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Trade Rumors Set Straight

Some of these rumor sites have been talking rumors for two months now, and not a trade to be made. It will never end, the rumors will continue because that is what they do, attract the gullible for reasons unknown to me. The only place to recap the legit rumor talk, with sources, is Spector's site. Mr. Spector breaks down the possibility of a trade and tells you why it may or may not happen.

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Dogfight Expected In Atlantic

from Newsday,

"I really felt, from the day I signed here, that it's going to be scratching and clawing to make the playoffs," Shanahan said after the 4-3 shootout victory in Florida during which the Rangers surrendered a two-goal lead in the second half of the game. "But if it's that kind of a season, once you do make the playoffs, you're a hardened team. You look at this division, you look at some of the teams who are improved, and it's going to be like this, just a battle throughout the whole season."
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Passionate Play Returning

via the NY Post,

"There's a physical element that can prevail," says Ranger coach Tom Renney. "Last year I thought [calls] were pretty tough, but this year they are allowing passionate play to be part of the game." Currently, this offer is available only on an official-by-official basis. But if the pendulum is indeed swinging back - and there remains zero tolerance for defensemen swinging sticks at scorers' backs - the NHL is reintroducing the element of courage, a good thing, just not necessarily for the Rangers.

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The Best Player In The NHL

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

But if a player is to be judged the best in a time when there is no clear-cut megastar, he probably has to excel at the most difficult position. That would mean he's a defenceman. And the best defenceman? The two guys in Anaheim, Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer are certainly on the list. Young Matthew Carle in San Jose is opening a lot of eyes in the hockey world and the even younger Dion Phaneuf in Calgary is a phenomenal talent. But in this corner, the vote for the best player in the world at the moment would go to Nicklas Lidstrom of the Detroit Red Wings.
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The Chief Is Back

Bill, IwoCPO or The Chief, whatever you wish to call him is back! We are still doing a bit of tweaking, so look for some additional features to be added very soon. I welcome Abel to Yzerman with open arms and want to let you know, Bill has his own unique style, which makes his blog a must read, even for non-Wings fans. Please make sure to stop by and wish him well- or some of you may wish he just goes to.... More on KK plans for the future tomorrow.

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Canucks “D” Hurting

via the AP,

Vancouver Canucks defenseman Rory Fitzpatrick will miss the next four to six weeks because of a hairline fracture in his left foot. Sami Salo (knee sprain) and Willie Mitchell (post-concussion symptoms) are also sidelined, leaving Vancouver with a young, inexperienced defense for its game Thursday night against Anaheim.

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Patrick Roy Talks HHOF

DAVID KEON: Good afternoon, everyone. My name is David Keon with the National Hockey League's Public Relations Department, and I'd like to welcome everyone to today's call. With us we have 2006 Hockey Hall of Fame inductee, Patrick Roy. Thank you Patrick for taking the time today to join us, and thanks to Nicole Beauchard of the Quebec Remparts for arranging the call. On Monday in Toronto , Patrick will be formally inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, along with fellow Canadiens alumni Dick Duff, Calgary Flames owner, Harley Hotchkiss, former US Olympic and National Hockey National Hockey League coach, Herb Brooks. The all time career leader among goaltenders in regular season games played with 1,029 and wins with 551. Patrick is also first in playoff history in games played with 247, wins with 151, and shutouts with 23. He won four Stanley Cups, three Conn Smythe Trophies as the MVP, and three Vezina Trophies as the National Hockey League's top goaltender. Following retirement in 2003, Patrick moved into management joining his hometown Quebec Remparts and the Quebec Junior Major Hockey League, and last season went behind the bench and coached the Remparts to the Memorial Cup Championship. Festivities begin Saturday with the Hall of Fame game between the Canadiens and Toronto in Toronto, and conclude Monday evening with the formal induction on TSN at 7 p.m. eastern time. Again we thank Patrick for taking the time to join us and answer us questions related to the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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The Other Thrasher

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Slam,

Slava Kozlov gives new meaning to flying under the radar. "That's the way it was in Detroit and now here in Atlanta," Kozlov said with a laugh. He was overshadowed in Hockeytown by such greats as Steve Yzerman, Sergei Fedorov and Brendan Shanahan and he remains somewhat overlooked in Atlanta thanks to fellow Thrashers wingers Ilya Kovalchuk and Marian Hossa. Did anyone take into account that the 34-year-old Kozlov sat fourth in NHL scoring heading into Thursday's games with 22 points (8-14) in 18 games?
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Herb Brooks Left His Mark

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

"His legacy is taking a group of talented kids that nobody gave a chance of winning to molding them into a group that would play at the top of their ability at the proper time," explained Brooks' longtime friend and confidante Lou Nanne. That's all Brooks wanted.... Speaking at Brooks' funeral in August 2003, Mike Eruzione admitted that he would still feel he had done something wrong whenever Brooks called his home years after the Olympics. Fear, loathing, respect, admiration, all of those were qualities or feelings Brooks evoked in his players, said John Harrington, a member of that team who has been coaching college hockey since 1984 and who recruited and coached Dan Brooks at the University of Denver.
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Forsberg Searching For Answer

from the Philadelphia Flyers,

“It’s not 100 percent yet. It’s obviously not the ankle because the doctor said it is fine. So I don’t think it’s the ankle. I hope it’s not the ankle. I think it’s just a skate problem and we are trying to find a right fit. We have tried plenty of things (including molds and braces) and I hope we are getting closer. There has to be a solution otherwise it’s going to be hard. It’s a little frustrating when you get out there and you feel that you can do more.
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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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