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Funk & Crud

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James Mirtle visits the JLA,

The building’s concourse is an old-school setup, running along underneath the seats, and there’s a distinct octopus funk throughout. I was priced out of getting a Zetterberg jersey, instead settling for the $12 mug as a memento.


George Richards at On Frozen Pond has an issue that must be addressed,

Well, I’m currently in section 133 watching Cancuks practice. Great seats, the so-called money seats. And it is absolutely disgusting down here.

There is slime on the armrests, schmutz on the chairbacks, and how anyone can watch a game through the crud on the glass is beyond me…

read on

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The Importance Of Early Draft Picks

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

How important is that ability to draft first overall, but especially in the top three? Significant, if you base it on this year’s scoring race. As of Friday, five of the NHL’s top-10 scorers were players chosen first overall in their respective entry drafts (that’d be Alex Ovechkin, Vincent Lecavalier, Ilya Kovalchuk, Sidney Crosby and Joe Thornton) — and a sixth, Jason Spezza went second overall behind Kovalchuk.

If you expand it to the top 20, you’d also find another No. 1 overall — Sundin himself — plus two more No. 2s (Evgeni Malkin and Dany Heatley) and two No. 3s (Marian Gaborik and Henrik Sedin).

read on plus more NHL talk…

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Golfer/Hockey Etiquette

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from Risto Pakarinen at NHL.com,

Anyway, for Quinney, and other golfers the NHL teams will sponsor in the future, this obviously means some subtle changes so that the Coyotes’ and NHL’s brand can truly expand to the links. Here are my suggestions:

Naturally, “Howling” Jeff will wear the Coyotes logo on a Coyotes sweater, wearing a Coyotes helmet.

He has to grow a mullet. No matter what anyone says, a mullet looks cool under a helmet.

No teeth in post-tournament interviews.

read on

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The Big Game

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Who do the Wings like on Super Sunday?

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What A Night

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from Mike Wise of the Washington Post,

Hockey may not yet be boffo box office again in the District, gauging by the empty seats. But at some point, even the casual puckhead is going to find it hard to stay away from Boudreau’s risky, gambling offensive style.

Watching Ovechkin and the Caps is like watching a greased pinball careen off bumpers for two hours. Yeah, they let a few through the flippers. But mostly the lights flash, the scoreboard lights up and the masses shuffle into the night feeling good about how they spent their quarter.

read on (reg. req.)

thanks to Ted’s Take for the pointer…

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Stars Of The Month

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from NHL.com,

NEW YORK—Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin, Nashville Predators forward J.P. Dumont and Montreal Canadiens goaltender Cristobal Huet have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the month of January.


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1st Rounders

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from Empty Netters,

The Penguins and the Flyers each have 14 former first-round draft picks on their roster at the present moment, most in the NHL. So of the 248 former first-rounders employed in the NHL (including players currently on injured reserve) as of Thursday…

read on for a team-by-team breakdown…

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Emery’s Turn

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from the Ottawa Citizen,

Sticking with his win-and-you’re-in policy, Ottawa Senators coach John Paddock will give Ray Emery the chance he’s looking for Saturday in Toronto against the Maple Leafs, a pressure cooker if there ever was one.

Martin Gerber, who has played and won the last two games, took the fall for Thursday night’s 4-1 loss to the Boston Bruins, even if Paddock was far more critical of Jason Spezza for his giveaways than his goaltender.


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Dumont Extended

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from TSN,

J.P. Dumont will be sticking around Nashville past the trade deadline as the Predators will announce that they have signed the forward to a contract extension.

TSN has learned that the Predators are prepared to announce that they have signed the 29-year old to a four-year deal worth $16 million. The Predators are expected to announce the deal at a press conference at noon eastern.

more on Dumont

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Clutch Time

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from Stan Fischler at Game On,

The clutch weeks have just begun.

Which is why tonight’s melodrama also will indicate which goalie—Brodeur or Lundqvist—has more clutch-ability. That is, assuming that Renney opts for Henny.

In his past two games, Marty has allowed leads to dissipate—first to Montreal and then Pittsburgh—before the home fans. He needs a win for confidence to be restored.

more on the Rangers and Devils…

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