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The Little Things

from Tarik El-Bashir at his Capitals Insider blog,

Tonight’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning will be No. 10 in the NHL this season for Lawrence Nycholat.
That’s a big deal for the 27-year-old defenseman, who has spent most of his career toiling away in the minor leagues.
It means he is now subject to waivers. Under the terms of the collective bargaining agreement, another team could claim Nycholat if the Capitals were to send him back to Hershey this season. Considering the way he’s played the past nine games, he almost definitely would get scooped up.
After failing to make the team out of training camp the past two seasons, the Calgary-native had become afterthought within the organization - until the Capitals suffered injuries to three defensemen in late December.

more... sometimes little things like this go unnoticed, I just wanted to point it out…

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Pioneering Patricks

from the CBC:

Nearly a century has passed since a simple family conversation in Nelson, B.C., transformed hockey from a frozen-pond curiosity to a professional league with widespread influence.
It was in the spring of 1911 when Frank Patrick and his brother Lester outlined rules and visionary innovations for a new league, a time that many credit as the true birth of modern-day hockey.
From that discussion — which included their father and lumber tycoon Joseph — Frank and Lester Patrick announced the formation of the Pacific Coast Hockey Association on Dec. 7.



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Putting The Short In Short And Sweet

from the Edmonton Sun:

Longer isn’t necessarily better.
That’s especially true when you’re talking about jersey retirement ceremonies, and the Edmonton Oilers know that better than anybody.
They’ve got lifting linen to the rafters, and doing a classy job of it, down to a science.
That’s why fans, mercifully, can expect nothing longer than a 35-minute pre-game ceremony when the Oilers retire Mark Messier’s No. 11 jersey at Rexall Place Feb. 27.

The Oilers are downright smarmy about the fact that other teams take “overly long” periods of time to honour their retired players’ numbers, but the simple delay between a player like Messier leaving the Oilers and his retirement makes a shorter ceremony much more acceptable.



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Ex-Duck In Coma

from the Hocley News,

The Hockey News has learned former NHLer Garrett Burnett is in a coma in a hospital in Vancouver.
The former Anaheim Ducks enforcer has reportedly been in a coma since Dec. 26. There are unconfirmed reports that Burnett was shot at a Vancouver nightclub, but the spokesman for Burnett’s team this season said it is not clear exactly how Burnett landed in hospital.


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Diving With Discretion

from the Los Angeles Times:

Avery has been penalized for diving four times since October, but it has yet to hit him in the wallet. The NHL implemented harsher penalties this season, with a $1,000 fine for the second offense and a possible suspension for the third offense.
Those penalties are discretionary, a league official said.
Avery, who was called for diving against the Edmonton Oilers in Monday’s game and against the Detroit Red Wings Saturday night, said the league had not contacted him. He was also called for diving against the New York Rangers on Oct. 30 and against the Phoenix Coyotes on Oct. 19.

Doesn’t that take the “detrimental” part out of fining diving?



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Tim Taylor Facing Hip Surgery

from the St. Peterburg Times,

But the Lightning captain still faces the strong likelihood of serious hip surgery at the end of the season, putting the 12-year NHL veteran’s career in jeopardy.
“There’s no getting around it anymore,” Taylor said by phone Wednesday. “I’ll cross that path when I come across it. I’ve been told that no one has come back to play hockey afterward, but I’m going to do everything I can to get back.”


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“It’s An Everybody Thing” For The Bruins

from the Patriot Ledger,

Dave Lewis is not the sort of coach who names names when things go wrong.
That almost doesn’t matter these days, because Lewis wouldn’t have the time to recite the name of every player on the Boston Bruins’ roster, anyway.
Stuck in a post-holiday funk in which they have been unable to control their generosity, the Bruins try again tonight to right themselves in a game against the New York Islanders at TD Banknorth Garden.
‘‘It’s an everybody thing,’’ Lewis said after practice yesterday. ‘‘It’s a collective effort - exactly the same as when you win.’’


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NHL Salute To A Generation Of Stars

NEW YORK (Jan. 10, 2007) – As part of the 2007 NHL All-Star Celebration, American Airlines will serve as the title sponsor of “NHL Salute to a Generation of Stars,” held on Monday, Jan. 22 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the American Airlines Center in Dallas. This salute, hosted by Academy Award-winning actor and long-time hockey fan Cuba Gooding, Jr., will serve as a showcase of two generations of hockey players: those who dominated and those inspired by their greatness. This presentation will follow open practices of the 2007 Eastern and Western All-Star teams, presented by Verizon Yellow Pages.

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Hull Still Taking Shots

from Tony Gallagher of the Vancouver Province,

The thought of Brett Hull on NBC hockey telecasts that begin this weekend should send shivers up the spine of NHL commissioner Gary Bettman if, and only if, what happened on Wednesday’s conference call can be taken on to the telecasts.
Hull was at his outspoken best when he ripped the current NHL schedule, which limits visits by Sidney Crosby and others to Western Conference fans as “asinine”. He also carved up the new form-fitting uniforms as “completely ugly”.
He took shots at the way the New Jersey Devils play and the L.A. Kings for “muzzling my friend Sean Avery.”


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Foppa Looks Terrific - Not 100%

from the Courier Post,

“He looked terrific,” Stevens said after watching Forsberg participate in his first practice with the team since Dec. 15. “It’s the most energized I’ve seen him in a long, long time.”
Despite reassurances from more than a dozen doctors that his right foot is perfectly functional after offseason surgery, Forsberg said he still is not 100 percent satisfied with the way his right skate fits his foot, insisting the foot is “a little crooked.”
“I don’t think I’ll be playing my best hockey, but I have to keep on battling,” Forsberg said. “We have a lot of injuries, everybody’s hurt, and I’m trying to come back as fast as possible.
“Is it 100 percent? No, it’s not 100 percent. But I have to play.”


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