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The Gumper

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from the Tillsonburg News,

National Hockey League Hall of Fame goalie Lorne ‘Gump’ Worsley opened his 1975 autobiography with a question. What makes a good goalie? In typical humorous fashion, he answered, “If you want to be a good goaltender, it helps to be a little crazy. Not all goaltenders are nuts, you understand; only about 90 per cent of them.”
continued...and a nice write-up on goalie masks...

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Sportsnet Filters Out TSN

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

The sports channel has installed a program on its Sportsnet.ca website that simply makes TSN go away. Sportsnet.ca gives registered visitors access to a discussion forum in which sports fans can ask questions and exchange information. But TSN and the names of its on-air personalities rank among the unmentionables. Sportsnet.ca removes all references to TSN. At least one weblog has noted that if you type in TSN in the context of a statement or question, it's removed and replaced with three stars. If you type in the name of TSN announcer Rod Black, the stars also appear.
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Domi May Retire

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from the Toronto Sun,

Tie Domi has been offered work by other National Hockey League teams, but might opt for retirement. Agent Pat Morris said he and the former Maple Leafs winger will be sitting down in the next week or two for a frank discussion on what the future holds for the 36-year-old. "We'll take some time and reflect whether to carry on or not," Morris said yesterday.

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Espo In Russia?

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What folows is a rough translation of Phil Esposito being asked if he would have an interest in coaching the Russian National Team. Is it tongue-in-cheek? from Sovsport.ru,

- Phil, Team Russia seek a coach. If you get the offer , would you accept this position ? - No doubts. Who is responsible for this appointment? Tretiak? - Yes, Vladislav Tretiak. - Tell him make me an offer which I couldn't refuse. - Do you really ready to go to Russia, live in Russia and coach Team Russia ? - After appointment- I do. Definitely. It would be a my job! So ... I agree to coach Team Russia so ...tell Tretiak the news! - What will be your first steps? Whatever composition you did collect? - I know accurately - [Ovechkin] and [Malkin] would enter into my command. Let us have a talk on the rest, when me is appointed to this post. - You are ready to go into Russia, to live in our country and to train composite? - If would happen designation - I would go. Certainly, yes. The same would be my work… On the whole, my agreement I give. Now word after [Tretyakom]. - What you have relation to the fact that [Tretyak] did head [FKHR] and it does sit in the State Duma? They could occur 1972- m that Vladislav will become large state person? - I will answer by a question a question. But who could occur 1972- m that I to camp by the general manager of new hockey command in Florida - I do speak about “[Tampe]”? I know that [Tretyak] successfully works at the state posts. Successes to it. - As you do relate to the fact that Russia does reject to enter the agreement between [IIKHF] and [NKHL]? - This is bad for the hockey. Why not to sign agreement with the best league of peace - [NKHL]? Each player must have the right to appear in [NKHL]. No one forbids to Canadian and American hockey players to play in Russia; therefore there must not be prohibition, also, in the opposite direction. - Famous journalist [Red] Fischer in the interview “SS” noted that the best matches in its career Of [fil] [Espozito] conducted into [Superserii]-72. They are agreeable? - In no case! I drove in 76 heads in 1971! And after this Fischer it does laugh to assert that my best matches were against the Russians 1972- m? In my opinion he simply very old person forgets some details (it laughs).
Thanks to a KK reader for the pointer and the and the translation help...

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Sabres Reach Deal Wiith Afinogenov

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The Buffalo Sabres reach a multi-year deal with Maxim Afinogenov.

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Hartnell Signs With Preds

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from the Nasville Predators,

Nashville Predators Executive Vice President/General Manager David Poile announced Tuesday that the club has agreed to terms with restricted free-agent forward Scott Hartnell on a one-year contract that will pay him $1.75 million.

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No Mandatory Shields

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from the Hockey News,

The American League has made visors mandatory for all players starting this season, but for players in the NHL the wearing of visors remains a discretionary option. Under terms of the collective bargaining agreement, any rule concerning use of visors must be agreed upon by the NHLPA. “The majority of our members feel that wearing a visor is a matter of individual preference,” said Mike Gartner, director of hockey affairs for the NHLPA. That doesn’t mean the NHLPA thinks the majority opinion is necessarily correct.
read on

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Blogging Hockey

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I see NHL.com added a new blogger. What an opportunity and it is much appreciated!

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Attend Any Game

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Designed for concert tickets, but you can "hack" it to design any type of ticket you want. note: the server is getting hit hard today, so you may have to try it a few times. image

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Still No Decision

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from the Pittsburgh Post- Gazette,

An NHL-imposed deadline passed yesterday with no immediate word on a response from or action taken by the Russian hockey federation. That leaves the status of Penguins prospect Evgeni Malkin -- who yesterday turned 20 -- uncertain. An NHL spokesman late yesterday said he did not know of any news from Russia or the IIHF, and a Penguins spokesman said the team had not heard anything.
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