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Naslund Feeling The Heat

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Grant Kerr of the Globe and Mail,

Vancouver talk radio sports shows are punctuated with callers wondering what’s wrong with Naslund, often saying he should be traded (Naslund has a no-trade clause in his contract).
For the Canucks to return to the Western Conference playoffs in the spring, they will need their top-paid players to put up numbers that reflect their positions on the payroll. Naslund understands and takes his responsibilities seriously.
“I would like to score more goals, there’s no doubt about it,” Naslund said before the team departed for a four-game trip beginning Tuesday night against the Minnesota Wild. “I try to do the right things, and hopefully things will come along and I will get my chances — and I’ll get my goals.

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Losses Make Me Ramble

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Yesterday afternoon I said "sanity prevailed" when Mike Babcock announced Dominik Hasek as his starter. "Osgood's not ready!", I bellowed here yesterday morning. "You must start Hasek in this pivotal Central Division matchup!" "For all that's holy in this magical holiday season...ensure Osgood's rash is healed before you throw him to the wolves of Nationwide." And sanity did prevail. Just before Hasek gave up 3 on nine shots.

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Lame Shootout

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from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,

The shootout … I don’t know. The first 20 times or so, it was pretty exciting, but now it seems kind of lame to me. While it has been responsible, obviously, for abolishing ties once and for all (and good riddance), it now seems too gimmicky. Soon there will be hired guns available for shootouts. I’ll make this analogy using baseball.

read on...and much more from “The Mouth”...

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Is There A Deal Brewing

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from Slam,

Sources close to Petr Nedved have told SLAM! Sports that the embattled Philadelphia Flyers’ centre may be headed back to the New York Rangers as part of a multi-team deal, instead of returning to Europe as many speculated.
Nedved is currently under contract for $2.4 million USD, and any team trading for him would be responsible for the remainder of his salary for the 2006-07 season.
NHL rosters are frozen beginning at midnight on Dec. 19 through Dec. 27 for the Holiday break.

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Chara Just Wants A Win

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from Matt Kalman at the HockeyJournal,

B’s head coach Dave Lewis and center Marc Savard both predicted Zdeno Chara’s return to Ottawa tomorrow night would be “exciting.”
But you’d never know it by talking to the giant defenseman.
“I’ve thought about it, obviously. It’s my former team, but now it’s just a matter of both teams want to win the game. And it’s business as usual,” Chara said after the B’s practiced at TD Banknorth Garden this morning and before they chartered to Ottawa for tomorrow night’s game with the Senators.

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Khan(!): Hasek’s In

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Sanity prevails. Via MLive.

Dominik Hasek will start in goal tonight against Columbus, as coach Mike Babcock had a change of heart after saying two days ago that there's a good chance Chris Osgood will start. Osgood, who's ready to play, will dress as the backup for the first time since Nov. 10.
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AO Steps Up

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from Capital Insider, the blog of Tarik El-Bashir at the Washington Post,

I wrote last month that Ovechkin’s defense has improved significantly this season. Well, I’ve noticed, particularly in recent games, that defense is not the only area where he’s getting better.
As one person who watches him regularly said today, “It’s like he’s got rocket fuel in his skates” in recent weeks. Another person said he’s playing with greater “intensity and determination” than the first two months of the season.

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Ozolinsh On Waivers

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via RDS (translated),

Rangers of New York lost patience with the defender Sandis Ozolinsh, whose name was placed at the ballot.
The 34 years back obtained three points in 21 matches this season. It presents also a ratio less eight.
Ozolinsh touches wages of more than three million dollars this season.

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Ellis Gets His Shot

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

According to the AP, Matt Ellis is on his way from Grand Rapids to Columbus. Word is he'll be in the lineup tonite. I'm going to point you to an email Joe Conklin wrote me last week, in response to some questions I had about the value of Ellis and Jiri Hudler. As you can see, the Griff organization is happy for Ellis today. December 15th, Joe Conklin/Grand Rapids Press

"Ellis is a power forward who gets most of his goals within 10 feet of the net. He's the hardest working player I've ever seen, both on and off the ice. He's a first-class guy who is a perfect fit to be the Griffins' captain. Every person in the Griffins' organization wants to see Ellis get a NHL chance."
Ellis will take Tomas Kopecky's spot on the roster. Who will sit? You tell me. My guess is Hudler, but you knew I'd say that. I'll have more on Ellis prior to game time tonite.

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Listen Up

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from FlexCoach,

Episode 7 : Dave Tippett and Sydney Crosby
Host: Doug McLeod - NHL TV play-by-play announcer
Hockey is hot deep in the heart of Texas where Head Coach Dave Tippett runs the Dallas Stars. This week, Doug McLeod catches up with Coach Tippett at a hotel on the road to talk about the game and his coaching philosophies.
Also, Christmas means Crosby to lots of people; in hockey, that means Sydney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. He’s also the Grinch to the Flyers. NHL.com’s Phil Coffey comments.

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