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Let Gretzky Decide

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The media, half of them who have no idea what PIM, GAA, SOG, etc. stand for now are telling Gretzky what to do and how to do it. I for one think the Olympic break comes at a great time, if you can call this great. Let everyone get away for a bit, if the media wants to follow Wayne and Janet (she will be going with Wayne) through the Itailian Alps, go for it. But I can tell you 99% of the media now keying on 'Operation Slapshot' will be writing about something else by the time the Olympics are over. MLB will be into spring training and Barry Bonds has a bullseye on his back. To Kostya Kennedy who thinks Gretzky should distance himself from his wife, good for you, go write for some gossip newspaper. To Michael Rosenberg who says Wayne should stay home, well Michael, we could attack your Detroit Free Press columns, but that wouldn't be fair. But I do find it funny that you are writing for a media source that for the last few weeks, has been giving us an Olympic hockey preview by writing about a fantasy Olympic tournament they created. I guess you fit right in.

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R & R In Turin Suggested To Foppa

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via TSN,

The Swedish Olympic team has suggested Forsberg go to Turin and not play in Sweden's preliminary-round games and give his groin more time to heal, allowing him to play in the sudden-death playoff games that matter the most. It's not likely the Flyers like that idea, figuring that if he's not healthy enough to play for the Flyers now, he should be using the Olympic break for rest and rehab.

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Avery Lacks Respect

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from the OC Register,

When told by reporters that Coach Andy Murray told them Avery was taken out of the lineup because of things he did or said that showed a lack of respect to his teammates and the game of hockey, he was stunned. "What exactly does that mean?" said Avery, one of a handful of players who skated Thursday. "I'd say two of the things that I probably value the most is my teammates and the game. What else would I be doing? I would say that's not an accurate statement. I don't feel it is."
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Questions For Gretzky In Turin

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from Dan Wetzel of Yahoo Sports,

His arrival will be a media circus, not just in Canada, where he is a near incomparable hero, but around the globe. It is the last thing hockey needs. It is the last thing the Olympics needs. It is the last thing anyone wants. But the questions are as enormous as they are serious, and while Gretzky has not been charged with anything, he will be required to speak. Where did his wife get half a mil to gamble? Residuals from "Police Academy 5"? How believable is it that a former Hollywood starlet-turned-suburban-homemaker is the high-stakes sports gambler and not her ultra-competitive husband? How could Gretzky's wife and friend be caught and he not be involved? Just as Tocchet and Gretzky allegedly asked about the authorities, Gretzky will now be asked himself what he knew about the gambling operation, and how (and when) did he know it?
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2006 Winter Olympics In High Definition

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

I am looking forward to the High Definition coverage of the Winter Olympics. You will notice many HD events will be on NBC owned Universal HD channel. Many cable and satellite systems have added UHD to their lineup for the Olympics. In the Detroit area, UHD can be viewed on channel 208. Check out the complete HD listings for all events, via HD Sports Guide. The listings are for USA stations only, but I do believe CBC in Canada will be offering many events in HD. Too bad Detroit area residents can't get the OTA (over the air, you know via antenna) feed from the CBC in Windsor.

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Leave It To The Professionals

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from the Las Vegas Sun,

And you thought the adoption of the shootout was going to be the most exciting news from the NHL this season. Authorities dubbed the investigation "Operation Slapshot," prompting one wag at CBS Sportsline to wonder if "Operation Mystery, Alaska" was already taken. Tocchet said he will fight the charges, but we haven't heard the last of this story, which has raised questions such as: -Why would a former NHL star and current coach want to embark on a second career as a bookie? -What is it with athletes and reckless gambling?
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Schneider Chats Today

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from ESPN,

On Friday, Detroit Red Wings/Team USA defenseman Mathieu Schneider will drop by to take your NHL and Olympic hockey questions. Send in your questions now, then join Mathieu Friday at 1:30 p.m. ET.

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What A Road Trip

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from the Buffalo News,

Danielle Granquist knows where she'd never wear an opposing team's jersey - in Philadelphia or Detroit. Granquist should know. After Thursday night's Sabres-Montreal game inside HSBC Arena, she's been to all 30 National Hockey League arenas. That means she saved Buffalo for last. The 30-year-old Golden, Colo., resident picked Buffalo for the same reason that might scare off other mid-winter visitors: our weather. "Actually, I like Montreal [the team], and I figured February would be a good time to be here," she said before Thursday's game. "I knew it would be cold, and, strangely, I like the cold. I just love Canada, and it makes me feel like I'm in Canada." Someone should tell the local Chamber of Commerce types about this woman.
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They Said It

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-When asked who bets on NHL games, Hawks assistant coach Denis Savard had a succinct, one-word answer: "Nobody."- Chicago Tribune -Jagr made a jab at goalkeeper Dominik Hasek, his teammate on the Czech national team, telling journalists he hopes the goals with which his Rangers beat Hasek's Ottawa Senators 5-1 were the last goals that made it past Hasek this month. "I hope that from now on he catches excellently and does not let a single goal in. That would help us a whole lot," Jagr told journalist with a grin in the locker room of New York's Madison Square Garden.- Prague Daily Monitior -Cammi Granato was in the middle of a long, thoughtful analysis of the Canadian-U.S. rivalry in women's hockey when she started to say, "We bring out the best and worst in each other," and quickly caught herself. "What I should say is, the U.S. and Canada bring out the best and worst in each other," Granato said in correcting herself, "seeing as I'm not there any more."- Globe and Mail

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Going Strong At 40

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from the National Post,

In goalie years, Belfour should be retired by now. Instead, he and Ottawa's Dominik Hasek belong to a small group of nine who have managed to play past their 40th birthday. Sports physicians will tell you that goaltending is a relentless assault on the body. Falling into the butterfly position again and again "is like doing a million squats," one NHLPA-registered doctor says. "There's not a lot of goalies who play past the age of 40, and there's a reason for that," says Dr. Michael Clarfield, the Leafs' team doctor from 1989 to 2005. "At some point, they can't do it any more. For most goalies, that's well before the age of 40."
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