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Now Here Is A Unique Gift

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from the Buffalo Sabres,

The Buffalo Sabres today announced a $99 Birthday Card offer that includes a limited edition Buffalo Sabres Birthday Card with a pre-recorded Rick Jeanneret audio greeting.

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Tocchet Sending A Message

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from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

The Lightning will face the Predators tonight minus former all-star Alex Tanguay and center Jeff Halpern, both of whom will be healthy scratches tonight as Tampa Bay attempts to end a stretch of nine games in which the Lightning have one victory. Tampa Bay will field a team with eight defensemen in the lineup, with David Hale and Kurtis Foster expected to see time on the fourth line.

“We’ve got eight (losses) in nine and I don’t like the trend, certain individuals and as a team,’’ Tocchet said. “And that’s probably my fault for letting it go the past three or four games. Sometimes you put the onus on the players and certain people to straighten it. But ultimately it’s on my (rear end). Hopefully we’ll have 18 or 19 guys going and not just 11 or 12.’‘

read on

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Boogaard’s Reputation

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

I’ll be doing my notebook lead on the two penalties called on Derek Boogaard Saturday night in Vancouver. The Hockey Night in Canada folks apparently went after referee Brad Watson pretty good, and Watson certainly appeared to call Boogaard with “reputation” calls.

I don’t know if Boogaard really angered Watson, or perhaps the ref wanted to showboat for the loud Vancouver faithful, but it was beyond belief how animated Watson got after the two penalties he called on Boogaard. He vivaciously waved Boogaard to the box on both calls like the Boogeyman had just committed murder—one after Darcy Hordichuk twice punched Boogaard in the face and Boogaard retaliated for the lone call and once when Boogaard fell (he may have embellished, but he swears he slipped because he was on one skate when bumped) after the Canucks committed the definition of textbook interference (fencing off) at the blue line. I thought it was Willie Mitchell, but Boogaard says it was Kevin Bieksa.

Regardless, Todd Richards couldn’t use him again—not because of Boogaard, but because he didn’t trust Watson.

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Your Favorite Hockey Related Websites/Blogs

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Today at NHL.com, I ask readers to list and give us a little background on their favorite websites and discuss a few more topics.

I also ask bloggers to list their blog too and please make sure to give us a little tease as to why we would want to visit your site.

added 11:53am.  Some of the comments may get caught in my spam filter due to the links being posted, but I am watching the comments and will quickly take care of the issue.

note at 2:48pm, Original post was this morning, just bringint it to the top of the blog so it won’t get lost.

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I Have To Ask Why?

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Last night I stayed up late to watch the Kings/Canucks game, all in SD (standard definition) and have to ask why?

I am now watching the same game on the NHL Network in glorious HD along with 7.1 surround sound.

I have also noticed a lot of complaints from hockey fans lately who state games are listed as HD on Center Ice but they are not getting the game in HD.  I too have noticed and have to ask why?

If you can’t be at the game, the next best thing is to watch a hockey broadcast in HD.

I also know sometimes carriers have bandwidth issues and don’t broadcast in HD, then if that is the issue, it should not be listed on Center Ice as HD.  Correct?

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NHL Goalie Breakdown

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from Danny Tolensky of TSN,

Goaltending.

It may be the most important position in professional sports.  If you’ve got it, you’ve got a shot of winning against any team on any night.  If you don’t, your team has little to no chance of success.

If you’re interested in goaltenders and like charts, I’m confident you’ll find this post interesting.

So far this year there have been 67 goalies who have played at least one game this year.  I wanted to take a deeper look at how these players have been acquired, where they’re from, their draft details, age and contracts to get a sense of trends and pull out some conclusions/observations.

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Procedure Hopes To Help Khabibulin

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via the Edmonton Oilers Twitter,

Pat Quinn: Oilers goalie Khabibulin will undergo a spinal “procedure” today to help kick-start his recovery.

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How Can This Happen?

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from Mike Kiley of Blackhawks Confidential,

There is no logical reason to drop the Hawks from 1st to 6th other than the sheer pleasure of being obstinate and a pain in the ass, a quality of which I was often accused (sometimes quite accurately) when I was a member of that august group of lummoxes.

For instance, ESPN’s Scott Burnside (who undoubtedly must be related to Union Gen. Ambrose Burnside, who bungled a few Civil War battles) decides to rank Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and Colorado ahead of the 6th-rated Hawks.

Even though Chicago slapped the Penguins 2-1 in overtime, tipped the Avalanche 2-1 in three shootouts and split home-and-home with L. A. in November, including a 2-1 loss in L. A. at the end of a taxing trip west when the Kings had a physical advantage if nothing else.

Explain to me how the Kings are better than the Hawks? Bet you can’t.

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Caught On Tape

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Earlier today I pointed to a story on Don Cherry responding to negative remarks made about him.

Now, William Houston of Truth & Rumours has more,

Scott Moore, the head of CBC Sports and advertising sales, is expected on appear on at least one Toronto radio station today doing damage control.

  My guess is Cherry, through the CBC, will issue an apology later today to the reporter and the public.

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Ward Stays, Leighton Off To Philly

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via the CarolinaHurricanes Twitter,

Aaron Ward has cleared waivers, but Michael Leighton has been claimed by Philadelphia.

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