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The Early Vote

Linda Cohn of ESPN takes a shot at some early hardware picks...

Vezina Trophy This was a tough call for me, being a former goalie and all. Most would go with Kiprusoff or Jean-Sebastien Giguere. Meanwhile, the Kipper's Flames are struggling at ninth in the West (there is only so much this guy can do). Giggy is having a strong season for the Anaheim Ducks, but it's still not enough for me. My early pick for the top goalie award is Montreal's Cristobal Huet. Hang in here with me.
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Souray Talk Won’t Stop

via Spector's Trade Rumours,

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Modano Settling Down

from NBC5i,

Access Hollywood reports Dallas Stars center Mike Modano is engaged to “Dancing with the Stars” contestant Willa Ford. Ford broke the news to the entertainment show Thursday night at the Action Sports Awards in Los Angeles. Modano, 36, and Ford, 25, have been dating on and off for four years. Ford says Modano popped the question in bed, "We were out to dinner the other night, and I think he had it (the ring) with him the entire night. "He was really nervous. Then right before we went to sleep he asked me and I said, 'Yes.'”
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Attitude Key For Boumgartner

from the Winnipeg Free Press,

...The result has Baumgartner, who, after nine seasons in the minors, had finally established himself as an NHL regular with the Vancouver Canucks last season, playing for the Philadelphia Phantoms at the Spectrum rather than across the parking lot at the Wachovia Center with the Flyers. "It was frustrating at first, but I understand the business -- I can't really get called up now because I'd have to clear waivers, and if somebody else picked me up, the Flyers would still be on the hook for half my salary," explains Baumgarter, whose Phantoms will play the Manitoba Moose Friday. "Ah, but it could be worse. I could not be playing hockey. I could be shovelling snow or dirt or something. It's not that bad."

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Nash Trying To Carry The Team

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Whatever happened to Rick Nash? Whatever happened to the kid who took the NHL by storm three years ago when, at 19, he became the youngest player ever to win a scoring title? Whatever happened to the junior sensation with Mario Lemieux's size and Brett Hull's finish who GM Doug MacLean was going to build his franchise around after drafting him first overall in 2002?... "He's carrying the weight of the franchise and I think it's affected him -- it's a lot to carry for a 22-year-old," said MacLean yesterday as his team boarded a Calgary-bound plane for tonight's game.
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Rathje Facing Retirement

from the Courier Post,

Bothered by sciatic nerve pain that has limited his mobility for six years, Mike Rathje's 13-year NHL career is on the brink of ending. "You can only take drugs to play hockey for so long," a dejected Rathje said before sitting out Thursday night's game between the Flyers and New York Islanders. "This scenario of me needing medication to play has gone on for the last year. "I am always in pain."

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Where Are The Fans

from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

...Or maybe hockey is no more than a passing fad here in the land of NASCAR and Tobacco Road college basketball. Whatever the reason, the RBC Centre - which was packed to the rafters in the spring when the Hurricanes won the Stanley Cup - was a lonely place last night when the Hurricanes played the Canadiens. The announced attendance was 13,103, but there weren't more than 10,000 people in the arena. I know there is a core of fervent, knowledgeable fans in this area, but there aren't enough to suggest that the NHL will ever be a success in this market.
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Case Building Against Tocchet

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

A year of whispering, waiting and speculation is about to get very noisy and troubling for Rick Tocchet. The twisted walls of justice are closing in on him with the prognosis for his future being anything but encouraging. Tocchet is all but certain to be hauled before a New Jersey grand jury, with his alleged partners in a major league gambling ring ready to sing a tune on him he doesn't want to hear.

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What Was WXYT Thinking!

WXYT, radio voice of the Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers, dismissed the best radio sports producer in the city today. Tom Mazawey, the man with the biggest black book in town, was let go this afternoon by the station due to budget cuts. I know for a fact, Tommy was the glue that held that station together. He wore many hats, went above and beyond his job description, only to be dumped by a company that has no clue on how to manage talent. A word to the Ilitch family- Your contract with WXYT is about to come due for the Tiger and Red Wings broadcasts. This should be sign to you NOT to remain with a station that can't make the proper decision, let alone be heard 30 miles outside of Detroit. A decision like this is mind boggling and should not go unnoticed. added 11:59pm, For those of you wondering who else was let go, it is my understanding Don Swindell was given his walking papers too. He does voice over work and commercial production.

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Glass Shatters- Two Children Sent To Hospital

via the AP,

Two children attending the Ottawa Senators' game against Florida were sent to a hospital for precautionary reasons Thursday after plexiglass shattered in front of them when Chris Phillips checked Florida's Stephen Weiss into the boards. The two children, a brother and sister, and their parents were showered with broken glass Thursday night as the pane exploded into pieces when the Ottawa defenseman drove Weiss into the boards directly beside the right faceoff circle in the Senators' zone 3:12 into the first period. A team official confirmed that the two children, who were sitting in front row seats, had been sent to a hospital by ambulance along with their parents

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