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I Don’t Want To Hear Or Read These Again

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After an in-between period player interview, the host will say to the the player- “Thanks for that and good luck the rest of the way.”  Just once I would love a player to say something besides “Thanks”.

The color commentator guy- “Taking away their time and space is key.”  Just not Pierre McGuire either, others are now using the phrase too.

“My source told me.”  It is 2009, you can no longer hide behind a source!!!  New fans of the game may believe you at first, but if you have no credibility, good luck with the ‘source’ material.

“The NHL does not have a shootout when the playoffs roll around.”  We know, we know and if they don’t know, they will find out soon enough.

“A left, a right, another left, right…!”  A ‘homer’ fight call, as if he opponent is just standing there, taking all the punches.

“He’s one ot the top 10 players at his position.”  Most likely in the top 30.

How about you, any phrases starting to rub you the wrong way?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Breakaway Challenge

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NEW YORK (Jan. 13, 2009)—Super-skilled Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will defend his Scotiabank Fan Fav NHL Breakaway Challenge title against a creative collection of fellow NHL stars during Honda/NHL SuperSkills Saturday, Jan. 24, at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

Local hero and renowned dangler Alex Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens will join young artists Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks in taking on Ovechkin, who last year impressed celebrity judges at the inaugural Breakaway Challenge. This year, the shooters’ task will be to impress fans in arena and viewers across North America, who will determine the winner by voting via text message for the performance they deem most astounding.

“I want to defend this title,” Ovechkin said. “It’s kind of a pretty cool title and I’m happy right now that I have it.”

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Kiprusoff On Pace For 50 Wins

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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Appearing in all but two of the Flames’ first 41 contests, Kiprusoff has already racked up 25 victories. No goaltender has ever won 50 in a single season.

Kicking off that quest tonight with the St. Louis Blues visiting the Saddledome Kiprusoff is well-rested after four days between games.

“It was a good break,” said the 32-year-old Finn. “To have some time with your family, it’s always good.

“But when you’re used to going every day so hard, it’s tough to come back. Even after a couple of days off, it feels weird. You have to really concentrate to get your mind back into the game.”

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Flyers Take On Slumping Penguins

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from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Delaware County Times,

It’s a good thing for the Penguins that the Steelers are in the AFC Championship game, keeping the spotlight off of them.

Making matters worse are reports that there is an internal rift between the players and coach Michel Therrien and that the Pittsburgh coach might not be around if it matters get much worse.

Speculation is that former Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette could replace Therrien at a moment’s notice.

It’s not just the coach.

Malkin and Crosby are still scoring points — they are the league’s top two scorers — but they are getting little help from teammates and finding that play has gotten a lot more physical compared to last season.

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Florida Feeling Economic Pinch

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from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald,

...the slumping economy is taking a toll on fan turnout—and in some ways, forcing the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, Florida Panthers and the Florida Marlins to rethink how they do business….

The Panthers are averaging 15,156 tickets distributed per game, which is below last year’s 15,436 and 25th among 30 teams. But the number of people who actually attend Heat and Panthers games is lower, sometimes significantly so….

The Panthers also have canceled plans to add a $25 fee to tickets for marquee games this season.

Yormark hopes to boost single-game sales, which he says have been ‘‘somewhat affected’’ by the economy.

The economy has affected the Panthers in other ways, too—the team laid off several support staff employees and is no longer matching employee money in 401(k) accounts.

more Panthers talk along with other Sout Florida teams…

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Ted’s Thinking

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from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,

News: The Pittsburgh Penguins have struggled this season.

Views: Not surprising. It’s not unusual for a young team that has vaulted to great success (last year’s Stanley Cup Finals appearance) to experience some growing pains. The Pens also lost some players from last year’s team and have sustained some significant injuries. They will rebound in the second half. There is too much talent on this team.

News: The Detroit Red Wings will not be able to keep Henrik Zetterberg, Marian Hossa and Johan Franzen on next year’s team.

Views: Even Detroit GM Ken Holland admits that next year’s Red Wings will be different than this year’s squad. One of those three players will be gone, solely for salary cap reasons. Most observers feel it will be Hossa, but I think Franzen is the most likely to go….

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Rangers Talking Extension With Zherdev

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers New York Rangers and the agent for Nikolai Zherdev are in the preliminary stages of negotiations aimed at extending the talented 24-year-old winger’s contract and thus preventing him from reaching the Group II free-agent market, The Post has learned.

“This is where I want to be,” Zherdev told The Post yesterday. “I don’t want to play in Russia next year. I want to stay here and play in the NHL, in New York, with the Rangers.

“I’m very happy here. I like the team. I like the guys. I like living here. Everything is good.”

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Hitting The Road

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Teams out west do those kind of things all the time with few chances to come home. At least the Sabres’ Sea to Shining Sea tour will get broken into three segments. Between now and Feb. 4, the Sabres will have just one home game (Saturday against Carolina) and will make eight stops on the road….

“You switch yourself to road mode, do your routines on the road, go a day at a time and stay focused,” Numminen said. “We’re confident on the road. . . . Every year there’s a crazy trip and this is the one for us. The schedule is never perfect. You go a day at a time, make sure you’re in the moment and don’t look ahead. Soon enough, everything is behind you.”

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Watching Toskala

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Burke knows what it’s like to have the wrong goalie. He lived too long with Dan Cloutier in Vancouver to know better, and enjoyed the fruits of Jean-Sebastien Giguere’s labour while in Anaheim. One goalie was at his best when it mattered most. The other was just another guy.

What Burke needs to determine sometime between now and the end of the season is: Can Toskala be a starting goaltender on a winning team in Toronto, or will he have to look elsewhere for the next Leafs goalie?

This is the end for Curtis Joseph and with Pogge there is no certainty, no indication yet if there will be a beginning. Pogge isn’t, in anyone’s opinion, lighting it up in the American Hockey League. He is in the middle of the pack among AHL goalies. That is no ringing endorsement on his future. But were Toskala in the middle of the pack, which he is not right now, the Leafs concern in net would not be so substantive.

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No Response After Hit On Doughty

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from Billy Witz of the LA Times,

When the Kings’ prized rookie defenseman Drew Doughty crumpled to the ice after a big hit from Tampa Bay’s Evgeny Artyukhin midway through the second period, his defensive partner, Sean O’Donnell, chased Artyukhin off the ice, jabbing him with his stick until he drew a cross-checking penalty.

Doughty left the game because of a bruised thigh….

After Doughty went to the dressing room for the rest of the night because of a bruised thigh, his teammates didn’t respond to the hit with more inspired play or their fists.

“That’s why the dressing room door is closed right now,” Murray said after keeping it closed for 15 minutes.

“That’s a response that players need to take into their own hands right away, through hard play, through going at it and doing the right stuff. Physically playing hard, competing harder.

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