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Bouwmeester Play Improving

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from the Sun-Sentinel,

TV analyst and Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin, who has at times been critical of Bouwmeester's play not matching his talent, said he's seen the most improvement on offense. "He's really moving the puck up the ice," Potvin said. "He's got that ability that very few people ever have and he's using it better. You see him go in deeper, you see him go behind the net. His game has improved at least 50 percent based on the fact his game doesn't stop in the neutral zone anymore. That's where I've seen the biggest improvement. And a lot of that is confidence."
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Slumping Recchi

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Mark Recchi could pretend he doesn't notice it, but the truth is that it's pretty tough to ignore. Anything that swollen and ugly usually is. And while it's not a bruise or a welt, it definitely is a sore spot. It's Recchi's plus-minus rating of minus-19, the worst of any NHL player going into last night's games. "You don't like to see that," Recchi said. "It's almost embarrassing."
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Bill Daly To Advise NFL

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from Newsday,

An interesting guest will be on hand for today's meetings: National Hockey League executive Bill Daly, the league's chief legal officer. Daly will discuss the NHL's recent year-long lockout, which eliminated the 2004-05 season. Daly is expected to tell football executives to make a push to keep the current labor system, which includes a salary cap and unrestricted free agency after four seasons. Upshaw found it interesting that Daly would be a speaker at today's Management Council meetings. "I don't see anything that Bill Daly could do to contribute to where we are," he said. "It's not relevant in that the NFL owners aren't in the same place as the NHL owners. We're not talking about franchises on the brink of disappearing."
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Shanny Moves Up

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via the AP,

Brendan Shanahan had two goals and moved into 15th place on the NHL's career list, leading the Detroit Red Wings past the New Jersey Devils 5-2 Tuesday night. Shanahan began the game tied with Mike Bossy among the top goal scorers in league history. He made it 1-1 in the first period, and his 575th goal got the Red Wings even at 2 in the second.
Personally, I am surprised Shanahan has not been mentioned for the Canadian Olympic Team. He is having an outstanding season, and is the Wings MVP early this season. I now step down from my soapbox.

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Hasek Not The Best Czech Goalie

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from the Maven and MSG Network,

-The Ottawa-based clamor for Dom Hasek to be the Czech Olympic goalie is nonsense. Your Uncle Dudley could play goal for the stacked Senators. Tom Vokoun is better than the 40-year-old Sens’ stopper. End of story! -Toronto took a double-dip verbal beating from Tampa Bay. First, John Tortorella zapped some of the Leafs media, comparing them to Jerry Springer! Then, Tribune columnist Martin Fennelly dissed the hockey club. “The Leafs,” says Fennelly, “are the most overrated, overhyped, overwrought ‘elite’ franchise in sports.” So, how come, we have no problem with the Mapleos? -Boyd Devereaux on his boss, The Great One, as coach: “He’s much more intense than I thought he’d be,” says the Coyotes forward. “Nobody wants to be chewed out by Wayne Gretzky. But he hasn’t missed anybody. We’re used to it by now!”
more from Stan...

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Chatting With Spezza

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NHL.com hosted Jason Spezza for an online chat session...

hockeygirl If you weren't a professional hockey player, what would you be doing? Jason Spezza Hmm, tough to say. I'd want to be a movie star or rock star. It's never something I put much thought into. Hockey was always my goal. It'd be nice to be a movie or rock star, I guess. They have a lot of fun. sarahlover Outside of hockey, who is your favorite athlete? Jason Spezza I like Tiger Woods and Mike Vick. Mike Vick is a guy that is fun to watch and dominates games with his moves every Sunday. He's a real athlete. Tiger Woods is a true competitor and he's a great guy.
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Honoring Herb Brooks

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

When you read about U.S. Olympic history, Herb Brooks is near the top of any story. His name represents many things, but most of all, Brooks was a winner. Brooks, who died in an automobile accident on Aug. 11, 2003, will be inducted posthumously into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame Thursday at the Harris Theatre in Chicago, Ill. “I am very happy for Herb,” Pittsburgh Penguins general manager Craig Patrick said. “He’s not here, but it makes me happy for his family. It’s certainly well-deserved after what he accomplished as a player in the Olympics and also as a coach in the Olympics.”
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Dumont Out 2-3 Months

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from the CBC,

Buffalo Sabres forward J.P. Dumont will undergo surgery to repair a sports hernia and is expected to miss 8 to 12 weeks. Coach Lindy Ruff said the player will have surgery in Montreal on Thursday. He said he doesn't expect Dumont to be back in the lineup until after the Olympic break.

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The Special Six

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from Darren Eliot of NHL.com,

Not too long ago, I took the train from Toronto to Montreal and idly watched the Canadian countryside amble by -- the entire time envisioning the days of the NHL's "Original Six" teams making the exact same trip. It got me to thinking of the NHL's initial entries and their place and relevance in the "new" NHL of 30 far-flung franchises.
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Forsberg Has Groin Tear

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from ESPN,

The Philadelphia Flyers will likely be without Peter Forsberg the rest of this week after the center told the Philadelphia Inquirer he has a tear of his right groin muscle. Forsberg, who has already missed four games, was first thought to have a simple strain of the groin, but he told the paper an MRI on Thursday revealed the tear. "There was more damage there that any of us thought -- more than I thought," Forsberg told the paper.
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