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Young Penguins vs. Young Caps
Much has been made of the Ovechkin/Crosby debate, but what if you expand it to a whole line? If you had to pick one line of 22-and-younger forwards to lead your team, who would you choose:

From Pittsburgh:
Sidney Crosby (19 years old, 39 games, 21 goals, 44 assists)
Evgeni Malkin (20 years old, 38 games, 20 goals, 21 assists)
Jordan Staal (18 years old, 41 games, 12 goals, 3 assists)

From Washington:
Alexander Ovechkin (21 years old, 44 games, 28 goals, 33 assists)
Nicklas Backstrom (19 years old, 32 games, 11 goals, 25 assists, 1st in the Swedish Elite League in points per game)
Alexander Semin (22 years old, 40 games, 24 goals, 19 assists)

Pittsburgh would win easily for a starting lineup if you threw in goalie Marc-Andre Fleury and 23-year-old defenseman Ryan Whitney, but which of those two forward lines would you take?

Posted by Bret Cohen at 1/12/2007 2:06:00 PM

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Rory Fitzpatrick: 0 goals, 1 assist... All-Star?
For those of you not paying attention to the hockey world, Vancouver defensman Rory Fitzpatrick just barely missed out on an All-Star berth. The 31-year-old winger -- who has just one assist this season and who has 28 points and a minus-46 rating in 238 career games -- fell 23,000 votes shy of a write-in election after a web site pushed for his election (he received 550,177 votes total, third in the West behind Nicklas Lidstrom and Scott Niedermayer). This would have been an interesting story, and may make the NHL rethink its 100% online balloting/cell phone balloting, where it provided a drop down list for all write-in candidates and made it easier for this to happen (the lack of physical voting cards probably facilitated this as well).

Western Conference coach Randy Carlyle is probably breathing a sigh of relief regarding how much to play the talent-challenged fan favorite. "I'm a traditionalist," Carlyle said. "We would have had to make a decision as a coaching staff on how much he would have had to play."

Posted by Bret Cohen at 1/9/2007 11:38:00 PM

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Know Your Boys (Kessel and Cancer)
By now, youíve heard about just-turned-19 Phil Kesselís battle with cancer (heís set to return Tuesday night against Ottawa). Hockey (including fantasy hockey) means a whole lot less in the face of something like that, doesnít it?

The kid had the world by the, well you know, only be to dealt a card weíre all terrified to hear. And at his age? Wow.

Testicular cancer sucks. And Iím pretty sure it scares the snot out of each every one of you reading this blogÖ at least each of you with a Y chromosome.

Iím not a doctor but I do have a pre-med background. I know itís hard to talk to anyone about this stuff. And even harder to go to the doctor. But a little information may save you a world of hurt. So here goes.

Take a deep breath.

Testicular cancer most often strikes men 20 to 34 years of age but itís one of the most curable cancers going. Thatís good. As with most cancers, early detection is key. And thatís where knowing your boys might just save your life.

I know you wonít be offended when I say I havenít met a man who hasnít had a close and personal relationship with his boys. So use that to your advantage. Know the feel, compare the two and pay attention to any changes. Particularly if you notice a lump, swelling or hardening Ė usually on the front or the side Ė or if thereís an unexplained dull ache or pain. DO NOT WAIT UNTIL THE PAIN GOES AWAY Ė get to a doctor immediately. He or she will tell you if you need any special tests.

If you want more information, I recommend the websites of the Canadian Cancer Society, American Cancer Society and your local Public Health department (in both countries). Take a look at the more detailed info on TSE (Testicular Self Examination) and try it out.

How hard can it be?

Posted by Janet Eagleson at 1/9/2007 3:33:00 PM

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