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A Look At Jim Hughson

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from Gordon McIntyre of the Vancouver Province,

If you’d never heard Hughson call Olympics hockey or any of his work on CBC, TSN, Sportsnet, ABC, ESPN, EA Sports NHL—if you just looked at all the stops he’s made along the way (including voice of the Leafs), you’d think, “This guy can’t hold a job.”

“You name the Canadian network and I’ve had paycheques from them,” Hughson, fresh off covering some White Rock trails on a morning run, said with a laugh when the question is put to him.

With a six-year contract from CBC in his pocket to be Ma Corp’s top hockey broadcaster, replacing

75-year-old Bob Cole, who’s being eased out, Hughson is looked upon by most as the best broadcaster in Canada. (Although Chris Cuthbert is no slouch, Hughson out-Geminis him 5-2.)

read on

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Believing In The B’s

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

What we have here now, amid Garden sellouts Friday afternoon and last night, is reason to believe. Actually, many reasons to believe. To wit:

1. Claude Julien. His coaching thus far has been masterful, among the keys the standard he set with the yanking of a gritless Phil Kessel from last year’s playoffs. The only real motivating tool a coach has is his control of ice time. Lack of production has to be met with lack of allotted playing time, be it minutes or situations (line combinations, power-play time, etc.). Julien’s X-and-O scheme is simple, straightforward, and the minutes he doles out are earned, not granted.

read on with additional hockey topics…

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Eric Godard & Elvis Have Something In Common

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from Dave Molinari of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Hall of Fame center Ron Francis is fond of telling about the time he asked Mario Lemieux how he prepared for training camp, and Lemieux responded that, about a month beforehand, he stopped ordering french fries with his club sandwich.

But such attitudes and actions are no more a part of the NHL today than bench-clearing brawls and the Oakland Seals. Conditioning coaches are a staple of every team’s staff, and they have more than a passing interest in what players consume.

“I’m always preaching nutrition and trying to get the right things in you,” said Mike Kadar, who fills that role for the Penguins.

He does not, however, have a comprehensive list of foods that bears his stamp of approval. And, if he did, there’s not much chance that winger Eric Godard’s meal of choice would show up there.

Kadar, you see, is one of those folks who simply doesn’t recognize the nutritional merits of an occasional fried peanut butter-and-banana sandwich.

more and thanks to Empty Netters for the pointer…

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Time To Move Havlat

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from Tim Sassone of Between the Circles,

Paging Marty Havlet. Paging Marty Havlat. Please report to the front of the net.

OK, maybe that’s a bit harsh. And I like Marty, but where the heck was he on the six-game road trip that ended with a thud Saturday afternoon at Staples Center?...

Havlat is frustrating the Hawks and don’t be surprised if GM Dale Tallon starts shopping the winger, who is making $6 million to not be a difference maker. Havlat is going to be an unrestricted free agent after the season and there’s no way he will be asked back. No chance. None.

Up until now I thought the Hawks needed Havlat to make the playoffs, but now I don’t think they do. Maybe there’s a team out there that wants to take a chance on him and would offer a player in return. You just can’t give Havlat away at this point.

read on

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Does Colorado Have Interest In Afinogenov

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I think there’s an outside chance the Avs might try to get Maxim Afinogenov from the Sabres. I do know for sure they’ve made some inquiries about him. He’s having an awful season in Buffalo and is kind of the Arnie of the Sabres’ message boards. But he’s got skill, and people who know Maxim just think he needs a change of scenery. He’s been in Buffalo a while now, and it’s time for a change.

The usual suspects might be dangled to get him - (Brett) Clark - but with Foote’s injury, a trade involving a D-man might be less tenable.

more Avs talk…

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Tomas Kaberle May Waive NTC

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Tomas Kaberle is surveying the National Hockey League landscape, asking questions and opening his mind to the possibility of being traded by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

For him, that represents a whole new vision for his future. If he had done this last February, he could have been playing for the Philadelphia Flyers last night and scoring threat Jeff Carter would have lined up as a Leaf.

continued with more hockey notes tossed-in among other sports talk…

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Let’s Trade

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Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun makes some trades…


Colorado sends RW Ian Laperriere to Dallas for Steve Ott: Even though Ott is out for a month with a broken right hand, the Stars need to get him out of the dressing room permanently….


Toronto sends D Pavel Kubina to Vancouver for D Mattias Ohlund: Kubina would have to waive his no-trade clause, but once Brian Burke takes over as GM in Leafland, Kubina’s shelf life will be short….


Columbus sends G Frederic Norrena to Calgary for a draft pick: G Miikka Kiprusoff isn’t playing as well as the Flames need him to, but it’s difficult to take him out of the net without a reliable backup.

if you want to read more, feel free to do so.  You will run into a lot of ‘could happen’, ‘maybe’, ‘possible’, etc…

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Stop The Fighting

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Two seasons ago, in the aftermath of the fight in which Orr broke Todd Fedoruk’s face with a devastating punch, NHL VP Colin Campbell suggested the time had come for the league to at least investigate the possibility of eliminating fighting from the game.

Campbell was ahead of his time. For the time has come today for the NHL not only to investigate the possibility, the time has come for the NHL to abolish fighting. It’s simply too dangerous.

Watching heavyweight fights such as the one in Tampa on Wednesday between the Rangers’ Orr and Lightning’s David Koci has become the equivalent to viewing the aftermath of automobile accidents on the Interstate. They’re impossible to look at without becoming queasy.


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Time For A Two Goalie System?

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The San Jose Sharks have been the best team in the NHL so far this year.  Their 20-4 record (with one regulation tie point) gives them 41 points and first place in the NHL.  However, all is not perfect in San Jose.  Their number one goalie Evgeni Nabokov has yet to play particularly well.  He is sporting a .896 saves percentage, which has a lot to be desired.  His other numbers do not look so bad.  He has a 2.57 GAA and a 13-2 record.  This is a testament to how well the Sharks have played in front of him.  Nevertheless, his goaltending will become an issue if he continues to play at that level.  It is impossible to have prolonged success in the NHL without better goaltending.

The solution is obvious.  When Nabokov was injured, backup goaltender Brian Boucher played extremely well.  Boucher has a .928 saves percentage and a 1.89 GAA.  Since Boucher was the temporary number one goalie, his better numbers are not a function of playing against weaker competition.

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Hot Stove Talk

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During the Hotstove on HNIC these topics were discussed:  Pierre LeBrun reports the Blackhawks are looking at Sundin, but a lot of salary would have to be moved, either Martin Havlat or Nikolai Khabulin.

Mike Cammalleri is being shopped by Calgary according to Al Strachan. 

Craig MacTavish is feeling the heat but will not be fired, too close to Kevin Lowe for that to happen.

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