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Looking Back At The Life Of Yanick Dupre

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from the NHLPA,

When those closest to Yanick Dupre speak of his life, it’s the person, not the player that dominates the conversations.

It’s been over 10 years since Dupre, the 50th overall selection of the Philadelphia Flyers, succumbed to leukemia….

“He was a lot of fun to be around,” said Eric Lindros, who played alongside Dupre in Philadelphia. “He was always entertaining. He was also the type of person who stood up for what he believed in.

“I remember how fired up he’d get when we’d play in Montreal. He always loved to play there!”

read on

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  Tags: eric+lindros, philadelphia+flyers, yanick+dupre

The Future Of AO

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from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,

The ever-rumor-seeking Toronto reporters pressed Alex about the possibility of his leaving Washington next summer. Ovechkin is in the final year of a three-year pact. As yet, the Caps have not made an offer but he loves the D.C. area.

“We have lots of time,” Alex says. “It will happen, I want to be here. I don’t like a change of pace. I like the team and the organization and the fans.”

more from Stan and On Frozen Blog is taking another path with the latest on AO….

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, washington+capitals

The Female Fan

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

They might wear stilettos and sport manicures, but female fans can scream just as loud as any man for their home team.

“Just because I’m wearing high heels and eye makeup doesn’t mean I don’t know what I’m doing,” said Jackie Schaefer, 22, of Mt. Washington. “This is how I express being a female and a fan.”

read on

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Let Them Play

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Now the question being raised is one about player eligibility, specifically whether a player, who takes a penalty in the overtime, should be allowed to shoot in the shootout. The logic here being that a player who commits a foul has somehow forfeited his right to participate in the fun and educational extra-curricular activities.

So, it’s now come to this. The National Hockey League, in an attempt to simply spice up its product in a terribly hokey creative move, has now turned the simple endeavor into a complete civil rights question. That being: Is a player (a human) still considered a player (a human) after he’s committed an act against his society (the other team)?

read on

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  Tags: rules, shootouts

No Kidding- Ducks Miss Semi-Retired Duo

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from Mark Whicker of the OC Register,

Losing Niedermayer and Selanne, which would be roughly comparable to Detroit losing Nicklas Lidstrom and Henrik Zetterberg, sends ripples through the roster and diminishes everyone else. Few have been more disadvantaged than McDonald.

“Absolutely, it’s frustrating,” he said at Wednesday morning’s skate. “There have been a lot of different combinations, which is the coach’s prerogative and something you have to try to do to turn things around.

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  Tags: anaheim+ducks, andy+mcdonald, scott+niedermayer, teemu+selanne

Canes On The Offensive

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from the News & Observer,

As of Wednesday morning, three of the NHL’s top 10 scorers were Hurricanes, as were six of the top 30, three of the top 21 in goals and three of the top 10 in assists….

“It’s the style that we play,” Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said. “There’s an identity we’re looking for and it’s about the puck and about offense. Another number that ties into that is goals against and goals for.

“The separation there is I think highest in the league. You’re trying to establish a defensive game as well, but with the offense sometimes one has to give. I’m glad to see that separation growing.”

read on

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  Tags: carolina+hurricanes, peter+laviolette

Sabres Need To Change Their Gameplan

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from the Buffalo News,

That was the prevailing theme afterward. Everyone conceded that it’s a tougher, more defensive-minded league. The wide-open NHL, which was ideal for a small, speedy Sabres squad, has suddenly been transformed back into a tight-checking sport where unsightly, low-scoring games are the standard.

“Last year, everything we touched turned to gold on offense,” said goalie Ryan Miller, who had 25 saves. “This year, we’re going to have to work for it the way teams approach us. We have talent. We have the scoring touch. You’re just not going to get many good looks and you have to make them count.”

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  Tags: buffallo+sabres, ryan+miller

Lemieux & Gretzky Interested In Nike/Bauer

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from Brian Milner of the Globe and Mail,

Hockey legends Mario Lemieux and Wayne Gretzky have surfaced as potential partners in groups interested in acquiring Nike Bauer, the world’s leading maker of skates and other hockey equipment….

“There’s a tremendous amount of people going to the next stage,” a person familiar with the process said. “At the end of the day, there are groups that will have [former] players involved. That includes Mario and Wayne.”

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  Tags: mario+lemieux, nike, wayne+gretzky

Blackhawks Lose Kevyn Adams

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from the Chicago Tribune,

The Hawks suffered a big loss when veteran center Kevyn Adams went down with a knee injury with 8 minutes 27 seconds left in the first period. Adams, the leader of the Hawks both on and off the ice, was checked into the boards and his left knee appeared to buckle.

“It looks like the ACL and MCL, and he will be out for quite a while,” Savard said. “We lose a great leader, but it gives somebody a chance to get an opportunity. He has been awesome in the locker room.”

more on the Blackhawks

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, injuries, kevyn+adams

The Kings Version Of Amazing Race

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from Inside the Kings,

The Kings had a day off Tuesday, at least from hockey. They were told to assemble at the training facility at 7:30 a.m., at which point they were told to hand over their wallets and cell phones. (No, it wasn’t Tim Leiweke collecting them to sell on EBay to pay for L.A. Live.) The players divided up into four teams for an amended version of The Amazing Race, CBS’s Emmy-winning reality show.

continued

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  Tags: los+angeles+kings

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