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Time For Some Prayers For Pat Burns

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from CBC,

Former NHL coach Pat Burns, stricken with terminal lung cancer, has been admitted to hospital in Florida, according to reports.

Burns was hospitalized outside Tampa, Fla., on Sunday — his 58th birthday — according to Montreal sports radio station CKAC.

The former Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs coach is a daily commentator on the station’s morning sports show.

Officials at the station said Burns is now on leave from the program and is in hospital.

He is reportedly suffering from pneumonia.


update 3:20pm, via Bob McKenzie tweet,

Pat Burns is home from hospital and taking antibiotics for pneumonia. His cousin Robin wants people to know Pat’s departure is not imminent.

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Buzzer Beaters & Comebacks Of The Year

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Keith Tkachuk On The Way To The Hockey Hall Of Fame?

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from Joe Pelletier of Greatest Hockey Legends,

As Keith Tkachuk retires, the inevitable question will be asked: Is Keith Tkachuk Hall of Fame worthy?

I say no.

Tkachuk had some very good career totals, but not as good as Dino Ciccarelli, Dave Andreychuk, Pat Verbeek, Pierre Turgeon and Adam Oates. They are likely to continue their wait for the Hall of Fame, so Tkachuk’s numbers will not be enough to get in him.

That is because Tkachuk has a poor reputation in playoffs and big games.


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Morning Line- Part 2

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“So I just needed a kick in the butt. I talked to Schoeny on the ice in practice the day before the Buffalo game. And Torts challenged a few guys. And I was one of the guys. He looked me straight in the eye and said, ‘You have to be better.’ It’s not always fun, but it’s happened to me a few times. I’ve had some tough coaches. You’ve just got to suck it up.

And if I want to be in this situation where I’m playing with Gabby on the first line, I have to play well….”

-Erik Christensen of the New York Rangers.  More from Jeff Z. Klein of Slap Shot at the NY Times.

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Pointing At Homer

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from Tom Reed of Puck-rakers,

What really steamed the Jackets is they believe Holmstrom interfered with goaltender Steve Mason in the crease. The puck deflected off Holmstrom’s lifted skate blade at 8:05. An enraged Umberger argued the call and was sent to the box.

Umberger would not comment only to say he was protesting the goal, not the penalty on Blunden. Here’s Mike Commodore’s take: “(Holmstrom) has been doing that for 15 years, however long. He’s probably not going to change.”

more on the game…

Watch the goal the Blue Jackets are complaining about…


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Morning Line

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How big is tonight’s Canadiens game against the Carolina Hurricanes? So big that all of Mayberry is bypassing the big social up in Mount Pilot to go tailgating in Raleigh. So big… well, you make up your own scenarios.

-Dave Stubbs of Habs Inside/Out.  More from Dave as the Canadiens look for one more point.

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Peeking In On The Flyers Lockerroom

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from Anthony J SanFilippo of the Daily Times,

...the biggest change came in the person of Chris Pronger, one of the most outspoken leaders in the league. He was brought in to be a Norris Trophy-caliber defenseman first, but also to shape up a nonplussed locker room.

If you’re looking for a reason John Stevens was fired in December, it had nothing to do with lacking savvy as a game coach. It was because he ran his team like Club Med. Stevens allowed the players to rule the roost.

When Pronger arrived, he brought a different mentality to the locker room than existed with Mike Richards running the show. He had no qualms about calling a teammate on the carpet in front of the whole room. His approach was more brash and in-your-face. It was like bringing Metallica to the Academy of Music.

The younger players didn’t like the new approach and leaned on Stevens for support. Finally, management had enough, and replaced Stevens with no-nonsense coach Peter Laviolette, who is more of the Pronger style. Yet it still hasn’t sunk in, despite the pangs of late-season success being shown.


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Sit Or Play Ovechkin?

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from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

Alex Ovechkin vaulted back into the running for both the Maurice “Rocket” Richard and Art Ross trophies with a two-goal performance in Tuesday’s 6-3 victory. Now, he has home games against Atlanta and Boston to put a storybook ending to his most challenging season, a campaign marked by his first significant injury, Russia’s stunning disappointment at the Olympics and two suspensions for hits that have dinged his reputation.

Coach Bruce Boudreau said he has contemplated resting some of his star players ahead of the playoffs, which begin next week. But he said Wednesday that Ovechkin will choose whether to play or rest because of what’s at stake.

“It would be pretty difficult for the coach to sit a guy out and say, ‘It’s for the good of the team,’ ” Boudreau said. “It’s up to Alex, but the races are so close, so I would venture to guess that Alex is going to want to play.”

read on

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The Weekend Could Belong To Lundqvist

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from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

...That race is three horses for two places, but the Rangers don’t have to worry about Boston getting only one point in their three remaining games if they win both games this weekend against a Philadelphia team that, playing with a third-string goalie and without leading goal scorer Jeff Carter, also believes it has gotten its act together in the nick of time.

“We know we have to win both, but it’s one at a time,” said Lundqvist.

And if it gets down to just one, who would you want in your net in that one: Brian Boucher or Henrik Lundqvist?

Of all the questions asked about the Rangers’ ability to pull this off, that one is ridiculous.


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It May Get Worse In Calgary

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Collectively, the quartet of forwards brought in to save the day (or at least provide secondary scoring) failed miserably. Ales Kotalik, Niklas Hagman, Matt Stajan and Chris Higgins managed 11 goals collectively in a total of 86 games, not nearly enough considering the premium ice time they received.

It wasn’t enough that the Flames have these guys now; they’ll have them for a while yet. Stajan was awarded a new four-year contract worth a generous $14-million. Kotalik has two years left at $3-million per. No one under any circumstances will accept those deals from Calgary, so, for better or worse, they are Flames for the duration of their contracts.

Realistically, that will be an issue, even if Sutter is made to walk the plank. It is all well and good to turn the keys over to someone new in the GM’s office. Who, in his right mind, would take the job without the security of a five-year contract and the unflinching support of an ownership group who must know intuitively that things will have to get worse in Calgary before they can get better?


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