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December 19, 2011

December 19, 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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TORONTO

A journey is like a marriage. The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.– John Steinbeck (1902-1968) THINGS ARE spiralling out of control. Despite the Capitals’ best efforts to analyze every detail, there are breakdowns everywhere on the ice. After years of being branded as a one-trick offensive pony, they are trying to build an identity as a good defensive team with great scoring talent. But they’re struggling at both ends of the ice and the questions surrounding Ovechkin are reaching a crescendo. Boudreau is at his wits’ end, so he orders the Capitals to stay off the ice and, even though they’re in Toronto, devote the day to resting their weary bodies and minds. He speaks to his players for a total of two minutes and…

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Do The Evolution

Three years after his trade from Toronto, Alex Steen admits he’s finally blossomed into the player he envisioned being. A first round pick of the Maple Leafs in 2002, Steen always possessed offensive talent, following in the footsteps of his father, former Winnipeg Jet great Thomas Steen. But it was the younger Steen’s goal to master all aspects of the game. “I don’t like being stapled as one type of player,” Steen said. “I don’t like being called a defensive forward. The reverse is true, too – all offense, no defense – that would bother me. I want to be able to evolve at all times.” Since arriving in St. Louis in 2008, Steen, 27, has averaged a goal in one quarter of the 220-plus games he’s played with the Blues. This…

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Exceptional Encore

When the Edmonton Oilers brought left winger Ryan Smyth home from Los Angeles over the summer, they wanted him as much for his heart as his hands. It’s imperative their young stars are groomed properly, so who better to lead by example than somebody who plays and practises as hard as anyone who’s ever worn the Oiler colors? “It’s a great compliment,” said Smyth, 35. “I’m just trying to be consistent in my work ethic – play and practise and battle hard.” That’s what he always does. And he’s eager to pass down what he learned from the likes of Kelly Buch-berger and Kevin Lowe when he debuted as an Oiler in the mid-1990s. “They taught me a lot,” Smyth said. “You learn it, you see how important it is and you…

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POLLRESULTS

No 71% Yes 29% Which city should the NHL go to next? Quebec City 51% Seattle 14% Hamilton 11% Toronto 9% Hartford 6% Kansas City 4% Milwaukee 3% Houston 2% Vote on polls from everything top to bottom in the world of hockey at thehockeynews.com…