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Miller Time

from the Buffalo News,

“The statement now is, “It’s Ryan’s team,’ ” Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. “We need him more now than we’ve probably needed him all year to stand up for the team.”
The on-ice implications of the Biron trade and Ruff’s statement are fine by Miller. As he prepared for tonight’s game against Montreal in HSBC Arena, he was passionate about finally getting to be the No. 1 goalie without a 1A or 1B beside him.
“It’s an opportunity for me to just take the helm and go with it,” Miller said Thursday. “To be kind of given the reins here, it feels good.”

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Teams Will Face The Smyth Decision

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

“Unfortunately for Kevin Lowe, he had to do something we’re all going to have to do. He just had to do it first,” said the Minnesota Wild general manager.
“Because of the salary cap and players hitting unrestricted free agency earlier, every last general manager in the NHL is going to have to do the exact same thing Kevin had to do with Ryan Smyth.
“Fortunately for the rest of us, we weren’t the one who had to be the first one to do it and suffer through it.”

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Why The Interest In Bertuzzi

from Elliott Pap of the Vancouver Sun,

The Detroit Red Wings won the Todd Bertuzzi ‘sweepstakes’ this week, but count me among the perplexed.
Bertuzzi has more baggage than the cargo hold on a jumbo jet, yet supposedly savvy general managers, including the very bright Ken Holland in Detroit, all seemed to feel they could resurrect Big Bert and thus bid for him on Tuesday.
Why is there so much fascination over a player who:
- Is four years removed from his best season;
- Is coming off back surgery and has played only seven games this year, all of them in October;

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Roenick Talking Retirement & Gretzky

from the Globe and Mail,

“I have a lot of respect for Wayne,” Roenick said. “The guy is an icon. He’s always uplifting [and] his knowledge is always respected. I hope he takes a greater role in this team [and] is a stronger voice in the next couple of years. He’s one of the true, class people in the National Hockey League. He wants to win really bad and deserves to have a winning team. I respect him immensely,” he said.
“I’ve always been a complainer my whole life, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think Wayne is one of the greatest in the game. He’ll turn this team around in a couple years.”
Gretzky just rolled his eyes when asked about Roenick’s status.

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There Is A Difference

from This Is Anfield,

But then again, we’re not exactly the same and never will be. Trying to compare Liverpool FC and football with Montreal Canadiens and hockey is like comparing English with French-Canadian. It just might not be possible to understand or appreciate each other’s point of view any more than we can understand people who speak a different language and come from a completely different cultural background. Perhaps instead it is best if we celebrate our differences from each other and take pride in our uniqueness. “Vive le Différence”, eh?

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Canes Fighting For Playoff Spot

from the News & Observer,

“My nails are all gone,” Hurricanes general manager Jim Rutherford said Thursday. “I’ve been biting them for a month or so here. I could see with our inconsistency it was predictable that we would get ourselves into this position. Like any team that sits where we do in this group of four or five teams, we’re all concerned.
“But I still feel we have a strong team and everything is right there for us. The toughest part for us is getting in. I think once we get in, some of that extra pressure that this team has dealt with being the defending champions will go away.”

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The Panthers Plan

from the Sun-Sentinel,

Martin sent a letter to all season-ticket holders Wednesday night detailing his future plans for the organization and outlining his reasoning behind trading Roberts, Bertuzzi and Joel Kwiatkowski.
“I think that is part of a general manager’s responsibility,” Martin said. “As a general manager, you have a plan for your organization and I think your fans have a right to know what the plan is.”
As stated in the letter, Martin’s plan is a four-tier process that began with Tuesday’s trading deadline and will continue to evolve through the NHL Draft in June, free-agent signings in July and subsequent roster moves during next season’s training camp. Martin is confident that the salary-cap flexibility created by the trades will help the Panthers woo star free agents.

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Experienced Guerin

from the Mercury News,

He can score. He still fights on occasion. He makes things difficult.
In the locker room, former teammates say, the man the Sharks acquired at the trade deadline Tuesday for a serious post-season run has yet another role.
``He knows how to loosen guys up,’’ said defenseman Kyle McLaren, who played alongside Guerin for two seasons in Boston.
What? A shaving-cream-in-the-skates kind of guy?
``If need be,’’ Guerin said. ``Sometimes I draw first blood, sometimes I don’t.’‘

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Who Wants To Play

from the Taiwan Journal,

The swishing sound of skates on ice at Taipei Arena’s skating rink could easily induce tranquility, were it not for the accompanying thunks of hockey pucks smashing into plastic partitions, the shrill screech of a referee’s whistle, and the grunting and occasional profanity from testosterone-hyped players as their bodies crashed into the walls.
Despite the sport’s excitement, as well as its grace and dynamism, ice hockey is not a common topic of discussion in Taiwan, sometimes even among those attending games.
“I don’t really understand the rules,” said Hazel Chung as she watched the Tigers play the Raptors in the second game of a triple-header Jan. 21. Chung was present as part of a 15-member group cheering on their coworker Nick Iadenza, Raptors No. 14. “I only know when a goal has been scored,” Chung confessed, “but it’s really interesting.”

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Chelios Welcomes His Biggest, Best Friend

Listen (122MB) as Chris talks about Bertuzzi, Calder, teams in the West, the Sabres/Sens game and other topics.
At about the 2 minute mark, Chris lost his connection but comes back in about 30 seconds and the audio breaks up again at about the 9 minute mark for about 10 seconds.
Also, you may have to turn up the volume to listen.
A big thanks to The Stoney & Wojo Show on WDFN for the use of the audio.

added 10:02pm, A KK member was kind enough to do some of his audio magic and he created two additional audio files for those that may be having problems with the original audio link.
He also cleaned up the file too, increasing your listening pleasure.

High Quality
Lower Quality

added 10:49pm, HockeyFights.com has a good write-up on the Chelios interview with Jim Rome today.
Also, I may be experiencing an issue on my server end with the above audio links.  You may experience some “jumping” if you listen online.  I will try to get this problem corrected tomorrow.
Best bet may be to download the lower quality link (smaller in size) and then listen with your audio player.

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