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A Blackhawk Fan Speaks Out

from the Chicago Tribune,

Every week, the ChicagoSports.com staff will select one 500-word-or-less column from you, the opinionated on-line sports fan. Here are some deep thoughts about the Blackhawks. One can look to the 2006 Olympics to see how North American hockey died. I am not a fan of "Euro hockey," but clearly this is the way the game is going. Dump and chase is done. The Red Wings embraced the concept years ago with their Russian players, and most others have as of recently identified the need for and acquired the skill players. Why has this been so hard for the Hawks' management to see?
read on...the fan is bang on...

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Huet Talks- Sort Of

Another fine tongue-in-cheek interview by Loose Change of the Hockey News. This time 'LC' 'talks' with Cristobal Huet.

LC: Did you play soccer when you were growing up? CH: In France all children play soccer from the time they are born. They're actually quite good at that age but can't stand up without assistance. Most of the games end up as scoreless ties. LC: What's Paris really like? CH: Not nearly as beautiful as people would think. Actually quite trashy. LC: I was referring to Paris Hilton. CH: Me too.
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Top 10 Europeans In The NHL- All-Time

from Sports Illustrated,

Nine times in the 12 seasons from 1992-93 to 2003-04, a European-born player was the NHL's leader or co-leader in goals. The Rangers' Jaromir Jagr seems intent on making it 10 of 13. In fact, Jagr, as the league's leading scorer as of March 29, could claim his fifth Art Ross Trophy in eight seasons. ...While rookies Alexander Ovechkin and Henrik Lundqvist are among this season's big names, they will have to wait their turn to be considered for the list below: the Top 10 NHL careers among European-born players.
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Linden Unsure Of Future

from the Globe and Mail,

Trevor Linden skates through the twilight of his 18-year professional career as the top scorer in the history of the Vancouver Canucks, even though he doesn't command much ice time any longer. The next goal by the 35-year-old forward will be his 300th with the franchise, and it's hoped it comes soon because Linden is unsure what the future will hold. Linden is respected in the Vancouver dressing room, even though his ice time has slipped to 11 minutes 20 seconds a game on average, far below what the most popular player in Canucks history got in his prime.
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All About Defense In The Playoffs

from Gary Thorne of USA TODAY,

There is no question that this has been the year of the offensive in the new NHL. That has been a positive plus for the league. However, as the playoffs draw near, will it be the goals for or the goals against that will matter the most? ...The names that will again be the difference are the guys in net and this year there are stories galore in that department.
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Here Comes AO

MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 30, 2006--Join us at the Montreal Bell Centre on March 31st, 2006 for the official CCM Vector Product launch. NHL Superstar Sensation, Alexander Ovechkin will appear in person to unveil the new 2006 CCM Vector product line and give insights as to how it helps optimize his on-ice game performance. Preview the global CCM Hockey image campaign that showcases Alexander Ovechkin. Alexander Ovechkin will also be announcing the winner of a CCM consumer "Nickname" contest that was chosen from among more than 4,000 entries submitted by fans on our website www.ccmsports.com. Fans and members of the media will be able to listen to the live or deferred Webcast of the press conference on the CCM Website at www.ccmsports.com.

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Remembering The Goalies

As pointed out by ESPN's Page 2 (about half way down, but no need to go there), Wild goaltender Josh Harding is paying tribute to old goaltneder masks. Pretty cool!!!

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Participate If You Can

via the CHL, The Ottawa 67's along with help from the Ottawa Senators and the Ontario Hockey League are organizing a hockey memorabilia on-line auction in support of Sebastien Savage. All proceeds from the Hockey Country Auction will go to Sebastien Savage, the former Mississauga IceDogs, Sudbury Wolves, Brampton Battalion and Ottawa 67âs player who was left quadriplegic after a tragic fall during a hockey game while playing for University de Moncton, on October 22, 2005. Among the items being auctioned in support of Sebastien are autographed NHL jerseys, including ones from Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby and Martin Brodeur. All game worn jerseys from the 2006 Top Prospects game have been donated to the auction by the Canadian Hockey League and all game worn jerseys from the 2006 Bell Classic All-Star game have been donated by the Ontario Hockey League. Sebastien Savage Stay Strong pucks are also on sale on the website, with all those purchasing one being entered in a draw for a collectors jersey. Visit hockeycountryauction.ca to view the items up for auction.

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Pressure On Sharks

from Inside Bay Area,

Over the next three weeks, the San Jose Sharks are either going to turn into one of those neat little stories of grit and determination or one of the biggest belly-flops in "The New and Improved NHL." Unfortunately for the Sharkies, there is no middle ground. They have to make the playoffs. After all, they were supposed to be one of the beacons of the revamped league, and that was before they acquired superstar Joe Thornton.
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Havlat Not Cleared To Play

from Sportsnet,

Sens winger Martin Havlat did not receive clearance from his doctor to return to the Senators lineup any time soon -- and he may only be available when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin. Havlat, who met with Dr. Tony Miniaci in Toronto on Wednesday, was told that he could resume practicing with the team for most of the drills. But Havlat was not given the green light for full contact in practice...
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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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