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Duchene Off To A Slow Start

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Twenty games into his rookie season, the highly touted Duchene is struggling, with two goals and seven assists. But that comes with a huge asterisk: his age. With a handful of exceptions, including one on his own roster, even the most gifted of Duchene’s hockey-playing contemporaries still are in major junior or NCAA hockey — dreaming of an NHL chance that might never come.


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Gambling In The Game

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from Bill Lankhof of the Toronto Sun,

National Football League executives pat themselves on the back, noting they haven’t had a major gambling scandal in close to 50 years. National Hockey League vice-president Bill Daly calls gambling on NHL games by players or club officials a “hypothetical” issue.

Mostly, professional sports league administrators speak about how they have the twin-headed monster that is gambling and associated crime covered.

“Bull,” says Arnie Wexler, the former executive director of the New Jersey Council on Compulsive Gambling, a renowned speaker and a self-described “recovering compulsive gambler” who has counselled numerous professional and college athletes.

“This is a huge problem not only with players but some executives,” Wexler says. “It’s a hidden secret. They don’t want the information to get out to the public. So they try to hide it. They’re afraid the media will write about it.

“This is the big dirty secret. This is a bigger, dirtier secret than steroids for pro sports and it will be the next explosion.”


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Ron Wilson’s Losing Record In Toronto

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from Damien Cox of the Spin,

If you’re keeping score at home, that’s 63 losses for Wilson during his Leaf tenure against 37 triumphs. Of those 63 defeats, 18 have been through either overtime or a shootout.

Of a possible 200 points, Wilson has achieved 92 for a “winning” percentage of .460.

This, ladies and gentlemen, is not good. The optimism from Wilson’s hiring is gone and it sure doesn’t feel fresh.

The tone? Well, the idea was that a teacher was coming to town, a no-nonsense bench boss who would make sure everything, from defensive zone coverage to the laundry, was done correctly. Wilson spoke of a new culture, an end to any sense of entitlement players might have, something he called the blue-and-white disease.

Interesting, then, to hear Wilson discussing on Monday the need to start benching players who make major errors early in games and punishing players for egregious errors.

Shouldn’t that have been happening, oh, 100 games earlier?

read on

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Everyone Is Quiet On Filatov

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from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

Rookie forward Nikita Filatov, who has struggled to remain in coach Ken Hitchcock’s lineup, might be headed back to Russia, perhaps as soon as this week, according to sources within and beyond the NHL.

Jackets general manager Scott Howson would not comment on a potential agreement allowing the 19-year-old Filatov to return to his former club team, CSKA Moscow. Nothing has been finalized, however, and Filatov and the Blue Jackets are expected to talk again today about the possibility of staying in Columbus.

At least one teammate has encouraged Filatov to give the situation more time before making a decision, a source said.

Neither Filatov, a healthy scratch last night against Edmonton, nor his agent Don Meehan would comment when contacted by The Dispatch. Hitchcock also declined comment.


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Not Much Camaraderie In The Locker Room Today

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from Justin Bourne at USA TODAY,

Thus, most rosters have become somewhat fluid, led by a smaller core with faceless names filling the “role player” spots until they become recognizable, want more money and have to be shipped off in favor of the next generic fill-in.

Imagine how that feels for a player in the dressing room. Each week a new bag shows up attached to a new face, a buddy gets traded away and the team is a slightly different beast than it was yesterday, and different still than it will be in the coming weeks.

It’s tough for a newly arrived player to feel too much loyalty for that team logo before the trade deadline. Until the roster is frozen, the only letters that matter in “team” are the “m” and the “e.”

Back when rosters were more or less the same year to year, players stuck up for one another because they were more than just “locker-room buddies.” Game seven or 70, you played the New York Islanders, not the just the players with NY on their jerseys.


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The Sore Foot Of Daniel Sedin

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from Ben Kuzma of the White Towel,

When Daniel Sedin failed to practise Monday, general manager Mike Gillis stressed that the Vancouver Canucks left winger hasn’t re-injured his left foot. He also defended the process that led to the Swede pushing his rehab on Nov. 8 in Dallas to the extent that he won’t skate with the team again until Wednesday and possibly play Friday….

“It’s not a re-injury, it’s soreness,” added Gillis, who said a re-evaluation of Sedin back in Vancouver confirmed there was no further foot damage. “You have to see him skate with the team. Skating on your own is something entirely different. No player will play here unless he can go out and play and compete in a practice and stay up with the rest of the group. If he’s not ready to do that, he’s not playing in a game.”


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  Tags: daneil+sedin

Best Of The Week

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The best goals, hits and saves from the past week in the NHL.

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KK- RSS Feed Issue From The KKHockey Blog

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The last two days feeds were not working for the KK Hockey section.  It has been resolved and was a FeedBurner Issue.

The feeds were showing up but when you clicked or hovered over the link, you got this before the actual link… h**p://feedproxy.google.com/~r/

In case it happens to anyone else, this resolved the issue….

From your FeedBurner account, navigate to the Analyze tab for your feed and select “Configure Stats.”
Disable all of the checkboxes and save it.
Now the links should work again.

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The Fight For The Playoffs Start Early

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Who will emerge? That’s where the intrigue lies. Last year, the Columbus Blue Jackets (currently seventh overall at 10-6-2) made it for the first time and the so-far disappointing St. Louis Blues (6-8-4) put together a second half that catapulted them from last to sixth. Maybe this time, the L.A. Kings (12-7-2) will continue their fine early-season play and be there as a fresh entry. It’s also possible that the Anaheim Ducks, presently occupying the conference basement, won’t find their stride and will stay mired on the outside looking in.

The top five may be easier to spot with only a quarter of the work done, but figuring out seeds six through 15 is going to take the whole schedule.

read on... many teams mentioned…

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Report- Forsberg Staying In Europe

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via Sportsnet,

Former Hart Trophy winner Peter Forsberg informed Vancouver Canucks general manager Mike Gillis that he will remain in Sweden this season and not attempt another comeback in the NHL.

Gillis confirmed the news after speaking with Forsberg on Monday morning. On February 25, 2008, Forsberg signed a contract with the Colorado Avalanche for the remainder of the season, but played in just nine games due to a groin injury.

Forsberg will play the remainder of the season in Sweden with league club MoDo.

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  Tags: peter+forsberg

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