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Yzerman Goes Into Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame

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from Don Brennan of the Ottawa Sun, Y

zerman, who will be inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame tomorrow, played another nine seasons, completing his 22-year NHL career with one team….

“It’s obvious he was a great talent and very gifted offensively,” said Senators GM Bryan Murray, who coached Yzerman for a four-season span that ended in 1993.

“He made a commitment to the team that forced him to give up some offence. And he became one of the great captains, one of the great leaders and one of the best two-way players in the game.”


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  Tags: steve+yzerman

Shop.NHL.com Sales Figures

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New York (January 10, 2008) ­– Sales of NHL-licensed product on Shop.NHL.com for December increased 44% compared to the same period last year, the National Hockey League (NHL) announced today. The holiday sales period experienced an additional boost due to the demand for official Amp Energy / NHL Winter Classic merchandise. The most searched term on Shop.NHL.com was “Winter Classic,” while four of the six top-selling items were of the NHL Winter Classic variety.

Twenty-six NHL teams increased online merchandise sales for December 2007. The Pittsburgh Penguins, winners of the Amp Energy / NHL Winter Classic, led the pack with a sales increase of 164% in comparison to December 2006. Other teams who experienced a significant increase for December sales year-over-year were the Chicago Blackhawks (92%), Washington Capitals (89%), St. Louis Blues (87%), Buffalo Sabres (85%) and the Anaheim Ducks (84%).

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Rangers Not In Panic Mode

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

There will be no band-aid deals in which the Blueshirts surrender value for emergency replacements. In other words, Petr Prucha is not being sent to Columbus for David Vyborny.

And here’s a third piece of good news: on Tuesday, with his team needing Jaromir Jagr to be at his best, the captain responded. Jagr is elevating his game as the season progresses; steadily if not necessarily dramatically.

If the Rangers are going anywhere other than home on April 7, they need their best player to be their best player.


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A Helping Hand

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from Spector,

This site is currently in the midst of a server migration and thus may not be available from time to time today. I’m working on the problem with my host server and hope to have this problem rectified as soon as possible. As always, I appreciate your patience and support.

- Lyle Richardson, Spector’s Hockey.

Lyle sent me this temporary url that you can visit for updates…. http://server4.fusednetwork.com/~spector/

added 9:53am, Lyle is back online, all is well.


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Our First Bench-Clearing Brawl- In Russia

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Slap Shot at the NYT has all the details…

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Leafs Go Interactive

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from Marketwire,

Beginning with tonight’s game between the Los Angeles Kings and the Toronto Maple Leafs, fans watching on Leafs TV or via NHL Centre Ice will be able to participate in a five-game contest that involves interaction with live hockey. Powered by LiveHive’s NanoGaming technology, the game—called Leafs TV Game Master—allows fans to play along while they watch, accumulate points, and qualify for prizes. Players make such predictions as who will get the next goal, as well as answer trivia questions, and chat with other fans.

more. wonder if it will allow you to make trades too?

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Anyone Can Be Benched

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from the National Post,

Lest you think Iginla was being picked on during the 3-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, he had company on Tuesday in the second-period doghouse. In fact, personnel from the top two lines—Iginla, Kristian Huselius, Craig Conroy, Owen Nolan, Daymond Langkow and Alex Tanguay, the latter seeing a little more than two minutes of ice time in the middle frame.

The message from head coach Mike Keenan was clear—ice time has to be earned, and his top dogs weren’t earning it against the Desert Dogs.

But he also wanted to acknowledge the job being done by the worker bees on the third and fourth lines, and was looking for a spark from them.


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They Used To Be Backups

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from Ross McKeon of Yahoo,

It’s interesting to see what has happened this week to Manny Legace and Chris Osgood, a couple of goalies the Detroit Red Wings thought were nothing more than back-ups not long ago.

Legace was named the league’s No. 1 star for the week ending Jan. 6. The St. Louis Blues’ No. 1 man in the net has pretty much been spot on all season, despite playing at less than 100 percent.

Osgood has played so well that not only has he emerged as the go-to guy in Detroit, but the Red Wings awarded the 35-year-old with a three-year contract extension on Wednesday.

Holy Hasek, what’s going on here?


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  Tags: chris+osgood, manny+legace

Hey Columbus, You Got Vinny!

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from Gregory Hardy at CBS Sports,

Feb. 14, 2012: Columbus Blue Jackets 3, New York Islanders 1, at Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio. Game in “The Horseshoe” was highlighted by a natural hat trick by Columbus’ Vincent Lecavalier in a four-minute span in second period.

more “future” outdoor games…

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Flyers Getting Healthy

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from the Philadelphia Flyers,

Simon Gagne (concussion), Jason Smith (leg injury), Sami Kapanen (facial lacerations) and Scottie Upshall (sprained ankle) all skated with their teammates on Wednesday at practice. If this were a football injury update, Gagne and Kapanen would be on the probable side, while Smith and Upshall would be listed as questionable.

Of course, the big news is that Gagne, who has missed the last 26 games, will get back into game action after the long layoff.

“I’ll be nervous,” said the two-time 40-goal scorer. “I was a little bit nervous coming in for practice today. I felt good again on the ice and I’m looking forward to playing in New York.”


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  Tags: simon+gagne

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