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A Second Chance

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It would just be another below-the-radar minor-league transaction, if it hadn’t involved Stefan Legein, the Columbus Blue Jackets’ prospect and former star of Canada’s world junior team. Legein, remember, took a half-year sabbatical from hockey at the start of last year, citing burnout and a lack of the necessary passion needed to play at a high level.

Legein eventually rejoined the Blue Jackets’ organization for the second half of last season and played out the year for their AHL affiliate in Syracuse. On Tuesday, the Blue Jackets traded him to the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for defenceman Michael Ratchuk.

Getting a fresh start in the Flyers organization may be just what Legein needs to get his career on the rails.

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Havlat Maybe, Sykora No & A Real Captain For The Wild

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from Michael Russo of Russo’s Rants,

I had today off but ran into Marty Havlat and his girlfriend at a restaurant in Minneapolis. He hopes to play Wednesday against the Avalanche. He practiced today (Tuesday) but said he does want to test his groin at Wednesday’s morning skate before a final decision is made.

I talked to Rachel Blount, who covered practice today. She said Petr Sykora (groin) skated again on his own and coach Todd Richards said they’re hoping he can rejoin practice any day. He’s still day-to-day and won’t play against Colorado.

Kyle Brodziak missed practice today with what Richards called an “upper-body thing.” But Richards expects Brodziak to play against the Avs, which is why there’s such an understandably vague injury update.

Also, Jaime Sifers was reassigned to AHL Houston.

Lastly, the Wild made the obvious selection of captain with Mikko Koivu in my opinion, and not just because he deserves it, but because the Wild had the bigger picture to worry about.

more and I like the look of the new Russo’s Rants blog…

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Sometimes Common Sense Comes Into Play

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via George Malik of Snapshots at Mlive,

For the record: the weird dude who asks fans to pay $20 to read “exclusive” rumors on his fire-some-darts-at-a-“chart”-and-see-what-sticks board claims that the Red Wings want to move Jimmy Howard to the Toronto Maple Leafs for “prospects and picks,” which is unbelievably ridiculous—the Wings’ coaches, management, and Jim Bedard have put in thousands of hours attempting to shape a once-overweight and flop-to-stop-prone goaltender into a solid NHL stopper, and the Wings will see what Howard can do at the NHL level before addressing whether they need to acquire a veteran back-up to do Howard’s job.  There’s no way in hell that the Wings would jettison an affordable back-up for a few potential tomorrows.

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Afternoon Line

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“...He made a difference for me in the way that he played and approached the game. He found a way to get himself into an NHL lineup with what I would say not above average skills. He asked a lot of great questions. And those guys like that are on the bubble, they ask a lot of questions because they want the coach to notice them all the time and he was good at that.”

-Bliues Coach Andy Murray speaking about player Dan Bylsma who he coached when Dan was with the Kings.  More from Andy Murray by Seth Rorabaugh of Empty Netters.

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Would Messier Make A Good GM?

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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Mark Messier’s title with the New York Rangers is Special Assistant to the President, one of those felicitous-sounding designations that could mean almost anything. The widespread guess it best translates to “GM general in waiting.” The assumption is Blueshirts president Glen Sather will muddle on for the next few years, show Messier the ropes and eventually turn the daily operations of the team over to the dauphin.

There are pitfalls to a neat succession, of course, but this seems to be a career path already working splendidly for players of stature like Messier. Joe Nieuwendyk, who has Hall-worthy credentials, already has taken a GM seat in Dallas after understudying in Florida and Toronto. Al MacInnis has been getting rave reviews for his work in player development with the St. Louis Blues. Steve Yzerman might not be ahead of the estimable Jim Nill on the Detroit Red Wings front office pyramid—Nill, GM Ken Holland’s top assistant, is the league executive most deserving of running his own team—but he’s already shown enough to be Team Canada’s GM for the 2010 Olympics, among the most stressful jobs in hockey.

From Ron Francis in Carolina (player development) in Carolina to Luc Robitaille in Los Angeles (president of business operations), Messier’s generation of stars is generally proving itself capable in executive capacity.

The only question is whether Messier will be willing to put in the work.

more plus additional NHL talk…

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Talking USA Hockey

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Scott Burnside and Pierre LeBrun of ESPN sit down with some USA Hockey players and discuss numerous, related topics.

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Trying To Make Things Right With Gretzky

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from Elliotte Friedman of CBC,

Wayne Gretzky remains in radio silence, but both the NHL and the Canadian Olympic Team are making attempts to reach him.

Commissioner Gary Bettman emailed Gretzky last Thursday, hoping for the opportunity to meet with him face-to-face. According to NHL sources, the Great One said he is “not yet ready”, preferring to lay low, as he has done since stepping down as Coyotes head coach.

The league badly wants to repair the relationship with its greatest player and ambassador, realizing that no matter what happened in Phoenix, it’s not good for the sport to have him feeling alienated and unwanted. As both a player and a coach, he’s dealt with his share of criticism, but this particular situation has hurt him the most.

Considering how he stood up for Phoenix as a market – despite ample evidence to the contrary – and the beating taken from Canadian fans as a result, he was stunned to find out that he may not be paid even if he started the season as coach.

continued plus more NHL notes…

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Oh So Close

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Kyle Wellwood with a goal?  Nope, final horn beat him last night.

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Thrashers Sign Peverley

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via TSN,

The Atlanta Thrashers have locked up a big part of their offense by signing Rich Peverley to a two-year deal worth $2.6 million.

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Dave Staples Annual Anti-Stats Rant

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The Edmonton Oilers blogs include some of the better sabermetrics blogs out there. There is mudcrutch hockey irreverent Oiler fans, copper n blue and battle of Alberta.  Each have a strong interest in sabermetrics and have written some interesting posts on the subjects.  With the high quality of the Oiler blogosphere it is hard for the mainstream media to keep up.  However, Dave Staples at Cult of Hockey does a good job.  He writes many interesting pieces about the Edmonton Oilers and hockey in general.  These are not just the leftover articles that do not get published in the newspaper (as some weaker media blogs tend to do).  He regularly publishes some very good information on the internet. 

However, one of his recurring themes (that seems to be in protest to the independent Oiler bloggers with strong sabermetric backgrounds) is that hockey statistics are not very useful.  This is a case he frequently overstates in his posts.  Last year he wrote Why Plus/Minus is a rotten, useless, misleading and irrelevant stat for NHL players.

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