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How To Build An NHL Team

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

In the NHL, there are three ways to improve your roster: Draft well and develop your own talent. Exchange players with another team. Spend crazy money on overpriced unrestricted free agents in the summer. Three ways. But thanks to changes in the game, both as a business and in how it's played, it might be time to get ready for a fourth.
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NHL Not Ready For Las Vegas

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Let Luc Play

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Knowing this could be Luc Robitaille's last NHL season, his agent Pat Brisson is imploring the Los Angeles Kings to allow him to play the last four games. Robitaille, 40, has been healthy scratch the last three games as the Kings have been scrapping for a playoff spot. "He's a Hall of Famer no question and he's best left winger in history in terms of goals, assists and points," Brisson said. "Whether he is retiring or not, he should be in the lineup."
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Too Many Helicopter Lines For Sundin

from Paul Romanuk of Sportsnet,

I know that Hank from Hicksville On Line One might argue that Sundin has never been a great leader - "not like Dougie or Wendel". But, c'mon, can you think of a captain who personifies grace under pressure better than Sundin? Classy, composed and respected by teammates and opponents alike. Sure, he's never managed to tow the Good Ship Leafs all the way through the playoffs to the Promised Land - but neither did Doug Gilmour, Wendel Clark or even Darryl Sittler, for that matter. I, for one, couldn't have been happier for Sundin when they showed him after the Olympic gold medal victory - huge smile plastered across his face, knowing he was a champion. As it stands now, it would be easier for him to get a glass of water in the middle of the desert than it would be to replicate that feeling in a Toronto sweater.
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Hasek Talks

from the CP via TSN,

It looks like it could soon be Game On for Dominik Hasek, one week after the season was rumoured to be over for the 41-year-old Ottawa Senators goaltender. An upbeat Hasek met with reporters after the Senators' optional skate Friday at Scotiabank Place and said he's ready to practise in full equipment again - likely Saturday morning during the team's pre-game skate before playing Buffalo later that night.
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The Maven Breaks Down The Devils

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

Is it time for Devils fans to once and for all release their playoff exhale? Not quite. To paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill – not to mention Harpo Marx – “Nothing is in the bag until it’s in the bag.” Thanks to a five game winning streak, the Devs are close to being in the bag. A couple of wins over the weekend – starting with Saturday night in Montreal and Sunday evening against the Rangers in the Meadowlands – would help put New Jersey IN like not only Flynn but the Blueshirts as well.
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Nashville Health Update

from the Tennessean,

The Tomas Vokoun watch continues for the Predators. So, for that matter, do the Steve Sullivan and Marek Zidlicky watches. Predators Coach Barry Trotz said he doesn't expect any of the three injured players to return to the lineup for tomorrow's game against Chicago. Vokoun has missed three straight games with lower back pain, Sullivan four straight with a strained groin and Zidlicky six straight with a shoulder injury.

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PJ Talks Hockey With Zany Sports Lady

I have never heard about this lady, but PJ at Sharkspage did a very nice interview with her. Stephanie Peete talks Dallas Stars, the NHL and other topics. image

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Delay The Party

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

This is not the proper time to honor Al MacInnis, one of the greatest and classiest National Hockey League players of all time. The Blues should postpone the retirement of his sweater number until a much more appropriate time. We understand that tickets have already been sold and travel plans have already been made. But how can the Blues drag MacInnis and his family into this death march?
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Avoid The Sharks

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

The San Jose Sharks' climb back has been long and arduous, even after the benevolent Boston Bruins provided a huge shove of help from behind on Nov. 30. Only 8-12-4 at the time of the deal that brought Joe Thornton to San Jose, the Sharks finally seemed poised not only to secure a playoff spot but to be a bona fide threat to come out of the Western Conference. Actually, maybe it's something in the California water supply. The Sharks join the Mighty Ducks as the fast-closing West teams who fall under that time-honored heading: Teams You Want To Avoid In The First Round.
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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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