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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.)
from the Chicago Tribune,
Dollar Bill Wirtz's comments prove, once again, why his organ-I-zation is the NHL's laughingstock. He spent the two pre-lockout seasons purging his roster of high-priced talent so he'd have plenty of salary cap room post-lockout, then instead of focusing on players with speed and skill, went out and overpaid for a roster full of the same "muckers and grinders" the Hawks have had for years.
from the Toronto Sun,
Team Canada should win gold in Turin. Team Canada must win gold in Vancouver. Coming up short in the next two weeks would be a national disappointment. Coming up short on home soil in 2010 would be a national disaster. Can you imagine the devastation that would ripple from Squamish to St. John's if Canada was not able to capture the Olympic title at GM Place in four years? From coast to coast, there would not be enough crying towels to go around.continued
from the Montreal Canadiens,
Canadiens GM Bob Gainey announced Saturday that team captain Saku Koivu has signed a three-year contract extension (2006-07 to 2008-09). As per club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.update 10:32am, According to a Finnish newspaper, the deal is $4.75 million per year for 3 years.
Watching the women play hockey in high definition from Turin is great, even the experts at AVS forum agree. The PQ (picture quality) is great although it is a little 'soft'. I would give the broadcast a slight edge over what I have seen from NBC with the NHL games. On another point, are the boards higher in the arena in Turin? I know the women are smaller but for some reason the boards look about 6 inches higher than what we see in the NHL.
from the Anchorage Daily News,
For Gomez, the 26-year-old pro hockey player from Anchorage, the Olympic men's pucks tournament is also about the chance to seize shameless bragging rights inside the New Jersey Devils' locker room. The way Gomez figures it, you win the gold, you get to chirp the fellow Olympians on the Devils for the rest of the season. "Whenever I come down on Marty in practice and score, I say, 'Gold medal, United States!' '' Gomez cracked. "Or I yell, 'U-S-A! U-S-A!' ''more
from the Columbus Dispatch,
In six days, the Blue Jackets left winger will marry his longtime girlfriend, Sarah, in his hometown of Edmonton, Alberta. Chimera wanted a small wedding, so the invitation list is limited to 30 people, none of whom plays hockey for a living. "No teammates," Chimera said. "(I’m) too cheap. They drink too much booze. Just people who know her and me are invited." Chimera is laughing as he says this, which is perfectly in character. Chimera always seems to be yukking it up.read on
Rob Blake of the Colorado Avalanche left Friday's game against the Columbus Blue Jackets in the second period with an apparent groin strain and did not return. His injury status remains unknown but a good indication will be if he plays in Sunday's game against the Detroit Red Wings. Meanwhile, Chris Pronger of the Edmonton Oilers has a cracked bone in his right foot -- but says it won’t affect his Olympic status.
I just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who has supported Kukla's Korner by actually using the affilliate advertisers on this site. My statistics tell me the Olympic hockey jerseys have been popular in the last 2 weeks or so. Many of the jerseys are moving very quickly and although some teams ar not on the right sidebar of the hockey section, all jerseys are in stock. Remember, games start next week and you still have time to get yours before the puck drops. If you don't see your team, just click on any jersey and you will be able to choose your favorite team.
The media, half of them who have no idea what PIM, GAA, SOG, etc. stand for now are telling Gretzky what to do and how to do it. I for one think the Olympic break comes at a great time, if you can call this great. Let everyone get away for a bit, if the media wants to follow Wayne and Janet (she will be going with Wayne) through the Itailian Alps, go for it. But I can tell you 99% of the media now keying on 'Operation Slapshot' will be writing about something else by the time the Olympics are over. MLB will be into spring training and Barry Bonds has a bullseye on his back. To Kostya Kennedy who thinks Gretzky should distance himself from his wife, good for you, go write for some gossip newspaper. To Michael Rosenberg who says Wayne should stay home, well Michael, we could attack your Detroit Free Press columns, but that wouldn't be fair. But I do find it funny that you are writing for a media source that for the last few weeks, has been giving us an Olympic hockey preview by writing about a fantasy Olympic tournament they created. I guess you fit right in.
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