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After 41 Games

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

• Disappointments? Who else? Boston. While their resurgence this year may seem passable, remember where they live. Oh, you’re in third place in your division are you? That’s nice dear. Mr. Brady, you were saying…

• Teams to watch out for? Just one: Philadelphia. Have you seen what they do to guys with their heads down?

• I must also admit I’m pretty upset with the National Hockey League about a couple of things.

What ever happened to the easy accessibility of the old ice-time stat? Where has it gone? It’s harder to get than a cheerleader’s phone number.

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Blues Talk

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Jeremy Rutherford of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch did a live Q & A with John Davidson and Blues fans….

Do the blues have any interest in acquring a more experienced Goalie like Curtis Joseph to backup goaltender Manny Legace if he would go down with an injury? Thanks for your time.

Jeremy Rutherford (typing for J.D.): No. We feel stronogly about Manny finishing the season the way he’s played all season. We feel that Hannu Toivonen has earned the opportunity. He’s a great teammate. He’s above .500.

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Just Listen

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Ovechkin and Jordan Staal wore microphones during a recent game against each other…

Watch the video…

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Ovechkin!

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from George Johnson of the Calgary Herald,

Upon hearing of the enormous contract extension his friendly rival signed on Thursday, you can just see Crosby between periods of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ game at Tampa, screwing up his face, tightening his fists, and letting out with another stammer:

“Ovechkin!’‘

One-upped again….

Is Ovechkin worth $124 million over 13 years? Is anyone? He beat Crosby to the Calder, scores buckets of goals, beautiful goals, and comes across as a genuinely engaging, effervescent presence in a sport populated more and more by the bland and the suspicious. Still, even with his deeds of derring-do, the sad sack Capitals are tied for 27th in a 30-team league, and quite probably doomed to miss the playoffs for a fifth consecutive season.

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Skating For 5,000 Years

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from Heather Whipps at Live Science,

Finns looking to cut back on travel time were the first to use ice skates about 5,000 years ago, a new study suggests.

The southern portion of Finland is the only place icy and flat enough to make traveling by skates – at that time made of animal bones – worth the energy, scientists discovered.

“We found this by measuring heart rate, oxygen consumption and speed of people skating on replicas of bone skates and by means of a computer simulation of several 10-kilometer [6.2 mile] journeys in five areas,” said Federico Formenti, a human biomechanics specialist at the University of Oxford and co-author of the study.

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What Can The Leafs Do

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The way the Leafs are playing, the figurative end of their season is almost at hand. In the short term, Ferguson could fire Maurice, who cannot get his players to perform. But he, too, was not talking after the game, although he spent a lot of time around the Leaf dressing room engaged in a long conversation on his cellphone before telling the media he would have nothing to say.

Even if he is contemplating firing Maurice, Ferguson is in a difficult position. He would have to clear that move with Peddie and the MLSE board of directors. Since it is clear the board will dump Ferguson if the Leafs miss the playoffs, the directors may tell the GM there is no sense firing the coach because there will be an entire house-cleaning come spring.

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Secrets Revealed

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That brings me to the next step. You need to sell your rumor. For the sake of time, let’s pretend your already have a medium to disseminate your rumor from. Print, internet, radio… Doesn’t matter. It’s all the same in the end. What you need to do now to make this thing serious, is that you need to be a salesman (or woman) about it. You have to know what you’re talking about (or at least sound like it) and convince your viewers that this is, in fact, inside information. Tell them how hard you’re working to find out the truth about the rumor. Tell your viewers that you have similar reports from multiple sources. And, most importantly, you have to leave them wanting more. Leave saying, “check back later for more updates” or better yet, use a classic “hook” like the pros—hint that there is more to the deal than is being revealed. “[Player]‘s name has been kicked around as part of the package, but I can’t confirm anything yet.”

Sources are the best invention ever. It’s simple and yet so amazing! You can’t be held accountable for what you say (“My source gave me bad info!”).

read on at Barry Melrose Rocks…

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Come Home Foppa

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from Adrian Dater at All Things Avs,

OK, here’s my prediction of something soon regarding the Avalanche: they will make a BIG pitch to Peter Forsberg IF IF IF he decides he can play again this year. That decision should come soon. I’m not hearing anything overly negative about his latest condition, so it might happen.

Here’s why the Avs will make a big pitch if he wants to play: First, he’s still Peter Forsberg. Second, the Avs are DESPERATE for some offensive punch right now. Third, the Avs need to get some buzz back with their fans and sell some tickets.

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Blackhawks Continue To Build

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from the Chicago Tribune,

Tallon could pull the trigger on a deal for a defenseman as soon as Friday, and it likely would be more significant than Thursday’s deal in which he sent seldom-used defenseman Magnus Johansson to the Florida Panthers for a seventh-round draft selection in 2009.

“We’re excited about where we’re going, and we’re going to try to get better every day,” Tallon said. “That’s the bottom line. We’re not going to sit.”

In his quest to ride the momentum this season has generated, Tallon likely will continue to seek deals and could venture into big-name territory closer to the NHL’s Feb. 26 trade deadline.

“We’re looking at our options,” Tallon said. “Whether it’s a big deal or not, it has to make sense for us. We’re building something for the future here.”

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Fading Hope

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from the Tampa Tribune,

It would have been a fine night to start something, anything, especially after winning in New York on Tuesday, then grabbing the lead against Pittsburgh.

Instead, a Lightning team that was coming off a four-game road trip in which it scored three or more goals scored just one at the Forum on Thursday, despite 36 shots and a four-minute power play in the third period (six shots, one crossbar, no goals).

“We’re trying to build on anything,” St. Louis said.

The building is close to being condemned.

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