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Hall Of Fame Or Not

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If I gave you these stats:
3 Time Stanley Cup Winner
1 Hart Trophy
1 Lester B. Person Award (Player of the Year selected by the NHLPA)
2 Frank J. Selke Trophy (Best Defensive Forward)
6 All-Star games
1124 games, 461 goals, 643 assists, 1104 points, +263
Playoffs- 162 games, 50 goals, 113 assists, 163 points, +38

Is Sergei Fedorov a lock for the HOF?

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Hull: Datsyuk’s Chances of Staying in Detroit Are “None.”

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Not sure how many of you caught it, but Brett Hull just said Pavel Datsyuk is unhappy with Mike Babcock and will definitely be leaving over the summer.  Eddie Olczyk made a great point in return, asking what more could Datsyuk want? He’s playing in every situation, leading forwards in minutes and points.  Sounds like a lot of Hull bluster to me.  We’ll see.

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KK- Stats For March 2007

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Another great month and thanks to all who continue to visit on a very regular basis.
Previous history tells me we will see a drop in the numbers in the coming months. As teams drop out of the playoffs, fans do lose a little bit of interest.

 

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What’s The Difference

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from Jim Kelley at Sportsnet,

The real issue on the table but seemingly never discussed is as simple as this: why do players flock to Nashville to play for the Preds but treat Edmonton as hockey’s version of a gulag?
The simple answer: Nashville wins. They do it regularly since they emerged from their expansion pains, they do it in a style that players love to play. Bur there’s more to it than that. They do it in the environs of a small but enthusiastic fan base in a city with a mild climate, countless entertainment options, relatively easy travel, a friendly family environment, surprisingly low-cost housing, no state income tax and, and this is no small consideration, a forward thinking management that believes in stability and a long-term view. Throw in the cream of country-western music talent, much of it tapped to sing the national anthem every night and still more of it playing the bars, clubs, honky-tonks and even the Nashville Arena on non-game nights and well…

more... plus other NHL bits…

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Who May Be Moving

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Even though the trade and UFA talk is low-keyed this time of year, the talk still exists.
Spector breaks it all down today…

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How Is This For A Sunday Morning

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It is very unusual for any Wings news to filter in on a Sunday morning, but these are desperate times.

The Wings are talking to Larry Murphy.  Not just talking but trying to get him to say yes to a comeback.  The Wings plan is to have Murphy become a power play specialist and only a power play specialist.
With the latest injury to Kronwall, the Wings feel they need some help on the blueline and to save some dman minutes for 5-on-5 and PK situations, they believe Murphy could run the right point on the power play.
Hmmm, a Hall of Famer on the point!  Will it work, who the heck knows.
Of course, he would have to clear waivers, at least I think he would.

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Calder Goes To Malkin, But…

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

Thanks to the schedule format, the NHL has become two leagues.
That has been my feeling all along the past two seasons, but it truly sunk in last week when the Avalanche issued a booklet extolling the virtues of Paul Stastny as a candidate for the Calder Trophy, the league’s rookie-of-the-year award.
Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin is the favorite, and if this offends anyone, so be it: I’m planning to put him No. 1 on my ballot and Stastny at No. 2 when the voting is conducted in the next week.
But I’m uneasy, and not out of homerism.
It’s because they might as well be playing in different leagues, and it makes head-to- head comparisons difficult and even a bit unfair.

continued

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Lewis Will Be Back

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from the Boston Globe,

“I talked to Peter and there’s nothing to worry about,” Lewis said. “We have to get better as a group. We have to get better as a team. We have a road ahead of us that we know the direction we’re going.
“Now it’s up to us, the coaches, to get better for next year. We have to have a better start. Obviously, we didn’t have a strong start, fell behind, and we haven’t been consistent.”
Lewis, who has steered the Bruins to a 35-37-2-4 record, has three years remaining on his contract.
“He’ll be back,” confirmed Chiarelli.

more on the Bruins…

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Did Domi “Go Off”

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from the Toronto Sun,

Several witnesses said that when the game ended Domi confronted his son’s coach, Lucas Miller, and launched a tirade filled with profanities in front of young players and fans.
Toronto Police were called to the rink to deal with the situation.
Although no charges were laid, witnesses compared Domi to “a caged animal” and said the former Maple Leaf was upset by the amount of ice time the coach had given Max, who captains the Marlboros.
However, other parents claimed the incident was blown out of proportion.

read on

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Try To Pick A Winner

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from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,

Sometime over the next week to 10 days, scribes, pundits and self-styled experts from all over the hockey world will analyze the NHL’s opening playoff round the way a good CPA analyzes the tax act.
They will dissect tendencies. They will crunch numbers. They will consider individual matchups and all manner of statistical minutiae.
No detail, in short, will be ignored. All will be weighed and measured and then and only then will a final judgment be passed in the form of a “prediction.”

continued

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