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Disclosing Injuries

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from the LA Daily News,

With the Kings' recent run of injuries, has come the daily challenge, when it comes to media and fans, of determining exactly what ails each player. The Kings haven't made that task easy this season. The NHL has gotten involved, telling the Kings that they need to be more forthcoming when answering questions about players who miss games with injuries. The Kings disclose specific injuries when a player is placed on injured reserve or is out of the lineup for a lengthy period of time, but have become increasingly vague about short-term injuries. Coach Andy Murray consistently uses terms such as 'upper-body injury' and declines to get into specifics. ...Representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association contacted a league official, who e-mailed the Kings and informed them that they must be more forthcoming about injuries.
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Big Man On Ice

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from the Calgary Sun,

The tallest player on the ice for the first time in his career, Darcy Tucker wore a massive grin as he wedged himself between 21 others for an impromptu team photo yesterday. As part of CBC's Hockey Day in Canada celebration slated for tomorrow, the 5-ft. 10-in. buzzsaw invited his uncle's team of nine and 10-year-olds from Oyen, Alta., (smack dab between Calgary and Saskatoon) to practise with the Leafs. Departing the Alberta/Saskatchewan border town of 1,100 shortly after 5 a.m. for a four-hour bus drive of dreams, the gaggle of star-gazers and their parents rolled into the Stampede Corral as the Leafs hit the ice.
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Peca Ready to Step-Up

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from the Edmonton Sun,

Kevin Lowe's two big-ticket off-season acquisitions, Chris Pronger and Michael Peca, paid dividends in varying degrees for the Edmonton Oilers in the first half, and both are confident the best is yet to come. While Pronger got up to speed quickly after a season off and looks very much like the dominant defenceman he's been for a decade, Peca has taken more time, and some criticism, while trying to regain his form in his first season draped in Oilers silks. "This is the time of season I like to step up and show I've been here before," said Peca, who missed four games in the first half with a mild concussion. "It's going to be an exciting part of the season."
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Update On Andreychuk

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from the St. Petersburg Times,

For a few hours Thursday, captain Dave Andreychuk's future was in question. Several Canadian media outlets reported that Andreychuk was placed on waivers, but Jay Feaster quickly shot them down. "He was not," the general manager said. "I can clearly tell you that." What he would not clearly deny was a SportsNet report that he sent a fax to the other 29 NHL teams saying Andreychuk, 42, was available. After Thursday's game, however, Andreychuk said he was told by Feaster that he was not being shopped. Asked before Thursday's game, Feaster said, "I have no comment to make on it.
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WJC- Canada Wins

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from TSN,

With all the talent on paper that was showcased by countries like Russia and the U.S., it was good old fashioned teamwork that won the gold medal at the 2006 World Junior Hockey Championship.
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A Dream For Godsmack Dude

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from Robbie Merrill's blog at NHL.com,

I got there late and nobody was out skating. I didn't care, just skating with the puck was fine with me. I got dressed and started to skate around when Tie Domi popped out and started to shoot his mouth off. "Hey kid I hear your from Boston." I stop and say "ya I'm from Boston and I have one name for you (with my Boston accent)....Cam Neely." He smiled and said he's good friend of his. As I was smiling we hit our stick's together and just started to skate and pass the puck around. A little while later Darcy Tucker came out. We all warmed up.
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The Shanny Summit

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from the Christian Science Monitor,

Even though the Globe and Mail in Toronto dubbed Shanahan "the most powerful person in Canadian sport" for being "responsible more than anyone else for the new National Hockey League," the Red Wing isn't taking any bows. "No one can accuse me of self-interest in all this," says Shanahan, a three-time Stanley Cup winner, Olympic gold medallist, and a shoo-in for the Hall of Fame. "You could make a case that a lot of the new rules don't help my game out at all."
recommended read....I don't think enough people realize the importance of the "Shanny Summit"...

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Talking With Eric Staal

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Eric Staal did a live chat earlier today on NHL.com,

DICE How do you think your team will fare against teams come playoff time? Eric Staal Our group of guys are really hard-working and great-skating. We've got guys who have been in the playoffs, who've won Stanley Cups, so I think we can matchup against anybody in this league. Hopefully we can go a long ways. davedaman007 What team in the Western Conference do you feel would be the toughest to play against in the Cup Finals? Eric Staal I'm not sure. Detroit's been a very good team for a long time. Calgary, with the way they're playing this year and with the run they made two years ago. We don't see those teams very often, but I think we'd fair pretty well.
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Stars Sign Turco

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from the CP via TSN,

The Stars signed Marty Turco to a $22.8 million, four-year contract extension Thursday, keeping the star goaltender in Dallas through the 2009-10 season. The Stars scheduled a news conference for Thursday evening to formally announce the extension.
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Snow Out 4 Weeks

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via the AP,

The New York Islanders will be without backup goalie Garth Snow for up to four weeks after the 12-year NHL veteran sprained ligaments in both knees. The 36-year-old Snow was diagnosed Thursday with medial collateral ligament sprains in both knees. He was injured with 8.5 seconds left in regulation in Wednesday night's 4-3 overtime win against the Florida Panthers.

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