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The NHL Needs An Attention Getter

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from Mark Spector of the National Post,

Yes, the NHL has realized that it needs some mustard. The problem is, it doesn’t have any hot dogs.

Its players are a bunch of humble Canadians and quiet Europeans. As Jason Arnott said this weekend, Owens wouldn’t last 30 seconds inside an NHL dressing room.

“Not a chance,” said Arnott, a typically Canadian boy from Wasaga Beach, Ont., with typically conservative views on the game. “You hear of a lot of changes. How they’re trying to change the game, trying to make the nets bigger, trying to change the integrity of the game. I’m kind of against that.

“The shootouts are great for the fans. They love it,” he said. “I don’t know how much the guys really love it, because it is pretty individual.”

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3rd Period Highlights From The All Star Game In Atlanta

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Five minutes of highlights! 

Pretty good 3rd period for an ASG.  Now, on to Montreal for next year.

Game recap from Phil Coffey of NHL.com.

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Post Game Interviews From The ASG

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Watch all of the post game interviews.

Streaming has just started…

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2nd Period Highlights From The ASG

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Four and a half minutes of highlights from the 2nd period of the ASG in Atlanta.

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Highlights From The 1st Period Of The ASG

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Three and a half minutes of goals and talk…

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ASG Pre-Game Notes

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Rock band The Hives will open the game with a performance of their hit single, “Tick Tick Boom.”  The Atlanta Boy Choir will perform the U.S. national anthem and singer/songwriter Kathleen Edwards will perform the Canadian national anthem. R&B singer/songwriter and five-time Grammy nominee Ne-Yo will perform his hit single “Because of You” with Halftime Live, a 75-piece marching band, during the second intermission.

In addition to tonight’s performers, the celebrities in attendance include actors David Boreanaz (“Bones”), Taylor Kitsch (“Friday Night Lights”), Matthew Modine (“Weeds”) and Thorsten Kate (“All My Children”); actress Alyssa Milano (“Charmed”), rock band Mastodon, country superstar Garth Brooks and Atlanta Braves pitcher Tom Glavine.

Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin also will be in attendance as the special guest of NHL legend Willie O’Ree. The first intermission will feature a special tribute to Willie O’Ree and the 50th anniversary of his NHL debut.

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Behind The Scenes At The ASG

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Go behind the scenes before the ASG starts….

Watch the streaming video which is scheduled to start at 3:30pm ET.

update:  Stream is over.

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Trade & Rumor Talk

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Spector covers all the current trade and rumor talk today.

On a side note, most teams have a meeting scheduled in late January where they will discuss many different trade scenarios.  Are they buyers, what players could help and who may be considered movable.

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Mac On The Road Back

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from Jo-Ann Barnas of the Detroit Free Press,

Smoking marijuana, McCarty said, had become “my escape.”

“It was sort of like I didn’t have to deal with anything,” he said. “And I was functional. You wouldn’t be able to tell if I was high or if I wasn’t. I was depressed, big-time. I just wanted to sleep. I just wanted to be by myself—or not around people that care about me.”

After speaking with his ex-wife, McCarty left the hydroplane races that July day and did what he needed to do. He entered rehab for three months. (McCarty said he wants to keep the name and location of the program private.)

“I finally faced things that I needed to face,” McCarty said. “I firmly believe that God doesn’t give us more than we can handle. But for me, I needed to pretty much lose almost everything to realize what was important. I’m one of those people.

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Trying To Grow Hockey In The South

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from Steve Hummer of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

Until they can sign Dale Jr. to drive a Zamboni, popularizing Canada’s game down here remains slow, hard work, y’all.

“I said from Day One that this project is going to take 10 years, just to expose the product to as many people as we possibly can,” said Thrashers general manager/coach Don Waddell, whose team is in Year Eight of the 10-year plan. The Thrashers are out in the Atlanta metro area aggressively, hosting some sort of developmental or introductory program weekly.

The love for the game is here just like in any of its traditional Northern outposts, but it’s the quantity of that devotion that is open to question.

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