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The Future Of The Blues

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from John Grigg of The Hockey News,

Watched some of the Detroit-St.Louis game on Versus last night. The panel was gushing over the Blues’ kid line of Patrik Berglund between T.J. Oshie and David Backes. Can’t say I blame them….

Most telling, the young trio is a combined plus-11 (with Berglund leading the Blues at plus-13 and Oshie second at plus-6), while Brad Boyes and Keith Tkachuk – the team’s veterans up front – have combined for a miserable minus-38 rating (Boyes’ minus-25 puts him at No. 814 in the NHL, third-last overall, despite a team-leading 41 points).

With Tkachuk likely on his way out – possibly for good this time – around the March 4 trade deadline, Andy McDonald an unrestricted free agent come July 1 and Paul Kariya heading into the final season of his contract in 2009-10, the Blues will be handed over to the kids soon enough.

read on

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Ducks Giving Giguere Time To Find His Game

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from Dan Wood at Ducks Blog at the OC Register,

“What we’re trying to do is give Giguere an opportunity to do what he has to do to get his game back,” Ducks coach Randy Carlyle said Monday night. “The guy is going through a huge loss in his life. He lost his father. We feel we have to give him the time and space, try to create an environment around him that allows him some time. That’s the most important thing. We think this is the best route to take in this situation, and we’re going to live with it….”


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Lindros Resigns From NHLPA Post

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via Sportsnet,

The NHLPA ombudsman Eric Lindros has resigned from his post, Sportsnet has learned.

Lindros was hired by the Players’ Association back in November of 2007. The newly created position was added under the ratified NHLPA constitution and allowed Lindros to resolve any complaints by members and/or staff of the NHLPA while reporting directly to the executive board.

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Tuesday Talk

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from Charlie Teljeur of the Hockey News,

• Although he’s been cleared by doctors (obviously Columbus season ticket holders) to keep playing, Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Steve Mason is battling mononucleosis. I’d actually like to see him play through this entire crisis, get the team into the playoffs and lead the Blue Jackets to the Stanley Cup. Then, as payback, Mason should be the first to drink champagne out of the cherished mug. I can hear his teammates now: “No, it’s OK, I’m really not that thirsty.”

• Oh yes, for all those with Peter Forsberg Farewell Tour 2009 tickets, please be advised the concert has been officially cancelled for the second consecutive year, although we will honor your tickets during any of the next three years.


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Will Stars Upswing Continue To Rise?

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

What comes next for the Stars will be fascinating to watch. Will they remain a bubble team or push even higher and get back to the contending team they were last season? The Anaheim Ducks are vulnerable in fifth place of the conference. Fourth-place Chicago might be too much to track down.

“I don’t anticipate this team needing any more lessons and needing any more reminders of the position we’re in,” said Turco. “We pay attention to where we are in the standings. It’s been a habit over the course of this season. As a group, we appreciate the dwellers that we were and what it’s taken to climb back in the playoff picture. I don’t think anybody in the locker room is content.”

The confidence is back in a group that was absolutely shaken two months into the season.

“When you’re winning and doing the right things, that’s contagious,” said Tippett. “If your locker room is right, the coach does less talking about the right things to do and the players do all the talking for you. That’s a little bit of where we are right now.”


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Canucks Have Done It Again

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from Ian MacIntyre of the Vancouver Sun,

Mats Sundin and the Canucks have done the impossible—transforming what seemed a no-lose situation into a torpedo to the hull of the team. And that spectacular achievement perfectly encapsulates the 39-year history of a futile franchise that lost the coin flip for Gilbert Perreault and never recovered.

The Canucks got Dale Tallon instead of Perreault.

They recruited all-world players Igor Larionov and Vladimir Krutov, who combined for 63 goals in three seasons here.

They drafted Dan Woodley over Brian Leetch, Brad Ference over Marian Hossa.

read on

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Wings Recall Helm

Blog: Hockey News Wire By Paul

DETROIT – The Red Wings made their third personnel move in six days, calling up 22-year-old center Darren Helm from the team’s AHL affiliate in Grand Rapids on Tuesday.

In 37 games with the Griffins, Helm has 11 goals and 20 assists, tying his AHL point production from last season. The solid two-way forward replaces left wing Justin Abdelkader, who was returned to Grand Rapids.

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Best Of The Week

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Almost six minutes of the best goals, saves and hits from the past week in the NHL.

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Streaky Season

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from Steve Milton of the Hamilton Spectator,

Since returning from its lockout with a salary cap, new rules, shootouts, consistent personnel turnover and increasing parity, the NHL has become a league of streaks. Good ones and bad ones.

And few teams are immune from the streakiness, where a good team can lose four in a row in the blink of an eye, where one of the lesser teams can reel off five straight wins against better opponents.

There are 17 teams that have already had at least one winning streak of four games or longer and at least one losing streak of four games or longer. Many have had more than one of each.

And, of the remaining 13 teams, most have come close to that kind of double and may hit it before the end of the year.

There are only six teams in the league that haven’t lost at least four in a row and they are Boston, Calgary, Chicago, and San Jose—four of the top five teams in the league—the rising Dallas Stars and the New York Rangers, who have Henrik Lundqvist to terminate potential losing streaks. Of those teams, only San Jose hasn’t lost three in a row.


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Avs Dmen That Could Be Moved

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

My money has been on Clark as the Av most likely to be traded, but now I’m starting to wonder about Liles. Yeah, he’s making a big ticket, for this year and the next three. But teams are going to like his “promise” tag, and he’s having a pretty good year so far. Don’t forget, the Avs have a few kids in their system who they feel will be just as good as Liles - or better. At the top of that list is Boston University sophomore Kevin Shattenkirk.

The Avs need some forward help, and one of their several marketable defensemen should bring in something decent in that area.


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