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Philippe Boucher’s Hat Trick - Escaping Tough Times

From the Associated Press (via SFGate):

On Saturday morning Boucher was scheduled to leave the team and visit his father, Jean-Claude, who is in a Quebec hospital battling pancreatic cancer. Boucher's mother, Jacqueline, recently had bypass surgery. "Playing 60 minutes of hockey is an escape for me," Boucher said. "I'm going to go back and give (one of the pucks) to (my father)." Before the game, Stars coach Dave Tippett told Boucher that he had permission from the club to skip Friday's game and fly to Quebec early. "With everything going on in his life right now, I asked him if he even wanted to play tonight, but he told me he wanted to play and I'm glad he did," Tippett said.
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Setting The Standard

from Sports Illustrated, Aaron Ward on Bo Schembechler,

"Bo set a standard by which the coaches of every varsity program or the people in the athletic department held themselves to,'' said Ward, who attended every Michigan football game during the NHL lockout. "You do it as a team. Team, team, team. You hold yourself to a certain level, and you do it the right way. "Once you've left the university, and even though you weren't part of the football program, you're still a member of that university and a member of that athletic department and you have deep ties.''
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Join The Club

And NHL fans thought they had it bad...

Of the 95 millions homes with cable TV in this country, only 40 million received Thursday night’s game between the Broncos and Chiefs, the first broadcast on the NFL Network. More homes are getting NHL hockey – you know, the sport played on ice deemed as non-newsworthy by some media – on Versus.
more from the San Antonio Express... all about the problem with the NFL Network.

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Sykora Was A Great Pick-up

Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports touches on numerous teams and subjects, including this one...

The Edmonton Oilers coaching staff made a great move by playing forward Peter Sykora on the point on the power play. He opens up so many options for all the Oilers and he can really rip the puck...
much more and I wonder how many GMs are kicking themselves for not picking up Sykora when he was available...

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Forsberg Options

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

He is, after all, their captain and during the team's struggles — this is the worst club Forsberg has played for since joining the NHL as a rookie in the 1994-95 season — he considers his relatively meager contributions as part of the reason they're bringing up the rear in the Eastern Conference. Hence, his priority is to work through their many and varied issues and be part of the Flyers' solution. No matter how it evolves, though, there is little indication that Forsberg wants to abandon ship now, or for that matter, leave as a player rental closer to the Feb. 27 trade deadline. The only way that might change is if the Flyers were hopelessly out of the playoff race by then and they came to him and asked him to waive his no-trade clause as a favor to them — so they could then swap him for one or more young assets, and give him a chance to play the final six weeks of the regular season, plus playoffs, for a contender.
read on...plus a piece on Jagr and others...

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It Could Have Been Different

Dump and Chase breaks down the altercation that lead to fines and suspensions during the Caps/Thrashers game a few night's ago.

Thrashers coach Bob Hartley feigns innocence and astonishment at this sort of thing, but the Freedom of Information Act (well, the availability of box scores and games on television, anyway) exposes that charade.
read on... and I tend to agree...

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Backup Woes In Vancouver

from the Vancouver Sun,

The Canucks were handed more than just an ugly 6-0 loss here Thursday night. They also have another one of those seemingly never-ending backup goalie controversies on their hands.... "It's too bad," Sabourin said. "I played good the last game I went down with Manitoba. I felt ready but a couple of tips and it's a different game. Maybe if they don't tip those in it's a tight game and you never know what is going to happen." His NHL record as a starter is now 0-6 and his goals-against average is well above the 4.0 mark. Now Sabourin must wait and wonder when, or if, he will get another start with the Canucks.
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Hull May Be At NBC

via the NY Post,

With Eddie Olczyk moving into John Davidson's chair as NBC's lead NHL analyst, the opinionated Brett Hull is likely to replace Olczyk in studio.

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Check Your Head

By George Malik The "head-shot" debate has turned into the latest gripe-fest between those who believe that hockey is becoming a "soft" sport every time a physical blow is made illegal, and those who want to prevent injuries. Both sides of the argument generally have put forth thoughtful and considerate arguments (relatively speaking), but they're also using the debate as the latest battle upon which the very fabric of the game and future thereof depends. Come on now, let's be honest. When the commentators get involved, it becomes a contest of power and a gripe-fest. The hockey establishment and its representatives in the radio, TV, print, and online media try to proffer their arguments into gains in terms of power and influence; an element of "stewardship of the game" remains, but we all try to look after our own interests when we argue with one another. In this case, it's the "old school" against the "new school," and that old school's got a hundred years of history behind it, so the case of blows to the head has become a fertile battleground for both parties. Let's cut the rhetoric out for a moment. Let's talk about the physics involved instead.

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Will Hitch Save The Blue Jackets

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Canada.com,

When John H. McConnell, who pays the bills for his Columbus Blue Jackets, stepped up to the microphone to welcome Ken Hitchcock as his new head coach, the first words out of the owner's mouth were a jaw-dropping "this is the man to save the franchise." The last owner to make an outlandish statement like that was Art Williams, who ballyhooed Vincent Lecavalier as "the new Michael Jordan of hockey" after his Tampa Bay Lightning took the flashy Lecavalier with the first overall pick in 1998. Both owners turned the screws up, but then owners can say and do what they want because, well, they're owners. It's their money.
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