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Breaking Down The Call

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

The Goalie Guru takes issue with the announcer (who happens to be ex-NHL goaltender Chico Resch) and tries to prove his point.

But I would take the word of a guy who played the game on the NHL level before that of a ‘guru’.

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Morning Line

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“Who cares about the other guy?  Let him hit his hand. Better he hurt his hand than hurt my head.”

-Bob Probert on keeping his helmet on during a fight, via the Chatam Daily News.

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A Look At Jose Theodore

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from Bob Cohn of the Washington Times,

“I saw the two sides of playing in Montreal,” he said. “For most of my career, I think it was great. I had some great years there, obviously. The fans were really supportive. But when things are not going well, it’s the other way around. It’s tougher to kind of focus. There’s a lot of distractions around the game, and the last year I was there I had a really tough time because it seemed like everything was falling on my head.”

There is less pressure here, the critics more a source of motivation than a hindrance.

Peter Lockley / The Washington Times In July, Jose Theodore signed a two-year, $9 million contract with the Capitals.

“People who didn’t believe in me, I like to show them wrong,” he said. “And after a while, they might change their opinion.”

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Talking Pens-Rangers With Mike Milbury

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I had the opportunity to speak with Mike Milbury this morning to discuss the NHL on NBC game this Sunday at 12:30pm ET.

We talked about the upcoming game and a few other hockey topics.  Also note, I got my Pierre’s messed up, referring to McGuire as LeBrun in the interview.  Hey, it is Friday morning and -16 right now.  That is my excuse!


If you wish, you can download the interview in mp3 format here.

 

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Shanahan Skating With The Devils

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from Dan Martin of the NY Post,

Brendan Shanahan Brendan Shanahan skated with his new Devils New Jersey Devils teammates for the first time yesterday in Columbus and came away impressed.

“I like what I saw,” Shanahan said after officially signing with the team he came up with over two decades ago. He agreed in principle with the Devils on Saturday after being unable to rejoin the Rangers earlier in the year. “It’s definitely a Lou Lamoriello-built team.”

Now, Shanahan and the Devils just have to figure out when he can make his season debut after sitting out nearly half of the season waiting for the right opportunity to come along.

“It’s day-to-day,” Shanahan said. “I want to get right out there, but they didn’t sign me just to play a few games in mid-January and then get hurt.”

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Winning For Vinny

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from Lightning Strikes,

Perhaps rallying is a little too strong, but there certainly is a sense in the locker room that the players, who have listened to the trade rumors involving Vinny Lecavalier, would rather the core group not be disrupted, especially now that they believe they are starting to come together with a 7-4-1 streak.

Said forward Ryan Craig: “We’re all teammates. We don’t want to see anyone from our group go, especially our leader and captain.”

Said goaltender Mike Smith: “These are our brothers in here. This is our family. We don;t want to see anything happen to our core group. ... To even think about trading a guy like that I don’t know. He’s the face of this franchise. He’s been here since he’s 18 years old.”

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Flames Contiue To Climb In Standings

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from Flames Insider,

“They’re a top team in the league and they’re so good at home,” said Kiprusoff, who made 33 stops, “so I think it’s a good confidence-booster for us. We’ve been able to beat them twice now (Calgary was a 5-2 winner on Jan. 6 at the Saddledome) and we know we can battle against those top teams.”

Now that Calgary is 18-4-3 in its last 25 games and has fashioned a nine-point lead over Vancouver—with three games in hand—atop the Northwest Division, have the Flames done enough to move in the same neighbourhood as the Sharks and Red Wings without making it necessary for the blue-bloods to call the cops and shoo away the riffraff?

“Well, I think we’re getting there,” said centre Daymond Langkow, who collected two points in the victory. “We’re taking the right steps. But the last thing you want to do is start thinking you’re better than you are….”

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Move Along. Nothing To See Here.

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So late.  Just something real quick I think you may be interested in.

Just a quick gander is all I’m asking you to take.

Real quick.  Take a look.

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Khan(!)‘s Just Blowing Stuff Up Now

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

We stopped wondering long ago what motivates our young corps of Deep Diggers.  It’s a mystery.  But I know this.  After a day of speculation and hand wringing? 

Ansar Khan(!), our DD Captain, got to work.

Unfortunately, all he may have done is muddy the waters a bit. 

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The Islanders Are Out Of It

Blog: The Puck Stops Here By PuckStopsHere

The last place team in the NHL is the New York Islanders.  They sport a 12-32 record (with four losses counted as regulation ties).  This puts them five points below the Atlanta Thrashers in last place.  They seem to have given up on this season - as is shown by their pathetic 2-18 record (with 2 regulation ties) since the beginning of December.  Thats right!  The New York Islanders have won only two games since the beginning of December.

Clearly they have slipped into the race for a lottery playoff spot and have little expectation to win this season.  How did this team drop this far?

It starts with questionable decisions off ice.  The fiasco when GM Neil Smith was replaced before his first Islanders game and replaced by Garth Snow, their backup goalie with no hockey managerial experience, is a very good example of such a decision.  More recently, the Islanders fired top coach Ted Nolan late enough into the off season that the top available coaches were already signed.

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