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What Will Milbury Do

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from Alan Hahn of Newsday (Friday edition),

As of last night, heads hadn't rolled. Trades weren't made. Staying the course appears to be the game plan for now. Some players are anticipating some kind of shake-up -- scouts have been following the Islanders for about a month now -- but most agree the team, at 17-17-2, has the tools to contend for a playoff spot. What's missing is an intangible, critical element known as commitment. "Look around the league and look in the faces of other teams that are winning; the guys that have broken noses and stitches on their faces because they get in the tough areas and take a hit to make a play," said defenseman Brad Lukowich, who has two Stanley Cup rings. "It's time we started to get in the trenches, because we haven't for games, which is unacceptable."
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Redden Best Two-Way Defenseman

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from the CP via TSN,

Wade Redden goes about his work on the ice much the same way he carries himself off of it, quiet and unassuming. If he isn't careful, however, his standout play on the Senators' blue-line this season will make it hard to for him to continue flying under the radar of fans outside of Ottawa as he's done for most of his career. The 28-year-old has emerged as arguably the league's best two-way defenceman in his ninth NHL season. Hockey Canada recognized his work with a spot on the Olympic team for the upcoming Winter Games in Turin, Italy.
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Orszagh Signs With Yotes- Must Clear Waivers

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via Sportsnet,

The Phoenix Coyotes have signed former Nashville Predators forward Vladimir Orszagh, Sportsnet has learned. Orszagh, who has been playing in Sweden since the lockout, still has to clear waivers as a member of the Coyotes, which means another team -- specifically his former club the Predators -- might swoop in an reclaim the right winger. The deal is reportedly worth $625,000. Orszagh played 82 games for Nashville in 2003-04, scoring 16 goals and adding 21 assists.

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Legace to Grand Rapids

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via the Detroit Free Press,

Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace will head to Grand Rapids Friday morning to play one or two games for the Griffins, coach Mike Babcock said after Thursday’s practice. “He’s going to Grand Rapids to try to get himself ready to play,” Babcock said. Legace has been sidelined with a sprained left knee since the day after Thanksgiving, when the Wings played at Anaheim. Chris Osgood, who has won four-straight games, will start against Columbus on New Year’s Eve. The Griffins of the AHL play Friday night against the Hamilton Bulldogs and Saturday against the Chicago Wolves.

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They Love Their Hockey

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from MSG Network,

I just returned from a trip to Toronto, where hockey was on everyone's mind and lips. Now Toronto is not my favorite Canadian -- that honor goes to Montreal, with its bilingualism and old architecture that makes you feel as if you were in Europe rather than North America. Toronto is a smaller, cleaner New York City, so give me Montreal any day. That said, any trip to Canada is heavenly for a hockey fan. It's not just the NHL that dominates the headlines. When I turned on the TV in my hotel room upon check-in, the first item that appeared was a commercial for a hockey game to be televised later in the week. It was not an NHL game. Not a game from the World Junior Championships, not even a game from the American Hockey League. No, this was a commercial for an OHL game -- Junior hockey on national television!
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Bowman On the Wings

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Scotty was just on Detroit radio and said he feels Babcock will be making a strong push right now to gather as many as points as possible before the Olympics. With a number of Wings playing in the Olympics, he feels some of them may be a little over-extended when they return. Also, Scotty mentioned he has a feeling Yzerman will be a pleasant surprise for the Wings in the 2nd half of the season. He is taking his time getting healthy, not rushing to return to action. He also considers the LA Kings the darkhorse in the West and said Nashville is real and not going away.

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‘Coach’ Tony Stewart

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from Kentucky.com,

Tony Stewart will add another accomplishment Jan. 6 to his impressive career resume – hockey coach. Allstate 400 at the Brickyard winner Stewart, a native and resident of Columbus, Ind., will serve as “Honorary Assistant Coach” of the Indiana Ice against the Sioux Falls Stampede on Friday, Jan. 6 at the Pepsi Coliseum, located at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Game time is 8 p.m. Eastern. “I’ve been a big fan of hockey since I attended a Dallas Stars game in Texas several years ago, but having the opportunity to support my hometown team and sit right on the ice will be a very cool experience,” Stewart said.

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Ozolinsh Enters Rehab

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via the CP,

Defenceman Sandis Ozolinsh of the Anaheim Mighty Ducks has voluntarily entered treatment in the Substance Abuse & Behavioral Health program administered by the NHL and NHL Players' Association. The program's doctors, Brian Shaw of the NHLPA and Dave Lewis of the NHL, will oversee Ozolinsh's care. "The Mighty Ducks ownership, management, coaches and players are wholeheartedly behind Sandis and his family during this time and support his decision to seek professional help," Ducks GM Brian Burke said in a statement.

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Breaking Down The Shootout

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Although fans have fallen in love with the spectacle that follows 60 minutes of regulation hockey and five minutes of four-on-four overtime hockey, it has been a learning process for coaches, shooters and netminders. In many ways, the shootout is alchemy: part sorcery, part science; part guesswork, part mind over matter. Go with your gut? Or go with the odds? Try a new move? Or the tried and true? Challenge the shooter? Or stay in the net? All these conflicting notions are at play every time there is a shootout. And though some traditionalists view the new wrinkle to the game as gimmicky, it is -- in the final analysis -- a crucial element of the game, given what's at stake.
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The First GLI

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from the Daily Mining Gazette,

Christmas means many things to many people, but for Michigan Tech hockey fans it is often spelled with only three letters: G-L-I, for the Great Lakes Invitational hockey tournament. This holiday classic tourney has been held in Detroit every year since 1965 and was the brainchild of Huskies coach John MacInnes, Detroit Red Wings scout Jack Paterson, and Lincoln Cavalieri, the general manager of Detroit's Olympia Stadium. "At the time there was a lack of American-born players in the NHL," recalls Rick Yeo, captain of the 1965-66 Huskies team, the first to participate in the tournament. "Their thoughts were that a prestigious college hockey tournament in the Detroit Red Wings' home site would spur interest among this targeted group." Jack Tompkins, vice president of American Airlines, shared his support - along with sponsorship dollars and a set of trophies and plaques for the participating teams.
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