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Nightly Hockey Hits: NHL’s Forsberg sweepstakes end, Gretzky enjoying break, poor drafting one reason for Leafs woes, current-day Caps built on Jagr deal

Caps have Jagr to thank for success; looking at goalies requirement for internal fortitude; Dave ‘the Hammer’ Schultz enters Flyers HOF; charting the Pens progress. These stories and Leafs singing about buyout contracts after the jump.

Word from around the blogs:

  • Puck Daddy:  NHL’s next Forsberg sweepstakes ends before it begins.  That’s a shame, but we can probably expect to see him playing in Vancouver in 2010, for Team Sweden.
  • The Hockey News:  Current-day Caps built on Jagr deal.  A testament to short term pain for some long term gain.
  • Greatest Hockey Legends:  Some classic snap shots of Wayne Gretzky.  Some good pictures
  • Globe Sports:  Gretzky enjoying break.  As per usual Eric Duhatschek column is a must read.
  • Dobber Hockey:  The art of internal compete.  No position in hockey faces this concept more than goaltenders.
  • MSG: Ranking the Bad Boys of hockey.  What, no Shawn Cronin on the list?
  • NHL Fanhouse:  ‘The Hammer’ enters Flyers Hall of Fame.  Shocked he only played on the team for 4 years, as he seems to symbolize Broad Street Bullies.
  • Spector Blog:  Poor drafting one reason for Leafs woes.  With all that money perhaps its time the Leafs bumbed up their spending on scouts.
  • Faceoff Factor:  Charting the Pens progress.  With all the injuries they have suffered this season, surprising that the numbers are so consistent.
  • Japers’ Rink:  A tale of two goaltenders.  Tandems can sometimes work.
  • Hitting the Post:  Some more telling stats about the Wild.  No wonder they are 14th in the West.

From the guys over at Bloge Salming come this rap about buyouts: