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Flames- Yotes In Dealing Mood

via TSN,

The Calgary Flames traded centre Steven Reinprecht and backup goaltender Philippe Sauve to Phoenix for goaltender Brian Boucher and left wing Mike Leclerc.

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NHL Signs On With William Morris Agency

The William Morris Agency (WMA), the world's leading talent and literary agency, announced today that it has signed the National Hockey League for representation in several key areas of the entertainment industry. "With the NHL's exciting return to the ice, the league's future is bright and there are significant opportunities to utilize entertainment-based ventures to further extend the profile of its brand and its players," said Jim Wiatt, CEO of the William Morris Agency. "We are thrilled that Gary Bettman and his team have chosen William Morris as an important strategic partner to help accomplish the NHL's goals and to evaluate these new opportunities." The NHL will work with WMA on the integration of NHL players and the NHL brand with various entertainment channels, including film, television, videos and new media; the development of integrated media and marketing relationships in the entertainment community; and the development of NHL-influenced television and film programming. "Working with the William Morris Agency will only accentuate the enthusiastic response the `new' NHL has received," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "We are confident WMA's strong entertainment relationships will help us build even greater awareness of our game and our players while attracting new fans."

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Petr’s Blog

The Ranger Pundit discovered Petr Prucha's blog-

Marcel say maybe he can teach me to cook some? I hope he have stuff for if I burn places down.
Geez, I hope not Petr! I salute you blogging in English and your effort is appreciated. Keep it up!!! update 7:34pm, As a reader pointed out, this is not his blog. Read the comments for more information.

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Canada & Columbus Welcome Nash

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Since Dec. 26, the Blue Jackets are a thoroughly respectable 11-5-1 in the standings. Even if they are far off the playoff pace because of their slow start, they are starting to make life miserable for some of the teams above them in the standings. Nash, meanwhile, has scored 14 goals in 24 games; is averaging a point-a-game during the Blue Jackets' surge; and has been in on 27.7 per cent of the team's goals over that time frame.

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Colley Suffers Broken Neck

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Islanders center Kevin Colley broke his neck after a headfirst crash into the boards and will undergo surgery Thursday. The Islanders would not say Wednesday whether the injury will end his season or threaten his career. For now, the 27-year-old player is out indefinitely.
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Best Defenseman

On their home page, The Hockey News asks who is the best defenseman in the NHL. As of this post, Lidstrom has 25% of the vote followed by Chara at 15%. Will Nick take home his 4th Norris Trophy?

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They Call Him The Wonderer

from the Jewish Exponent,

Mathieu Schneider's dad calls him "the Wandering Jew." And while, historically speaking, most Jews haven't done their wandering on ice skates, it's not difficult to see how the term applies to Schneider: Over the course of his 17-year National Hockey League career, he's played in six different cities, several of them more than once. "I've been fortunate throughout my career to play in cities with tremendous Jewish communities," Schneider, 36, said in an interview. "I feel as though I've been a role model in each city that I've played in.

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Dilemma For Players

from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

I am excited about the Games and I'll be interested in seeing how the final rosters play out up until the start of the tournament. But there will be a dilemma for players who could really use the two weeks to rest up and heal injuries. Players are paid big money by their NHL teams to play in the NHL. The bonuses aren't big enough to risk getting hurt in the Olympics. Players' allegiances should be to the NHL, not the Olympics. I think you owe your loyalty to your team.

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Report- MacLean To Sign Long Term Contract

from TSN,

So much for the rumoured demise of president-general manager Doug MacLean in Columbus. Sources tell TSN that MacLean and the Blue Jackets have agreed to terms on a new long-term contract.

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Phaneuf Out To Impress

from the CBC,

The Calgary Flames rookie defenceman will spend the next week or so trying to further impress Team Canada executive director Wayne Gretzky and his management team. With Vancouver defenceman Ed Jovanovski out of this month's Torino Olympics because of an injured groin, auditions to fill a reserve spot on the Canadian blue-line begin in earnest.
continued The inside talk around the hockey world is Phaneuf's played has tailed recently.

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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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