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Heavyweight Vs. Shoot-Out Specialist

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from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Canada.com,

Scotty Bowman isn't so sure teams shouldn't be dressing a shootout specialist as their 12th forward now, rather than a bodyguard. Sluggers are getting only five minutes a game, anyway. "On this team (Detroit), you have a player, (Jiri) Hudler, who was third in scoring in the American League last year, playing only 13 minutes a game. But he's good in a shootout situation, and the worst you can do is also put him on the second power-play unit," said Bowman.
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Who Goes Where

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• Part of the reason D Brian Leetch remains on the unrestricted free agent market is his asking price. The talk is the Leafs are ready to bring him in at $500,000 (all terms US), but he's seeking $1 million. • If the Sharks are going to deal G Evgeni Nabokov, they can't do it without his permission. Nabokov has a no-trade clause in his contract. • The Kings are looking to move D Lubomir Visnovsky.
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Ott Breaks Ankle

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via the AP,

Dallas Stars centre Steve Ott has a fractured ankle and will miss the next two months. He is scheduled to have surgery Monday. ''Steve will be sorely missed because he has done a good job at the little things,'' Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. ''It's tough to see that happen to him.'' Ott got into a fight with Los Angeles defenceman Tom Kostopoulos midway through the second period. It appeared Ott fell awkardly after he was hit by Kostopoulos.

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Cap May Hurt Penguins

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It's almost comical that the Penguins, of all teams, find themselves boxed in by the collective bargaining agreement that was allegedly crafted for the benefit of small-market, low-revenue franchises such as Pittsburgh, but instead, and in fact, discriminates against every hockey team and operation in the NHL.... Slap Shots may have had trouble with trigonometry, but even we're smart enough to be able to calculate that it will be impossible for Pittsburgh to construct even the semblance of a complete team if the Penguins wind up paying 60 percent of the cap to max contracts going to Crosby, Malkin and Staal, either through arbitration or to keep them from defecting as 25-year-old unrestricted free agents.
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Tallinder Re-Breaks Arm

Blog: KK Hockey By George Malik

from the Associated Press:

Buffalo Sabres defenceman Henrik Tallinder has a broken left arm and the club said he will miss up to two months. He is scheduled to undergo surgery on Sunday. Tallinder was hurt in Buffalo's 3-0 victory over the New York Islanders on Thursday night, and missed Buffalo's 5-4 shootout loss to Atlanta on Saturday, the Sabres' first of the season. It is the same arm he broke in a collision along the boards in Game 3 of last season's Eastern Conference finals against Carolina. "It's tough," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "I'm disappointed for him because he was playing real well for us, and now the same thing happened. I know how frustrating it is."
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Phoenix - Perreault Close

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via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN veteran centre Yanic Perreault is close to agreeing to a one year deal with the Phoenix Coyotes. Perreault, believed to be fully recovered from abdominal surgery, previously turned down contract gestures from both Chicago and the New York Islanders

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Belfour Involved In Scuffle

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from the Palm Beach Post,

Panthers goaltender Ed Belfour, who has gotten into trouble off the ice in the past, scuffled with teammates, bartenders and bouncers Thursday night at a nightclub attached to the hotel where the team was staying, according to two sources who witnessed the incident. The Panthers' other goaltender, Alex Auld, was hurt later while they were "horsing around" in the hotel lobby, Belfour said Saturday. Auld needed an unspecified number of stitches for a cut over his right eye. A source who witnessed the nightclub incident at the Posh club in Garden City, N.Y., told South Florida reporters that Belfour was drunk. But he denied that.
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White In Washington

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from Evan Weiner at NHL.com,

The 1970s were a time of leisure suits, plaid patterns, various neck chains and for one hockey team, an unusual fashion statement ... white pants. In the 1974-75 season, the original Washington Capitals home uniforms featured a red, white and blue jersey and white hockey pants. It was the only time in NHL history that players wore white pants as part of a home uniform. The white pants experiment has been largely forgotten by most people connected to hockey, as it was ditched rather quickly by owner Abe Pollin and his staff. But Pollin did try something different with his expansion hockey team that would win just eight games in its first season.
continued image The above picture is from NHLUniforms- a great site to visit and look around.

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For The KK Members

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What's up for grabs? A $25 gift certificate to IceJerseys.com. How do you win? Check out the NHL games tonight, and from any of the those games, tell me who scores the game winner for any game. Again, pick any game and give me the name of who scores the game winner. So pick your favorite game and give me the player who will have the game winner. Please limit your choice to one game only. If more than one KK member makes the correct selection, a random drawing will be held. If no one selects the right name, the next time I hold this type of contest, the gift certificate will be $50. Do not send me an email- just comment in this post and the cutoff time to enter is 7:00pm EDT. If you are not a KK member, you can register under the KK Sections on the left sidebar. Have fun and good luck. To clarify, if a game goes to a shootout, the game winning goal will be given to the player who scored the goal to secure a win.

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Being Watched With Every Move

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from the Edmonton Sun,

Would you rather be analyzed to death, or ignored? Under the microscope in Montreal, or off the radar entirely in Florida? It's a question National Hockey League free agents have been wrestling with for years. In Canada, he becomes public property. Everyone knows him, everyone is watching him and everyone has an opinion about what he's done this week - on and off the ice. He's hero worshipped when he's winning, dissected like a frog when he's losing. And who knows, the fans might even spread a rumour or two about him.
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