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Jack Johnson Staying At Michigan

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from TSN,

Despite the best efforts of the Carolina Hurricanes, defenceman Jack Johnson has decided to remain at the University of Michigan for at least one more year. Johnson, the third overall pick in last summer's NHL Entry Draft, informed the Hurricanes through his family advisor on Tuesday that he would not turn pro at this time, even though the Hurricanes made a concerted bid to sign him and immediately insert him into the NHL team's lineup for the stretch drive and playoffs.
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Freedom Of Choice

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from John Buccigross of ESPN, ...

So here's to you Mr. watching-hockey-while-everyone-else-is-watching-another-Type-A-egomaniac-college-basketball-coach-call-his-49th-timeout-of-the-game guy. Enjoy your hockey. Love your hockey. Don't be ashamed of watching your hockey. Remember, watching U2 in concert in a small Boston club in 1980 was not as popular as watching them in the Bruins' ATM Machine Arena in 2006. But it was way more interesting, revolutionary and exciting for those lucky enough to be part of something that you just knew was special and different. That is freedom, my friends. Give yourself the freedom to choose the better options in life. That is the essence of freedom.
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Hockey Fans Without A Playoff Team

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Mr. Teljeur of the Hockey News suggests a few teams to cheer for if your team is not in the playoffs...

The Nashville Predators are The Little Engine That Could. Follow us to the Cup. We're out to prove you can win with Hobbits and we promise to convince Shania to sing the national anthem in a tank top and Garth Brooks not to.
read on

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Could Sinden Be Next

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from Fox Sports,

The firing of GM Mike O'Connell might turn out to be only the tip of the iceberg in what could be a major upheaval in the Boston Bruins front office. According to reports in the Boston media, team president Harry Sinden's days could also be numbered, as could those of coach Mike Sullivan.
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Legace Helps Out

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via the Reporter-Times,

This special wish came from Michigan and was granted to 73-year old Barbara M., who happens to be an avid Detroit Red Wings Hockey fan. The wish was brought to our attention by one of her hospice caregivers. Barbara's wish was to meet (or talk with) Manny Legace, the goalie for the Red Wings. On Feb. 25, Barbara's wish came true - Manny Legace called her and they had a nice long chat. Barbara felt incredibly honored that Manny would take the time -- especially during hockey season - to call her. According to the hospice caregiver, Barbara was still "glowing" hours after the call was complete. Plus, she was feeling better than she had in a very long time.

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More Changes On The Way

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The lockout may have solved a lot of fiscal problems for NHL owners, but it also created a new set of (mostly unrealistic) expectations for general managers and coaches. The trickle of change started last week. Just watch how it escalates into a flood over the next four months. ...That while lockout created a temporary moment of stability in the NHL, it will also be the reason it comes crashing to a halt this summer. Once they achieved their new economic system, owners — who generally handle arithmetic questions pretty well in their other businesses — collectively concluded that their own personal team should be a lot more competitive; that at the very least they should make the playoffs; and by the way, can anyone explain why they aren't challenging for the Stanley Cup already?
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Fans Need An Explanation

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

And so we say goodbye, we think, to Ed Belfour as a Maple Leaf and as we do, we keep asking for what we always ask for in these matters: a little truth and, barring that, a little light. We're told the Eagle was grounded by a back injury. We don't know when, exactly, it came about. We don't know what, exactly, the problem seems to be. We don't have a clue regards the severity of it. What we do know is that one of the better goaltenders in the history of the Maple Leafs is gone for the remainder of the season and likely beyond. No explanation, no goodbyes, and no "I'll be there for the team and for Mikael Tellqvist until the final horn sounds." Just gone, almost like he never existed.
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Nose Repair

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from the Buffalo News,

McKee broke his nose Friday night in HSBC Arena when he was struck in the face with a puck in front of the Buffalo net. He suffered such severe swelling under his right eye that it affected his vision, which kept him out of the lineup Saturday in Boston. "The worst part is going to be [today]," he said. "Guys on the team have been through it. I've never been through it. I don't know if they're messing with me. I don't think they're messing with me. It's a couple long, metal tools that go up your nostrils quite high and move it back into place."
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What Will Jack Johnson Do

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from the Michigan Daily,

Michigan defenseman Jack Johnson may not be as sure about staying in Ann Arbor as he claimed to be all season long. ...During the weekend of Jan. 6 and 7, before the Wolverines were took on Alaska-Fairbanks, Johnson and Carolina officials met for lunch, said a source close to Johnson, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of the situation's delicacy. The source said the team offered Johnson a contract, similar to the longtime contract Sidney Crosby - a friend of Johnson's - received from the Pittsburgh Penguins.
more Christy of Behind the Jersey and a Michigan student, points out that the Michigan Daily is not always accurate in their reporting, so take what you want out of the article.

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The Travels Of A Hockey Scout

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from the Sun-Sentinel,

The draft nears. The road calls. The chase resumes. The sport-utility vehicle barrels off Montreal's Marriott Chateau Champlain property, up Highway 20 along the south side of the St. Lawrence River, past snowmobile trails and the CCM warehouse, bound for Drummondville. The phone chirps. The passenger adjusts his earpiece to receive a most anticipated report.
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