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Sweden vs. Finland For Gold

We are near the end of these Olympic hockey games and good thing. Players look tired and who can blame them? Gold medal game is Sunday at 8:00am EST. Then the boys hop on planes to their next destination. In case you forgot who I picked as the winner of the gold.....

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Scheduling Must Change For 2010

from the CP via TSN,

"We're already in discussions about things that we might be able to do to make Vancouver (in 2010) a little easier for everybody," NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said Friday while watching Sweden beat the Czechs 7-3 to advance to the gold medal game. "But having said that, one of the things that's not on the table is for us to take a longer break. This is as long a break that we're prepared to take (15 days). And if accommodations have to be made, they'll have to be made in how the tournament is scheduled."
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Possible Team Moves

from TSN,

While there might be some demand for Ducks defencemen Keith Carney and Ruslan Salei, it would seem unlikely that they will be moved so long as the Ducks remain in the hunt for a playoff spot. Anaheim is currently three points out of ninth place in the West, with one game in hand.
read on about what teams may plan to do with the trade deadline coming up...

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Olympic Hockey Should Go Young

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

The IIHF and the NHL should agree to make the Olympics a 25-and-under competition. The Switzerland-based IIHF won't do handsprings over that, but it would come around -- if that's presented as the only alternative and a win-win proposition. And all the teams should be put together with the age limit as the inviolable standard, so the ice is even.
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Coming To Vancouver’s Defense

from the Vancouver Province,

...That prospect has fueled speculation that Nonis will acquire St. Louis veteran Eric Weinrich for a draft choice when the roster freeze ends Monday. Weinrich, 39, becomes an unrestricted free agent this summer and -- with $443,000 US left on his $1.3-million deal -- it could be palatable to Nonis, who has about $3 million in salary-cap relief from long-term injuries to Jovanovski and goaltender Dan Cloutier. "At this point, we don't have a deal with any team," said Nonis.
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Gold Is Nice But Cup Is Great

from John Garrett of Sportsnet,

The league shuts down for 16 days so its stars can participate in the Olympics. The Players' Association and the league thought by showcasing their talents every four years on the world's biggest stage it would help sell the game. Do you think the fans in Nashville really care who wins the gold?
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Get A Plane Ready Ilitch

Now that five and maybe six Red Wings are in the Olympic finals on Sunday, Ilitch should give his players a nice surprise. Have a plane waiting for them at the Turin or Milan airport and let them travel in comfort to San Jose. The Wings play the Sharks Tuesday and the Ducks on Wednesday. By giving them access to a plane and a direct flight to San Jose, the Olympic Wings would not have to worry about delayed flights, making connections or lost equipment. This would be a great move from Ilitch and he has done things like this in the past, time for Mike to come through again. I am sure the players would appreciate it and Babcock probably would be thrilled with it too.

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Follow The Semifinals

This site normally updates throughout the game and the NHL scoreboard is pretty quick with updated scores. Sweden vs. Czech is scheduled for a 10:35am EST start and Russia vs. Finland is at 3:05pm EST. I know of a few radio stations that were going to stream the games, but with Canada and the USA not being involved, they changed their mind. If you know of any streaming available for North American hockey fans, please leave it in the comment section.

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Q & A With Ed Snider

from the Daily Times,

DT: Is there anything in the new rules that looking back you say, ‘well, that didn’t work out quite like we would have hoped?’ ES: I really want to wait until the end of the season and talk to the coaches, but if there’s anything that I don’t personally like it’s that you can’t make a line change after icing the puck. I think that’s ridiculous. It’s rare that they ice the puck because they are in trouble, but even still that’s a harsh penalty for something as simple as icing.It can lead to a goal that comes from a penalty against a team because they iced the puck. That’s too strict.
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Witt Still Looking For Trade

from the Washington Times,

Brendan Witt made his wishes quite clear when the Washington Capitals began training camp and yesterday he repeated them: He would like to be traded, preferably to a team with a chance to go deep into the playoffs. Within the next two weeks, the chances are excellent the veteran defenseman will get his wish -- although where he will end up is still unknown. "At my age (31) I want to win now," he said yesterday as the Caps gathered to resume workouts after the Olympic break.
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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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