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Ugly Hockey

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Jacques Lemaire. Thanks for nothing. As in no points and two straight losses for the once mighty Edmonton Oilers, who were on a five-victory roll until coach Lemaire and his inaptly named Wild hit town for two of the dullest hockey games seen in the New NHL this season. In a year in which goals are way up, comebacks are plentiful, and flow is back in a game that once again sparkles with speed and skill, the Wild are a throwback to the grim, grid-locked, neutral-zone trap-infested past. This season has, indeed, been a renaissance for the NHL and you hoped the opportunity was there for Lemaire to demonstrate he could apply his genius to offence as well as stifling defence.
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Brashear Background

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from the Philly Burbs,

There's a lot about Donald Brashear's tumultuous upbringing we will never know, but this much we can ascertain. The Flyer forward hails from an illustrious family which has produced greatness in all different walks of life. To wit: Brashear's uncle, Carl, was the inspiration for the movie “Men of Honor.'' The movie brought to national attention Carl Brashear's story: While working on a salvage mission to recover a misplaced nuclear weapon in seas off the coast of Spain in 1966, he suffered a terrible injury to his left leg. Surgeons were forced to amputate the leg at the knee.
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WJC Diary

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from USA Hockey,

Team USA captain and University of Michigan sophomore Kevin Porter, an alum of USA Hockey's National Team Development Program in Ann Arbor, Mich., will file regular diary entries throughout the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship. My trip began early Sunday morning when I left my home in Northville, Mich., with my father around 7:30 a.m. for a 9 o’clock flight, and it was at the airport where I met up with a few teammates -- Gerbs, Schnids, Mits, Johnny and Schremper (Nate Gerbe, Cory Schneider, Mark Mitea and Rob Schremp). Our flight was direct to Seattle, where we would meet USA Hockey’s Jim Johannson at the airport, and, because ours was the first group to arrive, we took a shuttle to the hotel and waited for the other players and staff to come tot town.
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All The Rumors You Can Handle

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from the CP via TSN,

The NHL's holiday roster freeze has come and gone and GMs were back on the phone Wednesday. Some minor moves were made, and it's expected that some more impactful trades could follow. As usual, goalies are front and centre, including Washington's Olaf Kolzig and Buffalo's Martin Biron. The Vancouver Canucks and Colorado Avalanche might be among those looking to acquire a goaltender.
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The Hot Atlanta Goalie

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from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

Michael Garnett sat slightly slumped before an ever-growing pile of equipment in a corner of the cramped Continental Airlines Arena dressing room, his t-shirt darkened by the sweat of his 60 minutes of exertion Friday night. Yet, his 1,000-watt smile — the rare smile of absolute satisfaction — suggested that the goalie was ready to take the ice for another three periods. Such is the power of perfection.
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Minor Deals

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The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have acquired 6’6”, 230-pound center Kiel McLeod (KIGHL muk-KLOWD) from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for right wing Eric Chouinard, according to Assistant General Manager Paul Holmgren. McLeod will report to the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. The Carolina Hurricanes acquired right wing Stephen Peat from the Washington Capitals for left wing Colin Forbes on Wednesday.

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Showing Life

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Florida, St. Louis and Washington, teams that had earlier in the season cornered the market on revolting play, are suddenly displaying hitherto unseen life. Should they maintain a similar level of play, they will throw a whole new wrinkle into what already promises to be a wild ride to the end of the regular season.
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No Logic In Campbell’s Decisions

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

If this were the 1950s, the headline on this column might read like this: National Hockey League Boss Soft on Crime In the 1960s or 1970s it might go like this: Ludicrous Decision by Hockey Honcho Stuns Even Rough and Tumble Hockey Community. League Boss Refuses to Give Peace a Chance. In the 1980 or even the 1990s it might be: Headbanger's Ball(ing) Sways Hockey Boss However, this is the tail end of 2005, so our modest, politically correct, hey-it's-the-new-NHL- line might be as simple as 'What Was Colin Campbell Thinking?'
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Italy Bans Hockey Player

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from the AP via Fox Sports,

A hockey player was banned for life from Italy's national team after repeatedly shouting racist slurs at an opponent during a league game. The punishment was largely symbolic since Daniele Veggiato hasn't played with the national team since 2003 and is not on Italy's roster for the Turin Olympics. Veggiato, a forward for the Alleghe team, was barred from "all future activities" of the national team for insulting Cortina defenseman Luca Zandonella on Monday, the Italian Federation of Ice Sports said. Zandonella's father is Italian and his mother is from Mauritius.
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Penguins Situation

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Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch stated today that whatever the Penguins are trying to do to save the team from moving, it is too little too late. Watters states the Pens last season in Pittsburgh will be next year. Hard for me to believe, I thought things were looking up for the Pens remaining in Pittsburgh.

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