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Whatever Yzerman Wants

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from Drew Sharp of the Detroit Free Press,

It's never easy watching legends perform with a dwindling reserve of skill and will, squeezing every last drop until nothing is left but fond memories. And you never want their final days to cross the line into pity, or worse, egotism. Steve Yzerman hasn't played much this season because of a temperamental groin, but when he has played it's as though he's off-limits to checks from opponents. Nobody comes near him. It's reminiscent of Wayne Gretzky's last season. Don't hit him. Don't hurt him. Don't deny him what many consider the right to end a great career on his own timetable under his own terms.

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Crosby Mania

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from the Mississauga News,

Collectors of sports memorabilia converged on Malton this weekend, displaying helmets, bobble heads, jerseys, and more trading cards than you could shake a game-used Titan signed by Gretzky at. The Next One, Sidney Crosby, was, in fact, everywhere. Dozens of cards are available from his Rimouski Oceanic days, not to mention the Team Canada cardboard cut-outs and framed and signed magazine photos. They were Crosby-mad at the International Centre all weekend, all of them gathered together for the Sport Card and Memorabilia Expo, touted as North America's largest hockey collectible event.

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Suit Against Kocur Dropped

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from the Flint Journal via Mlive,

A legal battle between the owners of Joe & Lewie's Penalty Box and a former manager who sued the bar ended in a draw Tuesday when everyone agreed to drop their lawsuits. "I just want it over," Wanda Richardson told Genesee Circuit Judge Judith A. Fullerton regarding her suit against the bar. "I didn't intend to become famous overnight. This is not what I wanted." In her lawsuit, Richardson claimed that the owners condoned public nudity and sex involving waitresses and customers at the sports bar.

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NHL & NHLPA Team Up With Brooks

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from NHL.com,

Brooks will match dollars raised from NHL / NHLPA Katrina Relief Game-Worn Jersey Auction The National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players' Association have jointly selected Garth Brooks Teammates for Kids Foundation as the official children's charity of the NHL and NHLPA. The league-wide alliance will include players from all 30 NHL Member Clubs and utilize the League and Players' Association's full platform of marketing resources.
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Thrashers Game Picking Up

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from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

After a terrible start, the Atlanta Thrashers are starting to show some life, and that's good to see. A big reason is that Ilya Kovalchuk is finding the net. He has six goals and two assists in his last three games, all wins for Atlanta. Kovalchuk is similar to Capitals rookie Alexander Ovechkin -- they're both big, streaky scorers who create plays and make things happen.

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Grow Up Avery

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from the Globe and Mail,

Sean Avery thinks the National Hockey League is out to get him. He's convinced there are people in the league's head office who spend their entire day following his every on-ice move while scheming up ways to get him in trouble. Why would they do this? According to Avery, the Los Angeles Kings resident squawker, it's because he's an easy target.

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Marchant On Waivers

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Acoording to Bill Watters from Leafs Lunch, Todd Marchant was placed on waivers today. He probably will not be claimed while being sent to minors, but will be called back up and will be claimed by Edmonton. This way, the Oilers will only have to pay 1/2 of his salary while Columbus picks up the other half.

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Khabibulin Will Rebound

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from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

In a new world of hockey, where a salary cap prohibits teams from stockpiling high-priced talent, Khabibulin went from champion to the challenge of lifting the rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks on his shoulders this season. "I remember when I was in Winnipeg and going into Chicago and feeling the tradition of playing against one of the Original Six teams in the NHL," he told me. "I liked the sales pitch (Blackhawks GM) Dale Tallon made. He seemed very sincere about putting together a good team. I liked that the Hawks had already signed Adrian Aucoin away from the Islanders and Martin Lapointe away from Boston. And I liked the idea of getting a chance to work with (Blackhawks consultant) Vladislav Tretiak. "And I liked the challenge. Winning the Stanley Cup felt so good, I want to do it again. Why not Chicago?"

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Maven Bits

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Didja Know Dep’t.: According to the new CBA, a player who has played 600 games is entitled to his own room on the road. “It’s the only thing we won in the CBA,” quips Chris Gratton. -After watching Sid (Der Bingle) Crosby and Al Ovechkin, against his club, an Eastern coach says, “Given a choice, I’d take Ovechkin on my team.” The Caps’ rookie’s physical dimension favors him over Pitt’s phenom. Ovechkin tells us he's just bought a house. -Have you noticed that most critics of the new rules – we mean the media members – never pay for a ticket? They’re impatient negativists who won’t concede that the NHL’s revolutionary moves are emphasizing the speed, skill and beauty of hockey.

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Retro Jagr

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from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

The lockout wasn't just time off from the NHL for Rangers winger Jaromir Jagr -- it was a time warp. After watching Jagr early this season -- what year is it, anyway? The retro Jagr -- confident, happy and productive -- has been a pick-me-up for a league that badly needed one. How did the transformation occur? It's no secret Jagr needs the right attitude to play to his potential, and it's also no secret he has had trouble finding a positive mind-set for years. Initially, there was no reason to think this season would be any different.
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