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It’s Just Hockey

from Aljazeera.net,

You can hear the sound of his skates slicing across the ice, carving and slashing as he builds up speed and executes tight turns.
That sound is accompanied by the echo of a frozen disk being jiggled at the end of a long stick, and occasionally fired against the wooden boards that surround the ice rink.
It’s a sound that resonates throughout Canadian cities every winter.
The sport is hockey.
Here, it’s never referred to as “ice hockey”. It’s just “hockey” and it’s Canada’s favourite game.

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No More Cover-Ups

from Tony Gallagher of the Province,

With more and more information about the NHL Players’ Association conference call during the all-star break leaking out, it’s beginning to look like Toronto lawyer Sheila Block’s investigation into the union’s affairs from Jan. 1, 2004, is going to be very eye opening to many of the players.
The affair will not be public, as a court case would have been had it gone ahead as the leaders of the upset parties, Dwayne Roloson, Trent Klatt and Chris Chelios, might have liked.

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Carpenter At Home

from the Salem News,

“He would tell me, ‘I wish I was going with you instead,’” she said of her famous hockey playing and coaching husband, Bobby Carpenter. “It killed him. He wanted to be home with me and the kids.”
The Peabody native doesn’t have to wish anymore. He is home.
Destined for a head coaching job in the NHL, Carpenter decided that dream, which is still there, can wait.

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More Fighting Off Ice Than On Ice

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

Bickering on both sides only accentuates the negative for hockey fans
As the 15th anniversary of Gary Bettman’s hiring passes without celebration, the level of unrest in the National Hockey League may be at an all-time high.
Animosity seems everywhere these days. Owners are fighting with owners. Players are fighting with players. If you listen long enough or hard enough to anyone who loves the game or the league, they will tell you what is wrong, instead of what is right.
This is what Bettman’s NHL has become—an argument that is never completed, a debate put off until the next board of governors meeting.

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A Few Watched

from the New York Times,

It was only one of 82 games for the Devils this season, on the road last Saturday night against the Florida Panthers. Not much will be recalled. The Panthers won, 4-2, in front of 18,136 fans at the BankAtlantic Center.
But something quite extraordinary occurred in the New York market: A hockey game broke out on MSG, but almost no one watched.
Only 736 households — a minuscule .01 rating — tuned in.
That is 736 out of nearly 7.4 million, from 7:30 to 10 p.m.

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Going For #5

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Lidstrom turns 37 during the playoffs, and he’s supposed to be entering the twilight of his career and yet he is on course for his fifth Norris Trophy.
Early in the season, it seemed like Anaheim Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger, building off his strong playoff performance for the Edmonton Oilers last spring, might unseat Lidstrom. Pronger was the difference in much of Anaheim’s early success, but a broken foot temporarily derailed Pronger and Lidstrom’s durability and consistency kept moving him forward.
Starting play Thursday, Lidstrom leads the NHL with a plus-minus of plus-31 and he’s tied with Scott Niedermayer for most points by a defenseman with 44.

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Back To The Weekend

Bob McKenzie at TSN says the NHL ASG in Atlanta will be on the weekend and the Pens deal looks very close to being done.
Plus more on the NHL, inlcuding some trade talk.

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LaFleur Devastated With Charges Against Son

from the CBC,

The son of Montreal Canadiens’ legend Guy Lafleur faces a range of charges, including the sexual assault and forcible confinement of a minor….
Lafleur’s lawyer, Jean-Pierre Rancourt, said of his client’s famous hockey family: “They’re devastated.”

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Looking Back At Bettman

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...“I mean, there are ways you can get your story out,” said Bettman, “about who these terrific stars are and why they’re great role models and why what they do on ice is as amazing as what Michael Jordan does in the air, when he’s going to slam dunk.”
Bettman concluded: “We’ve got a great product that I think has been underappreciated.”
Sadly, those observations are as true today as they were 14 years ago when he originally said them - which may be the most damning indictment of all of Bettman’s time at the helm.

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Hedican Activated

via the Carolina Hurricanes,

Jim Rutherford, President and General Manager of the National Hockey League’s Carolina Hurricanes, today announced that defenseman Bret Hedican has been activated from injured reserve. Hedican is eligible to play in tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the RBC Center.

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