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Looking Forword To Next Year

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from the Palm Beach Post,

The positive energy and optimism surrounding the Panthers and their future has been almost palpable since the team took the significant step of re-signing Olli Jokinen and Chris Gratton last Thursday. Pardon the pinch of pessimism, but why? The team sits 13th in its 15-team conference, ranks last in the East in scoring, and its goaltender is on track to break records for shots against and saves that he set two years ago.
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Strachan Wound Up

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

The National Hockey League seems to be unclear on the concept. People go to hockey games in the hope of seeing entertainment, not to see the latest manifestation of tiny minds obsessed with archaic legalities (yes, that means lawyers). On Wednesday, the league's leading scorer was prevented from displaying his skills in a shootout because extensive measurements determined that his stick was not within lawyer-mandated parameters.
more...and a few more topics, including the Avs on the playoff bubble...

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Bolts Fighting For Playoffs

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from the Toronto Sun,

The Tampa Bay Lightning is headed for an embarrassing statistic if its present slide -- six losses in the past seven games -- keeps up. The club could become the first NHL team since the 1995-96 New Jersey Devils to miss the playoffs the season after winning the Stanley Cup. "We just don't have any confidence," Tortorella said. "After the third (Leafs) goal we just gave up." Although he wouldn't name anyone in particular Tortorella said that looking around the Lightning dressing room he still saw lots of talent, but there was no spark.
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Players Lacking Respect

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from the Philadelphia Inquirer via the Mercury News,

It looked frightening on television: Pittsburgh's Brooks Orpik rams Carolina's Erik Cole headfirst into the boards. Cole suffers broken vertebrae in his neck and will miss two months. Whatever you think of the NHL's product these days, one thing seems to be a constant: The respect players show one another on the ice remains at an all-time low. Now, when a player bends over along the boards, he is considered fair game to get pummeled.
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Parker & Witt

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In the 2nd period of the Sharks/Preds game, Scott Parker of San Jose took a 2 minute elbowing penalty. He was also given 2 minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct and also a 10 min. misconduct. As he was heading to the dressing room, he made a little stop, climbed the glass between the benches and met Brendan Witt of the Preds. Will was given a game along with Parker for that incident. Preds scored on the PP and lead 1-0. image

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Detroit Area Fans- HD May Be Close On FSD

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Word is Fox Sports Net- Detroit is close to converting to high definition and they want it done by opening day of the MLB season. The next question is will the Red Wings games be broadcast in HD too. Time will tell but talks are moving forward. update April 12th at 9:30am, Welcome Spartan Tailgate Forum members, I see frequent Kukla's Korner reader PRS has directed you to this post and I thought I would give you a little bit of new information. Fox Sports Net Detroit has even put out a "private" schedule listing 52 HD games for the Tigers. The first one is a road game against Seattle on April 22nd. Although nothing is official, we can still hope this will come true.

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Bloggers & Mainstream On The Trades

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Abel to Yzerman points his readers to all of the post trade day talk on the web. I was going to take a tour of the hockey bloggers today, but now I don't have to thanks to Bill!

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Geoffrion Dies

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from TSN,

Legendary Montreal Canadiens sniper Bernie (Boom-Boom) Geoffrion died Saturday morning, the day he was to be honoured by the club. The Canadiens announced that Geoffrion, 75, died quietly this morning in an Atlanta hospital following a brief battle with stomach cancer.
continued update 12:00pm, Press release from the Montreal Canadiens. image CP photo

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Part Of The Game

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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

In the sports world, hockey injuries are unique in the grotesque domain. It's a contact sport played on ice, with sticks and a frozen piece of rubber cylinder. Skates propel the athletes much faster than one could run. Oh, don't forget about the stationary boards and glass. Almost on any given night in the NHL, some player somewhere might suffer an injury that requires stitches, dental work, broken bones or worse. During the Olympics in the quarterfinals against Finland, the United States' Derian Hatcher knocked out four of Teemu Selanne's teeth with his stick. The loss of teeth is so common in hockey players — creating the familiar gap-toothed smiles — that in the sport's lingo lost teeth are sardonically referred to as "chicklets."
read on (reg. req.)

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Are The Flames Better This Year

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from the Calgary Sun,

The 2006 version, when broken down player by player, is capable of doing the same -- even without the element of surprise the underdogs enjoyed when NHL playoff hockey was last played. "I think we're a better team," said Iginla yesterday. "I think that we're stronger defensively. "Up front, we're not scoring as many goals as we can -- everyone's been talking about that, we talk about that, we know that. But if you look around in our room ... we're all capable of more. We're more offensive than we've shown. It's on us to bring that out."
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