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This Is Not A Mirage

from Michael Arace of the Columbus Dispatch,

The Jackets a year ago had a similar record, and it was a mirage. This year, the reek of legitimacy is not necessarily measured on the ice, or in the standings. Really, it is in the stands. Everyone in the building last night knew the Jackets were merely adequate but, save for a few scary moments in the third period, nobody thought they were going to lose….

Jackets fans understand mirages because that is all they have seen since they picked up the damned flag. So it is they who know what is real.

“The lesson I’ve learned here,” Hitchcock said, “is you can go around in circles asking if Columbus is a hockey town. What this is is a blue-collar sports city. Look at all the favorites over the years—Tyler Wright, Kevin Dineen, Jody Shelley. It’s a blue-collar town. These folks know the difference between what is and is not real effort. We work hard, we hear it. We don’t work hard, we hear it. Loud and clear.”

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Hossa Looks Good In Detroit, But Probably Not For Long

from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

Marian Hossa fits perfectly in Detroit. He fits in a locker room full of Mr. Congeniality candidates. His style of play—a big goal-scoring winger who focuses on defense—is exactly what this team was lacking.

Marian Hossa’s next contract will be a long-term one. He wants to settle in one place. He wants exactly what Henrik Zetterberg got earlier this week. And he’d love to settle in Detroit.
But there’s a good chance that won’t happen. Not here, at least.

Hossa is at the wrong time—in the salary-cap era—and the wrong place—a team loaded with high-end signings that leave little cap space.

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Time To Deal Biron

from Sam Carchidi of Broad Street Bull,

In his last 14 games, Niittymaki is 10-2-2. He has started three of the Flyers’ last four games, and his emergence makes one wonder if the Flyers would try to deal Marty Biron (15-10-5, 2.88 GAA, .905 save percentage) before the March 4 trade deadline.

  Biron can become an unrestricted free agent after the season. He has had an up-and-down regular season _ much like last year. Biron, of course, raised his game in the first two rounds of last year’s playoffs and carried the Flyers to the Eastern Conference finals.

  The Flyers would like to acquire a big, physical forward or defenseman.

  Stay tuned.

a little more on the Flyers…

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No Newman Equals Turco Win

via Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge,

imagePetite, sexy-cougar anthem songstress Karen Newman has stood next to Marty Turco at the start of every Stars game at Joe Louis Arena and belted out the anthem on a Red Wing red carpet…until last night.

Over the years Marty has heard her voice, then the goal horn repeatedly - followed by the crusty tones of rink public address man Bud Lynch announcing Red Wing goals. It was like a symphony of negativity, the soundtrack of an 0-8-2 record.

Newman!

So when some unremarkable young female singer stepped from the zamboni tunnel to sing last night it was like an auditory surrender to the eardrums of Turco and the Stars.

No Karen Newman – no Wings victory. Coincidence?

We can’t mention Karen without mentioning her website too!

 

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Everyone Needs To Be Better In Montreal

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

If the Canadiens are to snap a season-long four-game losing streak tomorrow afternoon against the Los Angeles Kings, their effort must start between the goalposts of Price, who gets the start. The NHL sophomore is a better goaltender than he’s shown in the two games since last weekend’s all-star break, and in the game before that.

He knows it. His coach knows it. His teammates know it.

Fourteen goals allowed for an .849 save percentage is not the goalkeeping the Canadiens need, or that Price expects of himself.

“Carbo just told me not to put it (all) squarely on my own shoulders,” he said of their masque-à-tête. “He told me I need to be better. And I know that. It’s the truth. He said, ‘You can’t put all the pressure on yourself because everybody has to be better.’ “

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Cammalleri Price Keeps Rising

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

When the Flames acquired Cammalleri from the Los Angeles Kings, they understood there was a chance they might only keep him for one year, at which point he could leave as an unrestricted free agent (and with the dollars tied up in Kiprusoff, Iginla and Dion Phaneuf, there may not be a lot left over for Cammalleri).

It doesn’t mean they’ll trade him either.

The reality is this: If you’re a good team, and this year, Calgary is a good team, you don’t trade an important puzzle piece just because your chances of re-signing him next year may be negligible.

more and numerous NHL topics discussed…

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What The Senators Need

from Mike Brophy of Sportsnet,

How could anybody possibly suggest a team that has Daniel Alfredsson, Dany Heatley and Jason Spezza doesn’t have the foundation for a rock solid team?

Now you may not be a fan of any or all of them, but there is no denying when they are on their game, they form one of the best lines in the National Hockey League. Problem is, the Senators are so thin up front, coach Craig Hartsburgh has had to resort to separating the trio in an effort to spread the scoring around. That has not proven successful.

What the Senators need is really quite simple: Proven goaltending, a better defence and secondary scoring.

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Wayne Fleming Fired by KHL Team… Again

Back on January 9th, we cited a report indicating that the former Flames assistant coach was fired by Avangard Omsk of the KHL, mid-game.  The following day, Darren Dreger of TSN noted a “power struggle” seemed to be going on, with Fleming acknowleding that “I guess they didn’t fire me.”

Well, for anyone keeping up with the trials and tribulations of Wayne Fleming, today brings this news from Eric Duhatschek at the Globe & Mail:

Wayne Fleming, the Canadian-born coach of the Russia-based Kontinental Hockey League’s struggling Avangard Omsk team, is out again as coach – this time for good, it would appear.

Russian hockey sources confirmed Friday Fleming was relieved of his coaching duties earlier this week…

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  Tags: khl, wayne+fleming

Wings Recall Abdelkader, Send Downey Down

DETROIT- The Red Wings announced today that they have recalled forward Justin Abdelkader from their AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids, and reassigned forward Aaron Downey.

Abdelkader is fifth in scoring with the Griffins, compiling 14 goals and 13 assists in 44 games. The former Michigan State standout was named AHL Rookie of the Month for October after leading all rookie skaters with seven goals.

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World According to Cherry

From Ryan Kennedy at The Hockey News:

Sid the Kid needs to chill out: Cherry believes Sidney Crosby has trouble pacing himself on the ice, in the same way Bobby Orr did. “He will not back down and that’s how he gets hurt and he’s breaking down,” Cherry said. “That’s why he’s tired now, he just can’t keep that pace. John Tavares will play in the NHL for 20 years because he knows how to pace himself.”

Ovie has a license to kill:
True, he’s the most dynamic player in the league, but Alex Ovechkin also has a tendency to hit from behind every once in a while and throws his body around more than any other star. Cherry believes this is because there’s no accountability…

read on for more Cherry-isms. 

The complete content of their interview is only available in the THN magazine at news stands or online. Individual digital copies or subscriptions are available by discount through Zinio.

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  Tags: don+cherry

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