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Blue Jackets Need To Dump Salary

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It hasn't taken long for the after-shock of the Sergei Fedorov trade to hit the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets are preparing to unload some salary to make way for Fedorov and veteran centre Todd Marchant, who makes $2.47 million this season, is a strong candidate to be the first out of the door. How, or precisely when, he departs remains to be seen.
more update 11:03pm, via Sportsnet,
Sources tell Sportsnet veteran forward Todd Marchant will be placed on waivers at noon (ET) today in an effort to shed some of the salary the club absorbed in the Fedorov deal.

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Hockey Goes Hi-Tech

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from the CCHA,

You could call it The Real World - On-Ice Edition as CCHA teams play starring roles weekly in their own reality TV series. Plasma TV's, individualized DVD's and web access to personalized strength and conditioning programs mean a player in the CCHA never stops learning how to improve his game. "We can track every shift that a player has had through the course of a game, a weekend or a season," says Northern Michigan head coach Walt Kyle of the XOS Technologies video system used throughout the CCHA (and by the majority of NHL teams).

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Shoot

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from the Washington Post,

"I knew what I must do," said Ovechkin, who is 3 for 3 in penalty shots this season. "I just go, shoot it and score. I've scored penalty shot on him before, so he knows what I do. I know when I sit on the bench, I must shoot."
-AO on last night's game, in which he scored late to tie the game, then scored they winning goal in the shootout. more (reg. req.)

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Chat With Walkom

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Stephen Walkom, Director of Officials, will stop by NHL.com at 3pm ET to chat with fans today.

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Sergei-Lite

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from the OC Register,

The real Sergei Fedorov never showed up in Orange County. The guy who played sporadically here for one brief season plus five games, the same injury-prone multi-millionaire who was shipped to Columbus for a couple of no-names and a few dozen hockey pucks to be named later Tuesday, was a faint facsimile of the six-time All-Star who dominated the game in Detroit. When he got here, Fedorov no longer had his famous wife of two years, Anna Kournikova, or most of the impressive skills he flashed on the ice for the Red Wings. What the Ducks got, instead, was Sergei-lite. Still talented enough to lead the team with a modest 65 points in 2003-04, but hardly an energized superstar worthy of a $6million contract in hockey's new salary-cap-conscious landscape.

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Rules During The Olympics

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from iihf.com,

Following the NHL's crackdown on obstruction, the International Ice Hockey Federation has received questions from federation officials, coaches, national team managers and media regarding the implementation of rules at the upcoming XX Olympic Winter Games in Turin. This policy statement from IIHF President René Fasel should answer all the questions and clarify the situation.

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The Probelm With The Bruins

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from the Weymouth News,

Clearly it is not the fans, as Boston can have the most passionate fans in the country. It starts with the organization, and it starts with the man on top. Jeremy Jacobs has the opportunity to have one of the biggest followings in the country, but he is throwing that opportunity out the window Jacobs has been largely regarded as a penny-pincher by his critics, but therein lies the problem. If Jacobs dished out the money for a championship contender year after year, he would see his profits soar. The Garden would be sold out every night and his team would be playing a lot more games each year, but alas, Jacobs and his organization have decided they will cut corners, possibly alienating a potentially ravenous fan base and forcing them to turn elsewhere for their hockey.

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Reaching 50

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from the CP via the Ottawa Sun,

The NHL wanted more goals this season. Well, if the current scoring trend continues, at least 13 players will record 50 or more goals. "Let's hope so," Tampa star Vincent Lecavalier said recently. "It's a fact there's more goals and more opportunities to score. If it keeps up, it would be great to have 10 guys with 50 goals or 20 with 40. "It makes it better for the fans. The more goals they see, the more they enjoy the game and the more they want to see the games." If Lecavalier, Simon Gagne, Daniel Alfredsson, Jaromir Jagr, Dany Heatley, Eric Staal, Daniel Briere, Alexander Ovechkin, Markus Naslund, Brian Gionta, Martin Havlat, Ryan Smyth and Rod Brind'Amour remain on target, the NHL will have its biggest 50-goal club since a record 14 players turned the trick in the 1992-93 season.

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Flames Are Hot

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

They have rattled off a seven-game win streak now, their longest since the 1992-93 season — and they didn't even have to go to a shootout, or to overtime, to accomplish it. Their No. 1 goaltender is on a roll, reminiscent of their run to the 2004 Stanley Cup final and their No. 1 scorer is gradually creeping up scoring charts too. Yes, that would be Jarome Iginla, with 22 points in 20 games, back in the top 20, nestled beside the Detroit Red Wings' Pavel Datsyuk, and just behind his former centre, the Los Angeles Kings' Craig Conroy.

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Shanahan Gets Grilled Daily

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from the Clagary Sun,

The way Brendan Shanahan tells it, he was sitting in a restaurant with teammates, minding his own business while watching Monday's Calgary Flames-Minnesota Wild game. "There was a bad call and suddenly everybody looks at me," explains Shanahan, pausing for dramatic effect. "I said, 'What?' and they all started booing me. "I hope Jarome (Iginla) is getting a lot of that, too."

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