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    Thank you fluff. That was a really great of you to do that for me.

    Gives me more motivation to vote. The 'winning' isn't doing it for the Flames on the ice, so maybe they'll get some wins off the ice.

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    No problem, CA.
    I know what you mean about giving you the impetus to vote, but I don't think I'll be able to elevate any of my favourites into contention.
    Mike Fisher isn't even on the ballot so I've had to make him my eastern write-in.

    Thankfully Brian Campbell is getting a ton of votes so at least I should have one of my favourite d's on the squad.

    Calgary has really turned their season around.
    I'm pleased because it was starting to look a little uncomfortable for Playfair.
    It was a shame they lost their last two, but they have the depth to pick things up again.

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    I don't often stick my nose in the hockey threads, but fluff, I threw a vote Bouwmeester's way, so please vote again and give one to my man Brendan Shanahan.
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    Shanny's on fire this season, 28 pts after 24 games

    Off to throw a vote his way

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    http://www.chicagoblackhawks.com/new...?story_id=3546

    The Chicago Blackhawks today named Denis Savard the 36th Head Coach in the team’s history and relieved Trent Yawney of his duties.

    "The bottom line is wins and losses and we needed to win more," said Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon. “We've had some injuries, but in spite of that we're a better team than our record shows. We've won three of our last 15 games and we decided to go in a different direction. We want to play a more up-tempo style game."

    "We're not happy over the last few years as far as our win-loss record is concerned. The players have to share that responsibility. But we're looking to move forward and go in a new direction,” said new Blackhawks Head Coach Denis Savard “I've always wanted to be a head coach. The circumstances are not the greatest because when you take over for somebody mid-season it means things did not go as well as we all expected. I'm looking forward to working with Mark Hardy and upper management as we move forward in this new direction."

    Denis Savard joined the Blackhawks coaching staff as an assistant coach under Craig Hartsburg, on December 3, 1997. Savard began the 1997-98 season as the Blackhawks' Developmental Coach.

    Savard, 44, entered coaching after announcing his retirement from the National Hockey League in June of 1997. A 17-year NHL veteran with Chicago, Montreal and Tampa Bay, Savard scored 473 goals and 865 assists (1,338 points) in 1,196 games played. As a Blackhawk, Savard recorded 377 goals and 719 assists (1,096 points) in 881 games played. In Stanley Cup competition, Savard scored 66 goals and 109 assists (175 points) in 169 games. As a Blackhawk, he tallied 61 goals and added 84 assists (145 points) in 131 playoff games.

    Savard was originally the Blackhawks’ first-round pick (3rd overall) in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft and recorded 75 points (28g, 47a) during his rookie season in 1980-81. The 5-foot-10, 175-pound native of Pointe Gatineau, Quebec, recorded 32-87=119 points the following season to become the second Blackhawk in history to score 100+ points in a single season. "Savvy" was named to the NHL All-Star Second Team during the 1982-83 season when he compiled 35-86=121 points in 78 games and appeared in seven NHL All-Star Games during his career (1982-84, 1986, 1988, 1991 and 1996).

    Following his third 100+ point season in 1984-85, Savard tallied a career-high 47 goals during the 1985-86 campaign. He tallied career-highs in assists (87) and points (131) during the 1987-88 season. His 131 point season in 1987-88 is a Blackhawk record and his 87 assist seasons in 1981-82 and 1987-88 are also Blackhawk records. After 10 seasons with the Blackhawks, Savard was traded to the Montreal Canadiens in exchange for Chris Chelios and a 2nd round draft pick (Mike Pomichter) on June 29, 1990. Savard played three seasons for the Canadiens, compiling 72 goals and 107 assists (179 points) in 210 games played and winning the Stanley Cup in 1993.

    Following the 1992-93 season, Savard signed with Tampa Bay as a free agent on July 29, 1993. Savard played parts of two seasons with the Lightning, scoring 24 goals and 39 assists (63 points) in 105 games. He was traded back to the Blackhawks on April 6, 1995 in exchange for a 6th round draft pick (Xavier Desile) in the 1996 Entry Draft. Savard finished the 1994-95 campaign with the Blackhawks, scoring 4-4=8 points in 12 games. He sparked the Blackhawks in the 1995 Stanley Cup Playoffs, leading the team with 7-11=18 points as they advanced to the Conference Finals.

    Savard is one of only five players in Blackhawk history to have his number retired. Savard's No. 18 was raised to the United Center rafters in a special pre-game ceremony on March 19, 1998. He joined Blackhawk legends Glenn Hall (No. 1), Bobby Hull (No. 9), Stan Mikita (No. 21) and Tony Esposito (No. 35) as the only Blackhawks to have their number retired.

    On June 15, 2000, Savard was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. His induction took place on November 13, 2000.

    Yawney, was named the 35th head coach in team history on July 7, 2005. He posted a 33-55-15 record in a season and a half behind the Blackhawks bench. Prior to joining the Chicago Blackhawks he served as the Head Coach of the Chicago Blackhawks’ American Hockey League affiliate for the last five seasons. Yawney posted a 189-144-42-25 regular season record over five seasons.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fluff;2157525;
    Calgary has really turned their season around.
    I'm pleased because it was starting to look a little uncomfortable for Playfair.
    It was a shame they lost their last two, but they have the depth to pick things up again.
    Oh I agree the beginning of their season was just terrible. Kiprusoff couldn't play the games by himself. I don't even know what it was that caused them to play so badly! I'm just glad they're not anymore, excpet losing to the Oilers tsk tsk

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    Quote Originally Posted by canadian_angel;2157783;
    I'm just glad they're not anymore, except losing to the Oilers tsk tsk
    That's Ok they can do that all season long.

    Big game for the Oilers Fans tonight. Boo Pronger Boo I think a hockey game might actually be played too.
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    Very disappointing game last night. The Oilers are so frustrating some times, I think that's the 2nd or 3rd time this year that they've let a lead slip away in the last minute of a game. Grrrrr

    Heard from people at the game that most of the signs that were brought were confiscated at the door but some of the funny ones and costumes that made it in were:

    - a girl dressed in a jersey with a baby bump holding up a sign saying "Chris, we need to talk."
    - sign saying "1985 called they want their hairstyle back"
    - sign saying "Stronger Without Pronger"
    - sign saying "the gap left in the team is smaller than the gap between your teeth"

    My favourite chant of the night was "Let's Go Oilers, Pronger Sucks". The booing went well too except people at the game said it wasn't as loud as the booing at Comrie when he comes to town. Oh well, I guess they'll have to try harder next time cause if there's one thing you can say about Oilers fans it's they never forget - once an Oiler, always an Oiler except for a few.
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    I heard Bouwmeester is on the team so far.

    I also heard that M-A Fleury is the #1 goalie for the East, too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba-Jo-Lyn;2160523;
    Very disappointing game last night. The Oilers are so frustrating some times, I think that's the 2nd or 3rd time this year that they've let a lead slip away in the last minute of a game. Grrrrr
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    Tell me about it! The Bruins love to do that. They lost (didn't even make it to OT) a game to the habs with about 2 seconds left. They had a 2-0 lead against the Blues with 5 minutes left and lost in OT. They had a 4-1 lead against the Sabres at least halfway through the 3rd period and lost in OT. Luckily, more recently they've actually starting winning some of those OT/shootout games.

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