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Crumbling To The Ground

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from the Winnipeg Sun,

At 7:15 a.m. tomorrow, one of Winnipeg's most historically significant buildings will be gone for good. The Winnipeg Arena, which brought this city some 50 years of excitement and cherished memories, will be imploded with 200 kg of explosives. The building was more than just a hockey arena for Winnipeg. It was a place where Winnipeggers gathered to celebrate their city and their country. They came to cheer the many Winnipeg hockey clubs that entertained us over the years, which included three Avco Cups for the former Winnipeg Jets when they played in the WHA.
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Critical Time For Kings

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from the LA Times,

Tonight is the first of seven in a row against teams now ahead of them in the playoff race. The Kings are ninth in the Western Conference. "I expect us to come out to play hard and play with a lot of emotion," assistant captain Luc Robitaille said. "This is the point of the year where you can't worry about anything else but how to beat your opponent." Torchetti has spent the first two days on the job familiarizing himself with players, meeting with them, in small groups and individually, and trying to tweak the Kings' woeful power play. Yet, even he knows that his team's psyche, so fragile in recent games, is the key.
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Only A Hockey Player Would…

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from the Courier Post,

To be able to participate in Friday's practice, Flyers center R.J. Umberger had to have two thin strips of medical tape placed onto his right eyelid and gently yanked back to expose his bloodshot eye. After practice he planned on spending most of Friday lying in bed with a bag of ice on his eye and his head propped up on pillows. That's the price you pay when you take a blindside check into the boards in the NHL.
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Crackdown Will Continue

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from the Edmonton Sun

, A penalty shot in overtime? A two-man advantage with four minutes in the third period of a tie game? A 10-5 difference in power plays in a late March game between two teams fighting for the same playoff spot? What, are they filming a sequel to Youngblood? It's been a long time since we've seen referees outside of cheesy Hollywood hockey movies getting this involved, this late in big games, this late in the season.
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Skin Color Kept Him Out Of The NHL

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from the Globe and Mail,

Imagine growing up hockey-crazed, making yourself plenty good enough for a shot at the big leagues, and then learning the NHL is off limits because your skin's the wrong colour. The average Canadian male would be crushed or incurably bitter. But for Herb Carnegie, who lived that scenario, the experience somehow became the motivation for more than a half-century of giving back to Toronto. "There's still a wound," Mr. Carnegie said last week, at his kitchen table in the Donway Place seniors residence. But Mr. Carnegie -- 86, widowed and blind -- is in no hurry to speak of life's injustices.
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Chara’s Injury A Concern

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

While coach Bryan Murray denied a report on RDS’ website yesterday — which was later removed — that Chara will be gone for six weeks, the indications are his right hand may be worse than club officials believed and he will be re-evaluated late next week, which means there is no timetable for his return. The start of the playoffs is only 28 days away. Sources say the swelling in Chara’s hand didn’t go down and there may be damage to one of the bones, which will keep the 6-foot-9 blueliner out of action for an extended period.
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Blues Need To Strike Gold In Entry Draft

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Ideally, what the Blues need now is to select the new face of the franchise with this year's top pick which, based on the current standings, will definitely be in the top five and could be first overall, depending first upon how they finish and then how they make out in the draft lottery. Thankfully for St. Louis, Pittsburgh's primary need is to add depth on defence, meaning they would almost certainly choose the top-rated player in the draft, U.S. world junior star Erik Johnson, if they get to pick first. St. Louis, with Brewer and Jackman already in place, has a greater need for a dynamic offensive threat, someone like Phil Kessel, the University of Minnesota freshman who could be the most dynamic young American in years.
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Sens On The Big Screen

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from the Ottawa Senators,

The Ottawa Senators Hockey Club today announced it will show the Thursday, April 6, sold-out game against the Montreal Canadiens at three Cineplex Entertainment cinemas at 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets for this event are free of charge and are available on a first-come, first-served basis at any Sports Experts location or at the Scotiabank Place box office as of Monday, March 27.
more...and I wonder if the NHLPA will want half of the pocorn concessions...

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We Want Our Pre & Post Game Coverage

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Many of us have asked this same question, and I am sure Phil will follow up. from the Ice Age mailbag compiled by Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Quick question, with all the references to the Center Ice TV package in past columns, why don't they show the pre- and post-game shows? Hi Jenn. Center Ice picks up the individual team feeds and in many cases I don't believe there are pre-and-post game shows. I will look into it further.
read more of the letters from hockey fans all over the world...

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Q & A with Luongo

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from ESPN,

In this edition of Facing Off, soon-to-be free agent Roberto Luongo tells us what could keep him in the Sunshine State, why he got special attention at the Olympic Games and who gets his vote for the NHL's rookie of the year. Q: At the trade deadline, Jokinen signed a contract extension to stay in Florida. For you, as a free agent this summer, how could that move impact your future with the Panthers? A: Well, I think it's a big step for the organization. To lock a player of his caliber in for four years is a big commitment, so if the team has success, it will be a big part of my decision. I will consider [it] this summer, but obviously, I would like to stay with the Florida Panthers for a long time.
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