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All Chelios

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Q & A with Chris Chelios and David Amber of ESPN,

Q: In the two decades you’ve been in the NHL, give me your All-Chelios Team (three forwards, two defenseman and a goalie).
A: OK. In net, I’ll give you three goalies, if you don’t mind. Patrick Roy, Eddie Belfour and Dominik Hasek. On defense: Ray Bourque and Larry Robinson. At forward, there are four guys: Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux. I had to pick a few extras, but when you’re great, you’re great. I had a chance to play with or against all of those guys, and it is incredible to be able to say that.

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Old School- Ted Lindsay

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from the Toronto Star,

Nothing’s stopping Lindsay at 81. His face may be a roadmap for the hockey battles waged, but he’s in fighting trim and still working five days a week as an automotive parts rep in Michigan. His wit and tongue are still sharp, too.
Lindsay sat down with Unplugged to talk, among other things, about trouble with Gordie, who’s coming to dinner – Mother Teresa, for starters – and his lack of appetite for the new NHL.

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Samuelsson Not Ready So Let’s Try…

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I'm guessing Matt Ellis' stint in Hockeytown wasn't impressive enough to keep him there, because called up today to replace the still-ailing Mikael Samuelsson? Khan(!)Weblog

The Wings have recalled forward Josh Langfeld from Grand Rapids and he'll play tonight against Minnesota. Mikael Samuelsson isn't ready yet to return from his pulled groin.
There are a few of you who follow the Griffs (as I should). Please feel free to jump in with your opinions on this one, both on Langfeld's potential to contribute and the unfortunate shaft job Matt Ellis received...justly or not. Langfeld has 9 goals, 16 assists and 30 PIM on the year in Grand Rapids.

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Check Out The Bloggers

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Canucks & Beyond presents this week's "On the Hockey Blogs". Go a little left of mainstream and check it out.

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Smyth Return Close

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from the Edmonton Sun,

Ryan Smyth has been medically cleared to play.
Whether or not he’ll suit up tomorrow when the Edmonton Oilers host the Los Angeles Kings, however, has yet to be determined.
“You feel hungry, you want to be out there and you want to be a part of it and contribute badly,” Smyth said.
“But you don’t want to get out there and set yourself back, and that’s what I fear probably the most.
“I know if it was a desperate situation I’d probably play through it. But I don’t want to be hampering the team or getting hit again and knocking myself out for a couple or three weeks again.”

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Buffalo Greets AO

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from the Buffalo News,

Ovechkin and Briere angrily went face-to-face during a stoppage in play late in the first period, but it was broken up before it escalated. Ovechkin reiterated during the morning that the boarding penalty was accidental.
“Everybody knows I’m not a dirty player, and it’s just one hit in people’s career. It was just an accident,” he said.

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Some folks are claiming Briere speard Ovechkin last night, you be the judge...

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A Beautiful Thing

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from the Tennessean,

St. Louis goalie Manny Legace said he was glad to see the Blues stand up for their teammates, even if it meant spending time in the penalty box.
“We’ve got each other’s back,’’ Legace said. “No one is just going to run around (against us). I don’t care who it is.
“We have a donkey (Tootoo) out there running around, just trying to kill our guys, not even playing hockey. Guys sticking up for each other is a beautiful thing.’‘

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Keep The D…Change The Rest

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Confusing headline, eh?  I like to keep you on your toes.  Here’s what I’m talking about.  Spector’s, the only true, credible trade rumor resource out there, mentions a Mike Heika article this morning from the Dallas Morning News.  In it, Heika says the Stars are in the market for some scoring.  Yeah?  Keep the D…lose the a, l, l, other a and s.  Put in an e, t, r, o, i and another t.

DALLAS MORNING NEWS: Mike Heika reports Stars GM Doug Armstrong acknowledged his club needs offensive depth but he’s not about to rush out and make a deal when the holiday trade freeze ends today. Armstrong also acknowledged the difficulty in finding a scoring forward with so much parity around the league as well as the salary cap making it difficult to move players.

Spector responded to that by saying the Clueless will be offering Tkachuk while Gretzky will be serving up Nagy and Doan before or at the deadline.

Yeah?  We’ll take ‘em.  I kinda like the idea of Big Boy (Tkachuk) rounding out the Wing lineup.  And you all know how I feel about Doan. 

 

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Giguere Not Happy With Schedule

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from the LA Times,

Jean-Sebastien Giguere left the ice after injuring his groin during the second period against San Jose on Tuesday night. Giguere then lashed out at the NHL for scheduling games immediately after a league-wide two-day break for the Christmas holiday.
“I wish the NHL would stop doing that, where you have to travel in the morning and then hurry up and get to practice and then play that game,” Giguere said. “It’s just a tough way to play a game.

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Flyers Need Points

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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

They trail the eighth seed - Washington - by 19 points, and the season has not reached the halfway mark.
“We have 20 points; we have to get 70 more to have any kind of chance,” Knuble said. “We have to start doing something. I think 90 is what we will need to get in.
“There is an old saying: You have to beat teams above you to gain ground. For us right now, that is everybody.”

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