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Hard Season On Goalies

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from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

But each one of those situations can change quicker than Patrik Elias on a sugar high. Lehtonen was a major disappointment for much of last season; Biron requested a trade long ago; there’s no guarantee either of the California teams will be able to please each of their platoon’s parties for the entire season; and nobody knows if or when Leclaire goes from glass slipper to pumpkin. To paraphrase the philosophers from Three 6 Mafia, “It’s hard out there for a goalie.”
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No Relation

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Jes at Hockey Rants pointed this out to me this morning. Petr is playing in the 1st division hockey league in Czechia. image

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Show Up In Full Gear

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from the Everett Herald,

The Silvertips are holding a promotion during Tuesday's home game against Tri-City where any fans who show up in full hockey gear will be let in free. The promotion takes a direct shot at the infamous busgate incident, when after a poor effort during a preseason game at Tri-City, Everett coach Kevin Constantine had the team ride the bus home in its equipment. Constantine was suspended for four games and fined $5,000 for the incident.
more...Ah, that hockey lockerroom smell...

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Flyers Need A Turn Around

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from thePhiladelphia News,

Most recently, defenseman Mike Rathje was in so much back pain that the Flyers were talking about dusting the mothballs off former New York Rangers star Brian Leetch. Last night, the team announced that - lo and behold! - Rathje could be back next week. So expect the lame and the afflicted to converge on South Jersey, looking to be healed instantly. Next, perhaps, the Flyers can turn this remarkable curative power on their hockey team. Because right now, the prognosis is not very encouraging.
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A “Marked” Man

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from the LA Times,

Kings forward Sean Avery skated behind the net and appeared to be tripped by a New York Islander on Tuesday. Play continued. In the same game, the Islanders' Brendan Witt leveled Avery after the whistle. Referees missed it. This is life with a bull's-eye, the Kings say. "It's a difficult job for anyone to go out there with a big target on their back," forward Scott Thornton said.
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Respect Wanted

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from Mark Spector of the National Post,

As he celebrates his 37th birthday today in Edmonton, Roloson remains a complex, standoff-ish character. He is a union ship disturber off the ice, and a guy who can't seem to quell the critics on it. By all accounts he is a friendly, funny guy away from the spotlight, but he quickly gets agitated when asked about his concerted attempt to bring down NHLPA head Ted Saskin, a suit launched along with Chris Chelios and Trent Klatt. "It's all old news. It's gone. It's over with," he said of the suit, launched all of 11 days ago. If it is true that Roloson desires to reap the reward of the lawsuit without having to suffer the inherent publicity, then turnabout is fair play. He received some much-deserved attention during the Oilers' long playoff run, but the reward -- or at least the respect -- has not followed.
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The New J.R.

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

"I thought you were going to play in Canada." "I was. I was going to Calgary." "What happened?" "Gretzky called. That's what happened." In hockey, when Wayne Gretzky calls, people listen. And so, instead of wearing the bright red of the Calgary Flames, Jeremy Roenick is wearing the muted red of the Phoenix Coyotes.
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Kovalev Reacts To Plane Crash

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from the Montreal Gazette,

The plane crash that killed Cory Lidle yesterday had special significance for Canadiens forward Alex Kovalev. "It's tough going through (seeing) what Cory Lidle went through today," said Kovalev, who has been a pilot for nine years. "It's a tough day. You see him playing on TV in the (playoff) series and (then) the guy's gone. I have no idea what happened, where he was as far as getting his pilot's licence." Kovalev first thought Lidle, who had been flying for less than a year, wasn't instrument rated and became disoriented in the clouds which blanketed New York yesterday. "But I heard on the news that building was at 600 feet and the clouds were at 1,800 feet," Kovalev said.
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Kasparatis Frustrated

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from the New York Post,

Tom Renney could be in danger of mentally losing his most physical defenseman, and in mid-sentence yesterday, Kasparaitis needed to excuse himself before potentially saying something that could have jeopardized the coach's willingness to put him in the lineup. When asked if it was getting more and more frustrating to sit with each game, Kasparaitis said, "I don't know, really. I just try to be positive and work hard and think about my teammates, at least . . ." and then he was off and running. He disappeared into the players-only hallway outside the dressing room and privately peeled off his practice gear.
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Arbitration Talk

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

...it comes as no surprise then that sources tell TSN the NHL has had the most preliminary of discussions with the NHL Players' Association about the abolition of salary arbitration. If the NHLPA were to agree to the demise of arbitration, it would obviously have to get something in return, perhaps liberalized free agency, or something that would benefit a broader range of NHLPA members than those filing for arbitration.
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