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What A Difference

from the Charlotte Observer,

It didn’t take goaltender Chris Holt long to realize trappings in the NHL were different.
“Ask for something and you get it right away,” he said, laughing. “You want skates sharpened, and it doesn’t take two hours. They have about nine guys who can do it.”
Holt and Charlotte Checkers teammate Blake Bellefeuille have played in the NHL, two steps above the ECHL in which they compete. They’re the lone Checkers, among 20, with big-league experience.
They recall every detail and nuance, despite the rush of achieving a lifelong dream.

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The Fan Zam

Fox2 in Detroit did a little feature on a company in the Detroit area that pimped an old Zamboni for the Dallas Stars- which will be used for the All-Star Game.

The Fan Zam seats 8 people
Has 3 Xbox 360’s on board
Fog machine
Hydraulic auto ride suspension
Strobe lights
22-inch wheels
110 cubic inch Harley-Davidson engine
9 mph

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Trade Forsberg - Then Bring Him Back

from the Philly Burbs,

While his job is to analyze games, Flyers television commentator Keith Jones will gladly tell you what he would do if he were general manager of the team and had to resolve the Peter Forsberg situation.
Trade him.
Then bring him back next summer as a free agent.
It’s not an entirely new concept. In fact, it’s been going on for years. For instance, Mark Recchi was sent by the Penguins to Carolina last March. Recchi helped the Hurricanes win a Stanley Cup and now he’s back in Pittsburgh.

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No Deal For Pens

fromm the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

A late-night meeting aimed at working out a deal that would keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh began with a stir but ended without an agreement and with very little comment from the participants.
The meeting lasted about 90 minutes before Penguins representatives, including co-owner Ron Burkle and team President Ken Sawyer, left shortly before 11 p.m. without commenting to a large group of reporters waiting outside.
The contingent of state and local officials remained inside the building for more than an hour before Chuck Ardo, a spokesman for Gov. Rendell, emerged to say that more negotiations are planned.
“We hope to be able to work out a deal at some point in the near future,” Mr. Ardo said.

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Garrioch Dishes Luongo Conspiracy

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun:

A couple of nights before the NHL draft in Vancouver last June, the Senators thought they were about to land a big one.
Then-Panthers GM Mike Keenan decided he couldn’t take it anymore, he didn’t want to deal with Roberto Luongo or his agent, Gilles Lupien; the time had come to move on.
Sources say Senators GM John Muckler believed he had made an offer the Panthers would accept, a package that may have included veteran defenceman Chris Phillips, forward Antoine Vermette and goalie Ray Emery in exchange for Luongo.
But, the word is, the Senators got into the game too late and, by that point, Keenan had already decided he was going to accept an offer he got on the eve of the draft that would send Luongo to the Canucks for defenceman Bryan Allen, goalie Alex Auld and winger Todd Bertuzzi.

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My Brave Face

from the Arizona Republic:

Four months ago, Perreault was a player without a team, a player many thought would retire. These days, Coyotes General Manager Mike Barnett is talking contract extension with Perreault’s agent.
The NHL hasn’t exactly clamored for his services. He hasn’t appeared in a media guide for two years because of late signings.
You would think he would be bitter, this constant prove-yourself-because-we-don’t-think-you’re-good-enough act. He’s not and remains grateful to still have an opportunity to play the sport he loves. He’s blown away by the All-Star invitation.
“What a surprise,” he said. “I didn’t expect it at all.”

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Trap 2.0

from the Newark Star-Ledger:

The poor commish. He eliminated the red line, widened the offensive zone, chained Martin Brodeur to the crease and made certain the referees would burn their lungs blowing their whistles over every little hook or grab. He said earnest things like, “It’s time our fans had some fun again, and our aim is to give them all they can handle,” and he really, really meant it.
He did this with one goal in mind: eradicating the Devils, or any team that dared to copy the blueprint they used to win three Stanley Cups. But like a deadly virus, they adapted. Good teams adjust to changes in their sport. Great teams force their will upon the game.
That’s what the Devils are doing.
And, as usual, everyone loathes them for it.

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Shark Goalies Should Be In Dallas

from the Mercury News,

Vesa Toskala has plans for next week’s All-Star break. He and his wife might drive to Sausalito or Lake Tahoe.
“We will get away somewhere, maybe,” Toskala says. “Maybe to a spa. I need a facial.”
Evgeni Nabokov has plans for the break, too. His wife is eight months pregnant. They also have a 3-year-old daughter who keeps them busy.
“I think I will be spending time at home,” Nabokov says. “That will be good.”
Yes. Good for their families. Bad for the concept of fairness. Both deserve to be at the game in Dallas.

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Too Early

from Asahi.com,

A goals against average of 5.85, a .714 save percentage and two losses in two attempts.
To anyone familiar with ice hockey, stats like these are a clear indication that the goalie who amassed them is in serious trouble—as in start-looking-for-another-day-job kind of trouble.
In this case, the numbers belong to Yutaka Fukufuji, who made history Saturday when he became the first Japanese player to appear in a regular season NHL game….
“I think Yutaka’s pro debut came a little too soon,” TV sportscaster and Japanese hockey authority Jiro Kato told The Asahi Shimbun. “Even he thinks so. When he was visiting Japan last summer he told me his next goal was to play regularly in the AHL. When he got called up to the Kings in December he was as surprised as anyone, so it’s safe to say that even he thinks the move is premature.”

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below is a picture a KK member took- the opening faceoff in Fukufuji’s first start. (click pic to enlarge)

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Ruff- Game Not Being Called As Tight…

from the AP via Metro News,

Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff fears the bad old days of clutching and grabbing are creeping back into the new NHL - and referees are letting players get away with it.
“I don’t think the game is being called as tight as it was,” Ruff said Thursday. “Before, as soon as you put a stick on somebody it was a penalty.
“Now, you’re getting a free tug at times. You’re getting a free paw at times . . . I think there’s games where the whistle has been put away.”

continued... and Stephen Walkom responds…

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