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Ring In The New Year

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NEW YORK, N.Y. (December 28, 2009)-VERSUS will drop the puck on 2010 with a 90-minute program on New Year’s Eve, titled NHL Winter Classic Eve Special on VERSUS Presented by Bridgestone.  The show, which begins at 11 p.m. ET, will be hosted by VERSUS’ Hockey Central studio team-Bill Patrick, Keith Jones and Brian Engblom-and will air live from a remote studio atop Fenway Park, the location for the third annual NHL Winter Classic game on New Year’s Day featuring an outdoor game between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers.

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Morning Line

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Canadian hockey cheerleaders like to say this country is so overflowing with talent that it could send two teams to the Olympic tournament. That’s true, but would either win? Canada’s 12th forward may be superior to Russia’s 12th, but I’ll take Russia’s core ahead of Canada’s. We’ll see.

-William Houston of Truth & Rumours.  More on the Olympics from Mr. Houston.

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Which Montreal Goalie Would You Trade?

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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Montreal Canadiens GM Bob Gainey has got to be counting his blessings that he wasn’t able to deal backup goalie Jaroslav Halak to the Philadelphia Flyers a couple of weeks ago.

For those of you keeping score at home, Halak has faced 40, 50, 47 and 49 shots in his past four starts and won them all. He was brilliant Saturday night when the Canadiens stole two points from the Toronto Maple Leafs in a 3-2 overtime win and has faced an average of 46.5 shots in his past four games.

This gives Gainey a little bit of time to ponder his goaltending situation. And you know what? If he has any stones at all, he has to be at least considering the possibility of trading Carey Price instead of Halak.

Please hold your expletives and your electronic hate mail for a minute while I try to explain this.


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Claude Lemieux Is A Good Person

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from Adrian Dater of All Things Avs,

...here’s an interview with (Claude) Lemieux for the addictive “Q” interview show, out of Toronto, where Lemieux talks about the show, and also about his NHL career some. And, toward the end, he talks about his hit on Kris Draper, and he uses the word “mistake” in what he did. That’s actually the first time I’ve ever heard him say that word.

Lemieux is a good person. He really is. He would cut your heart out to win a hockey game and was easy to hate, but that ultimately was a sign of respect in a lot of ways.

more and you can watch the interview too…

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Equipment Still An Issue For Wild

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from Bruce Brothers of the Pioneer Press,

Tony DaCosta stood in the middle of the Wild’s dressing room Sunday morning at the Xcel Energy Center, holding an ice skate in each hand and exchanging wisecracks with players.

In the middle of packing the team’s gear for its first road trip since fire destroyed more than two-thirds of it on Dec. 18 in Ottawa, DaCosta seemed in his usual good mood; the Wild had won two straight games, and everything appeared to be back to normal.

DaCosta put the skates down and shook his head.

“We’re far from back to normal,” he said. “We’re about 50 percent.”

DaCosta believes a blowtorch ignited in the back of the Ottawa Senators’ equipment truck during the short drive from the Kanata Recreation Centre, where the Wild practiced, to Scotiabank Place, where the Senators defeated the Wild 4-1 on Dec. 19.

He estimated damages at about $100,000.


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System Is Not The Problem In Calgary

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun,

What’s hard to figure out what happened to a team that a few weeks ago was firing on all cylinders but now appears disjointed and disinterested.

“We’ve had some success, but we’ve had a hard time dealing with it,” said Flames head coach Brent Sutter. “The guard dropped and the foot has kinda gone off the pedal, and now we’re trying to find our way again.

“But they know what’s out there because they’ve shown and proven they can do it,” he said. “And it has nothing to do—absolutely nothing to do—with systems. Absolutely nothing. Nothing. Nothing.

“It’s other things that we have to deal with. Whether it’s liked or not, it’s going to get dealt with.”

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The Smurf-Like Rangers

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

When was it exactly that the people making the personnel decisions for the Rangers came to the conclusion that size and strength are not necessary attributes for a team to thrive over the course of an 82-game season?

The contrast is striking every night, when the Blueshirt smurfs try to get to the front of the net against (much) larger defensemen while enemy attackers flood Henrik Lundqvist’s crease without meaningful opposition from players who are either too small to make a statement or too meek to matter.

It is imperative that GM Glen Sather acquire big bodies who will use them, even if it means sacrificing some of the skill level that coach John Tortorella covets in his athletes.


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Let’s Hope There Is No Fire & Rain

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from NHL.com,

The 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic is lining up the star power off the ice as well, with a list of musical talent featuring the legendary James Taylor along with Daniel Powter and the Dropkick Murphys set to perform before the game between the Boston Bruins and Philadelphia Flyers on New Year’s Day.

“We are absolutely thrilled that James Taylor, Daniel Powter and the Dropkick Murphys are performing at the 2010 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic,” said Don Renzulli, NHL Senior Vice President of Events & Entertainment.  “As performers and as hockey fans, James, Daniel and the Dropkick Murphys bring a new level of excitement to this historic game.”

Taylor, a five-time Grammy Award winner and member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, will perform the U.S. national anthem prior to the opening faceoff. The singer-songwriter has sold more than 40 million albums.


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Babcock Always Learning

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from Rachel Brady at CTVOlympics,

In the summer of 2001, Mike Babcock—then coach of the AHL’s Cincinnati Ducks—called Hockey Canada to ask if he could come watch the men’s Olympic hockey camp in Calgary prior to the 2002 Salt Lake City Olympics. He wanted to learn from the best coaches and players and take a few notes.

He had already acted as coach of Canada’s World Junior team, so Hockey Canada was happy to let the coach attend. A young coach trying to make it to the NHL, he was doing anything he could to gain an edge in the hockey world.

Fast-forward to 2009, and Babcock is now one of the game’s most accomplished coaches. The Detroit Red Wings coach will soon take the bench behind Canada’s 2010 Olympic team. Yet the Stanley Cup winning coach still calls himself a life-long learner. He has rarely missed an opportunity to benefit from his encounters with people, in hockey or otherwise.


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