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WJC Final Thoughts

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Joe Pelletier is a frequent KK contributor.

- There are only two players in the entire tournament who would be able to make an impact in the NHL immediately - Nicklas Backstrom and Jack Johnson. Jonathan Toews probably could play right away, but he’s still a little slight, as evidenced by his fatiguing in gold medal game. Erik Johnson looked great, at times.

- Steve Downie is going to be boom or bust. He’s a dirty, a-hole version of Henrik Sedin. In other words, he’s got great hockey sense, but I hope someone gives it to him when he makes the NHL.

- I know Vancouver fans are excited about Luc Bourdon, and with good reason. But no one seems to remember the Canucks passed on Marc Staal (and for that matter Anze Kopitar). Staal might not have the same high end potential, but he’s the kind of guy championships are won around.

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Tootoo Ready To Take A Punch To The Head

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from the Tennessean,

Tootoo said Friday he hopes the Blues focus more on him than they do on winning.
“I think it’s a positive for our team,’’ Tootoo said. “It takes a lot of their players off their games and they’re focusing more on me, which is great because I’m a fourth-line player and energy player.
“I can take a lot of heat and it makes me play that much harder. They can beak all they want to me, but to me it’s a positive, knowing I got them off their game.’‘
Tootoo said he looks forward to emotional contests.
“I know I’ll probably play a few extra minutes, hopefully creating some penalties,’’ he said. “I’ll definitely take a punch to the head for the team. We’ve got a very strong power play and I’ll sacrifice my body for whatever it takes….”

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Luongo Eager To Face Ex-Mates

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from the Miami Herald,

Luongo has been paying attention to the Panthers and seems excited to face his former teammates. Florida captain Olli Jokinen plans to meet with Luongo for dinner tonight, and a number of Panthers players are looking forward to catching up with him, as well as defenseman Lukas Krajicek, who also was part of the deal.
‘‘I like that we’re in first place, that’s always key,’’ Luongo said when asked what he liked about Vancouver. ``It’s nice being in a hockey market where there are a lot of fans and every game is sold out. Everyone is excited here and all they talk about is the Canucks.’‘

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Games Begin Early Today

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11 games on the schedule today…

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IS Ray Emery An All-Star

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from the Ottawa Sun,

Is Ray Emery having an all-star season?
He’ll find out next weekend.
But, as far as Senators coach Bryan Murray is concerned, Emery deserves consideration to participate in the NHL’s all-star celebration, set for Jan. 22-23 in Dallas.
New Jersey veteran Martin Brodeur—the Senators’ opponent in today’s matinee at Scotiabank Place—will be the starting goalie for the Eastern Conference in voting done by the fans, but the two backup positions are wide open.

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Longer Than A Week For Iggy

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from the Calgary Sun,

It was with a sombre tone and a painful limp Jarome Iginla showed up at the ‘Dome yesterday to deliver news of an MCL sprain in his left knee.
Yet despite announcing he’s out indefinitely, Iginla then unknowingly demonstrated the type of healing powers he possesses….
“It doesn’t feel great today but that’s what I’m told. I don’t know if that means I’ll be back in a week or what.”
It doesn’t.
More likely closer to three or four.

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Canes Looking For Help

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from the News & Observer,

As frustrated as he is with the way the Carolina Hurricanes are playing, general manager Jim Rutherford said Friday he won’t make a trade just to shake things up. But that doesn’t mean he won’t make a trade.
“We are going to continue to look at possibly adding a defenseman, but it’s not going to be a deal where we’re going to be forced into doing it or forced into overpaying,” Rutherford said….
Rutherford also left open the possibility of making a move for a forward during the next few weeks in an attempt to bolster Carolina’s misfiring offense.

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Just One More Chance

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from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

They told Martin Gelinas the exact same thing they tell every fresh-faced kid who wins a Stanley Cup early in his career - savour it, because you never know when, or if, you’ll ever win one again.
And, like most of the fresh-faced kids before and after him, Gelinas didn’t listen.
That was 18 years ago, and Gelinas hasn’t won since.
“I took it for granted,” said the 36-year-old Florida Panther. “I thought I would win a bunch of them. I was surrounded by great players. I know now that I didn’t truly appreciate it. You assume it’s going to happen every year and it doesn’t.”

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Peterson Deals With Parkinson’s Disease

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from the Calgary Sun,

There’s nothing funny about being diagnosed with a deadly disease.
But Calgary’s Brent Peterson soon realized after being told he had Parkinson’s Disease that laughter is the best medicine.
The Nashville Predators assistant coach who, upon hearing he had the debilitating affliction, took the news really hard.

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Get To Know Bill

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

Bill Doern auditions people who want to go to NHL hockey games, and takes along those who have something to offer him.
“This is about engaging people that I have not spoken to before,” said Mr. Doern, a principal with SUM Inc. SCG. “People in Ottawa are passionate about hockey.”
Mr. Doern holds a pair of Ottawa Senators’ season tickets and has taken several clients and acquaintances to hockey games.

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