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Brad Richards Returns To Tampa

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from Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune,

While the memories of what was accomplished during his six seasons with the Lightning remain, little else is left of the organization he knew for so long. Ownership has changed, the coaching staff is gone, management is new and the roster looks nothing like the one he left last season. And only two players remain on the roster in which Richards won a Stanley Cup with - Vinny Lecavalier and Marty St. Louis.

Richards said playing against the Lightning won’t feel as strange as squaring off against Lecavalier for the first time in his life. Lecavalier and Richards have been playing together since their early years in high school, playing for Notre Dame Academy in Saskatchewan. Both played for Rimouski in junior hockey and were drafted by the Lightning.

“It’s definitely going to be bizarre,” Lecavalier said. “But I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’m looking forward to seeing him again. It will be fun to see him play again.”

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All Jacques Demers

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from Mike Brehm of USA TODAY,

You mentioned San Jose and Detroit as Cup favorites. Who are your favorites to come out of the East?

Demers: The Flyers are a solid team. Boston is a solid team. It’s tough in the East this year. Washington is definitely a strong contender, as is Pittsburgh. But in my opinion, if everything goes the way I think it could go with Carey Price, he has the ability to take the Montreal Canadiens to the Finals.

more from Jacques…

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Avs Fans Can Handle The Truth

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

I couldn’t help but shake my head in embarrassment for the Avalanche franchise afterward tonight, though, when it came to my attention that Kroenke Sports Enterprises sent out a Captain Queeg-style email to all hockey-side employees over a recent blog I wrote, about people at KSE being worried about their jobs in this horrible economy, and of expense-cutting initiatives such as eliminating company-paid Internet access hotel charges on the road, and things like that.

From what was described to me, the paranoid, threatening-sounding email promised recriminations toward anybody who might have leaked such information to yours truly….

Good grief, these guys just will never get it. They think you’re stupid, fans. They can’t handle the truth. When anything bad happens, this team just retreats like a turtle into its shell of denial and subterfuge and pretends everything is just peachy, when if only they would just act like adults and say, “Yeah, you know what, we are cutting back in this tough economy, and yeah, things aren’t helped that much with this mediocre product we’re putting out on the ice, but you know what? We’re striving to do better and we just hope our fans hang in there with us.”

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The Vezina Race Again

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The Vezina race for best goaltender has become a very tight race.  I have been picking Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets for this award, but a couple strong games from Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins coupled with a couple lesser games from Mason have been enough to tilt the balance.  I am now picking Tim Thomas as the current Vezina leader.

Thomas has a league leading .937 saves percentage and a 2.00 GAA (that is second only to Mason).  Thomas has faced more shots than Mason in slightly less ice time.  The race between the two of them is very close and could again swing on a couple of games.

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McGuire vs. Milbury

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

Given the coverage the issue has received, it seemed fitting that NBC’s first Sunday of the NHL regular season would feature a fight.

The battle in this case, however, wasn’t on the ice.

It was in the studio where commentators Pierre McGuire and Mike Milbury traded verbal blows over the pros and cons of fisticuffs, with Milbury ending it by giving McGuire a sharp slap to the chest.

“Keep your head up,” he said.

“I always keep my head up,” replied McGuire.

It was heated, but for the Canadian audience, there wasn’t much new presented in the debate,...

continued and not just for the Canadian audience Mr. Houston, hockey fans world wide have been following the fighting debate…

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Life Was Hanging In The Balance

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from Joe O’Connor of the National Post,

Kurt Jory could feel his life slipping away, and he told his friend, Isaac Smeltzer, who was there beside him, holding his hand, that if he died on the ice at the Windsor Arena to tell his family that he loved them. He was worried about his mom and dad, his older brother, and younger sister. Jory did not know what they would do if he was just gone, without even having a chance to say goodbye.

The tall and gangly starting goaltender for the Brock University Badgers hockey team was sitting rink side at the Seymour-Hannah Sports and Entertainment Centre watching his teammates practice earlier this week. Jory appeared to be perfectly healthy save for his right arm, which was cradled by a blue sling.

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Evening Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Is it just me or is NHL darling and Reebok pitchman Sidney Crosby just a really good player and not a superhuman, best of breed, sport transfer?

Maybe he’s getting more pressure than praise.

Whatever is at work, I just expected more domination and must-see moments from the “Next One”. His young, flashy Russian rivals seem to have cornered the market on that.

Sid the Kid - more hat than cattle so far.

-Daryl Reaugh of Razor With An Edge

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Kings Recall Bernier On Emergency Basis

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LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Kings have recalled goaltender Jonathan Bernier (emergency recall) from the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey Leagueand assigned forward Teddy Purcell to the Monarchs, Kings President/General Manager Dean Lombardi announced today.

The Kings recalled Bernier after learning that goaltender Erik Ersberg sustained a lower body injury in the Kings game at Dallas on Saturday.  Ersberg’s injury is considered day-to-day. 

Bernier, 20, has not appeared in a regular season game with the Kings this season.  The 6-0, 185-pounder from Laval, Quebec, has a record of 10-12-3, one shutout, a goals-against-average of 2.79 and a save-percentage of .897 in 25 games with the Monarchs this season. 

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Forget The Penguins, Think About The Ducks

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from Stan Fischler of Game On,

Don’t call me a quack just because The Maven smiles at the prospect of Ducks flying into The Garden on Tuesday night.

No matter that the Blueshirts otherwise successful road trip ended with a 3-0 defeat on Sunday at The Igloo.

The Rangers have endured 3-1-1 in their last five games and return to Seventh Avenue respectably atop the Atlantic Division. There’s no point sitting in the corner and sulking about that, is there?

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Artyukhin Hit On Peltonen May Be Under Review

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from Erik Erlendsson of Bolts Report,

There is a good chance that Evgeny Artyukhin will at least receive a phone call from the league office, if he hasn’t already, regarding his knee-on-knee hit with Florida’s Ville Peltonen. It appeared that Arthukhin stuck out his knee as the two collided at the end of the second period. Peltonen lay on the ice for several minutes and had to be helped off the ice. The Panthers scored the eventual game winner on the penalty (which was called tripping, not kneeing).

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