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Boston Goalie Admits Trip To AHL Was Good For Him

from the Boston Globe,

For the last three weeks, Hannu Toivonen has forsaken his $532,000 NHL salary and all its perks -- charter planes, first-class hotels -- for the smaller paychecks and weary bus travel of the AHL.... "It was the right thing to do," said Toivonen, recalled to Boston Sunday, after his first practice back with the big club yesterday. "I wasn't playing well. It's as simple as that. No excuses -- I just wasn't good enough. That's the bottom line. I had to get better.

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Flyers Thinking Playoffs

from the Courier Post,

With six teams to climb to get into playoff position, logic tells you the Flyers are staring at their first playoff no-show in 13 years. The players aren't listening to that logic, saying they have 58 games to prove they belong in the postseason. "As a team I think we thought that all along," said Flyers captain Peter Forsberg, who has found at least a temporary answer to his skate problems with additional foam padding. "Everybody else wrote us off. We knew we could play better than we did in the beginning and we've shown that lately. "But it is a long way to go. We have a lot of points to catch up, but I don't think anybody in this dressing room wrote the season off. We're 10 points behind first place in the division (actually 11), so it's not that far."

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The Windtalker Hockey News

from the Winnipeg Sun,

A new national newspaper based in Winnipeg is out to prove that there's more to Aboriginal hockey in Canada than Jonathan Cheechoo and Jordin Tootoo. While the new Windtalker Hockey News certainly won't ignore the stories of Cheechoo, a Cree sniper who led the NHL in goals last year, and Tootoo, the first Inuit to play in The Show, the paper will go well beyond the pros to report on up-and-coming junior stars, as well as telling real-life stories of what the spotlight and life on the road can do to young players.

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Another Big Hit

Colin White of the Devils layed out Sean Avery last night. The Kings won the game in a shootout. image

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Guess Who’s Back In Town

from Helene Elliott & Chris Foster of the LA Times,

Two security guards, earpieces in place, alertly scanned the area. Two lines of photographers and TV camera crews pointed their lenses toward the doorway of the posh ballroom at the city's swankiest hotel. A local TV reporter gave live updates. "They're here. He's in the building," the reporter informed a waiting audience. With the fuss usually reserved for a head of state, Ducks defenseman Chris Pronger returned to Edmonton for the first time since he stunned fans by asking to be traded two days after he had carried the Oilers to within a victory of a Stanley Cup championship.
continued (reg. req.) added 5:43am, Pronger Q & A with the Edmonton Sun,
Q. What do you expect - in the sense of how negative the fans' response could be? A: Negative? Really? No, I'm sure it's going to be loud and boisterous, much like I know they are. There will be signs, there will be booing and all the rest of that. They are a passionate group of fans that love their team and love their city and certainly, I understand where they're coming from. But at the same time, I'm on the other team now, the opposition team, and I've got to go out and do my job. It's not the first building I've been booed in and it certainly won't be the last."
read on

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Chicago Gets Offensive

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

It's Chicago, an NHL burg that's about as out of step as you can be. So it may be a stretch to take anything that happens with the Blackhawks as indicative of anything else in the league. But the fact that Denis Savard was brought in yesterday to replace Trent Yawney as head coach with the mandate to make the Blackhawks score a lot more than they've been scoring may also be part of a growing trend. One that could yet make the league even more creative and wide open.

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Bring Back Wood Sticks

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

This league badly needs a return to wooden sticks. In its usual laissez-faire manner, the league years ago allowed aluminum sticks to creep on to the scene, thereby saving a whole lot of defencemen the bother of having to head to the bench every time they broke a wooden stick over someone's arm. There are those who say that the NHL injury rate rose considerably when aluminum sticks were introduced, but no one really knows. Surely, you wouldn't expect the NHL to track meaningless statistics like that. It's only the health of hockey players that's at stake, after all.

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The Early Winners Are…

from Allan Muir at Sports Illustrated,

Here are my other major trophy choices at the quarter pole: Hart Trophy: Nick Lidstrom Norris Trophy: Chris Pronger Adams Award: Ted Nolan

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St. Louis Getting His Game Back

Martin St. Louis was on an NHL tele-conference today after being named the First Star for last week...

Q. Watching a couple of your games, the third goal last night against Ottawa, the overtime goal the other night, sort of shooting from different angles. Are you shooting a bit more, do you find? MARTIN ST. LOUIS: I don't know if I'm shooting more. I mean, sometimes you're in those situations where you can put the puck on net and good things happen. Maybe when you score a few goals, you start to feel good about yourself. You start to feel you want to take it to the net more often. I'm definitely in that frame of mind. When you have success, I think you just try to do it a little more often.

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Franzen Has MCL Damage

As Bill points out at the A2Y blog, Franzen will miss some time due to an MCL sprain. When he was hit by Vancouver defenseman Willie Mitchell, he fell kind of funny, twisting his left leg as he fell to the ice.

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