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A Beautiful Thing

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

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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Too Much

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from the Province,

For some folks, divisional play is a lot like Christmas dinner.
That first plateful or two makes your mouth water and you can’t wait to dig in, but when the Yuletide feast is followed by a week of turkey sandwiches, turkey pot pie, turkey soup and turkey a la king ... well, a plain old peanut butter and jam sandwich starts sounding pretty good.
Critics figure it’s the same thing in the NHL. After Tuesday night’s tilt at the Saddledome and tonight’s return engagement at Vancouver’s GM Place, for instance, the Flames and Canucks will have been force-fed to one another four times in a 19-day stretch.

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Wednesday Deep Digging

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Last week the St. Paul Pioneer Press' Tom Powers said the Wings play "Eurohockey." I'm not that smart, but I'm guessing Mr. Powers meant the Wings seem to avoid conflict. Well, Danny Markov's European. And tonite, he'll be playing. So maybe Mr. Powers will have reason to mend his thinking. I think Mike Babcock, based on the caffeinated rant below, is pleased. Khan(!)/MLive

"Markov and Kronner (defenseman Niklas Kronwall), we need them both playing and playing good so (opponents) aren't comfortable, so someone's getting run,'' Babcock said. "You can't manufacture that. When you don't have that ability, you don't have that ability. When we have those two guys in, guys on the other team have to keep their head up. If they got two scoring lines, you got two guys on two different (pairings) that just might be hunting them down through the neutral zone or in your zone, which is really positive for our team.''
Yep. When you don't have that ability...you just don't have that ability

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Looking At Phoenix

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from John Buccigross at ESPN,

...Passion: This is where everything starts. Is there enough here? Does Wayne fly home too much to California? Is he a constant presence around the practice rink? Is living in California and working in Arizona good for him, his family and the Coyotes? Is he the first one off the ice sometimes at practice? Are the players convinced he is preparing them as if he had little net worth and his future net worth depended on winning now and in the future?

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Injuries In Columbus

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via the AP,

The Columbus Blue Jackets placed goaltender Pascal Leclaire on injured reserve on Tuesday and recalled goaltender Ty Conklin and forward Joakim Lindstrom from the club’s American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse.
The club also said right winger Anson Carter will miss up to two weeks with a sprained shoulder.

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Follow The WJC

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Bill Meltzer of NHL.com is blogging from the WJC in Sweden.
Make sure to check out his numerous reports on a daily basis.

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Markov In. Ellis Down. Samuelsson…Maybe

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Wings welcome back some grit, bid farewell to some character and hope to get some scoring out of another Swede. Khan(!)/MLive

Defenseman Danny Markov has been cleared to play and will be in the lineup Wednesday against Minnesota, coach Mike Babcock said after practice Tuesday. Markov has missed nine games with a broken hand. Babcock said he's not sure if forward Mikael Samuelsson (groin) is ready; they'll determine that after the morning skate. They sent forward Matt Ellis back to Grand Rapids, so if Samuelsson can't play tomorrow, Babcock said he's not sure if they'll dress seven defensemen or call someone else up.
Khan also reports Hasek will start Wednesday against Minnesota and Osgood Thursday against the BJ's. Considering Mike Babcock's recent tendency to lie to Ansar's face, that may be a vice-versa situation.

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