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After Wisconsin defeated Ohio State 4-2, the Wisconsin players performed the Lambeau Leap, displaying the hips-over-the-end-zone-wall form Madden lauds. "We were perfect," Adam Burish said. "To be able to jump in there and share that with the fans was a special, special moment." Although Ohio State could not celebrate in the traditional Packers manner, they too enjoyed the experience of playing in front of 40, 890 fans in the Frozen Tundra Hockey Classic at Lambeau Field.continued
I wonder what Chelios thinks of Mr. Rock now? (from tonight's Columbus/Nashville game)
The Toronto Maple Leafs have locked up defenceman Tomas Kaberle to a long-term contract extension. Sources tell TSN that Kaberle, who was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, has agreed to a five-year extension that is worth $4.25 million per year.
from the Dallas Stars,
Marty Turco is about to have of the biggest thrills of his life -- representing Canada at the 2006 Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. DallasStars.com was able to sit down with Marty to talk a little bit about how he started as a young boy and the role his parents played in this exclusive Q&A. DallasStars.com: How instrumental was the University of Michigan in your development? Turco: "It was very instrumental. The biggest part of my maturation as a person and hockey player was at Michigan. I grew up there, I turned from a boy into a man. There were pressures and challenges, but you couldn't help but succeed when you're surrounded by nothing but good people in a nurturing environment like that. I needed that to prepare me for life and for the NHL. I'll always remember and be grateful for my time at Michigan."much more
TSN was informed by a source close to the Coyotes organization that last Monday afternoon Gretzky was contacted by New Jersey Police and informed about the charges against Rick Tochett and the fact that his wife Janet would be questioned as part of the investigation. Shortly after that, Gretzky was said to have phoned Tochett to find out what was going on and according to the source that was the conversation between Tocchet and Gretzky that was recorded on Police wiretap. This contradicts earlier reports that suggested Gretzky may have had prior knowledge of the alleged gambling ring.read on Good!!! Looking forward to some world class hockey the next two weeks. No more reports from me on this story unless it is major news.
According to the Swedish newspaper Afton Bladet, Forsberg will be traveling to Turin on Monday. After that, it is wait and see. See the comments for the very rough translation of the article. update 6:00am Sunday, another rough translation from the Afton Bladet,
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from the Washington Capitals,
The Washington Capitals have re-signed goaltender Olie Kolzig to a two-year contract extension, vice president and general manager George McPhee announced today. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.TSN reports the deal is worth an average of $5.45 million a year.
via the AP,
Detroit Red Wings defenseman Niklas Kronwall was assigned to the Grand Rapids Griffins on Saturday for conditioning. He is scheduled to be in the lineup tonight when the Griffins host the Peoria Rivermen in a 7 p.m. start at Van Andel Arena.update 1:20pm, Since the Wings want to avoid Krownall playing in back to back games, I imagine he will not be re-called for the Avs game tomorrow. He will probably remain with Grand Rapids through the Olympic break, but I could be wrong. update 2:26pm, Moving around different Wings forums, some say he will be back with the Wings tomorrow. Now how about this, is there a chance for him to still play with Sweden in the Olympics? update 6:30am Sunday, via the Detroit News,
Under the new collective bargaining agreement, NHL players can't be sent down to the minor league during the Olympics, and non-Olympic players have mandatory off time until Feb. 22. Kronwall will abide by the off time, then report to Grand Rapids on Feb. 22 in time for a three-game trip through the weekend. The Wings, and Kronwall, were hoping for this type of resolution, which enables him to continue playing and practicing.A question for Mr. Kulfan of the Detroit News, if this is what the Wings were hoping for, why didn't you keep your readers informed of this possible scenario? update 6:57am Sunday, via the Grand Rapids Press,
I had two options," said Kronwall, who returned to the Wings on Feb. 1 from the preseason knee injury. "One was to come down here and play tonight (and two more road games) or play tomorrow against Colorado and not play again until the 28th. "I could get three games in instead of one. This felt like the better option. (The Olympics) would be a great experience. It's basically taking the NHL and making it into six or seven teams. But it is what it is, and I think the best decision was made."
from the Toronto Star,
Beginning next week, Nike will launch its largest-ever marketing campaign in Canada, and as you would expect, the company's ads will focus on the high-profile men's hockey team. Designed by local ad firm Taxi, Nike's new spots focus on two players expected to star for Canada in Italy, Calgary Flames star Jarome Iginla and Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis, and one player who will miss the Games due to injury, Anaheim Mighty Ducks defenceman Scott Niedermayer.read on
from the LA Times, Sandis Ozolinsh may soon be back in a Mighty Duck uniform. Ozolinsh is expected to be released from the NHL's substance abuse and behavioral program in order to play for Latvia in the Winter Olympics, General Manager Brian Burke said Friday. "That would be a huge plus for this hockey club if he can go over there and get in shape and get his game back," Burke said. "He's a guy that we haven't been able to count on all year." more (reg. req.)
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