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Who Leaves New Jersey

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from the NY Post,

Barring another long-term injury to someone, the time is approaching when Devils GM Lou Lamoriello must make what surely will be a painful decision, both by reputation and financially. When Patrik Elias returns, probably next month, Lamoriello must shed some $3.3 million, or more, in salary to remain under the $39 million salary cap. That figure makes either Mogilny or Malakhov a likely candidate to go. Mogilny was signed for two years at $3.5 million per; Malakhov for two years at $3.6 million per. And if the cap drops to some $36 million next season, that's all the more reason to act now.
read on (reg. req.)

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Rumors & Updates

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Rumors and updates galore from TSN,

-With offensive D Sandis Ozolinsh a healthy scratch Wednesday night, there is speculation that the Ducks may not be done dealing. -The Ottawa Sun reports that the San Jose Sharks, along with the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers, have tried to land Martin Havlat in a deal with the Senators. -Before acquiring Sergei Fedorov, the Blue Jackets were reportedly interested in dealing Bryan Berard to Philadelphia for either Michal Handzus or Keith Primeau, according to the Columbus Post-Dispatch.
much more

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Intense Gretzky

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from the NY Times,

More than a month into his first season as an N.H.L. coach, Wayne Gretzky said, he is asked most often whether he has the urge to jump over the boards. Gretzky, the greatest offensive player in the history of the game, is coaching one of the league's most offensively challenged teams, the Phoenix Coyotes. "I've really enjoyed each and very day on the bench," Gretzky said recently. "I've enjoyed the practices and the players." Steve Ellman, the team's principal owner, spoke about Gretzky's influence with the team beyond coaching. "Wayne's been magical for our franchise," he said.
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Yzerman Was Right

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from the Prince Geroge Free Press,

The "new" NHL has too many gimmicks, too many penalties all aimed at pleasing our neigbours south of the border. I was quite happy when legendary Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings Captain spoke out. Yzerman told the Detroit Free Press, "Everybody keeps saying this is great. It's not great, it's not hockey." He also told the paper that he believed referees should use better judgment when calling penalties because there are far too many. I certainly echo Yzerman's thoughts.
more Last week on HNIC the 'Hot Stove" discussed this in detail. If you missed it, you can view it now (will open rp video, via CBC.).

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OLN Questions

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Phil Coffey of NHL.com gets bombarded with OLN questions.

Phil, what can be done to improve the NHL's TV product? The picture quality on OLN here in the States is poor. Also, why does the NHL refuse to allow ESPN to show in-game highlights? Doesn't the NHL realize that getting their product on TV is more important now than ever? And when will OLN get back on the Dish Network? I don't know how many people have been affected by this, but as someone who needs a dish to get good television, I am upset that the Outdoor Life Network is no longer available unless you have cable. I live in northern New Hampshire and couldn't get OLN on my local cable company, so I got a dish. Now Comcast has made the cost of OLN to great for Dish Network to carry it. It doesn?t seem like the NHL signed a good contract with Comcast. What do you think?
read on for the answer and his response to other questions NHL fans have

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Shark Problems

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from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

A funny thing has happened on San Jose's way to dominating the Pacific Division this year. Somehow, the Sharks have lost their way, as well as much of the bite so many pundits predicted the team would possess before the season got under way. After 20 games, San Jose sits fourth in the Pacific Division and 10th overall in the Western Conference. The team has already lost a dozen games, including six in a row, and sits five points outside of the final playoff position.
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Foote Frustrated With Losing

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from the Rocky Mountain News, Once the heart and soul of the Colorado Avalanche defense and a key member of two Stanley Cup championship teams, the 34-year- old Foote is having a difficult time adjusting to the losses that have become commonplace with the Columbus Blue Jackets. "Yeah, we're struggling to find wins," Foote said this week in an interview with the Rocky Mountain News. "I'd gone to the rink the past 10 years expecting to win. Now, it's frustrating. But I don't ever want to think I made the wrong decision." read on

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All Day Hockey

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Just a heads up for everyone, we can watch hockey from noon until about 12:45am tomorrow. Settle in and enjoy some great games. Center Ice should be loaded into your 'favorites' on your remote by now.

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Update On Van Massenhoven

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from the London Free Press,

Don Van Massenhoven will join the minority of NHL officials who wear a protective visor when he returns to work in about a month after being struck in the face by a deflected slapshot. The veteran referee was resting comfortably in the intensive care unit of a Plantation, Fla., hospital yesterday after undergoing seven hours of surgery late Wednesday. Doctors had to reconstruct his nose, nasal cavity, orbital bone and part of his forehead. Six plates were inserted and muscle tissue was taken from other parts of his body to replace the damaged forehead bone.
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Chicago Asks For Help

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via the AP,

After accumulating more penalty minutes and giving up more power plays than any team in the NHL, the Chicago Blackhawks are asking for help. Blackhawks general manager Dale Tallon has requested a meeting next week with Steve Walkom, the NHL's senior vice president and director of officiating, to try to determine why the Hawks are short-handed so often. "We're going to have myself, the coaches and players meet with Walkom, and we're going to go over it and discuss it and get to the bottom of it," Tallon said. "It has to be fixed. We can't keep doing it." The Hawks are averaging a league-high 22.4 penalty minutes a game and have been short-handed 172 times.

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