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Forsberg Won’t Return Until 2007

A strange teleconference call with Forsberg today. It was in regards to his upcoming surgery and he was asked when will he be back. He said, "They haven't told you when I will be back?" and then he said January 2007. Listen to the conference here... added 7:11pm, More on the procedure and rehab from the AP...

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OLN & Yahoo Team Up

via Broadcasting & Cable,

OLN and Yahoo! have created an agreement to provide Yahoo! Sports with exclusive video of the network’s sports events. “Video content has become a core part of the online sports experience and we’re excited to add OLN programming to our growing sports presence on the Web,” said David Katz, Head of Sports and Entertainment for Yahoo!. Last week, Yahoo! Sports began streaming live video of NHL games which will continue through the tournament’s first two rounds. Exclusive access to daily reports and summary coverage from OILN talent during the Stanley Cup Playoffs will be available on Yahoo! Sports and OLNTV.com.
Yahoo will also stream live NHL games in '07 according to a few sources.

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Hasek Close

via the Globe and Mail,

The return of Dominik Hasek to the Ottawa Senators' goal is growing tantalizingly close, but it will not happen Wednesday night in Game 3 of their playoff series with the Buffalo Sabres.
So tell me, if Sens win tonight, do they play Hasek or will Dom be in goal only if they go down 0-3?

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Joe Is Ordinary

from Sean McCormick at Sportsnet,

This is the playoffs. And Joe Thornton is not living up to his billing. Again. Don't get me wrong, I think he's an MVP. But MVPs rise to the occasion at playoff time. MVPs score even strength goals. MVPs make other players on the ice better. Joe Thornton has done none of the above to this point in the playoffs. He has one goal in seven games this playoff season, and it came on the powerplay. His Rocket Richard winning linemate hasn't scored in four games. And he is a team worst minus-2. How is it possible to be minus-2 when your team is 6-and-1 in the playoffs and still be touted as one of the best players on the ice? Apparently he's creating room for the second line.

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Connolly Out Tonight

via the CP,

Foward Tim Connolly won't be in the Buffalo Sabres' lineup for Game 3 of their second-round NHL playoff series against the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday night, head coach Lindy Ruff said following the morning skate. "He's day-to-day," said Ruff. Thomas Vanek is the most likely candidate to take Connolly's spot. Vanek was second on the team in goals scored during the regular season. The Austrian was a healthy scratch in the first two games of the series, both won by Buffalo, because Ruff opted to use Taylor Pyatt, who is more responsible defensively. Defenceman Dmitri Kalinin also was to be a lineup scratch Wednesday night, said Ruff. Kalinin has a damaged left knee and might not reappear for some time. "His condition is week-to-week," Ruff said during an optional session that saw one-half his players skate.

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3-0 Or 2-1

The future of the conference semi-finals can be decided tonight. Teams can either be facing a sweep or be down 2-1. It will play-out tonight. The Ottawa/Buffalo game is also on CI and Hurricanes/Devils can be viewed on INHD in glorious HD. image

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Gretzky Wants To Remain In Phoenix

from the Arizona Republic,

By week's end, Wayne Gretzky plans to make a counteroffer to Phoenix Coyotes owner Jerry Moyes to remain coach, Gretzky's attorney said. "It's a good offer and a starting point, and we will go from there," Ron Fujikawa, an attorney for Gretzky, said Tuesday. "We are optimistic we will get something done. Wayne is committed to the city and the team."

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Desperate Sens

from the Buffalo News,

Shortly after checking into their downtown hotel on Tuesday afternoon, captain Daniel Alfredsson was asked what the Senators look like when they play with desperation. "We'll find out," Alfredsson said with a vacant look in his eyes. "You can't compare regular season to playoffs. It's totally different. So, no, we haven't [had to play desperate] this year." "They came into our rink and won two. There's no reason we can't come in here and win two," Senators center Jason Spezza said. "They got a good hockey club, and they're playing real well right now. But we can still win these games. "We feel like our backs are against the wall and that's going to bring the best out in us."
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Not A Pretty Picture

from Mike Bianchi of the Orlando Sentinel,

Believe me, I understand you don't want to read about hockey because neither do I. Which is why I'm writing this column -- as a public service to the zillions of non-hockey fans out there who want to know this: Why are there still hockey stories in my newspaper when 99.999 percent of readers couldn't tell you a hat trick from a hat rack.... The NHL playoff ratings are an embarrassment. The New Jersey-Carolina game on NBC Saturday drew a 1.1 rating, less than the 1.2 number drawn by taped coverage of the NCAA women's gymnastics championships.
read on

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Teemu Watches History

from the OC Register,

Teemu Selanne watched Joffrey Lupul drive a basket of pucks into the Colorado net here Tuesday night. He knew he was sitting on the perch of history. He said Lupul showed "that hungriness you need." It got his own appetite going, too. "All I needed was a couple of hot dogs and some beers," Selanne said. "I had a front-row seat out there, the best seat in the house. It was a pretty high-priced seat, and it was unbelievable to watch."
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