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The Dodo Bird

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from the Dallas Stars,

Hey Dallas Stars fans, it's Brett Hull here. Here's my next installment of Brett's Bites -- my weekly take on the Stars, and anything hockey. This week I begin by talking about the philosophy on the power play and also answer questions from fans on Jeff Halpern, autograph hounds and my heir-apparent on the "one-timer". Q. People continue to say that the role of the "enforcer" is a dying breed in the NHL, but you played with Kelly Chase, Tony Twist and Dave Manson. Weren't these guys a huge help in your career? A. They were a huge help in my career, but that role is a dying breed. Dave Manson could play the power play and he had a great shot so guys like him will always be there. Tough guys that can play. It's the guys that are slow of foot and don't have the skill to play. They won't be around for very much longer. They will be like the dodo bird which became extinct.
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Since The Olympic Break

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Anyone care to guess the top 10 NHL teams by wins (regular season only) since the Olympic break last February?

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All About Desire For Drury

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Chirs Drury participated in a tele-conference today...

Q. Last year when Buffalo got so close and then there was all that talk about signing players, that they might not be able to keep the cast intact; obviously they did. I mean, was that a large consideration considering you lost Jay McKee and Mike Grier, who were two very large pieces of the puzzle. CHRIS DRURY: Yeah, you know, going into an off season with so many guys having to sign, I don't think anyone knew as far as the players who was going to be here and who wasn't. But obviously they kept a lot of guys and signed a lot of contracts this summer, and it's certainly working out. Q. Are the Sabres just made for, you know, the way the game is played right now? I mean, obviously fast skating team, lots of offense, and you keep the puck moving up the ice. CHRIS DRURY: I like to think we would do well with the old rules, too. I think first and foremost we have got good goaltending. No matter what the rules are, I think you can have a chance to win every night with the two goalies we have. As far as the new rules, we have guys that can skate, they can certainly all move the puck, and that's where it all gets started, I think.

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Best By Number

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from Sports Illustrated,

It got us to wondering: who are the greatest players ever to wear each number -- from double zero to 99? Thus, we present a non-scientific list with several rules. First, no player may appear more than once, even if he wore two numbers with distinction. Ray Bourque, for example, is listed under No. 77 rather than 7. Second, we are only considering the numbers that players wore on a regular basis. We don't include anyone based on a something he wore for one game because someone misplaced the luggage.
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Watch Your Heart

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Hockey is Exciting, Strenuous and Fun. It is Canada’s number one sport and enjoyed by thousands from sea to sea to sea. It is estimated that over 500,000 men and 100,000 women play adult recreational hockey. However there are sporadic and rare catastrophic events associated with this, including heart attacks and death. No large, organized study has ever been conducted to determine how many of these events occur across the country and if there are any specific risks that could predict who is at highest risk. We have previously published research looking at the strenuous nature of hockey. We found high heart rates experienced for relatively prolonged periods of time in all 113 male volunteers studied. Target heart rates were exceeded for an average of 30 minutes per game, despite otherwise low risk health profiles. We would like to have people contact us directly with any new reported cases. These would be kept completely confidential and information is purely to be used for scientific study and analysis. image

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Just Imagine

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from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,

• Imagine when Malkin masters English and is able to directly communicate with Sid Crosby. Presently all Malkin conversations require an interpreter. • Martin Havlat is putting the kibosh on those Ottawa wiseacres who said he couldn’t make it in Chicago. Under coach Trent Yawney, the artistic Czech already has played some of the best hockey of his life.
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Crossover Sport

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from Russ Cohen at NHL.com,

At first glance, hockey and baseball seem as different as different can be. Winter sport. Summer sport. Ice. Grass, or artificial turf. Goals. Runs. Helmets are a common denominator, as is the fact that millions of kids in both Canada and the United States have grown up playing both sports.
continued image The above pick of Gordie Howe is from Western Canada Baseball Snapshots. Check it out, you may find other interesting pics.

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All Emery

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from David Ambers at ESPN,

In this edition of Facing Off, we go behind the mask as the player known as "Razor" tells us why he is tougher than Senators enforcer Brian McGrattan, how much racism there is on the ice and why former teammate Dominik Hasek is misunderstood. Q: What kinds of racial issues did you face playing in a sport dominated by white players? A: Hockey is a game where guys trash talk a lot, so during the course of a game, I have had guys bring up racial stuff to try to get under my skin. I don't think that should happen, but at the same time, I don't shy away from trying to get under other guys' skin, too, so I choose the times to stick up for myself and choose times to let it slide off my back. But really, it has only happened a handful of times in my career. It hasn't happened in the NHL, but it did happen a few times in the American Hockey League and in Junior.
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Morrison On Waivers

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via TSN,

The Phoenix Coyotes placed goalie Mike Morrison on waivers on Wednesday, less than 24 hours after a lopsided 6-1 loss to the Calgary Flames.

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Suspension Time In Juniors

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from the Calgary Herald via the Vancouver Sun,

Two junior hockey teams and their coaches have been suspended indefinitely after a violent brawl at a Calgary arena that saw a linesman knocked unconscious from a kick to the head. The fight mars the image of the sport, said the president of Hockey Canada as Calgary police and the association which oversees the league investigate.
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