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Western Talk

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

How much fun is this? As of Monday morning, five teams occupying sixth through 10th place were tied with 53 points and eight points separated fifth through 14th. How crazy is the Western Conference? Well, Phoenix looked like it had firmly established itself as a playoff team as it sat fifth in the conference after the All-Star break, but after three straight losses, the Coyotes are now 10th. Dallas, once left for dead in the nether regions of the conference, was among those teams at 53 points and sit seventh overall.

With 2½ months to go, we figure the Coyotes are cooked unless they find more consistent scoring. Columbus, likewise, doesn’t have enough scoring depth and its power play is the worst in the league. If there’s one team currently in the top eight that we can’t get a handle on, it’s Edmonton.

read on for more Western Conference talk and some Doug Gilmour talk too…

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Stars Of The Month

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NEW YORK (February 2, 2009) – New Jersey Devils right wing Jamie Langenbrunner, Anaheim Ducks defenseman Scott Niedermayer and Buffalo Sabres goaltender Ryan Miller, have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the month of January.

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Stars Of The Week

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NEW YORK (February 2, 2009) – New Jersey Devils right wing Jamie Langenbrunner, Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby and Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Feb. 1.

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Sabres Recall Weber

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BUFFALO, NY (February 2, 2009) – Buffalo Sabres GM Darcy Regier announced today the Sabres have recalled D Mike Weber from the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

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Bruins Send Tuukka Rask To Providence

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BOSTON - Boston Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli announced today that the club has assigned goaltender Tuukka Rask to the Providence Bruins. After serving as Boston’s backup goaltender for four games this season, Rask recently made his 2009 NHL debut for the Bruins on Saturday, January 31, in a 35 save, 1-0 shutout win over the Rangers.

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Plays Of The Month

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NHL Network’s “On the Fly” presents the plays of the month.

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Get Ready To Watch The NHL On Your Phone

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from Tripp Mickle of SportsBusiness Journal,

The NHL and NHL Players’ Association, in partnership with Bell Mobility, will take a significant step in the effort to put live games in the hands and pockets of sports fans this week when they introduce a new mobile offering in Canada.

The live game broadcasts are part of the NHL Bundle, a comprehensive 3G mobile package that includes live and delayed game broadcasts, original video programming and live radio play-by-play of NHL games. It costs subscribers $8 a month, a fee the NHL and Bell will share….

The NHL hopes to strike a similar agreement in the U.S. with mobile partner Verizon Wireless at the end of the season, when its deal with the wireless company ends.

more and thanks to the SBJ for releasing the paid subscription link to KK!

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Hartsburg Fired

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from TSN,

Craig Hartsburg was fired as head coach of the Ottawa Senators on Sunday night, only 48 games into his first season behind the team’s bench.

The final straw for Hartsburg might have been Sunday’s 7-4 loss to the Washington Capitals.  After the game, Hartsburg called his team out for not playing hard.

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Penner Has Lost His Game

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from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

Penner was a dressing room no-show after the game, sending word that he was “in the gym.”

The previous game, MacTavish had been asked about benching Penner and replied: “Dustin lacks the consistency, night in and night out, but I wasn’t upset with the lack of focus or energy. He just struggled with the puck.”

Yesterday, he had more to say.

“He’s lost his game. It’s more than his play with the puck. When you have a guy like Hemsky playing the way he is right now, all you have to do is get him the puck somewhere between the hash marks in your own end and the red line and you are going to get a chance.

“Hemsky’s an elite player playing at the top of the game and we have to find someone for him.”

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LeBrun Observations

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

We’ve missed so much in the two weeks we’ve been away.

• The NHL exposed Nicklas Lidstrom for the rotten human being that he is and forced him to miss a game. What a joke. We weren’t impressed with the league on that one. We understand all the factors at play and the need to treat all NHL players equally; but, my gosh, this is Nick Lidstrom we’re talking about.

• ...It was during one of those diaper changes that we mulled over the significance of Henrik Zetterberg’s 12-year, $73-million contract extension with the Detroit Red Wings. GM Ken Holland yet again struck gold. Who could have possibly believed Holland would get Zetterberg for a $6.08-million yearly cap number? His market value is easily worth $8 million.

It’s the latest in a number of long-term NHL deals that tack on low salaries at the end of the contract to bring down the average salary…

As you might have guessed, the NHL head office is unimpressed by this tactic. And while it’s a guarantee the league will address this come the next CBA, sources have told ESPN.com the NHL is toying with the idea of doing something about it even sooner than that.

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