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Jagr Prefers North American Captain

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

"Within the team itself, I don't think the nationality of the captain makes a difference; we all respect one another on this team no matter what country we're from," Jagr said following a 75-minute practice meant to prep the Blueshirts for tonight's Garden match against the Islanders. "But I think because of all the communication with this community involved, a North American is best. "That's just my opinion, of course."

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The Ovechkin Files

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from the Toronto Sun,

Let me explain the way Alexander Ovechkin's mind works. The Washington Capitals super rookie is reading a book but he doesn't quite have the English skills to describe what it's about. Turn your left palm toward you and put it at eye level, fingers up. Now put your right hand against your left, finger on finger, pointing to the left thumb. Open your fingers. "It's about a guy who kills people," Ovechkin said, "about life, ah, what's the word ...?" "In prison?" "Yes. Prison." Look at your fingers again. Bars. In the trade, they call that imagination.

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Flyers Have Speed Issues

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from the Phildadelphia Inquirer,

There have been whispers throughout the NHL the past few weeks that the Flyers might not be built for the new, high-speed game. The Flyers' coaches have heard it, and so have some of the players. After the loss at Montreal Tuesday night, the questions are at least worth considering. Throughout most of the 3-2 overtime loss, the Flyers appeared to be a step behind the speedy Canadien forwards, and after the game coach Ken Hitchcock actually used the term "foot-speed issues."

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Boo Bertuzzi

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from Terry Frei of the Denver Post,

If so inclined, boo Vancouver winger Todd Bertuzzi tonight to your heart's content. Yet focusing on and portraying the high-decibel widespread booing of Bertuzzi as cathartic expressions of disgust can obscure two more important issues tied to his mugging of Avalanche forward Steve Moore. The first issue is: What has the sport learned? Answer: Not much. Other than that players shouldn't talk about plans for vengeance in front of cameras or tape recorders, leaving an audio and video trail for lawyers. Second issue: How has the culture of the game been affected? Answer: Not at all.

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Twins Being Watched

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from 24 Hours Vancouver,

Not since Pamela Anderson, perhaps, has there been a more discussed pair in this part of the world than Daniel and Henrik Sedin. They have been called the Bobbsey Twins by Don Cherry, the Sedin Sisters by Neil McCrae, overrated, underachieving and soft.

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Thornton Loves New NHL

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from the globe and Mail,

He may not look like it, with a cut snaking along his left eyebrow, overlooking a nasty shiner, but Joe Thornton is having a grand old time in the National Hockey League these days. "Yeah, I love the new rules, it's exciting hockey," the Boston Bruins' centre said. "I think the fans love it, too."

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HNIC Host- All Is Not Above Board

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from the Calgary Sun,

While many are over the moon about the new NHL, Ron MacLean doesn't necessarily fall into that camp. The popular Hockey Night in Canada host loves the shootout and can handle smaller goalie equipment but he said he can live without the endless parade to the penalty box. "The game is played at a frantic pace in a small environment and contact's inevitable. You can't just say in black and white that you can't put a stick on another player's body or it's a penalty," said MacLean, 45, who grew up in Red Deer and now lives in Oakville, Ont.

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MacTavish Rips Oilers

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from the Edmonton Sun,

On the heels of two crushing defeats and a seven-game losing streak, MacTavish wheeled his players into a practice rink in Dallas and gave them a very public spanking. Longtime observers called it the most punishing bag skate they'd ever seen as MacTavish drilled his players into the ice for 50 straight minutes. "We have to smarten up and start winning some hockey games," said the coach, who'd finally seen enough after his club followed a 7-1 blowout loss to Colorado by giving up three goals in the final six minutes to lose the rematch 5-3.

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Pavel Bure Named Executive Manager Of Russian Team

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via the Moscow News,

The Russian Ice Hockey Federation has made former NHL star Pavel Bure an executive manager of the Russian Olympic ice hockey team, NTV TV channel reported. The player, known as the ’Russian Rocket’ for his blazing speed on ice, was initially offered the chance to lead the combined team a year ago, but he only accepted the invitation after ending his own playing career in the National Hockey League this year due to a knee injury.

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Eight Thousand Five Hundred And Fifty Two

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That was the paid attendance in Buffalo tonight for their game against the Caps. They are now 6-3-0 so losing is not the problem. But what is, I always considered Buffalo to be a hockey town, but my opinion is changing quickly. Any ideas what is causing the lack of fan interest? They have been suffering low numbers all year! update 11:40pm, A reader recently remarked that the game was in Rochester, not Buffalo. So that may explain the attendance figure being so low. update 11:53pm, The Sabres mentioned they were a little disappointed with the crowd size in Rochester. Read about it in a story from WROC TV in Rochester.

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