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Minnesota Feasts On Oilers

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

The Oilers were first in their division at Christmas, telling the world they were for real. The Wild came in here and won back-to-back when they got back from the break. The Oilers had won five of seven when they came home and lost another one to the Wild before the Olympic break. And there they were last night, a playoff position on a platter coming off two huge back-to-back wins over Vancouver and Colorado on the road, and that Wild card in their deck got them again. The result took away more than two points.
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Throw Away The Razors

from the Journal News,

The start of hirsute hockey, aka the postseason, is three weeks away. Gentlemen, start your beards. Actually, the tradition is for players to shave on the eve of the playoffs, then not touch a razor again until their team is eliminated, the superstition being if it ain't broke, don't shave it. The origins of the playoff beard are not clearly defined. Some point to the Islanders' squad that won four Stanley Cups from 1980-83 as the originators.
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Renney Thinks Of His Players

via the NY Post,

The rafters above the Rangers' practice ice are adorned with the same jerseys and banners that hang in the Garden. This week, Renney added eight flags at the practice facility, one for each nationality of his players.

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Power Struggle In Toronto

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun, It's possible that the media have jumped the gun in their assumption that he'll be fired after the season. There is definitely a power struggle under way between Quinn and general manager John Ferguson Jr., but the winner has yet to be determined. The eventual outcome is not a matter that Quinn wishes to ponder publicly. "Whatever happens down the way is going to happen," he said. "I'm not going to lose my sense of priority dreaming or thinking about some other things." more added 8:02am, from the Toronto Star,

Quinn has a year remaining on his contract, but the speculation is that he won't be behind the Toronto bench next year. However, it is believed that Quinn still has considerable support within the board of governors at Maple Leafs Sports and Entertainment, so the chances of him being firing can't be considered a slam-dunk. And there is speculation that the 63-year-old coach could end up with a job in the front office of MLSE.
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Playoff Spot May Come Down To A ‘Golden Goal’

Does anyone else think a playoff spot in either the West or the East is going to hedge on a missed or made shootout goal?

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Jack Johnson Staying At Michigan

from TSN,

Despite the best efforts of the Carolina Hurricanes, defenceman Jack Johnson has decided to remain at the University of Michigan for at least one more year. Johnson, the third overall pick in last summer's NHL Entry Draft, informed the Hurricanes through his family advisor on Tuesday that he would not turn pro at this time, even though the Hurricanes made a concerted bid to sign him and immediately insert him into the NHL team's lineup for the stretch drive and playoffs.
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Freedom Of Choice

from John Buccigross of ESPN, ...

So here's to you Mr. watching-hockey-while-everyone-else-is-watching-another-Type-A-egomaniac-college-basketball-coach-call-his-49th-timeout-of-the-game guy. Enjoy your hockey. Love your hockey. Don't be ashamed of watching your hockey. Remember, watching U2 in concert in a small Boston club in 1980 was not as popular as watching them in the Bruins' ATM Machine Arena in 2006. But it was way more interesting, revolutionary and exciting for those lucky enough to be part of something that you just knew was special and different. That is freedom, my friends. Give yourself the freedom to choose the better options in life. That is the essence of freedom.
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Hockey Fans Without A Playoff Team

Mr. Teljeur of the Hockey News suggests a few teams to cheer for if your team is not in the playoffs...

The Nashville Predators are The Little Engine That Could. Follow us to the Cup. We're out to prove you can win with Hobbits and we promise to convince Shania to sing the national anthem in a tank top and Garth Brooks not to.
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Could Sinden Be Next

from Fox Sports,

The firing of GM Mike O'Connell might turn out to be only the tip of the iceberg in what could be a major upheaval in the Boston Bruins front office. According to reports in the Boston media, team president Harry Sinden's days could also be numbered, as could those of coach Mike Sullivan.
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Legace Helps Out

via the Reporter-Times,

This special wish came from Michigan and was granted to 73-year old Barbara M., who happens to be an avid Detroit Red Wings Hockey fan. The wish was brought to our attention by one of her hospice caregivers. Barbara's wish was to meet (or talk with) Manny Legace, the goalie for the Red Wings. On Feb. 25, Barbara's wish came true - Manny Legace called her and they had a nice long chat. Barbara felt incredibly honored that Manny would take the time -- especially during hockey season - to call her. According to the hospice caregiver, Barbara was still "glowing" hours after the call was complete. Plus, she was feeling better than she had in a very long time.

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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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