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Shanahan Contemplating Playing In Ireland

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Well, let the contract negotiating begin... from yesterday's Bray People (Ireland) (paid sub.),

Detroit Red Wing power forward Brendan Shanahan informed family members of plans to play in Belfast next year if his contract situation for next year cannot be settled. Shanahan, a popular National League Hockey player, was heavily involved in negotiations during last season's player lockout. Now at age 37, Shanahan has always had the desire to play in his homeland.
I recalled reading something like this last year and dug up the old article.. from the Telegraph,
Could Ireland take part in the World Championship next week knowing that some of the biggest stars in the world could end up skating for the lowly-ranked nation in the future. Shanahan, whose mother is from Belfast and father from Dunmanus, said: "In past tournaments I have played for Canada and I've seen countries such as Italy and Great Britain and they're all using North Americans, so why not Ireland? I'd definitely like to get involved after I quit playing in the NHL."
image Shanny highlights (will open wmp audio), this could be the last we hear of these...

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Leaf Shots

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via the Toronto Sun,

-How many Leaf fans does it take to change a light bulb? Six. One to change the bulb and five to tell everyone how good the old one used to be. -Pat Quinn took $100 million worth of hockey players to Turin, says an e-mailer, and in just two weeks he turned them into the Leafs.

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Bad Return On Jagr Trades

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from the Toronto Star,

Perhaps the only thing more surprising than Jaromir Jagr's re-emergence as the best player in the world is that both teams that traded him away got so little in return. If you follow the lineage of the two trades involving Jagr, you discover that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals got exactly 18 goals and 43 points in 155 games from the players they received, just over one-third of what Jagr has all by himself for the New York Rangers.
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Super Pests

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from the Edmonton Sun,

To their enemies, and they number in the hundreds, they are the biggest jerks in sports - back-stabbers and cheap-shot artists who run off at the mouth and hide behind the instigator penalty. But to hear the NHL's super pests tell it, they're just regular guys who play hard, hit hard, no matter who they have in their sights, and shouldn't have to apologize for trying to bring a little intensity to the game. Shift disturbers, that's all.
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Is Hasek Done

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from the Ottawa Sun,

Is the Dominator done? A source closely connected to individuals within the Senators organization yesterday said yes, Dominik Hasek's season is over, that it's already been determined the star goalie will not be coming back from the strained adductor muscle he suffered at the Olympics.
read on added 1:48pm, from the Ottawa Citizen,
Welcome to the Ottawa Senators muddled goaltending equation, proving that you can experience a bad nightmare and a wonderful dream at the same time. "I thought Dom would have been back by now and I still don't know when he's going to come back," Emery said following practice at Scotiabank Place yesterday, as the Senators prepared for tonight's visit by Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. "I'm just happy to be playing."
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Alexander The GR8

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CCM also unveiled Alexander Ovechkin’s new Nickname. Joining the ranks of The Rocket, the Great One and The Magnificent, CCM ran a web-based contest on ccmsports.com whereby hockey consumers were invited to submit their recommendations for an official Nickname for Ovechkin. More than 4,000 Nicknames were submitted. After carefully reviewing the suggestions sent in by fans, Ovechkin himself chose his Top five favourites. These five names were re-submitted to consumers for them to vote for their top overall pick and the winning name as chosen by the hockey public is “Alexander the GR8”. full press release from CCM...

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Jagr Looking At Big Bonus

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via Sportsnet,

Sources tell Sportsnet if Jagr wins either the Art Ross Trophy (for league's top scorer), the Hart Trophy (for Most Valuable Player) -- or even the Conn Smythe (for Most Valuable Player in the post-season), the option year on his contract will be automatically triggered at $11 million, minus the 24 per cent roll back. I would seem unlikely Jagr walk away from $8,360,000.00 in 2008-2009.

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Shoulder Shrugger Has 690 Goals

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

There is very little chest thumping and choreographed celebration in the NHL, and it's up to you to decide whether that's a good or bad thing. Steve Yzerman is the latest to get into the "shrug of his shoulders" reaction to an achievement that might have prompted a God-only-knows-what kind of celebration in another sport.
more...including Lundqvist & Brodeur...

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Boynton Done For The Year

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via TSN,

The Boston Bruins have lost defenseman Nick Boynton for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. Bruins coach Mike Sullivan says Boynton will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum and will not play again this season.

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Too Many UFAs

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...The watershed date for most general managers is July 1, 2007, or the day that free agency drops down another year (to 28 for some players and to 26 for others). That is when, for example, the Buffalo Sabres — a good emerging young team — could have up three-quarters of their roster presented with unrestricted free agency. There are two ways of anticipating how the new system will play out — and it will all depend upon how teams react to what could be a flood of players onto the open market. If a glut of free agents actually hits the open market (and currently, about 120 players are scheduled to qualify this summer), then the laws of supply and demand could keep prices down.
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