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Step Off The Train. Let’s Talk “Transplants”.

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I’m not telling you to relinquish your window spots.  Oh no.  Keep the stub.  Leave your empty Tab can in the cup holder, your leather Fonzie jacket in the seat.  The Stress Train is packed and by no means am I endorsing an exodus.  We have every right to be fetal today, and every day through the playoffs.  You see…this streak will end, the world will right itself and the Wings will win consistently again.

But…the memory of this will always be right…there.  But, just for a few minutes, let’s focus on something else other than even strength ineptitude, overplaying Nick Lidstrom and still losing, the fact that our present best goalie has like 600 fewer wins than the other two.

We’ll get to all that later today.  Now?

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Time For R & D Department

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

At least a couple of them (GM’s) will be pushing the league to change the way it does business. Darcy Regier, the general manager of the Buffalo Sabres, says he wants the league to add a new department of research and development.

Regier thinks it is high time the league hired people whose sole responsibility would be to study and test new ideas for the game, from rule changes to equipment changes. The overriding purpose of an R & D department, Regier says, is to stay ahead of the coaches, whose lifework is to take any pizzazz out of the game with stifling defence.

“I just think there are always things you have to do to stay ahead of the players and coaches,” Regier said. “That means you always have to open the offence because the defence catches up.

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Looking At Today’s NHL

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from John Shipley of the Pioneer Press,

The NHL lockout seemed like a disaster at the time, a foolish and petulant move by a professional sport with already tenuous prospects. Nearly three seasons later, it’s hard to argue with the results. Just about everything has gone according to plan.

The league is on pace for its third consecutive season of record revenues and attendance. It has a new costcontaining salary cap that allows for massive player contracts. Perhaps most important, the product itself is thriving, with dozens of exciting young players and competitive parity that has 26 of 30 teams within at least five points of a playoff berth with less than 30 games remaining.

So why does everyone have a pet project that will “fix” the NHL?

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Blackhawks Extend Seabrook

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via TSN,

The Chicago Blackhawks have secured a big piece of their blueline as they have signed defenceman Brent Seabrook to a three-year, $10.5 million contact.

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Blake Still Hurting

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via Inside The Kings,

Rob Blake doesn’t expect to be back on the ice before the Feb. 26 trade deadline, which could obviously affect his tradeability. He attempted to skate today and it didn’t go well. He is going to have an MRI to check on the ankle’s progress tomorrow and said he won’t try to skate again until next week.

added 6:54pm, from the LA Times,

Kings defenseman and captain Rob Blake said today that he has not been asked to waive his no-trade clause by the organization and does not want to do so.

“I want to stay here and remain a King,” said the injured Blake, who was at the team’s practice facility in El Segundo. “I stressed that with them and talked about the plans of the Kings and the future. . . . That was it.”

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added 8:02pm, from another blog post at Inside the Kings,

On meeting with Lombardi: ``Nothing’s changed on my part. I expressed my feelings to stay here again and kind of do what I wanted to do when I came back here two years ago. That’s not going to change. Hopefully it works out that way.

``He was just saying there are teams inquiring. But there’s been no talk of waiving the no-trade on either side. I think a lot of things you hear are people blowing things out of proportion. I’m not going to respond every time I read something….”

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thanks to a KK reader for the pointer on the last post on Blake…

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Coyotes Go To Training Camp

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The Coyotes teamed up with the Maricopa County Sheriff Department for a day of training.

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Talking Trades

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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Sportsnet,

NAPLES, Fla.—With anticipation growing as the trade deadline approaches, the NHL’s 30 GMs are gathering in this picturesque part of Florida for their annual three-day meeting.

Officially, there’s an agenda from the league to look at possible rule changes and the general state of the game in meetings Monday through Wednesday. Unofficially, it’s a great opportunity for GMs to get some face time with their potential trade partners ahead of the 3 p.m. ET deadline on Feb. 26.

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Morning Line

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from Sabres Edge,

(Lindy) Ruff, on whether the trade rumors are dogging his team: “It’s part of the game, part of the rumor mill. It can affect a few players. But you focus on the fact we’ve lost one of our last 11. If it was bugging us, it should have been bugging us [before]. The rumors will come up and you guys will make up rumors—which you guys are usually good at. And I’ve told them not to listen to you guys so they know better.”

more on the Sabres…

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The Video Game

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from Ice Chips at the Arizona Republic,

As players battle on the ice, there’s a battle of wits going on elsewhere in the arena between coaches who probably haven’t watched more than a handful of live hockey games in years.

Video replay coaches, who observe from off-ice areas, are in constant communication with assistant coaches. They try to pick up trends and nuances, and their suggestions and observations often translate into success on the ice seconds later. It could be a tweak in a power play that leads to a goal or player who is able to find a little crease to squeeze through and help set up a breakaway.

Technology has reached a point where almost every sequence in a game can be broken down with the right equipment and a trained eye.

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Keep An Eye On The West

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Last February, 50 trades were made in four weeks prior to the deadline, but there has been no such flurry this winter, only a single deal that sent Cory Stillman to the Ottawa Senators. The best bet is that once one Western Conference team makes a significant move, others will quickly follow.

Dallas, Anaheim and San Jose are eyeballing each other closely, and Detroit has got to be thinking a lot more about making a bigger move with the way Mike Babcock’s club has floundered of late.

Fletcher, then, really has to wait and watch the west. That’s got to be more interesting than watching games that don’t matter.

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