By Joe Haggerty
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James Mirtle gets in the spirit of Moneyball with the movie being released this weekend, and tracks down the Bill James of the NHL and his growing influence on the game behind the game.
Dion Phaneuf makes his living from blowing up skaters with big hits and playing over the edge at times, and the Toronto defenseman tells the Toronto Star he's mighty confused about the new boardinghead shot rules.
The Igloo is set to be destroyed in Pittsburgh, and there's at least one member of the Bruins organization who won't be sad to see it go. The Igloo is effectively where Marc Savard's NHL career was forever changed for the worse after Matt Cooke's flying blindside elbow.
Former University of Maine goaltender Jimmy Howard has painted a tribute to the Lokomotiv plane crash victims on the back his goaltender's mask this season.
It's make or break time for prospective NHL hopefuls in camps across the NHL, and that goes double in Winnipeg.
Steve Stamkos is looking to carve out a bigger leadership role with the Tampa Bay Lightning this season, and that seems to be the natural progression for the gifted scorer and playmaker.
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Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading after watching the Boston Celtics take a hard pass on the Boogie.
-- Bob McKenzie sits in with the good folks at TSN 1200 Ottawa sports radio and talks a little Claude Julien of the Montreal Canadiens.
-- The Avalanche youth movement is set to begin as quickly as March 1, as Colorado may move some of its veteran players at the trade deadline.
-- Ryan Johansen got snubbed in his return to Columbus for the first time as a member of the Nashville Predators. That’s too bad, but it’s also not exactly Wayne Gretzky returning to the Edmonton Oilers for the first time.
-- The price tag for Kevin Shattenkirk is in and it includes a top prospect and a first-round pick, along with another piece, for a rental defenseman. That should be far too rich for the Bruins’ blood. The B's were already intent on avoiding the rental market ahead of the trade deadline, and the steep price -- even for a potentially useful short-term acquisition like the puck-moving Shattenkirk -- should make that even more of a certainty.
-- Ken Campbell asks whether hockey agents have gone too far in chasing after prospective prospects before they even enter their teenage years.
-- Bobby Ryan has a hand injury that’s going to sideline him, another piece of bad luck for the Senators forward.
-- For something completely different: On President’s Day, it seems only natural to go through the favorite Presidents in the history of the Marvel Universe.