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Dominating Dman In Finland

from the Toronto Star,

A quick hockey quiz: Who is the pre-eminent defenceman in Finnish elite league hockey? "He never loses a battle in the corner. He never gives a bad pass. He wins all the one-on-ones. He's more physical than everyone else," says respected Finnish hockey reporter Vesa Rantanen. "The most dominant defenceman in the league," continues Rantanen, who has a theory on why the most reviled Leaf defender in the post-Larry Murphy era has blossomed into a star.
more...most hockey fans should know who the player is...

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Do Something About The Head Hits

from John MacKinnon of the Edmonton Journal,

The GMs took in a video, perused a series of 15 'legal' hits under NHL rules, some of which also caused injury, like Raffi Torres's wallop of San Jose's Milan Michalek during the playoffs last spring. The GMs came away unified in their belief that the tough, open-ice hit is too important to their sport to tamper with. And the concussions? Well, the GMs aren't cold, heartless people. They don't dismiss the plight of Michalek, who missed several games of the Edmonton-San Jose series, or Detroit's Justin Williams, who was flattened by Torres last week and carried off the ice on a stretcher, as mere collateral damage. Like anyone, the GMs are concerned about serious injury. But fearful of removing perceived physical toughness from their sport, it's possible they are unable or unwilling to examine the issue in a nuanced fashion. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly voiced the league's concern during a TV show this week, in which he suggested that if the NHL were to overreact in trying to eliminate the knee-on-knee and the head hit, it would leave only the belly button as a safe spot to legally hit an opponent.
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Cheechoo Suffers “Low” Injury

via the AP,

Cheechoo was helped off the ice after Avalanche defenceman Karlis Skrastins fell on top of him in the goal crease late in the frame. The star forward didn't return, and Sharks coach Ron Wilson wouldn't say how long Cheechoo might be out of action. Wilson said the Moose Factory, Ont., native would be evaluated when the team returned home. San Jose's next game is Saturday against Philadelphia in the "Shark Tank." When asked where Cheechoo was hurt, Wilson said, "Low." How low? "Real low," he responded.
It appears to be either his ankle or leg, I will update when information is available.

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Playing Like A #1 Line

from the Calgary Sun,

Left-winger Alex Tanguay, centre Daymond Langkow and right-winger Iginla formed the game's most dominant trio from start to finish and could manage to stick together for a while -- something that hasn't happened often for any Flames combo this season. "The line has potential to do a lot of good things," said Langkow yesterday. "We were skating well and getting open for each other. Both Iggy and Tangs made some great passes. "I just want to continue to play that way." Iginla has had a spectacular start on a personal level and Langkow is on pace to match his numbers from a year ago.
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Linseman Pare Enjoying The Game

from the Windsor Star via Canada.com,

Not many people can say they entered the NHL with Wayne Gretzky in 1979 and managed to outlast the Great One on the ice. However, with 28 NHL seasons on his resume, veteran linesman Mark Pare could make such a boast if he wasn't so modest.... "We're (officials) like the fans, we enjoy watching the game a lot more now too," Pare said. "It's a much more exciting game." He says the modern game has made his job easier. "You can see the players don't get as frustrated in the games," Pare said. "When there was all that hooking and holding, players would react and slug each other. Now, they can actually play the game the way it was meant to be played. "With less frustration, there aren't as many scuffles. Breaking those up are a big part of a linesmen's job and we're all happy not to have to do that as much."
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TSN Scores First NHL In-Game Interview

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail:

TSN is laying claim to a hockey broadcasting first, after colour commentator Pierre McGuire conducted an interview Wednesday night with a player on the ice during a stoppage in play. In the first period of the Ottawa Senators-Buffalo Sabres game, McGuire interviewed Mike Fisher, who was standing at the boards, after the telecast returned from a commercial timeout. According to TSN, this was the first time a National Hockey League player was interviewed during the heat of battle. Fisher was standing on the ice during the interview. There have been occasions on U.S. channels when a player has been interviewed while sitting on the bench.
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Irony Of The Forbesian Kind

How's this for synchronicity? Three bloggers, one take on the ramifications of the Forbes report...

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Most Wins In Sight For Brodeur

from Bill Clement at MSNBC,

Martin Brodeur is easily one of the five greatest NHL goalies ever, but it would be hard to label the Devils netminder as the greatest ever to play the position even presuming he overtakes Hall of Famer Patrick Roy as the all-time winningest goalie. One of the reasons Brodeur's stature is not that of the greatest ever between the pipes is because he has played in an era when Dominik Hasek was winning Hart and Vezina Trophies at an incredible clip.
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Malkin Still A Penguin

from TSN,

A legal challenge by a Russian club team to prevent Evgeni Malkin from playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins has failed. A U.S. District court judge ruled today from the bench that Metallurg's request for an injunction to keep Malkin from playing in the NHL this season has been rejected.
continued update 6:41pm, Statement from Bill Daly on this matter...

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The Gearhead, Episode One: Warrior Hockey

By George Malik Welcome to "The Gearhead!" As your resident rink rat and equipment nut, my goal is to give you an inside look at the tools hockey players use by talking to the ladies and gents who make hockey gear. Last week, I had the pleasure of speaking to Warrior Hockey's marketing director, Neil Wensley, about the Warren-based manufacturer's expansion from making lacrosse equipment to producing hockey sticks as well. He and I spoke for over an hour about Warrior's stick-making processes, and I think he had as much fun as I did--there's nothing like two equipment geeks talking shop!

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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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