to increase the budget and the truth of the matter is those things are not easily done in today’s game.

So while Shanahan realizes he may have no other choice at some point but to play in the West if he wants to play, he has not yet exhausted all his Eastern Conference possibilities and if it means waiting an extra day or week or whatever to get the right fit closer to home, that apparently is the route he is going to take.

read on and some Sundin talk too…

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ASG Voting Results For Western Conference

New York (November 26, 2008) – Determined that recognition of their heroes’ latest Stanley Cup triumph continues long after the presentation of the chalice, the parade through Detroit and the banner-raising on opening night, the fans of Hockeytown have stormed the cyber ballot box.

        Four members of the defending champion Red Wings are among the leaders at their respective positions in the XM NHL® All-Star Fan Balloting presented by 2K Sports that will select the starting lineups for the 2009 All-Star Game in Montreal.

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Fighting Words

via Mike Knobler of the AJC,

(Ian)White called Kovalchuk “selfish” for going after him and taking a double-minor that could have hurt Atlanta. Kovalchuk said he was just finishing what White started.

White’s version: “I finished my check off. Clean hit. And then he took a run at me on the far blue [line]. So I followed him up the ice, I was saying something to him, and he stopped, and I wasn’t expecting that, obviously. I was protecting myself. That’s the ugly part of the game. He’ll get what’s coming to him.”

Kovalchuk: “Whatever he wants to say. The score on the board, we win. We get two points [in the standings]. We’ve got three games [left] against them, so if he’s got something he wants to say, I’m always ready to answer.”

Watch the fight below…

 

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  Tags: ian+white, ilya+kovalchuck

Mason May ‘Stick’ With Columbus

from Aaron Portzline of the Columbus Disptach,

(Steve) Mason, who posted his first NHL shutout Saturday, will start at 7 tonight when the Blue Jackets play the Phoenix Coyotes in Nationwide Arena. It’ll be his seventh start in the past nine games.

“Right now, we’re going day to day with the situation,” Howson said, delaying a decision on the Blue Jackets’ three-headed goaltender situation for a few more days. Mason, Pascal Leclaire and Fredrik Norrena remain on the active roster.

But when coach Ken Hitchcock was asked to map out the club’s upcoming schedule—seven games in the next 12 days—he mentioned Mason and Leclaire at least sharing duties, a signal that Mason’s next month is certain enough that he could buy a Christmas tree this weekend.

“The kid’s earned it,” Hitchcock said after Mason’s 15-save effort in Atlanta, a 2-0 Blue Jackets win. “What else can you say, but the kid has definitely earned the chance (to start tonight).”

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Giving Thanks To Hockey

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Thanks, hockey.

Thanks for consistently displaying the heart, courage, artistry and brain power that the best players play with, night after night, game after game.

Thanks for passing the puck to the other guy when the net is empty on a two-on-nobody. Would Terrell Owens do that?

Thanks to the Zamboni drivers who give us a clean sheet of ice that makes everyone feel as if he is 9 years old again with that first step on a fresh canvas.

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Flyers Dmen Getting Closer To Return

from Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

When the Flyers head off on their post-Christmas road trip, there is a very good chance they will have both of their injured defensemen back and on the plane.

Randy Jones and Ryan Parent - both out since training camp recovering from surgery, Jones a hip repair and Parent a shoulder - were back practicing with the Flyers yesterday and moving toward December return dates.

Both are still working under restricted status, but they are getting closer to full participation. Both have moved back into their stalls in the practice facility locker room.

Jones is hoping to play before Christmas and the plan for Parent is for him to play Dec. 26 in Chicago.

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DiPietro Itching To Get Back On The Ice

from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

In spite of his problems staying on the ice, DiPietro doesn’t intend to change his playing style when he does return.

“I don’t think I will ever let that affect the way I play,” DiPietro said. “That might be part of the problem.”

He said that with somewhat of a rueful laugh, knowing his injury woes have kept the Isles wallowing near the bottom of the league, despite their recent success. He insists that won’t be for long and that they won’t end up regretting his epic contract.

“I’ve had a lot of bad luck, which [stinks],” DiPietro said. “But in the long run, it’s going to work out. There’s absolutely no question that my goal since signing that deal was to win here, and everyone here wants to win the Stanley Cup. I think we’re taking the right steps.”

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Balsillie Still Wants An NHL Team

from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail, T

he next step in the journey for Balsillie, who makes little secret of his ambition to own an NHL franchise, ideally in Southern Ontario, may hinge on a coming legal argument in a California bankruptcy court.

As the complex proceedings involving disgraced banker and deal maker William (Boots) Del Biaggio III grind inexorably onward, the already fierce legal fight over his 27-per-cent ownership share in the Predators will only get more heated.

According to lawyers involved in the case, Balsillie’s prospects hinge on a crucial ruling likely to be made by Judge Thomas E. Carlson before spring.

The issue: transferability of the contractual rights associated with Del Biaggio’s shares.

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Gone Before He Came

from Jeff Blair of the Globe and Mail,

Brian Burke? Hates European players.

“Really, the league is pretty 50-50 these days, there’s so many Europeans,” the player said, shaking his head when asked about Burke’s reputation. “I don’t think there is that mindset any more. Not really. There are certain jobs and roles that appeal to certain types of players, but I think that’s the same whether the guy’s a Canadian or a Euro.”

The player paused. “I don’t think people view it that way any more … although, I don’t know that for sure.”

An hour or so later, Alexander Steen — the player talking — was traded by the Maple Leafs to the St. Louis Blues

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