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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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Elias Has Work To Do

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from the New York Times,

Sometime next summer, after his first season as the Devils’ captain, Patrik Elias would like to travel to Africa with his girlfriend. It will not be a leisure trip. Elias and his girlfriend, Petra Volakova, both natives of the Czech Republic, have work to do. Elias, a fluid and creative left wing, contracted hepatitis A while playing in Russia during the N.H.L. lockout in the 2004-5 season. He missed the Devils’ first 39 games last season while recovering from the illness. “If I would have had a vaccine I could have been saved,” Elias said Wednesday after practice.
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Team Up With MLSE

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail (Thursday edition),

It's safe to say a regional TV deal for the BlackBerrys, barred from the Toronto market and drawing small audiences in Southwestern Ontario, would produce very little. So, the Penguins would be doomed to the smallest of the small-market existences if they moved to the Waterloo area. But there is a way for a second NHL team to relocate to southern Ontario and become financially viable. How? You jump into bed with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Air Canada Centre and two TV channels, Leafs TV and Raptors NBA TV.
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Yahoo Streaming

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The Canadiens/Flyers game is available (look for the "Live Video" button) tonight. I have tried and tried to contact Yahoo, left numerous voicemails and emails over the last three days, but they have yet to reply. I am simply asking them if they have a schedule of their streaming games, so hockey fans would be aware what teams they can watch.

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Just Imagine

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from David Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via the Ottawa Citizen,

Imagine if things had turned out differently in the spring of 1961 for Scotty Bowman, then the Montreal Canadiens’ head scout for eastern North America. It was at the Eastern Ontario bantam hockey championship in Ganonoque that Bowman first bird-dogged a scrawny but swift 13-year-old from Parry Sound, Ont., named Robert Gordon Orr. Bowman would pay a courtesy call on Orr’s parents, but was told the grade-schooler wasn’t about to move away from home to develop his skills in a game for which he was destined — even for the storied Canadiens.
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TBM Can Write

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from the Bellowing Moose at NBCSports,

DEEP IN THE WOODS OF CANADA -- Exciting times up here as we look forward to eight months of winter, after four months of just so-so skating. Pleased to meet you, I'm The Bellowing Moose (TBM). As the name implies, I can be grumpy, stubborn, slow moving, glassy eyed and loud. In addition, if you hit me with your car at high speed, I might just take you out with me. Like most (if not all) Canadians, I am immersed in hockey. For instance, I know that Jacques Plante's name is misspelled five different times (three different ways) on the Stanley Cup, as is the word "Boston" from the Bruins 1972 championship win. Some genius managed to spell it "BQSTQN", which is just plain WRQNG
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Be Like The “Russian Rocket”

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

With Pittsburgh Penguins' injured uber-prospect Evgeni Malkin on the sidelines, patiently waiting his turn to get started, the early-season Calder Trophy race looks eerily like the 1991-92 competition, in which Malkin's Russian countryman and future NHL superstar, Pavel Bure, eventually took home the hardware. That year, Bure started from behind — just as Malkin will — largely for political reasons. Bure was trying to get out of the former Soviet Union and until he resolved some legal issues relating to his NHL eligibility, he wasn't able to play. So Bure sat around essentially for a quarter of the season and eventually, permission came and he made his debut in December.
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Lemaire Signs Extension

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Minnesota Wild President and General Manager Doug Risebrough today announced the National Hockey League club has signed Head Coach Jacques Lemaire to a multi-year contract extension. “Jacques continues to be the consummate teacher and leader, and his ability to adapt - to new players and to an evolving league - reinforced to Jacques and to the organization that the time was right to extend his relationship with the team. Jacques is the right person for this job, a statement as true today as it was the day he was hired,” said Risebrough.

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