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All-Star Memories

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from Linda Cohn at ESPN,

I know the diehards will watch, even if the game was on QVC. We’re all just glad to have the game back after a two-year hiatus due to the lockout and the Olympics.
It’s funny. For a game that doesn’t count in the standings, it sure can tap into our emotions at times and give hockey fans some memorable moments. We all have our favorites, and here’s my top 10:
1996, 46th NHL All-Star Game, FleetCenter
You can’t make this stuff up! Bruins veteran and fan favorite Ray Bourque broke up a tie game by scoring with just 37.3 seconds left in regulation to lift the Eastern Conference to a 5-4 win over the Western Conference. It was simply a great moment for a good guy, and for it to happen in front of his beloved Bruins fans made it even more special.

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Worthy Cup Recipients

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The Cup’s going to be raised by a few heroes a heckuva lot sooner than expected.  From a league press release,

NEW YORK (January 19, 2007) - NHL All-Star starting goaltender Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres is one of several players expected to join dozens of volunteers and loved ones in welcoming U.S. soldiers returning from a tour of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport (DFW). The Stanley Cup and six NHL mascots will accompany him during the visit.

During the visit, Miller will unveil two custom-designed goalie masks honoring U.S. and Canadian troops. The masks, designed by renowned sports artist David Arrigo, will be displayed in the terminal during the visit.

Outstanding move.

 

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Thursday’s With Cheli

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Here's some cool news for you. Every Thursday Chris Chelios appears on Detroit sports radio station WDFN. Earlier today we've received permission from them to offline each segment and put it here for you. Look for that to start next Thursday. Typically, Chelios is on in the 5pm-6pm hour so expect it here no later than an hour after he is on.

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Iginla Out Longer Than He Expected

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Reluctant to come clean on the initial diagnosis of the sprained MCL in his left knee two weeks ago, the captain said yesterday what most already figured: He’s out for at least a month.
“Four to five weeks is what (the doctors) are saying,” said Iginla, whose knee was injured when pinned awkwardly against the boards Jan. 4. “I’m hoping for three weeks and it’ll be three weeks after the all-star break but that’d be optimistic.”
And completely unrealistic. He hasn’t even bent his leg since being fitted for a brace following a hit by Florida’s Bryan Allen.
“It’s stiff,” said Iginla, who will have the knee examined by doctors again today.

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Talking In The Crease

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PJ at Sharkspage has all the information you need about “In The Crease”...

In the Crease is a 90 minute documentary film that followed the California Wave Bantam AAA hockey team from a Pacific District Regional Championship in California, to a National Tournament in Bensenville, Illinois. Along the way the crew filmed every practice, game, and locker room experience, in addition to home scenes that represent the players and parents dedication to youth hockey.

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Oilers Plan To Get Tougher

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from Robin Brownlee of the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers made a philosophical decision last summer that they didn’t need Georges Laraque, letting the baddest man on the NHL planet know he wasn’t in the plans. When Big Georges took his feared fists to the Phoenix Coyotes, they wished him well and moved on.
It’s a decision the Oilers have regretted since, most recently Tuesday when Minnesota meathead Derek Boogaard flattened Ales Hemsky knowing there wasn’t a damn thing anybody could do about it.

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Old School- Beliveau Had Influence On Ref

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from the Montrreal Gazette,

Ian (Scotty) Morrison was never a teammate of Jean Beliveau’s, but he credits the Canadiens great with putting him on the path to a Hall of Fame career in hockey.
During the late 1940s, Morrison and Beliveau were playing junior hockey in Quebec City - Morrison with Palestre Nationale and Beliveau with the Citadelles.
“We were playing Quebec in the semifinals and one of our coaches (Mickey Hennessy) came up with the brilliant suggestion that I would shadow Beliveau,” Morrison recalled

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Performance = Attendance?

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from Mike Chen at his Fox Sports blog,

...For whatever that’s worth, attendance should be really driven by performance (with tradition and local economics factoring in, too). Even teams with good traditions experience soft attendance when a team is terrible.
So with that in mind, I looked at a team’s percentage of capacity for this year (because pure attendance numbers are misleading) when compared to last year and I threw in three sidebars on my nifty spreadsheet:

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Blue Jackets Want To Keep UFA Pair

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

The NHL trade deadline is Feb. 27, almost two weeks earlier than in recent seasons.
With that date in mind, Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean had preliminary contract extension talks Wednesday with agents representing left winger Fredrik Modin and right winger Anson Carter.
Modin and Carter are set to be unrestricted free agents if they aren’t signed by July 1.
“We’re just starting the process,” MacLean said yesterday. “These are preliminary talks, just ballpark figures going back and forth. But I’m hopeful, very hopeful, we can get something done before the deadline.”

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What A Difference

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from the Charlotte Observer,

It didn’t take goaltender Chris Holt long to realize trappings in the NHL were different.
“Ask for something and you get it right away,” he said, laughing. “You want skates sharpened, and it doesn’t take two hours. They have about nine guys who can do it.”
Holt and Charlotte Checkers teammate Blake Bellefeuille have played in the NHL, two steps above the ECHL in which they compete. They’re the lone Checkers, among 20, with big-league experience.
They recall every detail and nuance, despite the rush of achieving a lifelong dream.

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