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Rob Blake Would Like To Stay In LA

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

“We haven’t been able to see how good we are yet,” said Blake. “It’s been more of a struggle this year than I probably thought it was going to be. I understood there was going to a period there where they had to rebuild and I don’t have any problems with that. I love the organization and I’d like to stay after I’m done. That’s one of the reasons I wanted to come home.”
And probably one of the reasons he’ll want to stay, trading deadline or no trading deadline.

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Shooting The Games

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Chris Hodson’s dad gave him heck as a kid for wasting so much time playing computer games.
“You’ll never get ahead in the world,” he said.
Dads are seldom wrong, but this one is now eating large helpings of crow.
Today, Chris owns four $60,000 high-definition robotic television cameras and flies across North America shooting NHL hockey games for the CBC, TSN/CTV and Rogers Sportsnet.

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Time To Trade Sundin

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from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

The time has finally come to bid the big Swede adieu.
After almost a dozen years in blue and white, nine of those years as captain, Mats Sundin should move on. It is time for the elegant center and it is time for his struggling franchise.
If Sundin remains with the Toronto Maple Leafs beyond the Feb. 27 trade deadline, he will be doomed to finish out his career in frustration and mediocrity, ensuring the same fate to the Leafs and their legions of fans.

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Something In Common With The Greats

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from Karl Samuelson at NHL.com,

Guy Lafleur did it with the Montreal Canadiens.
Steve Yzerman did it with the Detroit Red Wings.
Mario Lemieux did it with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Mark Messier did it with the New York Rangers.
Wayne Gretzky did it with the Edmonton Oilers and repeated the feat with the Los Angeles Kings.
And now Alexander Ovechkin is doing it with the Washington Capitals.
Doing what?
Offering hometown fans reason to believe.

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JABS Man

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PJ at Sharkspage did a recent interview with Chris Young…

Toronto Star deputy sports editor and former JABS blogger Chris Young was kind enough to answer a few questions on sports journalism, blogs, NHL television broadcasts, and the quote machine that was Charles Oakley.
[CY] The NHL is pretty well-covered by blogs, more and more, and with Dave Stubbs’ Montreal Gazette blog, Habs Inside-Out, I think you are seeing more and more the mainstream media (I do hate that phrase almost as much as the MSM shorthand it usually gets) can produce good blogs.
I love Eric McErlain and James Mirtle. I think Alanah and Jes out west, and Tom Benjamin, really do good blogs. I am missing some, but I think the point is made. The NHL blogosphere is pretty good, and perhaps that is partly due to those U.S. markets we talked about opting out of coverage. Where there is a vacuum, something is sure to follow.
[CY] I pay no attention to trade rumours, they are the empty calories of sports coverage. Easy to make up, instantly digestible, no nutritional value at all.

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My personal request, start blogging again Chris, you are missed!

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NHL Wins Again

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The NBA All-Star Game entertainment lineup will include “Mr. Las Vegas” Wayne Newton.
Enough said!

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Everyone Wants To Be A Hockey Player

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I believe Jes started it, now it continues to grow.
Just start clicking the people he tagged, you will everntually find more and more and more…

Others who have participated, please use the comments to be added.

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Hasek Glad Nolan Is Back Coaching

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from Newsday,

“It’s a long time ago,” Hasek said when asked to explain his reasons for calling for Nolan’s firing. “There were some different views in the organization between me and him. And I really felt that way when I said it. I felt the organization needed someone else.
“However, I think for him to start somewhere else is great, and I’m glad he’s back in the NHL. I felt for the Sabres at that certain time, it was better to go with someone else. I felt that way, and that’s what I said, yeah.”

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Happiness Abounds

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After last night’s comeback win at Nassau, according to our Deep Diggers, Mike Babcock was either “ecstatic”, “beaming”, or “happy as a school girl on pajama day at school.”  Ok, the last one was mine.

But he was a happy kid.  And Dom Hasek said the win was at least partly a result of a passionate Babcock pep talk between the second and third periods.

Khan(!)/MLive

Hasek said Babcock’s second intermission speech lit a fire in the team.

“The coach came in and said we have to find a way, this is not Red Wings hockey, we have to go in front of the net and pay the price to score the goals,” Hasek said.

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Waiting On X-ray

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from the OC Register,

Scott Niedermayer is scheduled to have an X-ray on his right foot to see what, if any, healing has occurred in the stress fracture that has kept him out of skates since Jan.20. Niedermayer was able to rest for 12 days over the All-Star break to give the injury time to heal.
Niedermayer is expected return, but how much time it will take remains undetermined.
“The doctors are going to describe what’s going on there,” Niedermayer said. “Certainly the impression I had from our initial discussion was to at least give it a chance to start healing - and if it doesn’t look like that’s happening, then eventually I should get back and start playing.”

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