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from TSN,

Eight points out of a playoff spot, the Phoenix Coyotes are prominent on the trade rumour front, the Canucks are cautiously looking for defencemen and the Leafs might be tempted to part with their leading scorer.
read all the the rumors, some new and some re-hashed...

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Non-Stop Shootout Action

The Hockey News Charile Teljeur discusses the stick measurement during the shootout.

This is where it starts to get tricky. In essence they want the referees one step ahead in the shootout. They don't want a delay in the spectacle, nor do they want officials chasing unmeasured players to the net. By alternating like this, fans at one end of the building will see the dramatic one-on-one while fans at the other will be treated to a man in a striped shirt brandishing a protractor (Go Obtuse Angle!).
more...god for a laugh...

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Cheli’s Chile Bar

Detroit fans may be interested in reading about Cheli's new bar right next to Comerica Park. from the Detroit Free Press,

No one could accuse Chris Chelios of taking it easy. Fresh off a stint captaining the U.S. Olympic hockey team and still slogging away for the Red Wings as the oldest player in the NHL, the 44-year-old just unveiled his second area Cheli's Chili Bar. This one's in downtown Detroit, in a fabulously rehabbed space that's barely a slap shot away from Comerica Park.
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New Rules Increase Chance Of Injury

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Flyers general manager Bob Clarke believes that strict enforcement of obstruction rules in the NHL this season has increased the chance of players' getting injured. "I think it's led to more injuries," Clarke said last night before the Flyers played the New York Rangers at the Wachovia Center. "There are some really big men playing these days, and when they get a head of steam, they can do some damage."
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Lalime Wants To Play Or A Trade

from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Blues coach Mike Kitchen re-enforced Thursday night that Curtis Sanford will get every chance to prove himself as the Blues' No. 1 goalie. That is not sitting well with Patrick Lalime, who has made one start in seven games since being recalled from Peoria. "I don't know what they have in mind for the rest of the year, but if their plan is to play Sandy more, of course, I would like to be traded," Lalime said.
continued update 12:55pm, from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,
Give Patrick Lalime credit. He hasn’t been much of a goaltender for the Blues this season, but he has a deft comedic touch. His recent trade demand was good for a laugh.
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Demolition Man

from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

I remember standing next to future Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy near the bench area after a Red Wings practice early in the 2001-02 season and listening to Roy speak apathetically -- and yet admiringly -- about Holmstrom. "Look at him," Roy said, watching Holmstrom stand in front of the net trying to deflect shots from Chris Chelios for nearly 15 minutes. "He could be satisfied in being a pain in the *@% the rest of career. But he's trying to do more ... and I'll bet he succeeds, too."
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Canadian Culture

from Seven Oaks,

First of all, allow me to get some prosaic notation out of the way. All three books are strong, although Steven Galloway’s Finnie Walsh, and Dave Bidini’s The Best Game You Can Name stand out as significant additions to broader Canadian literature, whereas Our Game, edited by Doug Beardsley, is enjoyable but a little less important to those of us not interested in every hockey related publication. All three books try to explain, either explicitly or implicitly, why hockey is such a powerful symbol for Canadians. One and all, they recognize that its overwhelming popularity grows out of the fact that it is fun, both to play and watch. Not only is the sport itself exciting, but the camaraderie created within teams or fan groups is often personally fulfilling.
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Brashear Gets One Game

via TSN,

Philadelphia Flyers forward Donald Brashear has been suspended for one game. Brashear received the automatic suspension when he was called for five penalties with 1:52 left in yesterday's 6-1 loss to the New York Rangers.

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Well Deserved Honor For LaFontaine

from the Buffalo News,

Pat LaFontaine spent six special though sometimes painful years with the Buffalo Sabres; tonight he returns to HSBC Arena to watch his name and number raised to the rafters. There's a tendency on tribute days to overstate the achievements of the honoree. It can seem like the next step is canonization. Some days, though, even the flowery speeches fall short of conveying the impact of the person. Today is one of those days. Canonization? In Buffalo this month, there are two St. Patty's Days.
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Sharp Tongued Mom

from the Free Lance-Star,

I've known my mother for 34 years, and in that time, I can't recall her ever raising her voice. So you can imagine my alarm last week during the winter Olympics, watching her flail her arms and spew a string of Scandinavian profanities at the TV. "Björnski nils jørgün jilsæn nagellacksbøërttagningsmedel schmeljindskyn !" she shrieked repeatedly, a phrase that, roughly translated, means, "Dearest, Bjorn, if you don't put that #$%&* puck in the net before this &^!%# power play is over, I'll high-stick it up your $#@&* Nordic nether-regions." I blame hockey for her profoundly altered state.
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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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