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Hall Worthy

from the Sun Sentinel,

Already, Panthers players speak of Belfour, Nieuwendyk and Roberts as "future Hall of Famers," though it's hard to predict if all three will get in, said Hall of Fame defenseman Denis Potvin, who was inducted in 1991. "I think Belfour's going to be a no-brainer," said Potvin, a Panthers broadcaster. "Nieuwendyk with three [Stanley] Cups, and having done it time and time again at different places is probably also a lock. There are going to be different opinions about whether Gary is a Hall of Fame guy. I've always felt longevity in this sport is a real plus."
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Blue Jackets Upset With Diving Calls

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Reality aside, Blue Jackets forwards Rick Nash and Dan Fritsche stalked off the ice in a huff last night after each was whistled for diving only 2½ minutes apart in the third period. "We’re out there, trying to work our hardest to draw penalties like that, and they (officials) shove it right back in our face," Fritsche said. At 6:05 of the third period, Fritsche’s skates got caught up with the stick of Colorado’s Marek Svatos deep in the Blue Jackets’ zone. Svatos was called for tripping, but Fritsche was called for diving — meaning he embellished his fall to the ice — which put the two sides at 4-on-4 instead of giving the Blue Jackets’ a power play. "No way," Fritsche said. "That’s not a dive. It never even crossed my mind that it would be called. I got up and I couldn’t believe it. "It’s a pretty bad call, especially when (they) made it back to back with Rick there. That, to me, made it 10 times worse."

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Pat Burns May Coach Again

from Sun Media via the Winnipeg Sun,

After being diagnosed with colon cancer two and a half years ago, it seems Pat Burns might turn up again behind a National Hockey League bench, if we are to believe what he said in an interview with RDS (Reseau des sports). "I haven't given up on the possibility of coaching again," he said without missing a beat Thursday. Burns was all smiles and the picture of health when he showed up for the interview in front of the cameras. The former Habs coach learned of his colon cancer in March 2004. After 30 months of trying to win the most important game of his life, he says he's healthy and in good spirits.

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Sharks Call Up Goalie

SAN JOSE — San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Thomas Greiss from Fresno, the Sharks ECHL affiliate. Greiss, 20, posted a 1-2-0 record in three starts with a 3.05 goals against average and .897 save percentage this season with Worcester, the Sharks top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. Assigned to Fresno on Nov. 13, he posted a 1-0-0 record with a 1.00 goals against average and a .964 save percentage in one start. The six-foot-one, 200-pound native of Fussen, Germany was selected by San Jose in the third round (94th overall) of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. Anything cooking here or is there an injury with one of the goalies? added 11:49pm, from the San Jose Sharks,

Greiss was recalled for precautionary measures and practiced with the team Friday as Evgeni Nabokov had a limited workout and rested a sore hand. The soreness in Nabokov’s hand is not serious and he is listed as day-to-day.

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Hasek Proving Doubters Wrong

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Discussing his oh-so-smooth transition to his new/old team, Hasek said: "Put it this way. It is the best scenario that I could get. You don't like to think about bad things, you always want to remember and think about good things. Fortunately for me and the team, everything goes so far so good." Said Babcock: "Dom, he works so hard and he's so competitive and so professional that I knew he was bound to get his game to where he wanted it to be. I read the article after the Vancouver game, which talked about the end of his shutout streak. He didn't care about the shutout streak, but he couldn't stand the goal they got. That's what I like to hear because that means it's all about the next one."
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Hockey Blogger Part Of The Team

J.J. of the Canucks Hockey Blog has taken on another job- bloggng at Canucks.com. Good luck J.J.!!!

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Olilers Need To Sign Smyth

from Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports,

Ryan Smyth of the Oilers is one of the toughest players in the league. he jams the opposition net as well as any player in the league. He is one of the best players in the league when it comes to controlling the puck along the boards, and he also knows the difference between pain and injury. Time for Oilers GM Kevin Lowe to try and get Smyth signed to a long-term deal before he becomes a UFA this coming summer. Smyth is what the Oilers are about.
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Bruins Finding Their Way

from the Patriot Ledger,

Remain calm. Not, not you, Bruins fan in hiding, or waiting. The franchise invites you to get as excited as you wish about the team’s three-game winning streak - especially if that excitement leads to the purchase of a ticket. Only 12,665 were sold for last night. Those who should be sure to play the streak cool are the ones who have created it - the players. Dave Lewis is happy to provide the ice water. ‘‘It’s still early,’’ Boston’s head coach said after last night’s 2-1, overtime victory against the Toronto Maple Leafs. ‘‘A three-game streak is nothing. We’re just starting to feel our way.’’

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Derek Roy Out With Bad Hand

via the AP,

Buffalo Sabres center Derek Roy will miss up to two weeks because of a hand injury. Roy joins a list of ailing Sabres that includes goalie Ryan Miller (abdominal strain) and defensemen Henrik Tallinder (broken forearm) and Toni Lydman (neck strain). Forward Maxim Afinogenov missed the last five games because of a shoulder injury, but was scheduled to return Friday night when Buffalo hosts Pittsburgh. Afinogenov was the team's leading scorer when he was hurt against Toronto on Nov. 4. "I'm frustrated, but it's something we haven't used as an excuse and we're not going to use as an excuse," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said after the team's morning skate Friday.

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Hossa Putting Hockey On The Map In Atlanta

from Linda Cohn at ESPN,

It wasn't too long ago when Marian Hossa of the Atlanta Thrashers had one of those "Toto, we're not in Kansas anymore" moments. Hossa and his girlfriend caught a bite at a Chinese restaurant in Atlanta when the waiter was intrigued by Hossa's Slovakian accent, one that's not often heard in the Deep South. When the waiter asked Hossa what he does for a living, Hossa replied, "I play for the Atlanta Thrashers." There was a moment of silence, then the waiter said, "Who are the Thrashers?" Hossa replied: "They're the hockey team, the Atlanta Thrashers hockey team." The waiter smiled and said in a serious tone, "Oh … what's hockey?"

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