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Briere On Rehab Assignment

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via Ed Moran of the Philadelphia Daily News,

The Flyers announced this morning that they are sending Danny Briere to the Phantoms for a two-game conditioning assignment.

It’s an unusual move for a top player, but general manager Paul Holmgren said it was necessary to make sure that Briere is ready to return to the lineup. It also likely a move to avoid having to add his salary to the team’s cap total before being sure he can play and prevents Holmgren from having to make roster moves to fit him in….

“We are doing this just to make sure everything is okay with Danny,” Holmgren said. “This will give him the opportunity to play in some games prior to re-joining the Flyers. He will play two games with the Phantoms on Wednesday and Friday. He was absolutely receptive to this.”

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World Cup Talk

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from E.J. Hradek of ESPN,

If you’re a fan of elite international competitions, you’ll be happy to hear the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association are working toward staging another World Cup of Hockey tournament in the not-too-distant future.

According to an informed source, the sides are looking at two dates, the most probable being late August/early September of 2011. Another possibility is Feb. 2012. That date, however, is less likely because of the need to shut down the 2011-12 NHL regular season to accommodate the tournament. The owners aren’t thrilled with the idea of dimming the lights during the season for any reason. They do so grudgingly to allow the players to participate in the Olympics. In this case, I believe they’d be wise to at least consider it.

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I Don’t Want To Hear Or Read These Again

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After an in-between period player interview, the host will say to the the player- “Thanks for that and good luck the rest of the way.”  Just once I would love a player to say something besides “Thanks”.

The color commentator guy- “Taking away their time and space is key.”  Just not Pierre McGuire either, others are now using the phrase too.

“My source told me.”  It is 2009, you can no longer hide behind a source!!!  New fans of the game may believe you at first, but if you have no credibility, good luck with the ‘source’ material.

“The NHL does not have a shootout when the playoffs roll around.”  We know, we know and if they don’t know, they will find out soon enough.

“A left, a right, another left, right…!”  A ‘homer’ fight call, as if he opponent is just standing there, taking all the punches.

“He’s one ot the top 10 players at his position.”  Most likely in the top 30.

How about you, any phrases starting to rub you the wrong way?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Breakaway Challenge

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

NEW YORK (Jan. 13, 2009)—Super-skilled Washington Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin will defend his Scotiabank Fan Fav NHL Breakaway Challenge title against a creative collection of fellow NHL stars during Honda/NHL SuperSkills Saturday, Jan. 24, at Montreal’s Bell Centre.

Local hero and renowned dangler Alex Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens will join young artists Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Ryan Getzlaf of the Anaheim Ducks and Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks in taking on Ovechkin, who last year impressed celebrity judges at the inaugural Breakaway Challenge. This year, the shooters’ task will be to impress fans in arena and viewers across North America, who will determine the winner by voting via text message for the performance they deem most astounding.

“I want to defend this title,” Ovechkin said. “It’s kind of a pretty cool title and I’m happy right now that I have it.”

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  Tags: all-star+game

Kiprusoff On Pace For 50 Wins

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from Steve MacFarlane of the Calgary Sun,

Appearing in all but two of the Flames’ first 41 contests, Kiprusoff has already racked up 25 victories. No goaltender has ever won 50 in a single season.

Kicking off that quest tonight with the St. Louis Blues visiting the Saddledome Kiprusoff is well-rested after four days between games.

“It was a good break,” said the 32-year-old Finn. “To have some time with your family, it’s always good.

“But when you’re used to going every day so hard, it’s tough to come back. Even after a couple of days off, it feels weird. You have to really concentrate to get your mind back into the game.”

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Flyers Take On Slumping Penguins

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from Anthony J. SanFilippo of the Delaware County Times,

It’s a good thing for the Penguins that the Steelers are in the AFC Championship game, keeping the spotlight off of them.

Making matters worse are reports that there is an internal rift between the players and coach Michel Therrien and that the Pittsburgh coach might not be around if it matters get much worse.

Speculation is that former Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette could replace Therrien at a moment’s notice.

It’s not just the coach.

Malkin and Crosby are still scoring points — they are the league’s top two scorers — but they are getting little help from teammates and finding that play has gotten a lot more physical compared to last season.

read on

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Florida Feeling Economic Pinch

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from Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald,

...the slumping economy is taking a toll on fan turnout—and in some ways, forcing the Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, Florida Panthers and the Florida Marlins to rethink how they do business….

The Panthers are averaging 15,156 tickets distributed per game, which is below last year’s 15,436 and 25th among 30 teams. But the number of people who actually attend Heat and Panthers games is lower, sometimes significantly so….

The Panthers also have canceled plans to add a $25 fee to tickets for marquee games this season.

Yormark hopes to boost single-game sales, which he says have been ‘‘somewhat affected’’ by the economy.

The economy has affected the Panthers in other ways, too—the team laid off several support staff employees and is no longer matching employee money in 401(k) accounts.

more Panthers talk along with other Sout Florida teams…

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Ted’s Thinking

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from Ted Montgomery at USA TODAY,

News: The Pittsburgh Penguins have struggled this season.

Views: Not surprising. It’s not unusual for a young team that has vaulted to great success (last year’s Stanley Cup Finals appearance) to experience some growing pains. The Pens also lost some players from last year’s team and have sustained some significant injuries. They will rebound in the second half. There is too much talent on this team.

News: The Detroit Red Wings will not be able to keep Henrik Zetterberg, Marian Hossa and Johan Franzen on next year’s team.

Views: Even Detroit GM Ken Holland admits that next year’s Red Wings will be different than this year’s squad. One of those three players will be gone, solely for salary cap reasons. Most observers feel it will be Hossa, but I think Franzen is the most likely to go….

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Rangers Talking Extension With Zherdev

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Rangers New York Rangers and the agent for Nikolai Zherdev are in the preliminary stages of negotiations aimed at extending the talented 24-year-old winger’s contract and thus preventing him from reaching the Group II free-agent market, The Post has learned.

“This is where I want to be,” Zherdev told The Post yesterday. “I don’t want to play in Russia next year. I want to stay here and play in the NHL, in New York, with the Rangers.

“I’m very happy here. I like the team. I like the guys. I like living here. Everything is good.”

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  Tags: nikolai+zherdev

Hitting The Road

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Teams out west do those kind of things all the time with few chances to come home. At least the Sabres’ Sea to Shining Sea tour will get broken into three segments. Between now and Feb. 4, the Sabres will have just one home game (Saturday against Carolina) and will make eight stops on the road….

“You switch yourself to road mode, do your routines on the road, go a day at a time and stay focused,” Numminen said. “We’re confident on the road. . . . Every year there’s a crazy trip and this is the one for us. The schedule is never perfect. You go a day at a time, make sure you’re in the moment and don’t look ahead. Soon enough, everything is behind you.”

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