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The E.J. Story With NHL Live

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via Ken Schott of the Daily Gazette,

Hradek, who was co-host of the two-hour talkshow that is on NHL Network and Sirius/XM Satellite Radio with Don La Greca, hasn’t been on the show for a couple of months. At the top of the show, Hradek explained that his full-time employer, ESPN, has problems with him being on the show. Hradek is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and a contributor to ESPNEWS.

Hradek said a compromise was reached where he can be a “guest” on “NHL Live.” He is hoping to work out a deal with ESPN where he can be on “NHL Live” more.

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Blues Continue On Course

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from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

For the record, Checketts is staying the course. He stands behind John Davidson’s plan to build a contender through player development.

“I know everybody from John on down is working very hard and is upset that our record isn’t better,” Checketts said.

He remains supportive of coach Andy Murray, whose job security has become the subject of Internet speculation.

“The guy is coaching his tail off,” Checketts said. “He’s effective. The guys are playing hard.”

He would like to re-sign Andy McDonald to a new contract rather than trade him away to a contender seeking rental help for the stretch run.

In other words, Checketts said all the right things for a man in his position. And thus far in his regime, Checketts has been a man of his word.

more on the Blues…

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Canucks Flat Again

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from Jason Botchford of the Vancouver Province,

Now what? Head coach Alain Vigneault has tried benching players, demoted players, put his top forwards on the bottom line.

He has coddled and he has carved his team.

We are all still waiting for some sort of response.

Heck, a heartbeat or two would do right now.

Luongo showed his rust right away when he was beat on the first shot he faced.

He crossed himself up going post-to-post and looked as awkward as you will ever see him when the little-known Joakim Lindstrom tucked the puck between his legs.

more

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All-Time Montreal All-Stars

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from Red Fisher at NHL.com,

My 50 years on the Canadiens beat have included dynasties that delivered Stanley Cups five years in a row from 1955-56 through 1959-60 and in four consecutive years starting in 1975-76. I’ve seen them win 17 of their 24 Cups, so imagine for a moment the glittering quality of those players as individuals and as teams.

It’s all in the numbers: 21 of the skaters and four goaltenders (Jacques Plante, Gump Worsley, Ken Dryden and Patrick Roy) who wore the CH on their hearts during the last half-century have been voted into the Hockey Hall of Fame (current Montreal coach and former player Guy Carbonneau has been nominated, but hasn’t received the required number of votes ... yet.)

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Breaking Down The Call

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The Goalie Guru takes issue with the announcer (who happens to be ex-NHL goaltender Chico Resch) and tries to prove his point.

But I would take the word of a guy who played the game on the NHL level before that of a ‘guru’.

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Morning Line

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“Who cares about the other guy?  Let him hit his hand. Better he hurt his hand than hurt my head.”

-Bob Probert on keeping his helmet on during a fight, via the Chatam Daily News.

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A Look At Jose Theodore

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from Bob Cohn of the Washington Times,

“I saw the two sides of playing in Montreal,” he said. “For most of my career, I think it was great. I had some great years there, obviously. The fans were really supportive. But when things are not going well, it’s the other way around. It’s tougher to kind of focus. There’s a lot of distractions around the game, and the last year I was there I had a really tough time because it seemed like everything was falling on my head.”

There is less pressure here, the critics more a source of motivation than a hindrance.

Peter Lockley / The Washington Times In July, Jose Theodore signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Capitals.

“People who didn’t believe in me, I like to show them wrong,” he said. “And after a while, they might change their opinion.”

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Talking Pens-Rangers With Mike Milbury

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I had the opportunity to speak with Mike Milbury this morning to discuss the NHL on NBC game this Sunday at 12:30pm ET.

We talked about the upcoming game and a few other hockey topics.  Also note, I got my Pierre’s messed up, referring to McGuire as LeBrun in the interview.  Hey, it is Friday morning and -16 right now.  That is my excuse!


If you wish, you can download the interview in mp3 format here.

 

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Shanahan Skating With The Devils

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from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

Brendan Shanahan Brendan Shanahan skated with his new Devils New Jersey Devils teammates for the first time yesterday in Columbus and came away impressed.

“I like what I saw,” Shanahan said after officially signing with the team he came up with over two decades ago. He agreed in principle with the Devils on Saturday after being unable to rejoin the Rangers earlier in the year. “It’s definitely a Lou Lamoriello-built team.”

Now, Shanahan and the Devils just have to figure out when he can make his season debut after sitting out nearly half of the season waiting for the right opportunity to come along.

“It’s day-to-day,” Shanahan said. “I want to get right out there, but they didn’t sign me just to play a few games in mid-January and then get hurt.”

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Winning For Vinny

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from Lightning Strikes,

Perhaps rallying is a little too strong, but there certainly is a sense in the locker room that the players, who have listened to the trade rumors involving Vinny Lecavalier, would rather the core group not be disrupted, especially now that they believe they are starting to come together with a 7-4-1 streak.

Said forward Ryan Craig: “We’re all teammates. We don’t want to see anyone from our group go, especially our leader and captain.”

Said goaltender Mike Smith: “These are our brothers in here. This is our family. We don;t want to see anything happen to our core group. ... To even think about trading a guy like that I don’t know. He’s the face of this franchise. He’s been here since he’s 18 years old.”

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