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from the Montreal Gazette:

Ken Dryden never showed much emotion as a player, but he admitted to being a tad misty-eyed as he hugged his family and watched his No. 29 hoisted to the rafters at the Bell Centre last night.
“It was a special moment and they’re a part of my life,” said Dryden, whose number was retired prior to last night’s game between the Canadiens and Ottawa Senators.
“I knew what the events of the night would be, but I didn’t know what the reactions from the fans would be, and I didn’t know what my reaction would be,” he said. “As I walked from the dressing room, I couldn’t see because the arena was dark, but I could certainly hear the arena.

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Aiming For Another Summit

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from the Canadian Press via TSN:

Vladislav Tretiak would like to see another Canada-Russia Summit Series.
Tretiak, who starred in goal for the former Soviet Union squad in the ‘72 series that gripped the hockey world, said Monday he hopes to propose a new eight-game event to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
‘‘This year is important for us because 35 years ago we played - four games in Canada and four games in Russia,’’ said Tretiak, now president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation. ‘‘I’d like to see us make eight games again.

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NBC’s Sunday Hat Trick

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail:

Encouraging news for NBC’s National Hockey League telecast on Sunday (Atlanta-Philadelphia, Colorado-Detroit and Dallas-Anaheim). It earned a 1.3 overnight rating (percentage of TV households tuned in), up 8 per cent from 1.2 for the same telecast last season. It was up against stiff competition: Tiger Woods winning the Buick Invitational on CBS, and San Antonio Spurs-Los Angeles Lakers in overtime on ABC.

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College Hockey Off The Hook

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from the Denver Post:

From a penalties standpoint, attending a University of Denver hockey game one night and an Avalanche game the next is like watching two different sports.
The NCAA still allows many of the hooks and holds the NHL has barred.
Although the 2005 NHL crackdown on obstruction penalties occurred a year after the NCAA tightened its rules, the NCAA is in no hurry to revise its rules to match the new NHL standard.
“We tightened up the obstruction penalties before the NHL, and certainly the NHL has gone beyond that - and way past us,” said Bruce McLeod, commissioner of the Denver-based Western Collegiate Hockey Association. “We haven’t done it in a quantum jump like the NHL, and I think we’ll probably continue with that. Some people think the NHL has gone too far, and others love the way it is. We’ll just have to wait and see.”

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Easiest Interview Ever

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from the Sun-Sentinel:

Ed Belfour isn’t talking.
Not on days he plays, not on days he doesn’t. Not after practice or before practice. Win or lose, turn away 40 or let in 10, Ed Belfour isn’t talking.
Irritable, difficult, cantankerous ... those are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the Panthers’ netminder over his 18 NHL seasons. And when the Panthers signed Belfour to a contract this summer, some called the 41-year-old damaged goods and broken down.

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A Rumour Zat Makes Sense

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from the Washington Post:

Washington Capitals winger Richard Zednik has received medical clearance to resume playing and is expected to be in the lineup Thursday against the Panthers in Florida, the second stop on a three-game road trip that begins tonight against the Ottawa Senators.
His return from an abdominal injury that caused him to miss 24 games comes at a critical time for the player and his team. With the NHL’s trade deadline four weeks away, Zednik figures to attract interest from clubs seeking to add an offensive threat for a run in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The only problem is Capitals General Manager George McPhee isn’t ready to declare whether he’ll be buying or selling—yet.

As a UFA-to-be who put up 20-30 goals before the lockout, Zednik would provide an affordable option for those non-Forsberg-buyers out there.

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Down To The Wire In Pittsburgh

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

It’s make or break time for a new Pittsburgh arena.
Gov. Ed Rendell said Monday that he remains “optimistic” about reaching a deal soon that will build an Uptown arena and keep the Penguins in town for at least 30 years.
“I anticipate that sometime this week we will have an answer,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said yesterday. “There will be some kind of dialogue back and forth this week.”

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Build It & They Will Play

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

We build a backyard rink.
After the temps hit 70 earlier this month, winter came back to Connecticut last week. An arctic blast of Canadian air was forecast by Todd, the local weatherman (it’s a scientific fact that 65 percent of all weathermen are named either Todd or Jim Cantore).
The low temperature was expected to hit single digits for two successive nights. That was my cue.
I had planned on storing the giant white liner I purchased from nicerink.com and using it next year, but this sudden blast changed everything. Time to move. You can’t be a hockey parent and be lazy. The two don’t mesh. It’s perpetual and maddening…

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Imperfectly Clear

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from Bernie Lincicome of the Rocky Mountain News,

It may never be entirely clear why ice hockey doesn’t work, not in the way that other sports do, why it is stuck on the same TV channel as Babe Winkelman and why its All-Star Game reveals its defects instead of showing its charm.
But that is how it is and that is how it has always been and nothing can be done about it.
Hockey remains a local story and never the biggest one, and places where it does matter most moan about places where it does not; that is, Canada sighs and Colorado snoozes.

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AHL Will Follow NHL’s Cutting EDGE

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from the Democrat & Chronicle:

A week after Reebok introduced their new-fangled, sleek-looking hockey jerseys to the NHL last week, the American Hockey League announced today that their players will wear the same uniform next season.
Along with a more aerodynamic look, the jersey also absorbs much less water, a feature players like.
“We felt if the NHL was going in the direction next season, we should share that look from the outset,” AHL president Dave Andrews said at his annual state-of-the-league session with the media as the All-Star Classic.

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