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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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Fines For Coaches Long Overdue

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Now that the NHL is fining coaches and GMs for making critical remarks about the game, the first reaction is to roll one's eyes and say the speech police are out in full force, so much for democracy. But the truth is it's long overdue. This is a painful thing for any member of the media to admit. Inflammatory comments are welcomed and even encouraged. The more pointed, the better, we say, because it makes our jobs more interesting. Easier, too. But it is fair to say no sport has consistently run its game into the ground on a more regular basis than the NHL.

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Bertuzzi Visits Colorado

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from the CP via Sportsnet,

Players on both teams say there's nothing special about Todd Bertuzzi's first NHL game back in Denver since his attack on Steve Moore, but Colorado Avalanche fans aren't so willing to forgive or forget. Bertuzzi can expect a hostile reception Thursday night when the Vancouver Canucks face the Avalanche at the Pepsi Center. The two teams play again Saturday night in Denver. "You're going to have fans throwing stuff at him," said Avs fan Jeff Richards. "They're going to be spitting on him when he comes out."

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Capitals Take Legal Action To Secure Semin

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via the Washington Capitals,

The Washington Capitals filed a complaint in U.S. District Court Wednesday against Alexander Semin’s agent, Mark Gandler, Gandler’s firm, International Sports Advisors Company, Inc. and Semin as part of the team’s efforts to compel all parties to allow the forward to return to Washington and honor his contract with the Capitals. Washington Capitals vice president and general manager George McPhee made the following statement: “We have done everything we could to avoid this step, but we felt we had no choice but to now seek a legal remedy. This filing seeks to compel Alexander Semin’s agent and the Russian hockey team Lada Togliatti to return Alex to the Washington Capitals. We made a commitment to Alex when we signed him to a valid three-year contract in 2003, and he should not be playing hockey for another team. His new agent has told us that Alex is under a military obligation in Russia; however Alex is playing professional hockey. “We look forward to the resolution of this process so that we can welcome Alex back to the Capitals this season.”

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