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Vigneault Not Happy With HNIC

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from Matthew Sekeres of the Globe and Mail,

“I think it’s really quite unfair from your boy Ron MacLean to go after Alex the way he did tonight, and take the footage that he did tonight,” he said on the CBC’s After Hours program. “Ron MacLean should have had the footage of Auger and Burrows skating 31 seconds together prior to the game. That footage has never come out.

“You only see Auger and Burr talking to one another for about four seconds, but they did two full loops together and Stephane Auger and Alex Burrows agreed on everything that was said except for one thing.”

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  Tags: alain+vigneault

Shades Of Roy In Colorado

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from Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post,

Unlike Patrick Roy, his number doesn’t ever figure to hang from the rafters of a hockey rink in Denver. Nobody confuses him with New Jersey’s Martin Brodeur, owner of more wins than any goaltender in NHL history. But as the Colorado crowd chanted “Andy, Andy!” in the closing seconds of the third period Saturday, there was no doubt who was the man in the Avs’ 3-1 victory against the Devils.

Craig Anderson is the No. 1 reason Colorado stands proudly in first place of the Northwest Division. In a year of shocking success by the Avs, who qualifies as the most pleasant surprise of all? Say it loud:

Andy, Andy, Andy.

Which made me wonder: What in the world was Team USA general manager Brian Burke thinking when he picked a 23-man squad for the Olympic tournament that did not include Anderson?

“It’s a small wedding. Only 23 seats,” Burke said Saturday, responding to my question by e-mail.

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  Tags: craig+anderson

Drop The Shootout For Just About Anything Goes

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

“I’m not sure how everyone feels, but I can’t stand the shootout,’’ said (Mike) O’Connell, who these days works in pro development and special assignments for the Los Angeles Kings. “I haven’t liked it from Day One. The games are being settled, but in a way that really has nothing to do with how hockey is played. I mean, look at [Wayne] Gretzky - the best player ever and he couldn’t score on a breakaway.’’

O’Connell’s vision of overtime, with the clubs skating four a side, would still have penalties being whistled and served. Otherwise, the full sheet would be in play, with no offsides, icings, trapezoids, or, it goes without saying, dreaded neutral-zone traps. If we all agree the world would be a better place with no lawyers, the ice would have to be a better place with no lines, right?

“All the talk we keep hearing about the game going back to its roots, how much everyone liked the outdoor game at Fenway,’’ mused O’Connell, “well, what’s more in keeping with the spirit of true hockey: something like this, or the shootout?’’

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  Tags: mike+o’connell

Malkin Is No Crosby

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from Rob Rossi of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Right now, he is to the best player debate what Conan O’Brien is to “The Tonight Show.” Actually, O’Brien’s future with NBC might be more promising than the Penguins’ Stanley Cup hopes if Malkin doesn’t rediscover is galloping greatness.

They’ll be lucky to win a playoff round with this version of Malkin.

How fortunate for Malkin, the Penguins’ most talented player, that he is not their most scrutinized, even though he and captain Sidney Crosby each count $8.7 million against the salary cap.

Crosby was a marvel this past week in Western Canada, expertly handling off-ice responsibilities that Malkin usually begs to ignore (even in the comforts of Pittsburgh) — often using the excuse of a limited understanding of English to avoid PR situations that Crosby has handled since he was, oh, 13.

I know that Malkin understands English well enough to routinely give Crosby a break from granting interviews and shooting commercials to promote his team and sport. He chooses not to do much more than just play hockey, but he can just play hockey because of Crosby’s willingness to do all the off-ice heavy lifting befitting a true superstar.

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  Tags: evgeni+malkin

Weekes Not Working Out On HNIC

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from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

• What seemed like a very good idea at the time isn’t: Kevin Weekes on Hockey Night In Canada.

• Don’t know what this means but Brian Burke is marching in the opening ceremony at the Vancouver Olympics and Steve Yzerman isn’t. Not to tell anybody what to do, but if I was Yzerman and I had the chance to do it, I wouldn’t pass on that kind of opportunity.

a few more hockey notes…

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  Tags: kevin+weekes

Lecavalier In The Big Apple?

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Vincent Lecavalier could be headed to Broadway and a reunion with John Tortorella, his coach from the 2004 Stanley Cup-champion Tampa Bay Lightning.

A league source said New York Rangers GM Glen Sather — who’s desperate to find an answer to his club’s season-long, goal-scoring struggles — reached out to Lightning counterpart Brian Lawton to spark trade talks.

A second league executive insisted Lecavalier, who had just 11 goals in 46 games this season entering last night’s action — is on the market.

While the centre would have to waive his no-movement clause to be reunited with Tortorella, the talk is the Rangers are willing to offer up a package to kick-start an offence that had scored 120 goals in 47 games.

That whisper is that package would be D Matt Gilroy, D Wade Redden and either C Brandon Dubinsky or RW Ryan Callahan.

continued plus additional rumors…

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  Tags: vinny+lecavalier

Unfair Decisions

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from Michael Russo of the Star Tribune,

How does the Wild’s Derek Boogaard get five games on a first-offense elbow last season but Phoenix’s Ed Jovanovski gets two on a third blow to the head in two years—and second in a month—just a week ago?

How does one man arbitrarily render discipline based seemingly on no criteria?

Critics joke that (Colin) Campbell must have a dartboard in his office, although as a blog commenter said on “Russo’s Rants” the other day, it’s more like “Wheel of Fortune” because eventually Campbell would get good at throwing darts.

By dodging transparency and then showing zero candor, Campbell leaves the league open to criticism.

But after hearing Campbell on the radio Thursday justify why he didn’t suspend Pittsburgh’s Sergei Gonchar for his blow to the head of the Wild’s Cal Clutterbuck, it’s probably best he keeps muzzling himself.

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added 8:01am, from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

His official title in the league directory no longer is operative. This was the week in which Colin Campbell first and foremost became the NHL’s Cleaner, in charge of dust-busting every single potential scandal under the rug, never to be seen or dealt with again.

Let’s face it. Five years into its proclaimed “partnership” with the players, the NHL has become a monolithic power, unopposed and unchallenged (except by a foolhardy litigant named Jim Balsillie), dictated on the business side by Gary Bettman and Bill Daly, ruled on the hockey side by Campbell, whose decisions become more personal, more quixotic, less credible and thus less worthy of respect by the day.

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  Tags: colin+campbell, sergei+gonchar

The Determined Kings

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from Helene Elliott of the LA Times,

In six seasons Dustin Brown has seen the Kings’ playoff hopes disintegrate slowly. He has seen their hopes crumble quickly. He has seen them so bad they made plans for April vacations in December.

The Kings’ captain is seeing something different this season, something he can’t name. Resilience. Determination, maybe. A knowledge that success is within their reach and worth the unrelenting effort it demands.

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Could Tanguay Be The Offensive Answer In Calgary?

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from Scott Cruickshank of Flames Insider,

First off, let’s make a couple of assumptions.

One — that Flames general manager Darryl Sutter, still so in love with his core, won’t rock a blockbuster in the coming weeks. So no Vinny Lecavalier. No Nathan Horton. No Jeff Carter. No Eric Staal.

Two — that Alex Tanguay would return to a team that he, well, couldn’t wait to leave.

OK now, here’s the thing: the Flames are dying for a top-six forward.

Without playing big-ball—and wheeling away one of the cornerstone heroes — Sutter’s options are limited. Tanguay may be one. This is a fellow playing for a reasonable contract (one year worth $2.5 million US — more than half done, of course) with a healthy dash of skill.

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  Tags: alex+tanguay

Hey, It Is A HNIC Night

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On the HNIC Hotstove, the panelists discussed the Steve Ott disputed goal today against Detroit and other topics including, Turco, Kovalchuk and Gonchar.

Filed in: NHL Teams, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, NHL Media, Hockey Broadcasting, CBC HNIC, | KK Hockey | Permalink
  Tags: steve+ott

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