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-Oilers enforcer Georges Laraque on younger players wanting to fight him: "Guys come up and ask you, so politely, `Georges, would you do me the honor? Could we go?' It's almost like they're asking for candy." -There won't be a lot of broken hearts around the league if Bryan Marchment of the Calgary Flames suffered a serious knee injury on Friday. As he has done so often, he was targeting someone else's knee.- Al Strachan -So how come Jeremy Jacobs, who has systematically reduced the once-great and all-powerful Bruins franchise to utter irrelevancy in his three Cup-less decades as owner, isn't all over the papers this year telling his stenographers in Boston how smart he is and how much he knows about hockey?- Larry Brooks -Their four-game homestand complete, the Sharks fly to Boston today for what's expected to be a 48-hour circus surrounding Joe Thornton's return to his NHL roots. "It's going to be nice to get there," Thornton said Saturday, "but I think after a couple days, it'll be nice to leave."

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He Needs A Cup

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from the Toronto Sun,

In Greek mythology, the 12 Herculean feats were so difficult that they seemed impossible. In Canadian hockey, mythology is filled with tests that require extraordinary ability. And while Pat Quinn may not have had to perform 12 Herculean feats, the amiable Irishman already has achieved several honours during his hockey coaching career that will be almost impossible to duplicate. However, the greatest and most-difficult task facing Quinn is the one he has spent the past eight seasons trying to achieve -- taking the Maple Leafs to the Stanley Cup final and then sipping champagne from Lord Stanley's oversized silver chalice.
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Cherry Blasts Kovalchuk

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from the CP via TSN,

For once, Don Cherry came to the defence of Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby during his Coach's Corner segment Saturday night. "I've seen a lot of things in my life but I've never seen a guy pointing to a guy in the penalty box," Cherry said. "Someone should've broken his (Kovalchuk's) arm but they didn't."
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Zhamnov Breaks Ankle

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Alexei Zhamnov broke his ankle in the 2nd period of today's Tampa Bay-Bruins game. Zhamnov has had some serious injuries the last few years, hope he can make it back from this one.

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Tortorella Points To Bad Habits

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from the NY Times,

"And I really believe some of the bad habits you pick up by playing a year away, playing overseas, which I don't think helps the game. And then you get the expectations coming in. You get the contracts coming in, some of these guys that aren't used to the type of contracts that they signed. So you get some added pressure all over the place."
more I have one question John, did players on other teams pick-up these same bad habits while playing in Europe, or was it just the Lightning players?

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Has Lou Lost It

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from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

Lou Lamoriello is rightfully acknowledged as one of the most astute executives in hockey. Unfortunately, his stellar reputation is taking some serious broadside attacks this season as his New Jersey Devils continue to search for their identity in the brave new world that is the NHL's post-lockout landscape. ...While any and all options for this struggling team are certainly welcome, they will become even more attractive when, and if, Lamoriello can somehow regain the magic touch that defined his 10-year run as the game's premier executive.
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Godard Suspended Two Games

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from CBC,

The NHL slapped New York Islanders forward Eric Godard with a two-game suspension on Saturday. The suspension is in response to Godard's cheap shot on Carolina Hurricanes forward Justin Williams Friday night.
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Where To Find A Goalie

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from the Vancouver Sun,

Okay, Canuck followers crying for the squad to find another goalie, who said this? "I look around at other teams and there's only a handful that have any stability in goal right now. It's not unique to us." And who said this? "Absolutely we need to explore other options in goal. But in today's game, where are we going to go with the cap? We can't do anything. We can't do anything right now because of the way the world is today in the NHL."
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Half Season Review

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from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

This is the most tumultuous season in National Hockey League history, from the standpoint of change, but only the most hidebound of the hockey (in)cognoscenti think it's a bad thing. Despite some lingering problems, such as poor attendance in some cities, the NHL's owners and players can say they are in a much better place than they were in the last season when hockey was played.
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Would Habs Trade Theodore

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The conspiracy theorists were out in full force in the home of hockey yesterday. With Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore banished to the bench for today's game against the Senators at the Bell Centre, speculation was rampant he'll be dealt. Not only has Theodore struggled with a 3.22 goals-against average and a .889 save percentage, but coach Claude Julien may have started a firestorm by announcing backup Cristobal Huet will play.
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