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Gaustad Drama Could Be Holding Up Regier

If Paul Gaustad wants to be a big help to his team in the next few hours, punching Milan Lucic and/or Brad Marchand in the face tonight is only the second best thing he can do. If the gritty forward really wants to be part of a winner in Buffalo, as he has stated, then there is no better way for him to do that than by signing an extension at his current annual salary today. I realize...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Devils want to win for DeBoer

“Pete has done an outstanding job,” Devils GM Lou Lamoriello said to Dave Hutchinson of The Star Ledger. “He knows what he wants. He’s comfortable and confident in his own skin and is open to suggestions. It’s his honesty and forthrightness that I like. He’s very communicative with his players.” “All the guys want to play for Pete,” Parise said. “The mode and...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Trade Deadline Odds

Courtesy of Bovada.... How Many Trades will occur on February 27th in the NHL? Over/Under 22.5 How Many Players will be involved in trades on February 27th in the NHL? Over/Under 41 Will the Montreal Canadiens trade Travis Moen during the 2011-12 regular season? Yes 5/7 No 1/1 Will the Montreal Canadiens trade Andrei Kostitsyn during the 2011-12 regular season? Yes 4...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Jets beat Lightning, bolt to top of the Southeast

It looked like Ondrej Pavelec was going to be tested often right from the outset of Thursday night’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, as he sprawled to make a remarkable save on Martin St. Louis in the first minute. It brought flashbacks of Tuesday’s 5-4 overtime loss to the Philadelphia Flyers to mind – a game where Pavelec stopped 50 shots but was beaten in the final...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Under pressure

Pressure – pushing down on me Pressing down on you, no man ask for Under pressure - that burns a building down Splits a family in two Puts people on streets – Queen, “Under pressure” Playoff race is on, and for many teams, that means that the pressure, too, is on. But going for a playoff spot and missing it, while sure a disappointing experience, is nothing compared...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Howson Begins To Disassemble Columbus

With yesterday’s trade of Jeff Carter to the Los Angeles Kings for Jack Johnson and the 2012 Kings first round draft pick, the Columbus Blue Jackets have shown that they are going to sell off their assets.  I do not want to call this process a rebuild because that implies the Columbus Blue Jackets were ever built.  For a team that has never won a playoff game that is a claim...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Some Of The Latest Trade Talk

from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN, Some quick thoughts on this Friday morning as the trade deadline approaches: • The Kings are getting lots of interest in captain Dustin Brown. They may not move him in the end but are seeing what’s out there for him. Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia and the New York Rangers are among a long list of teams that have interest in the Team USA Olympian. One...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

A Twist To the Academy Awards

from the Golden Goal Sports Blog, In honour of Sunday’s Academy Awards, here’s a look at the nominees for the top NHL themed movies from the past year in film. My Week With Marilyn - Paul Bissonette’s wild All-Star weekend romp in Cabo with one of his favourite twitter followers. The Artist - The Pavel Datsyuk Story (subtitles necessary). Extremely Loud & Incredibly...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

NHL 36: Will Feature James Neal

NEW YORK (Feb. 24, 2012) – The National Hockey League (NHL®) and NHL Original Productions announced today that Pittsburgh Penguins forward James Neal will be the next player profiled on the all-access series “NHL 36.” NHL Original Productions cameras will join Neal tomorrow morning and follow him for the next 36 hours as he and the Penguins host afternoon games on consecutive...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Devils Would Like To See A Big Defenseman Added To Lineup

from Mark Everson of the NY Post, The two longest-serving Devils stars, with five Stanley Cups between them, offered The Post the same verdict on what the team could use at the trade deadline. Surprisingly, they agreed on a big defenseman instead of one of those puck-moving slicksters. “We have the pieces here,” Patrik Elias said. “Over 60 games, you realize if you need something...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

You Have Buyers, Sellers And Now Listeners

from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News, Defenseman Sheldon Souray had an interesting way of characterizing the profession of sports journalism as the NHL nears Monday’s trade deadline. “Anybody with knives on their fingers can type on their keyboard and come up with a trade rumor,” he said . “But it’s a fact of our business, and that’s the way it goes.” The Stars...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Will Feaster Be True To His Word?

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun, In the midst of the Calgary Flames’ second consecutive lackluster effort, the club’s GM was clearly a frustrated man. However, it’s highly questionable his sentiments were genuine. Asked in the second intermission of a game in which his Flames had just squandered a 2-0 lead, Feaster suggested on air to Sportsnet’s Roger Millions that...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Carter Trade Comes With High Risks And Rewards

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail, Acquiring centre/left winger Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets for defenceman Jack Johnson and a first-round draft choice is the ultimate high-risk, high-reward deal for the Los Angeles Kings. Risk: In Carter, they get a player who sulked through much of his one-and-only season in Columbus, where he was unhappy after leaving the...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Canucks wrap-up: the Wings have lessons left to learn

I generally believe that the less a writer thinks about writing before engaging in the task, the less he or she worries about what they actually end up saying. I must admit, however, that after watching the Detroit Red Wings’ home-ice winning streak end thanks to a 4-3 shootout loss to the Vancouver Canucks, I tossed, turned, stirred and tried to think about something profound...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Dater versus Quincey versus the Avs versus Quincey versus Dater

This just isn’t going to go away. As mentioned in the, “Mad Dash,” new Red Wings acquisition Kyle Quincey spoke to Yahoo Sports’ Nicholas J. Cotsonika about fact that Saturday night’s opponent, the Colorado Avalanche, has a bunch of unrestricted free agents-to-be, and that continued uncertainty as to the team’s direction has some of those unrestricted free agents-to-be...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Tyler Bunz Leads WHL in Goaltender Wins and Assists

It’s a dream come true for players to be drafted into the NHL, but as we all know simply being drafted does not guarantee any kind of professional career or success. Unless you are an early first round pick, you could be years away from getting any kind of a chance at a game in the big show. And so, players still continue to work, play and dream of the day when they can have their...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Oilers Flying

Oilers shutout Flyers 2-0 It was a rare visit by the Philadelphia Flyers Thursday night in Edmonton, so rare in fact that the last time the Flyers won in Rexall Place was March 19, 2001. It’s not as though the Flyers play in Edmonton every year, although that would be a good change, but rather the teams only face each other in Edmonton every two to three years. Still, this victory...
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February 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Canucks quick take: Salobration

The Vancouver Canucks came into Joe Louis Arena insisting that they would break the Red Wings’ 23-game home ice winning streak. They repeated their mantra throughout the day, and they backed their bluster up, defeating Detroit 4-3 in a shootout. As a Red Wings fan, I would be remiss to not point out that the Canucks never would have tied the game had Sami Salo not “Larry Murphied”...
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February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Lombardi On the Carter Trade

from Rich Hammond of LA Kings Insider, I’ll have the full transcript of the Dean Lombardi conference call shortly, but here are the highlights… – Talks with the Blue Jackets started “heating up” about a week ago. – Lombardi said he understands that taking on Carter’s big contract is a risk, but feels it is worth it. – Carter will have to do an extensive physical...
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February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

The Imploding Capitals

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post, Different teams melt down in different ways. Columbus, long a lonely outpost in the National Hockey League, simply dug its way into an obscurity so deep that the only way out has been to put its finest shovels on the auction block. Montreal has descended into an operatic wreck, in one and sometimes two languages. Tampa Bay has practically vanished...
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February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Pending Trade- Columbus Trades Carter To LA For Johnson And Pick

via Bob McKenzie tweet, Jeff Carter has been traded to LAK for Jack Johnson and 1st round pick. Pending a medical tomorrow. via Aaron Portzline tweet, Deal will be made official when #CBJ GM Scott Howson in roughly 45 minutes.
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February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Boston University to reexamine men’s hockey program after Nicastro sexual assault charge

Via the Associated Press, Boston University made a big announcement in the wake of allegations of rape against Wings prospect Max Nicastro. BU Today’s Art Jahnke provides the details thereof: In the wake of the second allegation of sexual assault by a BU hockey player this season, Boston University President Robert A. Brown will convene a task force to examine the culture of men’s...
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February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Sens Lose Goalie Craig Anderson To Hand Injury Suffered At Home

via Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun, The Ottawa Sun has confirmed Anderson suffered a hand injury in an accident with a knife at home and will be out at least 10 days as a result of the injury. The Senators are recalling Robin Lehner from the club’s AHL affiliate in Binghamton. Anderson, coming off a 32-save performance in a 5-2 victory over the Washington Capitals Wednesday...
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February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Red Wings-Canucks pre-game mad dash

The difficult part of being a one-man blogging band is that you find yourself explaining absences—or at least I do—far too regularly, so I’ll simply say that I had to ferry a parent in significant back pain to her orthopedist, and it took two hours longer than anticipated. As such, as an addendum to the Red Wings-Canucks pre-game thread, here’s a mad dash’s worth of last...
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February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Come On Home, Son And Bring That Serial Killer With You

Tick Tock Kenny Holland has told us all he made a mistake when he waived Kyle Quincey.  Three years later, because it’s the Winged Way, he’s brought him back to Hockeytown.  That’s what Holland does, you know.  He lets them go with a promise that if they behave and improve and drop him a BFF text now and again? A spot will open up and it’s home again, home again. Quincey’s...
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February 23, 2012  |  Discuss
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