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A “Marked” Man

from the LA Times,

Kings forward Sean Avery skated behind the net and appeared to be tripped by a New York Islander on Tuesday. Play continued. In the same game, the Islanders' Brendan Witt leveled Avery after the whistle. Referees missed it. This is life with a bull's-eye, the Kings say. "It's a difficult job for anyone to go out there with a big target on their back," forward Scott Thornton said.
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Respect Wanted

from Mark Spector of the National Post,

As he celebrates his 37th birthday today in Edmonton, Roloson remains a complex, standoff-ish character. He is a union ship disturber off the ice, and a guy who can't seem to quell the critics on it. By all accounts he is a friendly, funny guy away from the spotlight, but he quickly gets agitated when asked about his concerted attempt to bring down NHLPA head Ted Saskin, a suit launched along with Chris Chelios and Trent Klatt. "It's all old news. It's gone. It's over with," he said of the suit, launched all of 11 days ago. If it is true that Roloson desires to reap the reward of the lawsuit without having to suffer the inherent publicity, then turnabout is fair play. He received some much-deserved attention during the Oilers' long playoff run, but the reward -- or at least the respect -- has not followed.

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The New J.R.

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

"I thought you were going to play in Canada." "I was. I was going to Calgary." "What happened?" "Gretzky called. That's what happened." In hockey, when Wayne Gretzky calls, people listen. And so, instead of wearing the bright red of the Calgary Flames, Jeremy Roenick is wearing the muted red of the Phoenix Coyotes.

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Kovalev Reacts To Plane Crash

from the Montreal Gazette,

The plane crash that killed Cory Lidle yesterday had special significance for Canadiens forward Alex Kovalev. "It's tough going through (seeing) what Cory Lidle went through today," said Kovalev, who has been a pilot for nine years. "It's a tough day. You see him playing on TV in the (playoff) series and (then) the guy's gone. I have no idea what happened, where he was as far as getting his pilot's licence." Kovalev first thought Lidle, who had been flying for less than a year, wasn't instrument rated and became disoriented in the clouds which blanketed New York yesterday. "But I heard on the news that building was at 600 feet and the clouds were at 1,800 feet," Kovalev said.

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Kasparatis Frustrated

from the New York Post,

Tom Renney could be in danger of mentally losing his most physical defenseman, and in mid-sentence yesterday, Kasparaitis needed to excuse himself before potentially saying something that could have jeopardized the coach's willingness to put him in the lineup. When asked if it was getting more and more frustrating to sit with each game, Kasparaitis said, "I don't know, really. I just try to be positive and work hard and think about my teammates, at least . . ." and then he was off and running. He disappeared into the players-only hallway outside the dressing room and privately peeled off his practice gear.

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Arbitration Talk

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

...it comes as no surprise then that sources tell TSN the NHL has had the most preliminary of discussions with the NHL Players' Association about the abolition of salary arbitration. If the NHLPA were to agree to the demise of arbitration, it would obviously have to get something in return, perhaps liberalized free agency, or something that would benefit a broader range of NHLPA members than those filing for arbitration.

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Elias Has Work To Do

from the New York Times,

Sometime next summer, after his first season as the Devils’ captain, Patrik Elias would like to travel to Africa with his girlfriend. It will not be a leisure trip. Elias and his girlfriend, Petra Volakova, both natives of the Czech Republic, have work to do. Elias, a fluid and creative left wing, contracted hepatitis A while playing in Russia during the N.H.L. lockout in the 2004-5 season. He missed the Devils’ first 39 games last season while recovering from the illness. “If I would have had a vaccine I could have been saved,” Elias said Wednesday after practice.
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Team Up With MLSE

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail (Thursday edition),

It's safe to say a regional TV deal for the BlackBerrys, barred from the Toronto market and drawing small audiences in Southwestern Ontario, would produce very little. So, the Penguins would be doomed to the smallest of the small-market existences if they moved to the Waterloo area. But there is a way for a second NHL team to relocate to southern Ontario and become financially viable. How? You jump into bed with Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Leafs, Toronto Raptors, Air Canada Centre and two TV channels, Leafs TV and Raptors NBA TV.

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Yahoo Streaming

The Canadiens/Flyers game is available (look for the "Live Video" button) tonight. I have tried and tried to contact Yahoo, left numerous voicemails and emails over the last three days, but they have yet to reply. I am simply asking them if they have a schedule of their streaming games, so hockey fans would be aware what teams they can watch.

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Just Imagine

from David Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette via the Ottawa Citizen,

Imagine if things had turned out differently in the spring of 1961 for Scotty Bowman, then the Montreal Canadiens’ head scout for eastern North America. It was at the Eastern Ontario bantam hockey championship in Ganonoque that Bowman first bird-dogged a scrawny but swift 13-year-old from Parry Sound, Ont., named Robert Gordon Orr. Bowman would pay a courtesy call on Orr’s parents, but was told the grade-schooler wasn’t about to move away from home to develop his skills in a game for which he was destined — even for the storied Canadiens.

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