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Monday Morning Notes

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

• On Saturday, the NHL’s holiday roster freeze goes in effect for eight days, meaning the last day for GMs to do their pre-Christmas player shopping is the 19th. In recent years, the Christmas deadline hasn’t elicited much action on the trade front, and with the Philadelphia Flyers signing goaltender John Grahame to a minor-league contract as insurance until Ray Emery gets back, it pretty much puts an end to speculation that they are in the market for netminding help.

• How can 14 of the 15 Western Conference teams go into today’s eight-game schedule with winning records – more points in the standings than games played? Obviously, the answer is three-point games – the bonus points awarded for shootout or overtime losses that distort the standings and create the illusion that no team is really struggling, even if they are.


added 8:28am, from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

You are Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi. You wake up yesterday to discover your team, one of the NHL’s sad sacks not so long ago, is tied for top spot in the Western Conference at 45 points with the suddenly free-falling San Jose Sharks, the club you ran before being replaced by Doug Wilson.

Life certainly is good in Mr. Lombardi’s world these days.

A huge key to the Kings’ meteoric rise up the standings can be attributed to their success in the shootout. Los Angeles has reeled off six consecutive shootout victories.


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Those Are Some Serious Michigan Accents

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For some reason, and I can’t explain it, I think this is gonna be really frigging cool.  Wing bloggers, a podcast, a weekly thing, babbling.  Brought to you by a new Wing site called The Obstructed View dedicated soley to hosting the writers you read every day, talking about the Organ-I-zation.

Three different bloggers every week, with a new episode every Monday morning.

Michael Patrella from The Production Line, Casey from Winging It In Motown and Kris from Snipe, Snipe, Dangle, Dangle....they’re first on the docket.

The Obstructed View Podcast, episode 1.

Continue Reading »

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The Coyotes Could Be A Success In Phoenix

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from James Cybulski of TSN,

The Coyotes saga had to be one of the most painful to follow in 2009 so there’s no point in trying to rehash the NHL versus Jim Balsillie saga, but the end result may yet have a happy ending. With Ice Edge Holdings signing their letter of intent with the league on Friday, it shows that there is reason to believe that hockey may yet live in the desert. No people, I’m not drinking while writing this.

Here’s why it has reason to work. Despite what others may say to the contrary, these new owners are legit.

read on

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Hossa Plays A Little ‘Stick Hockey’

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Marian Hossa catches the puck, tosses it down and puts it in the net before it hits the ice.

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Save Of The Night

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Antero Niittymaki gets the puck with his stick before it completely crosses the goal line.

thanks to DayWalk3r (Twitter) for the pointer.

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Spend To Win

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from David Biderman of the Wall Street Journal,

Many sports fans assume baseball is the game that’s most driven by owners’ pocketbooks. For proof, they could point to the 2009 playoffs, where the final four teams were all near the top of the league in payroll. But the sport where spending money most closely equates to winning games is played on ice, not grass and dirt.

From 2000 to 2008, NHL teams’ winning percentage has a 0.49 correlation to their payroll (where 1 represents a direct correlation and 0 represents no correlation at all). This number doesn’t suggest an airtight relationship, but it’s a stronger correlation than the three other major sports leagues. Major League Baseball has a 0.43 correlation, and the NFL is at a nearly meaningless 0.15, according to a new study by Dave Berri, a professor of economics at Southern Utah University.


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Boyle Injury Appears Short-Term

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via David Pollak of the Mercury News,

Sharks defenseman Dan Boyle will continue to be evaluated this week to determine the extent of an injury suffered at the end of Saturday night’s 2-1 loss to the Phoenix Coyotes, but a team spokesman said Sunday that it does not appear to be serious.

No details on the injury were released.

The Sharks don’t play again until Thursday, so it does give Boyle some time to heal.

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Hockey Notes On A Sunday Night

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Former Oilers goalie Ron Tugnutt, who is tutoring the Canadian junior team these days, figures Martin Brodeur will be the No. 1 on the Olympic squad and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins should be No. 2 because he’s got a Cup ring from last spring.

Not Roberto Luongo?

“Luongo over his career really hasn’t won anything,” said Tugnutt.

• The New York Rangers would certainly be in the hunt for the struggling Vincent Lecavalier if he wants to waive his no-trade, no-move clause in Tampa Bay.

Why? Because the fiery John Tortorella was his Lightning coach and he’d look wonderful alongside Marian Gaborik.

But the Rangers would have to move about $10 million in salary to Tampa to make it work. Do the Lightning want centre Chris Drury and defenceman Michal Rozsival? I don’t think so.

The Los Angeles Kings might be the best suitor.

more notes…

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It’s Raining Teddy Bears

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Aaron Vickers of Future Considerations just alerted me about this video.  I will let Aaron explain…

Moments ago the Calgary Hitmen scored to kick off the 15th annual Teddy Bear Toss. They set a world record two years ago by tossing 26,919 bears onto the ice. The bears are then donated to various charities in and around Calgary, with players themselves delivering the stuffed animals in some cases.

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NHL Ref Talks Ref Abuse In The Lower Leagues

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from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Dave Jackson is used to getting booed and yelled at when he’s at work. It’s part of the job when you’re a referee in the National Hockey League.

“Yelling at the referee has always been part of the game in professional hockey,” Jackson said. “I don’t take exception to it.”

But Jackson does take exception to the verbal abuse he hears young referees taking in minor hockey. Jackson, who lives on the West Island, has been spending more time in local arenas since his NHL season came to a sudden end last month when he tore both the ACL and MCL ligaments in his knee during a game. And he doesn’t like what he has seen and heard from some hockey parents - especially at the lower levels - who take the games far too seriously.

“Sometimes kids (at the lower levels) just fall down and parents are yelling for a penalty to be called,” said Jackson, who has a teenage son who referees minor hockey. “A referee can take away the flow of the game by calling penalties that aren’t penalties.


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