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Look Out For The Canucks

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Several times this season, pundits have written off the Vancouver Canucks.  They lost Markus Naslund and Brendan Morrison to free agency, while not signing the big name free agent they wanted.  That led to many predicting they would miss playoffs.  In November, star goalie Roberto Luongo suffered a groin injury.  Many thought that would be the blow that stopped the Canucks this year.  In January, Luongo returned and big name signee Mats Sundin joined the team and the Canucks proceeded to fall into a slump.  That slump was going to knock them out of the race.

It should have been clear that adding Mats Sundin and Roberto Luongo would improve any team.  But for the short term it didn’t.  Sundin had not stayed in game shape during his sabbatical from the NHL and was playing quite badly as the Canucks number one centreman.  Luongo also took a while to get back into game shape.  When your number one centre and your number one goalie are not able to play their best, problems happen.

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Close Playoff Races May Mean Less Trades At The Deadline

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from John Glennon of the Tennessean,

With just over a week before the NHL’s March 4 trading deadline and only five teams realistically out of the playoff chase, Nashville’s David Poile said recent conversations with his fellow general managers are following a similar pattern.

In one breath he and his peers are talking about what they might like to acquire if they’re buyers at the deadline. In the next they’re talking about what they might be willing to give up if they’re sellers.

“I’d be very hard-pressed to think that a lot would happen at the trading deadline,’’ Poile said Sunday. “That may be famous last words because every year there’s been a lot of trades at the deadline. But I don’t think the race has ever been as close as it is today. For most teams of any significance, you just don’t have any trading partners.’’

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KK- Open Post

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It has been a pretty slow news day so I am heading out for a relaxing dinner and will be unplugged from any hockey news until 7:30pm or so.

Feel free to bring up any hockey topics in the comments if it so pleases you!

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Defending Sid

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Pierre McGuire, from “between the benches” in DC.

“The lip service going toward Crosby has been over the top here this afternoon.”

Wow.  Hope Gary’s Baby Boy will be ok.  If Pierre can email a transcript of the language the big bad Caps are using on the ice to the league office? Maybe some suspensions will be in order.  For cursing.

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Sponsoring The Jack, Drapes, Howie and Your First Round Matchups

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

In the midst of our lively discussion yesterday regarding the difference between blogging for cash and blogging for the hell of it…I decided to open up A2Y to sponsorship.  Not the blog itself.  But an aspect of it created by you, the 19. 

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Hey, How About This Guy For The Norris?

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Faceoff.com,

I’m not sure why people are writing off Detroit’s Nick Lidstrom for his seventh Norris Trophy. Don’t you have to knock off the champ?

Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara is getting lots of play in Boston, but he’s got 34 points and is plus-24. Lidstrom has 43 points and is also plus-24. Capitals defenceman Mike Green might actually be the biggest challenger. Green has 51 points and he’s plus-26 in Washington, but Lidstrom has played all year with tendinitis in his elbow, which has cut down his effectiveness.

Here’s everything you should know about him, though. He’s plus-404 in his NHL career. He’s never had a season where he was a minus player. Here’s the top five in history, with most playing in the ‘70s and ‘80s, when there were lots of patsies to beat up on: Larry Robinson (plus-730), Bobby Orr (597), Ray Bourque (528), Wayne Gretzky (518) and Bobby Clarke (506). Orr was plus-124 in 1970-71.

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29 Years Ago Today

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Fantasmagoric Stop

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Will The Kings Ever Get ‘It’?

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

What’s most grievously missing from the Kings’ makeup and lineup goes beyond the obvious.

It’s more telling than their lack of a true first-line center, more damaging than the wearing down of their defense.

The Kings don’t have a commanding presence, someone who should have reamed them out Saturday for letting a second-period lead at home slip through their collective five-hole.

Their previous coach, Marc Crawford, yelled too much. Their current coach, Terry Murray, could not have yelled enough after their 6-3 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes in front of a disgruntled crowd at Staples Center that had seen this too often.

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Sunday Is Hockey Notes Day

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

The Montreal Canadiens’ new motto: 100 years, 100 controversies.

So who goes first, Randy Carlyle or Chris Pronger in Anaheim? Word is, the two can’t live together anymore.

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