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Looking Ahead

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from the Toronto Sun,

Are you wondering what the 2006 hockey headlines will be? Here is a preview: January: Seduced by tales of the Alpine lifestyle and tax shelters for their future NHL salaries, six members of the Team Canada defect to Switzerland after winning the world junior championship. March: Two minutes before the NHL trade deadline, Flyers' general manager Bobby Clarke swings a deal with the Maple Leafs for Eric Lindros. April: With a shootout win in Game 82 against Pittsburgh, the Leafs nose into the last playoff spot, then upset the conference champion Ottawa Senators in six games
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Briere Out With Sports Hernia

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from the AP via the Biloxi Sun Herald,

Sabres center Daniel Briere has been diagnosed with a sports hernia and will have surgery in Montreal early next week. Briere is expected to be out until April. He had an ultrasound scan in Toronto on Friday that confirmed the sports hernia. He was examined on Thursday by Montreal Canadiens team physician Dr. David Mulder, a specialist in abdominal injuries. Mulder will perform the surgery. "It's a big hit," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "He's a game-breaker and we're going to miss him."
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Alfredsson Out 10 Days

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via TSN,

The Senators captain, who scored his 24th goal in the first period, left in the second with a cracked rib after he was struck by teammate Zdeno Chara's slap shot. Alfredsson stumbled as he struggled to reach his team's bench. He used his stick to right himself before discarding it and both his gloves while making his way directly to the dressing room. He will be out at leaast 10 days.

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DiPietro & Zhitnik Hurt

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from the AP via NHL.com,

The New York Islanders lost goalie Rick DiPietro and defenseman Alexei Zhitnik to injuries Friday night against the Ottawa Senators. DiPietro was injured as he fell to the ice during a scramble that led to Ottawa captain Daniel Alfredsson's tying goal... Islander trainer Campbell again came rushing off the bench 2:07 into the second to attend to Zhitnik, who slid backward into the boards and was unable to brace for the impact.
I happened to see the DiPietro injury-an Ottawa player tumbled on top of him and pushed his body backwards, while his left leg was caught beneath him. Basically the same type of collision Legace experienced a few months ago. Daniel Alfredsson also took a puck to the ribs and was taken to the hospital for xrays.

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Dallas To Host NHL All-Star Game In 2007

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via the Dallas News,

The Stars will host the 2007 All-Star Game at American Airlines Center, team president Jim Lites confirmed Friday. Commissioner Gary Bettman is tentatively scheduled to make the official announcement in Dallas on Jan. 23. With the Phoenix Coyotes in town to face the Stars, Coyotes coach and NHL icon Wayne Gretzky is expected to be a part of the announcement as well as Stars officials.

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Orszagh Claimed By St. Louis

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via Sportsnet,

The bottom-feeding St. Louis Blues have picked up Vladimir Orszagh off of waivers, Sportsnet has learned, a day after the forward was signed by the Phoenix Coyotes.

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‘Thanks’ For The Game

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from Darren Eliot's blog at NHL.com,

As the calendar year comes to a close, here is my list of the top-five things to be grateful for as we head into 2006. 5. Dany Heatley playing so well for the Ottawa Senators 4. The infusion of rookie talent into the NHL 3. Having Wayne Gretzky in the game on a day-to-day basis 2. Speed at the point of attack 1. The new Collective Bargaining Agreement
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Hunting Buffalo

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from the Buffalo News,

For years, the Sabres have been hunters in hockey. They spent the past month winning, hoping nobody would notice. Now, it's different. Now, they're being hunted. "Teams are going to be more prepared for us," McKee said. "We'd prefer to stay under the radar and sneak up on teams, but it's not going to happen you're record is sitting at 25-11-2." ...The Sabres have done a terrific job of adjusting to the new league and its new rules, which might explain why they look like a new team. But the secret is out, and they should expect more opponents like the one they stole a point from Thursday night. Suddenly, they're being chased.
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Give Me That Stick Back, Kid

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via the LA Times,

When it comes to breaking sticks, few players are as accomplished as Atlanta Thrasher left wing Ilya Kovalchuk. The Russian can easily go through 100 to 200 in an NHL season. And each one that Kovalchuk snaps causes Don Waddell, the Thrasher general manager, to count the cost. Waddell can't do anything about sticks that break, but, as he told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "the only thing I cringe at is when a player hands a $160 stick to a fan … if it's a stick they can still use, it's just too valuable." Atlanta's stick budget soared from $75,000 in 2000 to $360,000 in 2004.

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Snag In Orszagh Contract

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from the Arizona Republic,

"The only possibility for Orszagh to leave (Swedish team Lulea) would have been if his contract would have expired at the end of this year," Szymon Szemberg, the International Ice Hockey Federation's director of information, told Swedish newspaper Expressen. "However, it expires at the end of the season. "This transfer will not be accepted by either the IIHF or the NHL, (and) he will not be able to play for the Phoenix Coyotes under any circumstances until next season." Coyotes General Manager Mike Barnett declined comment.

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