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Charming Chaps Visit UK

from the Basingstoke Gazette:

OLD-TIME hockey came to Basingstoke for one night only last Wednesday, as the Hanson brothers, from the cult ice hockey film Slapshot, were in town. The trio of ice hockey bad boys, played by Jeff Carlson, Steve Carlson and Dave Hanson, sporting their trademark thick-rimmed glasses, put on a very entertaining show for the sell-out crowd watching Team Canada Chiefs play a Bison side.
The brothers were amazed by the reception on their first visit to England. Steve Carlson said: "It was a great night and the British fans certainly came out in their numbers to support us. We were not sure what the support would be like, but the whole experience has been fantastic." From Basingstoke, the Hanson brothers were off to Germany. However, due to the success of their first visit to British soil, a return has not been ruled out.
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Football Jerseys Coming To The NHL

From Steve Zipay of Newsday:

When the announcement arrived last week that the NHL and Reebok were partnering to open a flagship retail store on Sixth Avenue and 47th Street in Manhattan next fall, the signal was unmistakable. New, sleeker jerseys designed by Reebok are coming - as will the uproar from hockey traditionalists. The snug sweaters that would be tucked into uniform pants could be unveiled at the All-Star Game in Dallas, we hear, and depending on the reaction, could be worn by all clubs as soon as the start of the 2007-08 season. Officials originally wanted to launch the post-lockout league with a tighter, stretchy fabric that hugs equipment, like the NFL, but held off to preserve some visual attachment to the pre-lockout game.

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Sabres’ Lydman Has Neck Issues

from the Buffalo News:

Sabres defenseman Toni Lydman saw another specialist Friday. Ruff said the theory is that Lydman may have sprained a neck ligament. Lydman missed his fifth game with his mysterious neck injury that also has caused migraines. Lydman is not rehabbing as if he has a concussion. He has been working out in earnest off the ice. "I don't know if you can ever rule [a concussion] out, but it's not being treated as that," Ruff said. "He's gone through full-blown workouts - wind sprints, the whole exercise, day in and day out."
In addition to battling the lack of knowledge about concussions, the NHL's been flummoxed by players who exhibit concussion-like symptoms from head and neck injuries, migraines, inner-ear disorders, and even sinus problems... continued

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A League For Everyone

from the Boston Globe,

No checking. No fighting. You call that hockey? It is to tens of thousands of American adults who make up a fast-growing segment of the hockey-playing population. And if people like Elizabeth Larkin of Brookline have their way, this nonviolent version of the sport will keep on growing. "Even if people don't know how to skate, we'll take them from that point forward," said Larkin, director of Boston community outreach for Hockey North America, which has teams for adults in 15 US and Canadian cities.
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What Will Hitchcock Do

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Though there's widespread belief throughout the industry that mixing strong-willed Hitchcock with control-freak MacLean would produce a combustible combination doomed to fail in Columbus, Capt. Kangaroo has been notorious for accepting the first job offered to him. Hence, St. Louis major domo John Davidson - who always has had an excellent relationship with, and always has had high regard for, Hitchcock - may feel the necessity to move sooner rather than later to make a change behind the Blues' bench, where good guy Mike Kitchen is operating on a one-year contract one year after finishing last overall last season.
much more from Larry...

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No Intention Of Trading Jovo

from the Arizona Republic,

Despite the team's 6-13-0-0 record, and newspaper and Internet reports to the contrary, General Manager Mike Barnett said Phoenix has not had a single discussion about trading defenseman Ed Jovanovski to the San Jose Sharks for goalie Evgeni Nabokov. Furthermore, Barnett said, the Coyotes have not discussed any trades involving Jovanovski with other teams. "Ed Jovanovski was a key acquisition for our hockey club this summer, and we believe strongly that he will be part of the group that will see us an improved hockey club for the next several years to come," Barnett said. "We have no intention of discussing him with any other hockey club."
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Deal Forsberg

from Phil Anastasia of the Courier Post,

For every action, there's an equal and opposite reaction, especially in sports. Action: Flyers show signs of life on West Coast. Reaction: Trade Peter Forsberg. Now. Two things don't go together in professional sports: Rebuilding teams and aging superstars trying to squeeze one last championship out of the twilight of their careers. Forsberg is 33 and dealing with a variety of health issues. He doesn't have a contract for next season. He's uncomfortable in his role as captain, especially for a struggling young team that might not make the playoffs.
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Demystifying Hockey Nicknames

from the Macomb Daily:

"I'm not sure that I'll ever learn all their nicknames. There are a lot of them in this Red Wings lockerroom." "Don't look at it that way. There are really only a handful of nickname variants." "Nickname variants?" "Yup. OK over there, who's that?" "That's Robert Lang, right?" "No, that's Langer. The 'er' suffix has been a favorite of hockey players for a long time."
continued, and never ask a goaltender named "Killer" how he earned his nickname...

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Bruins Still Searching For Goaltending

from the Worcester Telegram & Gazette,

Supposedly, the Bruins are interested in San Jose goalie Evgeni Nabokov or Philadelphia goalie Robert Esche, which may be the only accurate part of the rumors. Esche, like all the Flyers, is off to a horrible start, but who wouldn’t be interested in a 28-year-old goalie with career numbers of 2.68 and .900? Ditto for the 31-year-old Nabokov (2.44, .910), although his $5 million salary would be a lot harder to swallow than Esche’s $1 million. The bottom line: The Bruins wouldn’t pull the trigger on a major deal this early knowing what panic trading did to this team last year, not to mention what it did to Wall Street in 1929.
more on the Bruins...

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Nolan Not Happy With Lack Of Calls

via Newsday,

The day after the Islanders' 3-2 shootout loss Friday night in Tampa, coach Ted Nolan still couldn't get over the fact that the Lightning played 65 minutes of hockey without being whistled for a single penalty.... "The coach on their team ranted and raved about the inadequacies of the referees a couple days before, and all of a sudden, he gets no calls against," Nolan said. But he's not planning to lodge his own complaint with the NHL. "I'm not sure if squeaky wheels get some grease or not, but we're not here to complain about that."

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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