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Players Fear Accidental Use Of Drugs

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from the CP via Slam,

"I think this is the thing that scares players right now," Toronto Maple Leafs forward Jason Allison said after practice Friday. "I could go to GNC or whatever, buy something to keep my weight on, read the package and it looks good, the next thing you know you get a positive test and people are saying you're cheating, which isn't true.
more from the Columbus Dispatch,
For all the trouble and embarrassment the steroid announcement caused him and the Blue Jackets — he is the first NHL player who ever tested positive for steroids — it was pretty much business as usual last night in Nationwide Arena. The fans didn’t boo Berard. They didn’t hold up signs that expressed their anger or even their extreme disappointment with him. They might have been unhappy with him for the three St. Louis goals that were scored when he was on the ice, but there was no indication they even noticed that. And from the way they acted, they apparently don’t feel even the least bit betrayed by his steroid test.
read on Brendan Shanahan on steroid use in the NHL-
"Are guys going to get discovered? Sure, we've got over 700 players; we're going to have the odd guy," Shanahan said Friday. "But I've been playing for 18 years, and I've never heard a player talk about its benefits, I've never heard of a player taking it; I've never suspected a player I've played with is taking it."
- Detroit Free Press

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Washington Picture Improving

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from the Washington Post,

Coming off a one-season lockout in which the league failed to play a single game, the Capitals have the fourth-worst record in the NHL and rank last in the league in attendance. Nonetheless, the team may post its best financial year since owner Ted Leonsis bought it for $85 million in 1999, thanks to one of the lowest payrolls in the league and revenue sharing that could send an extra $5 to $10 million to the bottom line. "We will lose about $5 million, which is great news for us considering we lost $35 million one year and $25 million last time we played," Leonsis said in an e-mail.
more (reg. req.)

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Northern Michigan Hockey Legend Dies

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from the Mining Journal,

One of Marquette's greatest ambassadors for the game of hockey, Leonard W. Brumm Jr., died Tuesday in Racine, Wis. He was 79. Affectionately known as "Oakie" to all who knew him, Brumm was born in Ironwood in 1926 and raised in Marquette, graduating from Graveraet High School in 1944. While earning a degree at the University of Michigan, he played on the first NCAA national hockey championship team in 1948, making the final four two other times. He tried his hand at coaching at the universities of Wyoming and Alaska-Fairbanks before returning to Marquette in 1953 to serve as the first athletic-recreation director at the Marquette State Prison, bringing in exhibitions within the prison walls and later writing a book about it, "We Only Played Home Games."
read on I highly recommend you read (will open pdf file) a part of "We Only Played Home Games".

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Who Could It Be

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from Phil Coffey's NHL Quotes at NHL.com,

"Day in, day out, shift in, shift out. He does it all the time. I am biased, but there are guys around the league having great years, but there's no player, in my opinion, on the back end in the NHL that is like this guy. He's just unbelievable."
Hmm, who said it and who is the player?

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Carolina Gets Babchuk

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from the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League Carolina Hurricanes, announced today that the Hurricanes have acquired defenseman Anton Babchuk (AN-tawn bab-CHUHK) from the Chicago Blackhawks in exchange for defenseman Danny Richmond.

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Too Many Russians In The NHL

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Russia's Olympic Committee president Leonid Tyagachev expressed his optimism about his country's prospects at next month's Winter Olympics, predicting that Russian athletes could win up to 25 medals in Turin. Talking about the Russian hockey team he mentioned- from the Tehran Times,

It would be extremely hard for Russia to shine in the hockey tournament as 19 of Russia's players were currently playing in the North American professional National Hockey League. "The break in the NHL schedule begins on February 13, while we will have to play Slovakia just two days later," he said. "And it's very hard to predict in what form the NHL sides' players will appear at the Olympic tournament."
So with that thinking, give Italy the gold.

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Forsberg Now Has Abdominal Strain

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via the AP,

Esche is slated to start in goal at Pittsburgh on Saturday. He hasn't played since aggravating a groin injury on Dec. 15. Pitkanen, one of the team's best defensemen, also was cleared to play against the Penguins. He's been out since Dec. 6 after abdominal surgery for a sports hernia. Meanwhile, Forsberg, the Flyers' leading scorer, will miss his second straight game with an abdominal strain - the injury originally was thought to be a groin strain. Johnsson has concussion-like symptoms, but the defenseman still might play Saturday if results from his CAT scan are fine.

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Nedved A Flyer

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via TSN,

The Philadelphia Flyers have acquired forward Petr Nedved from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for defenceman Dennis Seidenberg.
More to come. update 2:47pm, more from TSN...

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How Stories Get Tangled

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I am listening to WXYTam 1270 in Detroit, which happens to be the Wings flagship radio station. In their sports update at 2:30pm, they report: The NHL drug testng began last Sunday and already an NHL player is facing a 20 game suspension. Defenseman Bryan Berard of the Columbus Blue Jackets has tested positive for steroids. update 4:00pm, Story now reported correctly, although update reporter called him Byron Berard. update 6:00pm, Oopps. Now reporting a two year ban from international play and a possible 20 game suspension from the NHL.

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The Future Of Ottawa

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Interesting conversation Leafs Lunch had with Ottawa GM John Muckler. Muckler was asked what are the plans to sign Redden and Chara, both UFAs at the end of the year. Muckler said if it just comes down to money, he probably will not be able to sign both of them. But if they want to play for a good organization, keep on winning and allow their careers to grow, then thy possibility remains that he could sign both. I am sure there are a few teams that will offer these two defensemen a very good contract, one which Ottawa will not be able to match. Watching this playout in the upcoming months will be interesting.

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