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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."
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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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Vyborny Wants One Final Contract

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets right winger David Vyborny will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, but yesterday he divulged that he’s not looking for a longterm contract. "Two years," Vyborny said. "I’m looking for two years, and then when it’s done, I will go back home. "It’s probably my last NHL contract. Not probably, but for sure." Vyborny, 31, plans to return to Prague, so his son Michael, now 6, can grow up in the Czech Republic.
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Ozolinsh Wants To Make A Difference

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from the Journal News,

Sandis Ozolinsh just laughed when he was asked if he felt like a new person after going through the NHL's substance-abuse program. Then it was suggested to the newest member of the Rangers that perhaps he was just a better version of the old person. "Maybe, that's not for me to judge," said the 33-year-old defenseman, who voluntarily entered the program Dec. 29 and was cleared to resume his career Feb. 14. "I'm just enjoying the time right now, playing hockey, being on the ice. It's all good right now. If I have a bad game, which I don't think will happen, of course, I'll be singing a different song."
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Unhappy Domi Benched

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from the AP via TSN,

"Am I happy with it? No. Do I agree with it? No," the 36-year-old Domi said. "I know what I bring to the team, to the dressing room, and my teammates know." "The most puzzling thing is I've probably played my best hockey in the last three games," he said. "I just figured I'd make a little change," Maple Leafs coach Pat Quinn said. "It was just a coach's decision before the game. I didn't expect him to like it."
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