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Christy at Behind the Jersey featured some guy named Paul this week. Christy is one busy blogger; not sure how she finds the time to do all that she does. In my opinion, Christy has a great future ahead of her.

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You Should Know This

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It's a shade over a week until the NHL trade deadline, so here are 10 things you should know about what's happening behind the scenes: For all the talk we have heard of Buffalo's Marty Biron being traded, we shouldn't be surprised if the Sabres move Mika Noronen, not Biron.
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For The Detroit Fans

All five Swedes in the lineup tonight, all equipment accounted for and they all skated this morning. Sitting out is Woolley, Mowers, Rivers,and Kopecky sent back to GR. Osgood in goal, Babcock said this was a planned start, he didn't want Legace to play back to back after a two week layoff. But he also mentioned he was not happy with the goaltending play last night or the play of the whole team. He expects them to come out and play well, but not like a machine just yet, some players are still not energized 100%.

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Don’t Expect Major Moves

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The first NHL trade, post-Olympics, didn't get much notice Tuesday — and why would it? The Calgary Flames picked up Cale Hulse, a 33-year-old journeyman from the Columbus Blue Jackets... In the larger picture, it is also indicative of the type of transaction that we'll see between now and next Thursday's NHL trading deadline. There is no Jaromir Jagr sweepstakes to liven up the proceedings this time around, no Brian Leetch or Sergei Gonchar or Robert Lang, moving on to the highest bidder. The biggest name, Doug Weight, has already moved on...
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Rumor- Avery On The Block

via Doug Ward of NHL.com,

Kings' center Sean Avery, the NHL's leader in penalty minutes with 203, is rumored to be on the block, with Washington as a possible destination.

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McHockey Clubs

Two writers in a battle of words- discussing the NY Rangers and this was brought up. from the New York Press,

Those McHockey clubs of Carolina and Dallas are the disgrace of hockey. Hockey below the Mason-Dixie line? Pure heresy. These fair-weather teams are the downfall of the NHL. Look, I could get all WFAN sports-talk on you, or I could lead with my gut and heart—the two organs that led to my getting into sports in the first place.
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Malkin Proved Himself

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

How good was teenaged Russian Evgeni Malkin in Turin? When he wasn't the team's second best forward behind Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk, he was its best. Yeah, he was that good. After a slow start to the tournament, Malkin adjusted to the pace and proved his value at both ends of the ice
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Everything Slow & Minor Trade

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (reg. req.),

Needing a goalie for their top minor league affiliate, Anaheim acquired Hurme for Portland (AHL). Stepp, 23, will initially be assigned to the Gwinnett Gladiators (ECHL), but he is then expected to join Chicago, the Thrashers' top affiliate. He has played for Portland and Augusta (ECHL) this season. General manager Don Waddell is pursuing other moves, although he said Wednesday nothing is imminent. The NHL trade deadline is next Thursday. "Everything is still pretty slow right now," said Waddell, who hopes to upgrade the Thrashers at center for the playoff push. "With so many teams in contention, no one is looking for draft picks or prospects. They want players to help them now."

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High Marks For Manny

from Karl Samuelson of NHL.com,

The latest backup to join to this prime time group is Manny Legace of the Detroit Red Wings. Manny is an inspiration," says former NHL netminder Glenn "Chico" Resch, now color commentator on New Jersey Devils broadcasts. "There is no greater example of perseverance than Manny Legace when it comes to hanging in there, waiting and believing that he is a No. 1 goalie. It's tough if you don't come (into the league) with the tag of being a big-time goalie...."
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Avoid The ZUI

from the Las Vegas Sun,

In his second season as the lone Zamboni driver for the Las Vegas Wranglers at the Orleans Arena, Costilis said maneuvering the big rig is most definitely an art. "The art is knowing how to control your fishtail," he said, "and controlling how much water you're laying down and how fast it freezes, and pretty much knowing the thickness of the ice ... conditions have to be perfect." ...The worst mistake you've seen? Someone drove way too fast on the straightaway at Addison and hit the brakes. The key with the Zamboni is, you don't hit the brakes. If you're hitting the brakes, you're done for. He slid into the boards, and the metal (sideboard) brace bent in. The whole glass came down. It was unbelievable. We called it a ZUI - Zamming Under the Influence.
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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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