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from Dave Dye of the Detroit News,

But while the role of the agitator has diminished over the years, there still are a few who live to be irritants.

Kirk Maltby and Chris Chelios can fill that role for the Red Wings, although not necessarily to the degree they did earlier in their careers. And some of the top agitators in the game today include Ottawa’s Jarkko Ruutu, Nashville’s Jordin Tootoo and Dallas’ Steve Ott….

Television analyst Pierre McGuire, a former NHL coach, added: “An agitator is a guy that does whatever it takes to win. He’ll pursue the puck with a vengeance. He’ll finish his checks bordering on getting a penalty. He’ll dive face first in front of a shot and then laugh at people on the other bench who think he’s nuts. He’ll do virtually anything to win. Usually the best agitators are guys that hit, run and play tough in key situations.”

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If Sundin Chooses The Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If the Rangers are informed that Sundin is following his heart to Broadway rather than his wallet to Vancouver, the Rangers would be able to place players on waivers up until 3 p.m. New York time on Friday.

Though they technically do not have to clear salary-cap space until they actually register Sundin’s contract (which won’t take place until a day or two before the center is deemed ready to play in a game), their failure to trim or reorganize the roster by Friday means the Rangers would be carrying two or three dead men skating throughout the freeze.

That’s obviously not ideal for club unity or morale. Neither will it be good for club unity or morale if Sundin, who is returning to Stockholm for Christmas, begins practicing with the Rangers the last week of December with the current roster intact….

This means the most likely options would involve deleting Petr Prucha and Dan Fritsche from the roster. Making both moves by Friday would add approximately $1.565 millionto the $1 million in cap space they’re currently holding.

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  Tags: mats+sundin

Flyers Know How To Party

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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

From: Gonzalez, John
To: Ford, Bob; Sheridan, Phil
Subject: Party animals

Well now. Just when you thought Sean Avery was the NHL’s lone bad boy, along come your Philadelphia Flyers. There’s a story on the Internet, along with a number of pictures, about the Flyers crashing a Temple University fraternity date party in Old City last week.

continued with a link to the pics.

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The Sabres Point A Game Man

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from John Vogl of the Buffalo News,

Derek Roy has reached a point in his NHL career where big things are expected daily. He’s also reached a point where he can deliver.

Roy is a fixture on the Buffalo Sabres’ score sheet, but that’s nothing new. The center led the team in points last season, averaging a shade more than one per game. He’s back on a similar tear. It raises the question: Does Roy expect to be on the score sheet every night?

“Yeah,” he said Tuesday. “The coaching staff expects that of me, I expect that of myself, my teammates expect that from me. That’s what I’m here for.

“Everyone’s a piece of the puzzle, and my job is to make plays, score goals, play defense and log a lot of minutes — play well consistently game in and game out. That’s what I’m trying to do every night.”

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  Tags: derek+roy

Big Hit Of The Night

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from the Thrashers Blog,

Ottawa’s Chris Neil delivered one heck of a shoulder to Bryan Little 18 minutes into the second period of Tuesday night’s game. Little had his head down, and Thrashers coach John Anderson called it a clean hit, but his players clearly went out to defend their teammate.

Eric Boulton challenged Neil to a fight, and Neil declined, Anderson said. Boris Valabik wagged a finger and talked some smack from the bench.

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  Tags: bryan+little, chris+neil

Senators Must Get The Message

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from Bruce Garrioch at Off The Posts,

Senators coach Craig Hartsburg must send a message after a 4-1 loss to the Atlanta Thrashers.

If he doesn’t like to bench one player, then it’s time to send them for a skate today with the no pucks. The Senators didn’t work tonight, make them work in the morning. The club doesn’t play until Friday. The power play was awful. The penalty killing was worse. The supposed scorers disappeared.

“It was a step back. It was an awful step back,” said a seething Hartsburg. “We didn’t play with the desperation right from the start and we didn’t have it all night.”

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added 9:09am, from the Universal Cynic,

Notice a glaring lack of posts lately? That’s because I won’t waste my digital motor skills covering what may, or may not be going on with this city’s team. I’ve said everything I could up until this point. The Ottawa Senators aren’t worth my time, let alone my money.

read on

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Keenan Warned The Blues

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from Flames Insider,

Flames coach Mike Keenan received a boisterous round of boos Tuesday night when his image flashed up on the Jumbotron at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis.

Iron Mike served as coach and general manager of the Blues from 1994-96, and it appears some of the faithful are still bitter over his reign — especially over the departure of several key players including Wayne Gretzky, Brendan Shanahan, Al MacInnis, and Brett Hull.

“It’s kind of difficult when you’re getting marching orders to trade people,” Keenan said. “I’m not shy to tell the folks here that I was explicitly told to trade MacInnis, Hull and Shanahan to reduce the budget significantly. The team didn’t want to carry those finances.

“I told them at the time. I said, `there’s going to be a major backlash if this happens.’”

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  Tags: mike+keenan

Bad Kill

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from David Staples of The Cult of Hockey at the Edmonton Journal,

The Edmonton Oilers are being killed by their penalty kill. After allowing four powerplay goals in a 9-2 loss to the Chicago Black Hawks, the Oilers rank as the second worst penalty kill in the league.

Twenty-nine games in, Edmonton has let in 34 goals on 126 chances, a 73 per cent clearance rate, just ahead of Atlanta at 72 per cent. To put that in perspective, 24 NHL teams have killed off at least 80 per cent of their penalties this season.

Five teams have killed off more than 85 per cent of their penalties, led by the New York Rangers, who have a 91 per cent clearance rate.

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Dreaming Of Drury

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

Here’s one thing I’m hearing from people in the know: The Rangers are so intent on getting Mats Sundin that they may well trade Chris Drury to make room. The Rangers will need to clear some significant salary to allow for Mats’ inclusion, and Drury has three more years and $21.5 million left on his contract after this season.

But he also has a no-movement clause to his deal, meaning any kind of trade or demotion to the minors or put through the waiver wire would need his approval first….

The Avs have roughly five million in cap space right now - partly because of Joe Sakic’s long-term injury. So maybe if you get a Drury to waive his no-movement clause to come to Colorado and get the Rangers to pay half his salary this year after going through re-entry waivers, you could fit him in - although you’d probably have to move more salary too.

Of the few teams Drury would consider playing for, I’m sure the Avs would be one of them.

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  Tags: chris+drury

What’s Wrong With This Picture

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from Tarik El-Bashir of Capitals Insider at the Washington Post,

And then there were no replays in the press box - because Nassau Coliseum doesn’t get Versus. Go figure.

more on the Caps OT win against the Islanders.

thanks to a KK reader for the pointer.

 

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