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Gary Bettman, Sooper-genius?
I had a bit of an epiphany last night, while watching the replay of yet another Ovechkin highlight-reel goal (top corner glove side on the goalie after handing the defenseman a coat check ticket for his jock strap) -- how perfect was the timing on the NHL re-start? They ride the old talent as long as they can with the old rules, then open up the game just as the next crop of superstars they want to build the league around (Ovechkin and Crosby, Staal and Nash, etc etc) are ready to capitalize (*cough*) on it. Had they done this three years ago, they wouldn't have had any young wunderkinds with which to sell the "new" NHL. Coincidence, or brilliantly-executed plan? Hmmmm...

Posted by Erik at 1/20/2006 8:25:00 AM
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Another Fantasy Web Site Uses Rotowire as their "Source"?
Nothing confirmed; it's just speculation on my part. Let me tell you the story and then you can decide. I posted the Bryan McCabe groin tear update Tuesday night -- you know, after I picked myself up off the floor after hearing Leafs general manager John Ferguson Jr. actually honestly acknowledge the injury live on the radio. In any event. Less than 30 minutes after I posted the update, CBS Sportsline sent out an alert naming "published sources" citing the same information... right down to the "medically worse" comment which was my medical interpretation and not in the initial radio report. At the time, not even TSN or Sportsnet here in Canada had reported or published the information. Mere coincidence? Maybe... maybe not. Isn't there a saying about imitation and flattery???

Posted by Janet Eagleson at 1/19/2006 7:27:00 PM
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Andrew Raycroft -- Trade Bait?
Early Thursday afternoon, the Bruins' claimed Blackhawks' netminder Craig Anderson off waivers. This is a move that is much like squeezing lighter fluid onto an open flame and the management in Boston had better hope the resultant stream of fire doesn't back up on them the way the Joe Thornton trade has. ROY one season ago; chopped liver the next. Perhaps Razor and Sergei Samsonov will be packaged together and sent to Edmonton, Vancouver or Colorado? Food for thought. Let's hope the Bruins get back more than the mandatory bag of pucks and used pylons.

Posted by Janet Eagleson at 1/19/2006 12:26:00 PM
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Ovechkin/Penguins
Peter M. posted this on 2006-01-18 00:00:00 Phil Kessel may not be the first pick in the draft. It may go to American defenseman Erik Johnson. Then there's the younger brother of Eric and Mark Staal, currently ranked 4th among North American prospects. Other than racking up huge numbers vs. Norway Kessel didn't do much in the World Jrs. ------ Peter Puck posted this on 2006-01-18 00:00:00 Re: Ovechkin's goal. Yes it was incredible but tell me he had practiced that before? It was a most fortuitous goal to say the least. It wasn't the best or biggest goal ever. Let's see him score in a more meaningful contest than a regular season game vs. Phoenix. Tuomo Ruutu's goal in the World Cup was better in that it was amazing and at a higher stage/level of play. Mario's goal vs. the North Stars in the Stanley Cup Final, now it doesn't get better than that. That goal beats Ovechkin's hands down. This is hockey, not the slam-dunk contest. Fluke goals don't get mentioned along with game-winning playoff goals. Scott Niedemeyer also had an incredible end-to-end rush for a goal in a Stanley Cup Final Game. ------ Topper posted this on 2006-01-18 00:00:00 I can't say I'm too disappointed with Palffy retiring. This improves the Pens' chances of getting Phl Kessel. The team wasn't going anywhere anyhow. I'd rather finish in the bottom three teams than the bottom ten this year. Pittsburgh's young players are too young and its old players are too old. Chalk this year up to experience. So long as Crosby, Fleury, Whitney and Malkin are a part of the future, the team should be just fine. I hope Mario comes back for a bit, just so I can say I saw his last game -- but he should retire too. ------ Janet E. posted this on 2006-01-18 00:00:00 Well, the Pens did get Eric Cairns today. That ought to make up for quite a bit... ------ Bret posted this on 2006-01-18 00:00:00 And it gets worse for the Penguins... Palffy retires.

Posted by Scotty Bowman at 1/18/2006 2:07:00 PM
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Best goal of all time?
Did anyone catch Alex Ovechkin's amazing goal against the Coyotes on Monday? As he's taken down to the ice after a failed inside-out move on Paul Mara, he gets his blade on the puck while twisting on the ice from his back to his front with one hand on the stick, putting it in the net at about literally a 5 degree angle.

Other goals that come to mind from this year are Jason Spezza's abuse of Jose Theodore (I can't seem to find it on the Internet) and Marek Malik's between the legs goal on Olaf Kolzig in about the 11th shootout round to secure the victory for the Rangers. I'd have to give the edge to Malik, even though in a shootout, just because of the brazenness of it and the fact that Kolzig (and his counterpart Henrik Lundqvist) had been owning the shootout.

The only thing that can come close in my fairly recent memory is Mike Legg's cradling of the puck behind the goal in Michigan's 1995 NCAA Regional Final game against Minnesota. Is Ovechkin's the best goal of all time? Not the most timely, or the best goal in a big game, but the single greatest goal of all time?

Posted by Bret Cohen at 1/17/2006 7:48:00 PM

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rookies
With much talk being centered around Ovechkin (what a goal) and Syd the kid, as well as outstanding talents like Dion Phaneuf and Lundquist- I have to think these players are having some of the best rookie seasons ever? What are some of the best rookie seasons ever? Obviously Selanne comes to mind as well Martin Brodeur's first full season where the Devils got the conference finals (94).

Posted by Dan P. at 1/17/2006 10:22:00 AM
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