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Could Lidstrom Hang Em Up

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Bill at Abel to Yzerman brings up the topic of Lidstrom retiring if the Wings win the cup this year? Very interesting but not a topic Wings fans want to hear. One thing to keep an eye on is Lidstrom's contract talks. We know Holland will not negotiate when the playoffs start, but getting Lidstrom signed is key to the future success of the team.

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Heroes Arrive In Sweden

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from the Afton Bladet (to translate the page, use this)... update 11:42am, from the AP via Fox Sports,

Sweden's hockey team touched down in Stockholm Monday to celebrate its Olympic gold medal, even though many of its stars would be hard pressed to return to their NHL clubs in time for the season resumption.
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Will Gretzky Step Down

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Insiders indicate Wayne Gretzky will wash his hands of the Canadian Olympic team for 2010, opening the door for Kevin Lowe to take over.
Also from Francis in the same article,
Word out of the Canadian hockey team's dressing room is Jarome Iginla and Todd Bertuzzi were two of the hardest hit by the loss to Russia. Iginla sat stunned in full gear for more than 20 minutes before undressing. With tears in his eyes, Bertuzzi apparently apologized to all his teammates for his interference penalty that led to the game winner.

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Odelein Facing Knee Surgery

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

At age 37, Odelein recognizes that the season-ending surgery he will have on his right knee tomorrow might well be career-ending, too. That his appearance in the Penguins' 4-1 loss at Chicago Jan. 13 might go down as his final one in the league.

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Team Sweden Olympic Hockey Jersey

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A quick note on the availability of the Swedish hockey jersey. I should know later today or tomorrow when the jersey will be back in stock. Of course, I will email everyone who inquired about the jersey as soon as I have a definitive date.

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Wings Will Play Shorthanded

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from the Detroit Free Press (sidebar),

Red Wings general manager Ken Holland said Sunday night that the five Wings who played in Sweden's gold-medal win over Finland -- defensemen Nicklas Lidstrom and Niklas Kronwall and forwards Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom and Mikael Samuelsson -- were headed to a celebration in Stockholm today. The Swedes will not get back in time for Tuesday's game at San Jose but will rejoin the Wings in Anaheim for Wednesday's game against the Mighty Ducks.
Datsyuk has travel problems but Schneider, Lang and Chelios are expected to play Tuesday against San Jose.

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Preds World Class Players Shine

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from the Daily News Journal,

If the rest of the world did not know much about the Nashville Predators before, it certainly should after this last weekend. For one thing, it should be apparent that Nashville has gone to great lengths and used all available means to acquire the talent that has helped make it one of the NHL's better teams this season. All five players the Predators sent to the Olympics made it to the medal round and all five made a good showing for themselves in the games that counted the most.
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Is Niittymaki The Man

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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The really compelling development, though, is the emergence of goaltender Antero Niittymaki. Although he and Finland lost the gold-medal game yesterday, Niittymaki was named most valuable player of the tournament. He won the Calder Cup last year for the Phantoms. Now he has carried a team to an Olympic silver medal, pitching three shutouts along the way. If that doesn't sound like a No. 1, Stanley Cup playoff-ready goaltender, what would?
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Olympics Are Worth It For The NHL

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from the National Post,

Owners, general managers and a few players have questioned the wisdom of shutting down an already frenetic schedule to pack in eight more games in 12 days. If bitching were an Olympic sport, some National Hockey League types would be gold-medal contenders. It's no coincidence that Bob Clarke of the Philadelphia Flyers came out this week to dump on the idea of the NHL risking its best and brightest all for an Olympic cause. The Flyers have consistently looked for openings to dump on Europe's hockey tournament here.
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Out & About

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Best sign at the Gold Medal game- "I scored more often than Team Canada." So, now back to the season and, hopefully, continue the roll we ended on. The guys and the fans deserve a little success down the stretch after the season we've had. I'll tell you one more thing, the NHL should think about having a break this long every year. It does wonders for your body and mind. Although some guys might never return when the break is up.= Eric Weinrich from the Kennebec Journal

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