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Mike Heika, Dallas Morning News.

I will say this, Detroit is the best team in hockey.

Uh oh.  And something weird’s going on in the standings.

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Analysis Of All Star Discrepancies

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Before the NHL announced who would participate in the All Star Game, I published my All Star rosters Here are the NHL’s actual All Star rosters.  There are several players I selected that the NHL did not and vice versa.  It seems the main reason for discrepancies is that the NHL selected the most marketable player, whereas I picked the played who has been playing the best so far this season.  The NHL would be more likely to make the representative for a team be their third or fourth best player this year if he is a recognizable name player and I would have been willing to pick a more unknown player who is having a better season, but in the process snub the bigger name player.

There were five players on the Eastern team and eight players on the Western team that we disagreed about.  Here are those selections, with the explanation of why I picked the player that I did.  I have paired off these players (i.e. I picked player X but the NHL picked player Y).  In most cases the pairing is obvious (the representative for a given team), but in a couple cases it is not quite so clear.

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An ‘Official’ Shove Of Push?

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Mikhail Grabovski of the Leafs trys to get at Sergei Kostitsyn of the Canadiens.  The video tells the rest of the story…

Here is the game recap from the CP via TSN.

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Financial Issues Ahead

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from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

...Because of a lease that makes it virtually impossible to move the team out of its publicly financed digs in Glendale, without entering Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and because the team seems doomed to lose huge amounts of money there in perpetuity, it is hard to imagine anyone buying the Coyotes while the team is tied to its current home. That means the league doesn’t have to worry about Jim Balsillie riding to the rescue and making things complicated, but it does have to wonder whether there’s anyone out there who is rich enough and irrational enough to buy the franchise and keep it in Arizona in the teeth of a deepening recession.

So there are no obvious Band-Aid solutions here. And the other NHL club owners, who are all dealing with their own challenges, can’t be thrilled at the prospect of throwing good money after bad (the Coyotes, or at least their lender, cashed a $15-million revenue-sharing cheque last year) to keep the team going beyond this season in what seems by definition a hopeless situation.

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The Economy Problems Hitting Colorado

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Stan Kroenke’s sports enterprises most certainly are not immune to the current economic meltdown.

Like everyone else, many KSE employees are VERY worried about their jobs right now. Talk of layoffs coming at Kroenke’s Altitude and Entertainment channel is making the rounds, and both the Nuggets and Avalanche could be laying off employees soon, I’m hearing. There is already a lot of nickle-and-diming going on with expenses for employees traveling on the road, with things like no more internet charges being picked up at hotels, etc.

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Sharks Asst. Coach Watches Games On TV

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from SanJoseSharks.com,

When Todd McLellan created his coaching staff upon his arrival in Silicon Valley, he brought one constant with him from Detroit. He hired his old video coach Jay Woodcroft and made him an assistant coach.

Yet, he might be the assistant coach Sharks fans are the least familiar with as they never see him on the bench. At practices, Woodcroft is working with McLellan and Assistant Coaches Trent Yawney and Todd Richards to run drills and see that the foundation for games is in place.

However, during games at HP Pavilion or on the road, Woodcroft is settled into the coach’s offices watching the contests through state-of-the-art video monitors and replay equipment.

“During games,” Woodcroft said, “I watch the game in our offices as it happens.”

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Marty?  This Is A Family Live Blog.  Don’t Show Us Your “V”.

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Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News says the Stars need a new backup goalie.

He says there are several to choose from.

Including?

Manny Legace, making $2.15 million this season in St. Louis, but a UFA at year’s end (He’s 1-5-1 with a 3.93 GAA and .849 save percentage).

Awesome.

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The Leafs In 2011

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from Mike Ulmer at TorontoMapleLeafs.com,

For an idea just what Burke is facing, let’s take a look at the grid for opening night, 2011-2012, two and a half seasons from now.

The Leafs desperately need to get younger. To that end, I have limited the top two lines and top two defensive pairings to players 25 years or younger on opening night. Keep in mind, there will always be room for productive older players. Nik Hagman will be nearly 32, but it’s hard to think his game would not be welcome somewhere on the roster.

On defence: Luke Schenn. He’s a sure bet. A little below Schenn, put Jeff Finger in the depth chart. Anton Stralman has the talent to be a top four defenceman but it’s impossible to accurately predict whether he will make the jump. I like Jonas Frogren’s mean for the third pairing and based on his ever improving play, Ian White might be considered in the mix.

But for top four, we have one guy, Schenn.

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Canada Waiting For The Stanley Cup

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from Joe O’Connor of the National Post,

What there has not been, at least not since the Montreal Canadiens circled the ice at the old Forum on June 9, 1993, is a Stanley Cup party on Canadian soil.

“If someone had told me after June 9, 1993 that the Montreal Canadiens would have gone 15 years without winning the Cup, and that no other Canadian team would win the Cup either,” Jacques Demers says, “I would have said to them: ‘Absolutely not, there is no way.’”

But there is a way, and an unassailable truth: The country that gave hockey to the world has had to tune in every June to watch Gary Bettman present the Stanley Cup to an American team.

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Swollen Knee Cancels DiPietro Start Tonight

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from Greg Logan of On the Islanders Beat,

Swelling in Rick DiPietro’s surgically repaired knee prompted the Islanders to cancel his expected start tonight in Calgary, coach Scott Gordon explained after the pre-game skate today at the Pengrowth Saddledome. When DiPietro returns to Long Island with the team after tonight’s game, his condition will be “reevaluated.”...

Asked if he has any idea how long the uncertainty surrounding DiPietro’s availability will go on, Gordon said, “No, like I said, he could have played all three games [so far on the road trip]. That’s why he’s been here and we haven’t done anything else.

“But it hasn’t made the progress that was to be expected, so, rather than just throw him in there, knowing that he’s medically cleared to play, we just figured we’ll hold off and get him back to New York and reevaluate and go from there.”

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