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Talking Donations

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from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

With the horrors in Haiti since the devastating earthquake last week, aid has been pouring in from all over the world to help survivors who have lost everything. From the sports world, it was no different.

The NFL gave $2.5 million. The MLB gave an initial $1 million donation. Lance Armstrong and his Livestrong Foundation gave $250,000.

The NHL? It gave $100,000, or roughly the same amount that the 76ers’ Samuel Dalembert took out of his own pocket….

There’s an inherent problem with the NHL — the people that run it think they are doing a good job of marketing their product in a positive light, when in fact they frequently make the league look foolish.


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Morning Line

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Anything under three days, take carry-on luggage. Clothes — roll ‘em up and throw them in. I learned from Gary Bettman (commissioner) of the NHL to just hang it up in the shower and let the steam take the wrinkles out.

-Liz Claman of Fox Business Network in a Q & A about the challenges facing working women.

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Is Toronto’s Goaltending Good Enough?

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from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

Gustavsson is called The Monster, but often resembles a lobster when he gets into the pressure cooker of game situations and starts flailing around, over-playing angles or mishandling pucks.

He must be given some leeway for adjustments to a new league, new country and two heart procedures, yet he’ll turn 26 this year.

As good a goalie guru as Francois Allaire is, five months of tutoring has not made Gustavsson a Kwai Chang Caine to his Master Po, snatching pebbles from his hand to show the teacher he’s ready to take on the world. There are technical deficiencies that Gustavsson’s size haven’t yet compensated for, but might with patience.

Toskala’s three-year tenure in Toronto has produced 62 wins. That doesn’t make him a washout, but does nothing to prove the San Jose Sharks were wrong to keep Evgeni Nabokov and deal the Finn here.


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Bettman Talks Head Shots

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from the CP at CBC,

“This issue for us is what can we do about what is otherwise a legal check resulting in a shoulder going into a head,” he said. “We have studied it very carefully and extensively.

“We want to get it right. We average 40 hits a game. That’s somewhere in excess of 50,000 a year.

“It’s an essential element to our game. We want to get those hits that make us uncomfortable out of the game. But we want to do this in a very judicious, professional way.”

Bettman cautioned that finding a solution could take time.

“We need to take the time and create a very precise standard, something that’s easily understood and something the players know what to expect,” he said. “Something that the officials know what to call and if necessary Colin Campbell knows how he’s going to discipline.

“We’re looking for precision, not over-legislation. We will have ample time in March and, hopefully, we can come to some sort of consensus.”

more topics discussed…

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Parting Shots

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Rusty, whining, sad, somber, alibi-ridden and riddled with anger.  Chris Osgood stopped 20 of 23 against the Caps and lost.  He lost the game and he lost the one-on-one battle with another mediocre goalie.  More importantly to his immediate, and even long-term, future?  Osgood lost his coach.

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Carey Price & Cam Janssen Collide Tonight

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Janssen & Hamrlik received 2 minutes for roughing and Blues goaltender Ty Conklin received 2 minutes for going beyond center ice.

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So You Want To Be A Beer-League Ref

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from Sarah Boesveld of the Globe and Mail,

For about $25 an hour, Bruce Tennant has taken countless verbal slams and one physical attack that saw him haul a man to court.

“Yeah, I’ve been intentionally hit,” says the 49-year-old Toronto hockey referee, recalling a men’s rec league game in the early 1990s. The player was booted from the ice after one too many penalties. He came back for revenge – right at the neck of Mr. Tennant.

“He followed me across the ice and cross-checked me in the back of the head with his stick,” says the seasoned ref, who’s sported the stripes since he was 14 years old. “I wasn’t injured, but he was found guilty and was given a suspended sentence.”

The job can be thankless, especially in beer leagues where refs are paid far less than those who do official league games.


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Financial Issues In Tampa

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from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

According to sources in the front offices of the Pistons and Lightning, the NHL is helping to find a new ownership arrangement so that possession of the hockey team will not rebound back to Auburn Hills.

A call to the NHL offices late Wednesday was not returned.

The Palace source said that traditional financing is being sought so that the Pistons will be paid in full for the sale of the Lightning. That source also said that the NHL is setting a Feb. 15 deadline for finding new ownership.

The Lightning source, however, said that Tampa Bay ownership denies that it is working under a deadline.


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Coach Sutter Has Had Enough

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun (Thursday edition),

“Enough is enough,” spat the Flames coach Wednesday, sting stinging from a 9-1 loss that represents the lowest point of the Darryl Sutter era in Calgary

“You look at what we’ve been through this year. There are ups and downs but, at some point, you need to figure it out. We’re at that point. It’s important that we do respond the right way. It can’t be a wishy-washy thing. Responding is the right wording for it. Actions speak louder than words. All the right things are being said but there has to be production.”

More to the point there has to be accountability. Cohesiveness. An elevated compete level. Heck, with five straight losses, there has to be a win. A bunch of ’em.

Either that, or everyone from Sutter to Joe Public is going to believe the core group of players in that room are indeed coach-killers who can’t possibly flourish here as is.

read on

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Games Lost To Injury

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from James Mirtle of the Globe and Mail,

There aren’t all that many NHL categories in which the struggling Oilers lead the way, but in injuries, they’re at the head of the class.

Edmonton has accumulated 270 man-games lost to injury heading into Wednesday night’s game against the Canucks, 37 more than the second-place Red Wings had prior to their last game.

continue for a complete team list…

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