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“I’m never embarrassed of my teammates, because they’re all great guys who play hard, but, the effort we put in that last period. ... I hate the word embarrassing, but it’s more of a disappointment, or if there is a worse word than disappointment, that’s what we’re feeling right now.

“We sit back and let a team skate all over us and make plays all around us while we watch (in the third period). They pretty much walked in the front door and took the two points off our kitchen counter and walked out, and we just sat at the kitchen table and watched them.”

-David Backes of the St. Louis Blues after they blew a 3-0 lead to Edmonton.  More on the game from Dan O’Neill of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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Ron Wilson Would Probably Like A Few Players Like Ovechkin

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from Terry Koshan of the Toronto Sun,

Alexander Ovechkin, who leads the Caps into the Air Canada Centre tonight, has been coming under fire recently for his at-times careless play—an approach that found the talented Russian suspended for two games last week when he hit Carolina Hurricanes defenceman Tim Gleason knee-on-knee. Wilson, however, loves Ovechkin’s style.

“He plays hard and reckless,” the coach said. “He has done a few things. He slew-foots people, stuck his knee out on a bunch of people, so there is a body of evidence that indicates he does play reckless. But that is what makes him a great hockey player.

“He is fearless. I think it’s great he plays the game hard at both ends. He is physical and he is incredibly gifted offensively. I would say he is easily the most dominant player in our game.”

read on

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Staying In Arizona

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Ice Edge, headed by a couple of Canadian businessmen, has always said it wants to keep the team where it is, but also wanted to hedge its bets by playing a few games in a hockey-mad Canadian market. Last summer, the group secured five dates at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon for specific games this season, dates that obviously won’t be required.

That curious plan, which would need the approval of the NHL, is apparently still part of Ice Edge’s vision. Saskatoon, which is hosting the IIHF world junior hockey championships later this month, almost landed the Blues in 1983 until the NHL blocked the sale from Ralston-Purina to a group headed by Wild Bill Hunter.

Wouldn’t that be strange indeed if a sale blocked by the NHL back then denied a team for Saskatoon, but a sale of the Coyotes this year to Jim Balsillie that was blocked by the NHL ultimately brings NHL hockey to the province?

Given that Ice Edge originally bid $150 million (all figures U.S.) for the Coyotes and the NHL bought the team out of bankruptcy for $140 million, it’s pretty clear where the final sale price is going to end


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Evening Line

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“With the results from the first 30 games and now that we have a healthy lineup, that’s not going to be tolerated,.

“If you take good players out of the lineup you are going to struggle to succeed… (But) it’s not easier to stomach because there were games that I thought we should have won because we didn’t have consistent effort even with the lineup we had.”

-Canucks GM Mike Gillis.  More from Jim Jamieson at The White Towel.

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Evening Line

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They would move him in a Hollywood minute.

-Barry Melrose when asked if Tampa would trade Vinny Lecavalier.

Watch below as Melrose and E.J, Hradek discuss Vinny along with other players who may be moved this season.

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Head Shots Have To Stop

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from John Allemang of the Globe and Mail,

If sport has its origins in combat, if hockey is just a commercialized version of war with better sightlines, then, yes, maybe brain damage is an essential component of our national game.

How else to explain the cult of the concussion that prevails in the National Hockey League? Brutality-loving general managers rule the professional game, and they have consistently refused to banish the head shots that compromise players’ lives and livelihood. In the NHL, where celebrated players such as Eric Lindros, Pat Lafontaine and Keith Primeau have had their careers cut short by attacks to the head, it’s still considered acceptable, even desirable, to drive your body armour into an opponent’s skull at high speed in order to hasten his postretirement dementia. Big, hard hits are praised for creating “momentum,” hockey’s proud euphemism for the energy boost that comes from watching a fast-skating opponent knocked senseless by a blow to the head.


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Once We Had An Easy Ride And Always Felt The Same…But The Live Blogs Were Boring

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Boring, though, is pretty damn good in retrospect, eh? 

Diver Down, as we’ve discussed, is my favorite Van Halen album.  Maybe, with all due credit to Skynyrd’s Second Helping, my favorite of All Time. 

So with baby Jesus playing horrible jokes on us all?

Continue Reading »

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We Have A Buyer For The Coyotes

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NEW YORK (December 11, 2009)—National Hockey League Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued the following statement today regarding the proposed sale of the Phoenix Coyotes to Ice Edge Holdings:

“The NHL and Ice Edge Holdings announced today that they have entered into a Letter of Intent to proceed in attempting to document and close a proposed transaction pursuant to which Ice Edge would purchase the Phoenix Coyotes’ franchise. While much remains to be done, the NHL looks forward to working closely with Ice Edge to bring the sale to conclusion as expeditiously as possible. Ice Edge has committed to keep the Coyotes in Glendale, Arizona.”

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No Watching Allowed

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

It may not sound like much, but one of the first moves Peter Laviolette made since taking over as coach of the Philadelphia Flyers is to move the team’s game-day skates back to the team’s training facility in Voorhees, N.J., away from prying eyes at the Wachovia Center.

Laviolette’s rationale is he wants to work on sundry parts of the Flyers’ game without personnel from the visiting team around to watch.

Laviolette did not poll the players on this decision, despite having a good number of players who live in the city.

“It wasn’t up for discussion,” Laviolette said.

many more NHL notes…

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Is This An Apology?

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from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman issued an interesting statement today in the wake of the dismissal of the guilty plea made by Ducks owner Henry Samueli in a stock options backdating investigation.

Bettman had suspended Samueli in June 2008 but reinstated him Nov. 12. Samueli’s wife, Susan, had voluntarily stepped aside in support of her husband.

It almost sounds—gasp—like Bettman is admitting he was wrong.


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