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Ted Picks The Favorites

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from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,

I think now that the Carolina Hurricanes are the class of the East. Even though losing Erik Cole is a tremendous blow to the team, the acquisitions of Doug Weight and Mark Recchi will help make up for Cole's absence. In the West, I like Nashville, Dallas, Calgary and Detroit.
read why Ted likes these teams...

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Coaches On The Hot Seat

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

In the case of the most likely candidate, Marc Crawford of the Vancouver Canucks, the perception appears to have logic behind it. After all, Crawford has been at the helm long enough to make this team his team and his team is failing miserably. The other coach, Tampa Bay's John Tortorella, doesn't have Crawford's long-term relationship but has similar problems with his team, problems complicated by the fact that he is considered so much of a hard-nosed taskmaster that he has already worn out his welcome with a team and in a market.
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Teams Depending On Young Goalies

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from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Much has been made of this season's doubly rich crop of NHL rookies and with good reason. Because of the excellence throughout the league, the inordinate influx of freshman goaltenders has not been given its full recognition. Collectively, the advancement of so many rookies at once is changing the landscape of top-level puck-stopping for years to come.
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Ruff Not Coaching Tonight

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According to Buffalo's Best Blog, Lindy Ruff will miss tonight's game against the Thrashers.

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Stick Fiasco

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What happens when you rush to correct a mistake you should have seen coming in the first place? You generally create an even bigger headache. Witness, the NHL shootout. Once the shining symbol of the excitement and innovation of the new NHL, the shootout has now degenerated into a shambling comedy of errors, leaving players frustrated and fans perplexed.
read on...and stories on the Stars and Brodeur too...

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POW- Nylander & Vokoun

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via the NHL,

New York Rangers center Michael Nylander, who tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, March 19. Nashville Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who led the Predators to three victories with a 1.34 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and two shutouts, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.

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Breaking News- Two Years Late

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from 9News,

Created: 3/9/2004 8:41 AM MST - Updated: 3/20/2006 9:01 AM MST The Colorado Avalanche acquired two-time All-Star Tommy Salo from the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, bolstering their goaltending for the playoffs. Colorado also sent promising defenseman Derek Morris to Phoenix for center Chris Gratton in a four-player deal. The Avalanche will also get Coyotes' defenseman Ossi Vaananen and a second-round draft choice for unsigned defenseman Keith Ballard. "We are pleased to add two quality players to our roster," Avalanche president and general manager Pierre Lacroix said. "Both are young, talented players who have performed at this level for years and will add size and experience at both ends of the ice."
update 1:30pm, I removed the link to the story since it no longer works. Maybe they discovered their mistake.

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‘Sissified’ Hockey

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from the Daily Times,

Because right now, things are still in shambles. Mostly with the rules of enforcement, which was supposed to better the game, but instead have turned it into a sissified sport. Basically, you can’t hit anyone anymore. You can’t defend yourself or your teammates, nor can you play the game without some over-exuberant officiating having a glaring effect on the outcome.
read on

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Kudos & Complaints

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

-Columbus GM Doug MacLean got himself another year’s contract extension Feb. 1. In almost five years running the franchise, MacLean has managed to win all of 130 games. Puts Blue Jackets owner John McConnell’s quote, “I don’t know hockey; that’s my problem,” into perspective, no? -John Shannon’s first priority as new NHL Vice-President of Broadcasting: weeding his telecasts of some of the most unabashedly partisan analysis this side of certain U.S. TV broadcasters. -Frontrunner for John Ferguson’s Bureaucratese Quote of the Year: “The tests continue and what has been revealed to us continues.”
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Crosby Grasping The French Language

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from the Globe and Mail,

"He knows it's important for his hockey career," Mr. Lavoie said. "He is going to be captain of Team Canada one day and for him to be able to speak both official languages of his country is incredible. "In Canada, there are a lot of people in French Canada who love Mario Lemieux and a lot of people in English Canada who love Wayne Gretzky. There's some crossover, but Gretzky was never totally embraced in Quebec because he didn't speak French. Sidney is going to be the next Jean Beliveau. It is amazing that he does this."
read on

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