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One Of The New Ads

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Japers’ Rink just gave me the heads-up on one of the new NHL ads.  Very funny stuff…

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Mini-Hockey Blogger Tour

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Today at my NHL.com blog, I visit a few of the hockey blogs and wonder if wearing the home team sweater matters.

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Habs In A Funk

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from Elliotte Friedman at CBC,

Guy Carbonneau doesn’t have any answers. Alexei Kovalev and Janne Niinimaa were the latest to be benched, nailed to the pine for long stretches last Saturday night. Sergei Samsonov and Craig Rivet were other high-profile punishees over the past weeks. It’s clear this idea isn’t working.
Some reports out of Montreal indicate Sheldon Souray and Alexei Kovalev started the screaming match. It’s not certain if the two were yelling at each other, but these two have a history.

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“Trade(ing)” Stories

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

“As great a life as this is, there are some tough parts and being told you’re traded is one of them.”
Wayne Primeau was told after the Bruins tilt Saturday he would be playing for Calgary less than 24 hours later.
“My five-and-a-half-year-old son was sleeping when I got home and was still sleeping when I got up so I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye—that sucks,” he said.
As bad as that was, Primeau said it was even tougher being traded from San Jose last year as part of the Joe Thornton deal when he was informed in the coach’s office after pre-game warmup.

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The Code Still Exists

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from Mike Zeisberger of the Toronto Sun,

“The unique thing about our sport is that we play with hockey sticks that potentially can be used as weapons. This is a game that is very emotional and guys are only human. Fighting gives them an outlet to release (energy and frustrations) instead of slashing, cross checking and high sticking.
“You almost never see a tough guy grab a small skilled guy and start (punching) either. There is still a code.”
Gretzky said his stance has softened a bit with time.

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The Shot Blocker

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from Michael Farber at Sports Illustrated,

Once reserved for the penalty kill, the playoffs or critical moments of meaningful regular-season games, shot blocking has shifted from last resort to first option. It is now a communal responsibility, a nightly chore from which no one is excused. “It’s a fact of life,” Tampa Bay Lightning center Brad Richards says. “On our team, if you don’t block shots, you don’t play.” To the detriment of hockey—and the players who have been injured by truly taking one for the team—the shot block, not the two-line stretch pass, has become the most common, and effective, tool in the postlockout NHL.

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Stuff Flies Around

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from the Edmonton Journal,

“The rumors, the speculation grow more prominent each and every year,” said Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe. “How they come about is simply somebody somewhere looking at a situation and saying, ‘Well, the Oilers have lost four of their last six games and this guy hasn’t scored and that guy has a poor plus-minus, so these would be the players the Oilers would like move.’
“They look for a similar type of situation on, say, a team out east, and there they have it: the Oilers will trade Player A, B and C out east for Player X, Y and Z. There’s no basis to it. It’s purely speculation. And in this day and age of bloggers, coupled the inability to track down sources, that stuff flies around.”

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Whither Forsberg?

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Not real sure why I used the term “whither” in the headline.  Sounds all Shakespearian, so that’s cool.  Before we get into the second word used in that header, I thought I’d let you know about something I observed on the flight to San Antone yesterday.  I somehow got upgraded to first class.  Giddy up.  As a result I got to use the “executive head” in the front of the plane, not the coach stalls like the rest of you unwashed have to use when you fly.

Check this out.  On the mirror in the “executive head”  there’s a little sign that says something like, “for the convenience of your fellow travelers, please clean the wash basin before returning to your seat.”  I wasn’t into that.  In fact, I’m not sure I’ve ever cleaned a basin, executive or otherwise.  But that’s not the interesting thing.  Written below the English version of that little suggestion was the same thing, I assume, in French.  I had a feeling. So I took a stroll back to the coach bathroom.

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Crunch Time

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from the OC Register,

The Ducks are 5-10-2 since Dec.29, a stretch of 17 games that accounts for more than 20 percent of the NHL regular-season schedule….
“We’ve acknowledged that a lull is something that every team goes through,” defenseman Sean O’Donnell said Monday after a lengthy practice session at Big Bear Ice Arena. “Now let’s get the hell out of it.
“It’s getting down to crunch time. We’re barely hanging on to first place (in the Pacific Division). We’re eight points out of eighth place (in the Western Conference). For a while, you could go ‘We built ourselves a nice cushion - we’ll turn it around.’ Well now that cushion is gone.”

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Toughness?  Winners Are Tough

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Dateline: San Antonio. 
Subj: Toughness

72 and sunny here on the River Walk.  Well, I haven’t actually been to the River Walk but I hear it’s cool.  The Alamo? Now that’s a sight to behold.  Well, I haven’t had a chance to visit it, but I’ll bet it’s, you know, historic.

Brooke Army Medical Center?  Never heard of it?  You should have.  I spent an hour there yesterday and met a few heroes.  This isn’t the forum for it, but I’ll say it anyway:  you have servicemembers all over this nation recovering in hospitals just like Brooke.  Every single one of them I met yesterday, no matter how badly injured they are, have only one wish.

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