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WJC- Going For Gold In Regina And Saskatoon

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from Jeff Angus of DobberHockey,

Canada’s final roster for the upcoming World Juniors has been released. Upon first glance, the 2010 edition of Team Canada lacks some of the firepower that has been on display in recent years. However, there still is a lot of talent and grit at all positions, and Canada has to be considered a favourite as they look to win a record-setting sixth straight gold medal.

read on for a preview of the Canadian team…

Jeff will have the reviews for all the teams involved in the coming days.

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Day 2 Of The BOG Meeting

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from Chris Stevenson at the Toronto Sun,

With the momentum of a speeding forechecker, it seems a rule change penalizing checking to the head is steaming ahead for the NHL.

Concussions and headshots were discussed at length at the two-day NHL’s board of governors meetings that wrapped up today. Videos were shown of blindside hits and shots from the side to bring the governors up to speed on what was discussed at the general managers’ meetings last month.

continued with more topics…

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All The Best Jim Kelley

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from William Houston of Truth & Rumours,

We reported almost two months ago that John Shannon had replaced Jim Kelley as the semi-regular co-host of Bob McCown’s Fan590 afternoon drive. It’s worth pointing that Kelley was not pushed out of his job. His departure was necessitated by illness. He has pancreatic cancer. It’s not terminal, but he’s in a fight. We wish him all the best.

continue reading for some truth about hitting in the NHL…

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Afternoon Line

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Ethan Moreau when asked who is the smartest player in the NHL…

I’d have to say Chris Pronger. He’s probably the best player and the smartest player I’ve ever played with. I didn’t learn too much from him on the ice because he plays a different position. But, he has a real professional approach to the game, he’s always prepared to play and he takes a lot of pride in the way he plays. So those are probably things I took from him.

more of the interview with Moreau with David Staples of The Cult Of Hockey…

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Taking Notice Of The Sedins

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from Ryan Dixon of The Hockey News,

To some degree, points have stopped being the point of reference when evaluating the play of Daniel and Henrik Sedin.

A player’s contribution to the scoresheet is always going to be a factor when evaluating his play, but the twins have passed the threshold where their worth is constantly assessed by clicking on their stats.

That said, these guys are tearing it up right now.

Henrik, in particular, is having a heroic season. He’s on pace for 34 goals and 104 points, totals that would obliterate his previous career highs of 22 and 82.


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  Tags: daniel+sedin, henrik+sedin

Think Players First

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from John Shannon of Sportsnet,

It’s a good thing for the NHL that there are a great many positive distractions at this time of year. The Olympics announcements, the Winter Classic and the Olympics have fans drooling for more big events for the league and the game. However, it all comes with a cost.

Multi-purpose arenas, a contracted schedule and poor travel schedules are causing a great deal of stress in the locker rooms, the boardrooms and on the ice. Too many teams and too many players are playing the game at the highest level, at well below 100 per cent health, and that leads to injuries and less than entertaining hockey.

The new stat du jour is “man games lost to injury.” Throughout the NHL, teams have inserted this stat to their daily news releases. Teams like Edmonton, Detroit and Washington are zeroing in on 200 games lost by their injured players. And we aren’t talking about H1N1, or Selanne’s broken wrist, or Khabibulin’s back. This is about guys playing at full speed from game one to 82, playing hurt, playing tired and causing more injuries because of the really wacky schedule that has been foisted on the game.


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It’s Almost Christmastime In Atlanta

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from Bill Tiller of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

See, if we go back to last September, we find this article posted by Jeff Schultz just before the season began. When asked about Kovy’s contract situation, general manager Don Waddell offered up the following response…“I don’t think we’ll be talking about this at Christmas time”.

Hmmmm… well, given that the weather has turned a bit colder… I still have trips to make to Costco, Macy’s, Walmart and Borders Book Store in the coming nine days…and that the program interrupted a few weeks back by President Obama was “A Charlie Brown Christmas”…it seems as though Christmas is indeed upon us

And we are still “talking about this”....

Now, I have long held the belief that the Thrashers have been looking to sign their Russian phenom at around the rate of about $10 million per season…a figure I come up with by adding Kovalchuk’s current salary with that of fellow countryman Slava Kozlov. I contend that the organization will opt not to re-sign Kozlov…who will be 38-tears of age in May…and simply transfer that $3.667 mil or so from his ledger to Kovy’s.

If so…then the two parties are about a million per and a half per year apart.


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At Least They Haven’t Forgotten How To Skate

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from George Sipple of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings forwards Valtteri Filppula, Niklas Kronwall and Johan Franzen all skated today at Joe Louis Arena, but Darren Helm did not.

Filppula, who is the closest of the injured Wings to returning to action, skated with the team during practice drills and attempted some wrist shots. Filppula has been out since Oct. 29 with a broken right wrist.

“It was fun, a lot of fun,” Filppula said of skating with the rest of the team. “Been missing doing that.”

“Now I can start practicing with the guys. I’m still a couple weeks away, probably, from playing, but I felt pretty good.”


added 1:58pm, from Helene St. James of the Detroit Free Press,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson can’t quite straighten out his left leg and can’t quite bend it, either, but given that he has no ligament damage to his knee, he is, more than anything, upbeat.


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Bruins Need A Pure Goal Scorer

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from Joe Haggerty of CSNNE,

Does anyone really believe that the Bruins are on the road to Stanleyville after losses to the Islanders in overtime – who then got utterly waxed by the lowly Florida Panthers two days later – and a wilt job in the third period against an underachieving Flyers bunch?

The suspicion is that a future trade over the next two months for a scoring force will answer that question for everyone.

With that in mind, there are several names popping up on Boston’s radar, and the possibility that the problem-solving move will come sooner rather than later. Here are the favorites for new facein the Black and Gold clubhouse should Bruins GM Peter Chiarelli makes his move:

The Russian-born Thrashers scoring machine is the Gold Standard, and represents the elite scorer that would immediately vault the Bruins into a role as Stanley Cup favorite. Kovalchuk has nearly twice as many goals as any player on the Bruins roster, and missed six games with a broken left foot.

more names…

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Kings Lead The West

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I don’t think anyone would have predicted that the Los Angeles Kings would be first in the West Conference in mid-December, but they are.  The Kings have a 22-14 record (with three overtime loss points) to give them 47 points.  Skeptics are quick to note that Los Angeles leads the NHL in games played and some western teams (San Jose and Chicago) have better winning percentages in fewer games played.  Whether or not you think Los Angeles can maintain top spot in the West, it is clear that they are a much better team than predicted. 

They have a good young core of players that is emerging to stardom together.  At forward, Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Alexander Frolov and Jarret Stoll have significant talent and are leading the team offensively.  Ryan Smyth was a significant contributor as well, before he fell to injury (he may be back soon).  Justin Williams and Wayne Simmonds have also been significant contributors.  This is a deep group of offensive players and many have the potential that they will likely keep improving.

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