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CBA Needs To Be Tweaked

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The absurd punitive nature of the CBA cap reached new heights — or is that depths? — upon the discovery that the Rangers are now being hit with a daily charge for Chris Holt, who was recalled from the minors on Wednesday so that the team would have two pro goaltenders for practice while Henrik Lundqvist is otherwise occupied playing for the gold medal.
more (reg. req.) from Larry on the state of USA Hockey also from Larry Brooks of the NY Post (reg. req.),
Mike Bossy not only will be attending the March 4 festivities at the Coliseum in honor of the 1980 Islanders Stanley Cup champions, but is owed a singular apology from The Post for a story two weeks ago that depicted him as holding out for cash compensation in order to appear at the event. ...Because it's simply not true. This paper and this reporter were used. We can only hope that this retraction will limit the damage — if any — to Bossy's reputation.

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Jagr Suffers Groin Injury

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via the AP,

NHL scoring leader Jaromir Jagr left the second period of the Czech Republic's 3-0 win over Russia on Saturday night with a minor groin injury and didn't return as his nation wrapped up the Olympic bronze medal. Jagr headed back to the locker room after being injured. He was on the bench in the third but didn't play. He said he doesn't think he'll miss any time when he returns to the New York Rangers. "I hope not," he said. "I didn't feel very well, but it's not bad."

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Trade Deadline Will See Fewer Deals

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from the Winnipeg Sun,

"There will be movement but not anywhere near the level we've seen before," said Nonis (Canucks GM). "We had 30 teams together (in Las Vegas) prior to the (Olympic) break and not one deal came out of it. That's unheard of."

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Talking Gold

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from the IIHF, Bits & pieces about the two teams involved-

Three Swedes remain from the Olympic gold medal team from Lillehammer 1994, brothers Kenny and Jorgen Jonsson and Peter Forsberg. General Manager Mats Naslund was also a member of the 1994 team. Four Finns remain from the 1995 IIHF World Championship gold medal team, Finlands lone championship in international hockey. They are Petteri Nummelin, Saku Koivu, Ville Peltonen and Jere Lehtinen.
much more from Phil coffey of NHL.com,
"I feel very, very good," Detroit Red Wings defenseman Nicklas Lidstrom said. "This is something we have dreamed about. There are some of us here that were here in 1998 and in 2002 when we had the devastating loss (to Belarus). You don't get these chances often." Lidstrom is one of the NHL's most successful players, having won three Stanley Cups with the Wings, so where would a gold medal rank? "It would be right up there," he smiled.
read on

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Finns One Game Away

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from the IIHF,

Do you remember the good old (or for some not so good) days of international hockey? I'm talking about the days when the Soviet Union ruled the hockey world and the Finns always lost the life-or-death games. Well, that was exactly how it was 20 years ago.
continued

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Modano- “Timing Was Bad”

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from the AP via TSN,

Dallas Stars forward Mike Modano has apologized for the tone of recent criticisms of USA Hockey, saying the "timing was bad" and that he wants to help the organization in the future. Modano blasted coaches and administrators after the United States lost to Finland 4-3 in the quarter-finals of the Turin Olympics and finished 1-4-1.
continued

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Team Concept For Finland

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from the Calgary Sun,

As part of a 7-0 run that saw the Finns beat Russia 4-0 yesterday, Jari Kurri's crew enters tomorrow's Swedish showdown having allowed just five goals. Since the playoff round was added to the Olympic tourney in 1980, no team has ever been so stingy. And what makes the story so rich is how they've done it: not only are they playing with a goaltender listed third on their wish list, but their blueline includes three European club players, the laughingstock of the Maple Leafs god-awful defence (Aki Berg), and a man so old he played eight years with the Winnipeg Jets (Teppo Numminen).
more

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Officials Go Back To School

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from the Globe and Mail,

Walkom, who attended the Winter Olympics on behalf of the NHL, was to return from Turin last night. Later today, he will be back at it when he kicks off a weekend training camp with the league's 33 referees and 34 linesmen near Toronto's Pearson International Airport to prepare the officials for the final six weeks of the regular season. There has been concern around the league and from the NHL brass that the stricter rule enforcement demanded this season slipped somewhat in the weeks and days leading up to the Olympic break.
read on

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Bronze Medal Game

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The game between Russia and the Czech Republic is 2:30pm EST today on NBC & CBC. I wonder if thes teams will have any jump at all, playing their 8th game in 11 days.

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Avs call In The Reserves

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from 9News,

Two local men are living out a hockey fantasy as many Colorado Avalanche players are living out their own dreams by representing their countries at the Olympic Games in Italy. Eric Schaupeter and Mark Faur are minding the nets for three practices as regular Avs goalies David Aebischer and Peter Budaj travel back from the Olympics.
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