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Fly With Kovalev

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Montreal Canadiens sniper Alex Kovalev puts down the hockey stick and picks up his pilot mask to take us on aerial tour.

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Hard To Forgive Avery

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from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

The hockey world is a generally forgiving place. It is willing to embrace Tampa Bay coach Rick Tocchet despite his 2007 conviction for conspiracy to promote gambling, and it continues to employ hulking Calgary forward Todd Bertuzzi, even though he pleaded guilty to an on-ice criminal assault of Steve Moore, an ‘04 attack that fractured the Colorado forward’s neck and ended his career. Live and let live, eh?  The quality of mercy is not strained, except in the relationship between Dallas Stars forward Sean Avery and the league that now considers him a pariah.  Avery did not place a bet, drive drunk, injure anyone or wield a weapon other than a sharp tongue. If scabrous speech were a felony, NHL teams would be forced to skate three-on-three.

So why can’t hockey forgive him?

continued (in-depth)

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Blue Jackets Recall Filatov

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COLUMBUS, OHIO – The Columbus Blue Jackets have recalled forward Nikita Filatov from the Syracuse Crunch, the club’s American Hockey League affiliate, club General Manager Scott Howson announced today.

Filatov, 18, recently tallied 8-3-11, six penalty minutes and was +3 in seven games for Russia at the 2009 World Junior Championships, serving as team captain and finishing among the tournament’s top goal scorers (first-tied) and point producers (fourth-tied). He was named to the All-Tournament Team and led Russia to the bronze medal.

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Phoenix Makes Staff Cuts

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via Craig Harris of the Arizona Republic,

The Phoenix Coyotes, despite an increase in ticket sales and a competitive team, have laid off 18 employees or about 10 percent of its staff during this economic slowdown.

“As everyone is doing at this time you take a look at everything you do and evaluate it,” Coyotes President Doug Moss said Tuesday. “We hate to do it, but we are running more efficiently.”

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Sharks Lose - More Practice Needed

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from David Pollak of Working the Corners,

Now that was a stinker.

And since I still have caffeine coursing through my system, that 5-2 loss to the Flames gets a rare post-game posting.

The news of the moment is that Todd McLellan was upset enough with tonight’s poor performance that he added a 9:15 a.m. practice to tomorrow’s schedule.

Instead of relaxing around the hotel until the 11 a.m. bus to the airport, his players now have to be on an 8 a.m. bus back to the Saddledome. And I wouldn’t be surprised if an old-fashioned bag skate is in order.

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The Biting Debate

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Replays clearly showed Peters yelling, “he [bleeping] bit me” and the action was frozen on the arena’s HD board as Ruutu sank his teeth on to Peters’ thumb and ripped off the glove.

“I’ve never experienced that before,” said a stunned Peters, whose broken skin was bandaged but not stitched afterward. “I’ve been involved in a few altercations, too. I’ve never had anyone bite me before. I didn’t know that even happened for real. I saw the replay of it and it’s pretty evident he did bite me….

Facing several different media inquiries, Ruutu repeatedly proclaimed his innocence against the overwhelming video evidence.

“I didn’t bite him,” Ruutu said. “He had his glove in my mouth but I didn’t bite him.”

more and if you missed the video from last night, here it is.

added 10:11am, ESPN zoomed in on the bite, watch below…

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Don’t Panic- Bruins Have Lost Two In A Row

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from Matt Kalman of the Bruins Blog,

A patch of adversity was inevitable for the Boston Bruins as a noreaster hitting the Hub this February and people complaining about the All-Star voting.

But the Boston Bruins’  two-game losing streak — their first in regulation of the season — isn’t all that important….

Until Thursday, the Bruins are in for some extra work with their coaches before, during and after practice Wednesday.

“First of all, you don’t panic,” head coach Claude Julien said about how he’ll handle his team’s current predicament. “I don’t think anybody thought we were going to be flying the way were flying for 82 games without going through some bumps and bruises.

“It’s a combination of a lot of things. … Eventually things catch up as well in certain areas. You’ve got four key players that are out of the line-up. You’ve got some top players right now that probably aren’t at the top of their games, so it doesn’t take much sometimes to slip a little bit. But you’ve just got to work your way through it.”

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The Hate Is Heating Up

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from pucksandbooks at On Frozen Blog,

“Let’s go Flyers!” (tepid) . . . “Flyers suck!” (thunderous)

There was last night in our building, in abundance, hatred. Blissful, beautiful, bellicose, and long-lost loathing, united against the orange and black. The universe at last seemed ordered.  An observer in the Phone Booth last night couldn’t help but imagine these two teams—so evenly matched last spring, last night, and likely for much of the next decade—engaging in scores more of these heart-stoppers of hatred, but with division pride at stake each time. And near the end of regular seasons, division titles on the line. Except that can’t happen.

What a (Bettman-birthed) tragedy.

Thanks to Gary Bettman, for the past 10 years we’ve wandered in a division of dreck, an outpost of ‘Oh who cares?’ as the winter evenings’ scores scrolled by. But not last night.

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Sloppy Play Must Stop For Devils

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Tonight’s 3-2 loss to Carolina was the Devils’ fourth sloppy effort in their last five games.

“That’s four out of five games, so that’s not a good thing,” Devils captain Jamie Langenbrunner said. “We’ve gotten away with a couple of them, but it’s something we definitely have to stop. We have to get back to playing game sharp from the drop of the puck all the way through, especially going on the road trip we’re going to be on. We’re going to have to be sharp every night.”...

“There’s no question that to the coaching staff that’s something that’s alarming,” Sutter said. “Yet, you can [yell] until you’re blue in the face and go through things, but it’s up to the individuals to put it into that gear again. I’ve said this before. You’re not going to win every game. But we haven’t played all that well. We’ve had one decent game in the last five and we’ve been fortunate enough to win two out of those ones that we didn’t play.

“But when you play a team like this tonight, you’re not going to get away with it.”

more on the Devils…

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My NHL All Star Rosters

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The West Conference All Star Team is announced today (Wednesday) and the East Conference team tomorrow (Thursday).  I want to post my teams in advance of the announcements. 

First the (assumed) ground rules for the teams.  The starters are given by fan balloting.  The rosters are 21 men in size (as the last few All Star Games have been) with 12 forwards, 6 defencemen and 3 goalies.  Each team must be represented on the rosters - last year this was true of the initial rosters but when injury replacements were made this restriction was loosened.

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