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Quarter-Pro Hockey

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from the Toronto Star,

The rink is tiny and the team’s win total minuscule, but the game – hockey – is big on the Isle of Wight, of all places.
Make that a most peculiar brand of hockey.
They love their Wightlink Raiders in Ryde, the main city on the island in the English Channel, despite their franchise in the 12-team English Premier League having won only three of 43 league games this season. Plus, they play in a 1,200-seat arena with one of the smallest ice surfaces in pro hockey, or anywhere for that matter.

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All Gone

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from the Buffalo News,

The Buffalo Sabres have made it all but official: They will have no playoff tickets left to sell to the general public this season.
A whopping 98.5 percent of season-ticket holders have put down a deposit for their playoff tickets, while 90 percent already have renewed for next year — more than six months before the start of next season.

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Bolts May Go The “Minors’ Route

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

Karri Ramo said he has no indication about when, or if, he will play for the Lightning this season.
But considering what coach John Tortorella had to say, the goaltender, called up Monday from AHL Springfield, better keep his game face ready.
“He is part of the equation,” Tortorella said. “He’s not here to see his teammates so he knows them better during camp next year. We’re going to make decisions accordingly. Do I want someone to take the ball and run with this and be consistent? That’s what we need.”

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Biron Appears Happy In Philly

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from the Courier Post,

If you believe what Marty Biron and his agent, Gilles Lupien, have been doing and saying lately, it won’t be long before the 29-year-old goaltender signs a long-term contract that will keep him with the Flyers for the next three or four years.
After Monday’s rare practice at the Wachovia Center, necessitated by the latest team picture day in club history, Biron unzipped a pouch and revealed his new Flyers mask, glistening in orange and black with images of the Rocky statue, the Philadelphia skyline and the Liberty Bell.

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Backstrom Will Be Hot UFA

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from the Pioneer Press,

At the start of the season, Backstrom’s biography merely warranted “In The System” small-print status in the media guide, not the extensive spreads established players receive.
That’s changed. Backstrom has had an 18-8-5 run as a starter for the Wild and suddenly ranks No. 2 in the NHL with a 2.16 goals-against average.
At season’s end, he can become a free agent, and the team he’s expected to start against tonight in St. Paul — Wayne Gretzky’s Phoenix Coyotes — could be big in offseason bidding. Backstrom, 29, has shut out the Coyotes, who need a goalie, twice in two starts this season.
That’s not to say Backstrom is going anywhere. He said he enjoys Minnesota and wants to re-sign with the Wild. But if he finishes the season at his current pace, he’ll have several nice offers with which the Wild will have to compete.

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Oh…The Angst

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

Good golly, the Dive are all-a-twitter. Naturally we'll get to them, but first your daily ITPST update, which is strikingly similar to yesterday's.

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Iginla Leads His Way

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from the Calgary Sun,

Expect Iginla to give what he can on the ice—he’s certainly been their best player the last two games—but you can’t help but wonder if the time has come for him to raise his voice in the dressing room.
You know the idea: Provide a fire-and-brimstone speech, break sticks or scream and yell to ignite his team, which has a mere four-point edge on Colorado for eighth spot in the Western Conference chase.
Fans may think such a development isn’t in Iginla’s repertoire but he insists—even if he’s not planning to do it in the next couple of days—it could happen at some time.
“It’s not out of character,” Iginla insisted yesterday.
“The funny thing is, I’m not the quietest guy. I don’t walk around and just whisper at guys. We’re not scared to tell people things.”

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#$#&#@* Murray

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Senators coach Bryan Murray yesterday accused Pittsburgh Penguins superstar centre and NHL poster boy Sidney Crosby of swearing at him during the first period of Ottawa’s 4-3 shootout loss on Sunday.
Murray said that’s conduct unbecoming of an NHL superstar.
“He’s one of those young people, and rightly so, that the league is really promoting as the example of the new NHL,” said Murray. “When he turns, and I’m sure he’s on camera quite often, using the language he does, I don’t think that’s something he should do. That’s all.”

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Janssen Will Play His Game

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from NorthJersey.com,

Although he regrets injuring Kaberle and says he’s learned his lesson from the late hit, which earned a three-game suspension, Janssen has no intention of taking it easy on the Maple Leafs’ defenseman if their paths cross.
“If he’s got the puck and I need to make the hit on him to get the puck, well, yeah, I’m going to do it,” he said Monday. “I’m not looking to go head-hunting or anything like that. I just want to go out and play my game. I’m sure if I’m skating down the wing with the puck, he’s going to come hit me, too.”

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Mike Gartner Steps Down from NHLPA

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From TSN,

The NHL Players’ Association announced Monday that Mike Gartner has stepped down from his post as Director of Hockey Affairs. 
“These are difficult times for the Association and I feel at this point I can best serve the future of a changing union by stepping aside,” Gartner said in a statement issued Monday night.
“I will continue to fully support all efforts to restore the integrity of the NHLPA.” 
Gartner joined the NHLPA in 1999 as its Director of Business Relations following a 19-year Hall of Fame career. In March 2006, he was named the NHLPA’s Director of Hockey Affairs, working towards improving the on-ice game and safety for the players.

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