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Hockey Notes On A Sunday Night

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal,

• Former Oilers goalie Ron Tugnutt, who is tutoring the Canadian junior team these days, figures Martin Brodeur will be the No. 1 on the Olympic squad and Marc-Andre Fleury of the Pittsburgh Penguins should be No. 2 because he’s got a Cup ring from last spring.

Not Roberto Luongo?

“Luongo over his career really hasn’t won anything,” said Tugnutt.

• The New York Rangers would certainly be in the hunt for the struggling Vincent Lecavalier if he wants to waive his no-trade, no-move clause in Tampa Bay.

Why? Because the fiery John Tortorella was his Lightning coach and he’d look wonderful alongside Marian Gaborik.

But the Rangers would have to move about $10 million in salary to Tampa to make it work. Do the Lightning want centre Chris Drury and defenceman Michal Rozsival? I don’t think so.

The Los Angeles Kings might be the best suitor.

more notes…

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It’s Raining Teddy Bears

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Aaron Vickers of Future Considerations just alerted me about this video.  I will let Aaron explain…

Moments ago the Calgary Hitmen scored to kick off the 15th annual Teddy Bear Toss. They set a world record two years ago by tossing 26,919 bears onto the ice. The bears are then donated to various charities in and around Calgary, with players themselves delivering the stuffed animals in some cases.

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NHL Ref Talks Ref Abuse In The Lower Leagues

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from Stu Cowan of the Montreal Gazette,

Dave Jackson is used to getting booed and yelled at when he’s at work. It’s part of the job when you’re a referee in the National Hockey League.

“Yelling at the referee has always been part of the game in professional hockey,” Jackson said. “I don’t take exception to it.”

But Jackson does take exception to the verbal abuse he hears young referees taking in minor hockey. Jackson, who lives on the West Island, has been spending more time in local arenas since his NHL season came to a sudden end last month when he tore both the ACL and MCL ligaments in his knee during a game. And he doesn’t like what he has seen and heard from some hockey parents - especially at the lower levels - who take the games far too seriously.

“Sometimes kids (at the lower levels) just fall down and parents are yelling for a penalty to be called,” said Jackson, who has a teenage son who referees minor hockey. “A referee can take away the flow of the game by calling penalties that aren’t penalties.


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Blues Can Start Building In The Locker Room

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from Darren Pang at FoxSportsMidwest,

The next day it is what is called a “bag skate”. Skate real hard, no pucks, and the point is real clear.

This is where good teams bond. this is the type of negative situation that has to be turned into a positive for the players in the room. It is up to them, in my opinion. The players, at the end of the day, have to get it done. They play the game. The coaches job is to prepare the team. The Blues coaching staff does that every day.

In all my years of playing the game, and being in the broadcast booth handling Stanley Cup play-off assignments, Olympic competitions, I have NEVER seen win’s come easy. They don’t just arrive on your door step with a free Bud Light. They are all cherished, they are all earned.

The doubter’s are out there now. It was a “Meltdown on Market Street”. The fan’s are getting restless, witnessing far too many home losses, yet seeing the Blue’s win so strongly on the road.

This is why these player’s the game. They didn’t choose an individual sport like tennis, golf or bowling. These great athletes chose a team sport. When they get ready for the next game, and the one after that, they better be able to look across the room at their teammates and not let them down


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Nylander Back To Grand Rapids

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ARLINGTON, Va. – The Washington Capitals have assigned center Michael Nylander to the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL), vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today

added 9:47pm, via Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

Under the arrangement, Nylander, who has not suited up for the Capitals since the last season’s playoffs, will come off Washington’s 23-man roster and his $4.875 million cap hit no longer will count against the club’s salary cap figure.

Even with Nylander off the roster, the team still would be responsible for paying his $5.5 million annual salary this season. But the move gives Washington the salary-cap flexibility it needs to make an addition at the NHL’s trade deadline or call up touted prospect Karl Alzner.

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Evening Line

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“To get the fans back they have to play well and to me, I like to go and see some superstars. I’m not a big fan of golf but when I know Tiger Woods is playing I’m going to watch him. I like Dwayne Wade because it’s attractive to have a superstar because a superstar gives you something other people can’t.’‘

“I love the breakaways, penalty shots, the shootouts.  That’s what they did in the World Cup and we should do in the playoffs, too, instead of playing until 3 a.m. Even if it’s 0-0, people get excited for the shootout.’‘

-Pavel Bure on the Panthers and the shootout.  More from Harvey Fialkov at the Sun-Sentinel.

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Reasons Why The Caps Lost To The Leafs

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from Ted Leonsis of Ted’s Take,

Maybe we were tired. Maybe we were rattled with the change in routine. Maybe our defense broke down. Maybe our young goaltender had a truly sub par performance. Maybe their goaltender stole a game after a shaky start.

Maybe all teams in the NHL are good to very good and they just beat us - at home - after we played back to back. It is a big game for the other side, Hockey Night in Canada and all. I think we lead the NHL now in Saturday night games on Hockey Night in Canada now. Everyone gets up for us. We have no easy games to play any more.


They won. We lost. We get no points.

a bit more...

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New Rookie Of The Year So Far

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I have been picking Michael Del Zotto of the New York Rangers as the rookie of the year but it has become clear that he has been surpassed in the race by John Tavares of the Islanders.  Tavares has a significant lead among rookie scorers with 27 points.  That total puts him in the lead among his New York Islander teammates.  He has been everything the Islanders hoped he would be when they picked him first overall last summer.

Tavares is looking like he may have the best offensive rookie season since Evgeni Malkin three years ago and possibly since Alexander Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby the year before that.  Does that mean he will establish himself as a star on their level in the near future?  He has the potential.

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HNIC Hotstove Talk

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The HNIC crew discusses numerous hockey topics, including the Coyotes, the salary cap for next season, ref talk, league spending and the Kovalchuk contract.

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Offensive Production Needed In Calgary

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

Pre-season pundits predicted goal scoring would be the club’s Achilles heel, and those predictions have been front and centre the past handful of games.

“We’re not going to worry about that. We’ve got enough offence in this room,” said centre Daymond Langkow. “We’re going to keep focusing on the defensive side of it, and have to be better there—40 shots against last (game) isn’t good enough.”...

However, the dearth of offence is starting to become an issue. Goaltender Miikka Kiprusoff was outstanding in those three losses and gave his team a chance to win each time, but there wasn’t enough offensive support.

“That Minnesota game, it was a stinker of a game for us,” said head coach Brent Sutter. “It wasn’t so much what we did with the puck or the offensive part, it’s how we played defensively. That affected us offensively.

“Look at how many offensive chances we got. We didn’t get many because our team game wasn’t very good. It goes hand-in-hand. Play a really good team game, be responsible on both sides of the puck, good defensively and then you’ll be good enough offensively. We didn’t have offence because we weren’t good enough defensively.


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