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Coach May Have Visited Opposing Lockerroom

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from the Flint Journal,

The United Hockey League is investigating an allegation that one of the Elmira Jackals coaches entered the vacant Flint Generals dressing room minutes before Saturday night’s game at Perani Arena.
Generals officials said a security camera in the hallway between the Generals dressing room and the benches captured the image about five minutes before the opening faceoff and that a security guard witnessed one of the coaches leaving the dressing room after about 60 seconds.

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What To Do With Biron

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from Bob DiCesare of the Buffalo News,

It’s Darcy Regier’s job as general manager of the Buffalo Sabres to avoid making decisions based on emotion. If he believes the Sabres are better off with Marty Biron as their backup goaltender, if only the grandest of trade offers will spur him to action, then that’s the position Regier must maintain whether Biron, the world’s nicest guy, likes it or not.

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The First Dane

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via the Copenhagen Post,

Danish ice hockey passed a milestone three minutes into the New York Islanders away game against the Carolina Hurricanes Saturday.
When the Islanders fourth line hopped over the boards and onto the ice, centre Frans Nielsen was a part of it, making him the first Danish citizen ever to play in the world’s best hockey league….
True hockey trivia buffs will point out that Nielsen is technically the second Dane to play in the NHL. Poul Popiel, who emigrated from Denmark at the age of eight, played for a number of teams in the 1960s and 1970s. He was, however, an American citizen when he played.

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Yashin, Islanders In Nosedive

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from Newsday,

Nolan previously indicated his frustration with Yashin’s ability to play through a knee injury, leading to a scoreless streak that coincides exactly with the Isles’ slide to 19-19-3. When a Yashin turnover led to a goal by Erik Cole and a 2-0 Hurricanes lead 37 seconds into the second period, Nolan benched the team captain the rest of the period.
“You look through the whole league, and your best players have to be your best players night after night,” Nolan said after the game. “That’s the price you pay to be an elite player. It just comes with the territory.
“Yashin is a premium player, so he’s got to play like that. That’s not adding any pressure on his game, except the facts are the facts. He’s got to play a little bit better, and we’ve got to support him.”

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Yotes Close To A Trade

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via the East Valley Tribune,

The Coyotes are being cautious to ensure Boynton doesn’t suffer a setback, but they are also stalling a little while they decide what to do with the extra defensemen they will have when Boynton returns. Phoenix is carrying seven blue-liners on the active roster and would assign a player to the minors only as a last resort, Gretzky indicated, meaning a trade is in the works.
Phoenix came close to trading a defenseman within the past few days and the deal could still happen, according to a source close to the team.
Keith Ballard, Zbynek Michalek and Ed Jovanovski are considered untouchable, and the Coyotes would be reluctant to deal veterans Derek Morris and Boynton as well.
That leaves Travis Roche, Matt Jones (both unlikely) and Dennis Seidenberg, who was a healthy scratch for the four straight game Sunday.

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Chicago Benches Their Captain

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fromm the Chicago Tribune,

Sporting a team-worst minus-10, captain Adrian Aucoin was a healthy scratch Sunday. “His game has slipped,” Savard said. Signed after the lockout to a four-year, $16 million deal to be a force on the power play, the defenseman has just two goals and nine points this season. In 63 games since joining the Hawks, he has three goals and 15 points.

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Not Dropping The Gloves

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from Chris Stevenson of the Ottawa Sun,

It was not exactly a storybook ending for the homecoming of Ottawa’s Ben Eager unless, of course, the book is being written by The Brothers Grimson.
Eager, the Flyers’ feisty rookie, was kicked out of yesterday’s 6-1 loss to the Senators after he opted not to fight Ottawa tough guy Brian McGrattan in the waning minutes, preferring to let the point of his stick make his point.
Eager speared McGrattan in the gut, leading McGrattan to characterize Eager as a “coward.”

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Jagr Feeling Small

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Jagr doesn’t talk about the shoulder that he himself damaged in a supreme moment of folly in the Game 1 playoff blowout loss to the Devils. He doesn’t make excuses. But when cross-examined by The Post on Thursday, he reluctantly admitted, that, yes, there’s a problem.
“It isn’t injured, but it isn’t strong and I can’t do the work I have to do in order to make it stronger because of all the games,” Jagr said. “I’m almost 10 pounds lighter myself than I was last year because I couldn’t do anything over the summer. I feel small, and that’s not my game.
“And don’t forget, when they did the surgery, they tightened everything inside the shoulder, so I don’t have full range of motion. If I could do three or four hours of work on it a day, then maybe it could get to where it needs to be. But I can’t, because then I wouldn’t be able to play….

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Crosby On His Side

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via the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Recchi carried the puck down the right side and threw it toward the net, where Crosby—sliding on his left side—managed to not only get his stick on the shot, but to get it over the outstretched right leg of Lightning goalie Johan Holmqvist.
“I told him that if I had known he was falling like that, I probably wouldn’t have passed it,” Recchi said. “But obviously, he’s a special player.”

video of the goal…

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Czechs Feel Ripped Off

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from the Czech Business Weekly,

The continuous exodus of young hockey players to North America’s National Hockey League (NHL) has been draining the pool of home-grown talent and decreasing the competitiveness of the Czech national hockey team on the international circuit….
In contrast to local football clubs that eye players’ trade with foreign clubs as a source of hefty income, hockey clubs are crying foul over the transfer plans between Europe and the NHL….
Although the new contract was disadvantageous, Czech clubs agreed not to object to it, said HC Pardubice general manager Zbyněk Kusý, who also works as the Czech national team’s general manager.
“We’ve been ripped off by the NHL, but it’s better to get something than nothing, which would happen if we didn’t agree to the draft,” Kusý said.

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