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January 31, 2011

January 31, 2011

The Hockey News has been providing the most comprehensive coverage of the world of hockey since 1947. In each issue, you'll find news, features and opinions about the NHL and leagues across North America and the world.

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CREASE Cash

NY RANGERS $7,750,000 TORONTO $7,350,000 MINNESOTA $7,100,000 BUFFALO $6,900,000 FLORIDA $6,900,000 CAROLINA $6,825,000 NEW JERSEY $6,700,000 CALGARY $6,333,333 BOSTON $6,250,000 VANCOUVER $6,233,333 PITTSBURGH $5,600,000 NY ISLANDERS $5,391,666 PHOENIX $5,250,000 ST. LOUIS $5,050,000 ANAHEIM $5,035,000 OTTAWA $4,650,000 EDMONTON $4,550,000 NASHVILLE $4,275,000 DALLAS $4,200,000 TAMPA BAY $4,000,000 SAN JOSE $4,000,000 MONTREAL $3,750,000 COLORADO $3,062,500 ATLANTA $3,000,000 PHILADELPHIA $2,675,000 LOS ANGELES $2,643,333 DETROIT $2,133,333 COLUMBUS $2,105,500 CHICAGO $2,100,000 WASHINGTON $1,643,334 *ALL TEAMS’ TOP TWO GOALIES…

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Legacy Intact

IN THIS uncharacteristic washout of a season for the New Jersey Devils, some people argue Martin Brodeur’s sterling reputation has taken a notable hit. As I’ll explain below, that’s debatable. But what isn’t in question is that the guaranteed Hall of Fame goalie has played like anything but one this year. As the Devils plummeted to the bottom of the Eastern Conference standings, Brodeur won just one game in November, one game in December and didn’t start three of the first four games in January. In 29 games, he had been pulled as many times (six) as he had wins. He is on pace to finish the season with 11 wins, an .887 save percentage and a 3.05 goals-against average. All those projections – which would be even worse were…

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Back on Track

His teammates say the best quality about goalie Marc-Andre Fleury is his attitude. “He’s always the same smiling, happy guy,” forward Max Talbot said. “I think he’ll always be that way.” The lesser known side of Fleury, according to Sidney Crosby, is his fierce competitive nature. When he struggled to open the year and was losing starts to No. 2 Brent Johnson, Fleury had to focus that competitiveness into productive practices. Only by showing strong on off-days could he regain his gig, which he did. Against Tampa Bay Nov. 12, he allowed just a goal and, including that game, went 18-5-2 through early January. “With him it’s always about confidence and once he got it back, he’s been that guy we’ve seen before,” said defenseman Brooks Orpik. “He’s giving us a chance to…

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Minny’s Big Star

J-F Leblanc isn’t the only big kid making noise in draft circles this year. Head west from Quebec and you’ll find 6-foot-4 center Joseph LaBate, who plays for the Academy of Holy Angels Stars in Minnesota. A speedy player who knows how to use his frame, LaBate put up 19 points in his first nine games for the Stars this season, including four in a 5-4 loss to top-ranked Edina. “I’m a big centerman and I try to use my body well,” La-Bate said. “I feel players work pretty well off of me.” Holy Angels is a private school just south of Minneapolis and LaBate is following in the footsteps of his brother and sister by attending the institution. Blues defenseman Erik Johnson also went there. Scouts love LaBate’s upside; in the latest rankings…