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Sharp Tongued Mom

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from the Free Lance-Star,

I've known my mother for 34 years, and in that time, I can't recall her ever raising her voice. So you can imagine my alarm last week during the winter Olympics, watching her flail her arms and spew a string of Scandinavian profanities at the TV. "Björnski nils jørgün jilsæn nagellacksbøërttagningsmedel schmeljindskyn !" she shrieked repeatedly, a phrase that, roughly translated, means, "Dearest, Bjorn, if you don't put that #$%&* puck in the net before this &^!%# power play is over, I'll high-stick it up your $#@&* Nordic nether-regions." I blame hockey for her profoundly altered state.
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Leafs Don’t Get It

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from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Back in the days leading up to the National Hockey League lockout, before he got muzzled, Philadelphia Flyers general manager Bob Clarke suggested there was no need for a salary cap. If you run your business properly, he said, you will make money even if you spend a lot of money. Avoiding spending is not the answer, but avoiding spending foolishly is. As the NHL's first salary-capped season winds down, it would appear Clarke was right. Only the Maple Leafs appear to have failed to grasp the concept.
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One Goalie Needed Badly

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from the Edmonton Journal,

This is Edmonton. This is the melting pot of hockey and right now, people are upset. "I would love to be able to take the reins. I pray every day that chance happens. If not, you've got your (Curtis Josephs), your Ken Drydens, your Billy Ranfords who could come out of retirement and do it better than us. God love them." Morrison was the relief man on Wednesday when, for the 12th time this season, the goaltender hook was utilized. He and Jussi Markkanen and Ty Conklin are all waiting to see what unfolds as general manager Kevin Lowe explores the trade market.
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All Quiet In Pittsburgh

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

There is a silence around the NHL these days, an uncharacteristic calm not normally associated with the last week before the trade deadline. Usually, there already is significant player movement at this time of the year. There are too many rumors with which to keep track. Bags get packed and players move around while contenders become buyers and non-contenders start thinking about next year. ..."This whole year, you think you know what's going to happen, but you end up turning around going, 'What happened?'" Patrick said before Wednesday's game. "So, I don't really know what this trade deadline's going to bring or how active it's going to be or how people are going to try to fit their cap numbers around. "It's going to be an interesting process." As far as Patrick's requirements for a return on any trade, it would have to be a player who would be around at least through next year, he said.
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Kevin Allen Reports

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Kevin Allen of USA TODAY was just on Detroit radio and expects Wild players Roloson, Mitchell and Kubina to be moved by the trade deadline. He also thinks Curtis Joseph will also be move to a playoff contender. By the way, Kevin is on vacation in Rome and was kind enough to still commit to his weekly feature on WDFN in Detroit. update 8:08am, from the Star Tribune,

With nine unrestricted free agents and Thursday's trade deadline less than a week away, Wild players are rumored to be going everywhere. But it appears the Wild has made it a priority to try to re-sign defenseman Willie Mitchell, who is in the midst of a terrific season.
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Chicago Fans Send Message

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from the Chicago Tribune,

One of the concerns the Blackhawks had going into the Olympic break was their fans deserting them both because of their disappointing record and for not playing a home game in longer than a month. They had reason for concern based on the announced attendance of 9,333 for Wednesday's game against Nashville, the smallest crowd and the first below 10,000 since the United Center opened.
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Kings Interested In Witt & Luongo

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via the LA Times(reg. req.), In their game recap article, this was also mentioned,

While the Kings grinded out a victory on the ice, Taylor worked off the ice trying to swing a deal. The Kings are after Witt, a stay-at-home defenseman, who will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. The Kings are believed to be offering a prospect in the deal. Taylor is also among those clamoring for Luongo, although Panther officials are unsure whether to deal one of the top young goaltenders in the NHL or build around him. Luongo is a restricted free agent at the end of the season.

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Heard During Stars/Yotes Game

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First off, I fell asleep about 8:30pm and just awoke about 10 minutes ago, it has been a different day that is for sure. While watching the Stars/Yotes game from Phoenix tonight, I heard the Stars broadcast team mention the talk around Phoenix is all charges against Rick Tocchet may be dropped.

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Sweden Olympic Hockey Jersey

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Following up on the Sweden Jersey situation, they are still out of stock and it looks like another couple of weeks before my affiliate can get another shipment in from Nike. I will keep you posted when they become available. I understand most of the shipments from Nike are going directly to Sweden first, but they are very hard to come by at this time.

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NHLPA Hires Two Of Their Own

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NHLPA Press Release,

Ted Saskin, NHLPA Executive Director and General Counsel, today announced the addition of Stu Grimson and Vincent Damphousse to the National Hockey League Players’ Association staff. In addition, Mike Gartner will be assuming further responsibilities as our Director of Hockey Affairs. Following the completion of the new CBA, Gartner joined the Competition Committee as a non-voting member and his efforts have been vital in helping re-launch the game.
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