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Weber As Good As Phaneuf

from the Tennessean,

The more comfortable Predators defenseman Shea Weber feels on the NHL level, the more he's making life uncomfortable for his opponents.... The top blueline sensation of that draft so far has been Calgary's Dion Phaneuf, who last season moved straight from the junior ranks into a starring NHL role. He posted 20 goals, recorded dozens of memorable hits and this season is averaging more than 27 minutes of ice time per game. But Weber's teammates believe he will in time be comparable to Phaneuf. "The Flames needed Phaneuf right away, and they made him one of their go-to guys on the power play and the penalty kill,'' Suter said. "I think Shea is just as good as (Phaneuf). When you get put in more situations, you start proving who you are. Shea is definitely the real deal.''

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Shanny Steps In

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Maybe it was nothing, but it's far more likely that it was not only something, but something significant in the making of the Rangers, 2006-07.... "I saw [Morris] lipping off to Jags and sensed that there might be some trouble," Shanahan, whose team-leading ninth goal closed the scoring, told The Post following the team's practice here yesterday. "Jags was trying to explain that he'd held back on the check and just leaned into him, but he wasn't buying it and it wasn't ending. "I wasn't really big on the way things were developing. I wasn't going to have it go on. So I got between them, we had some words, and it cooled off pretty quickly." Perhaps it wasn't a seminal moment, but it was a moment in the season unlike any before it. "We're a team," Shanahan said. "We're in this together."
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Kings Developing Character

from the LA Times,

"The whole thing is to establish a character and a work ethic, what you stand for, and that's not going to happen overnight," Lombardi said. "But I see a game like last night, it's a sign. I think we showed the character that I want to see." That is the glass-half-full view, with an eye on what may well be a brighter future. For the here and now, the glass seems to be cracked and leaking all over the counter. And fans are restless, demonstrated by low attendance at recent games.
more (reg. req.)... including confirmation of Conroy talks...

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Now That Is A Tour

from the Tribune-Democrat via the ECHL,

The final leg of an international tour stopped at Cambria County War Memorial Arena on Saturday night. But no big-name rock star was in town. No monster truck show or Disney on Ice production, either. Instead, four hardcore hockey fans from Norway parked a RV a few blocks from the arena and marched into the building where "Slap Shot" was filmed. These guys came for the Johnstown Chiefs' ECHL game against the Cincinnati Cyclones. But of perhaps greater significance, "The Do It Right or Don’t Do It At All Tour" concluded in the Flood City after 14 days and approximately 3,200 miles at a cost of about $3,000 per man.
continued Their recap of the tour stops...

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Knuble Breaks Finger

Mike Knuble fractured the middle finger of his left hand in Saturday night's loss vs. Pittsburgh and had successful surgery on Sunday in Baltimore. He is expected to be out approximately two weeks.

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Always Loyal

Chris Simpson of Sportsnet has a great, one-on-one interview with Bobby Clarke. Interview is about 9 minutes long and Clarke talks about numerous topics including player movement and commitment, Lindros, things he wished he never said, etc. Well worth your time.

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Perreault Agrees To Terms With Yotes

from Darren Dreger at TSN,

Sources tell TSN that the Phoenix Coyotes have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran centre Yanic Perreault worth $700,000.

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Are The Canadiens Interested In French Canadians

from Spector's blog at Fox Sports,

I make no secret of the fact I'm a Montreal Canadiens fan, have been since 1971. As a Canadiens fan, I have a pet peeve, that being trade rumors from so-called "NHL insiders" or internet rumormongers suggesting the Habs are seeking more Quebec-born players, or that a Quebec-born player would be a "good fit" in Montreal because he's a Francophone, or that every Quebec-born player in the league pines to play "back home" in Montreal when recent history clearly proves otherwise. Comments like these display the sheer ignorance of their writers. To save the writer of the following rumor embarrassment, I'm not going to name them here but my analysis will highlight the ignorance and lack of research that went into their writing.
continued I have a question for one of the rumor starters? When did Dave Poulin become the Athletic Director at Notre Dame?

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Frustration Setting In

Letters pour in to the Columbus Dispatch,

Mr. Stein: Many fans would say the original Blue Jackets were the least talented of the Jackets’ teams. They also gave a scrappy, consistent effort. The original team was never booed. This year, the jeers are becoming more pronounced. We get the same early season story every year: 1. most talented team in Jackets history; 2. unexplained consistent lack of effort at home; 3. special teams out of sync; 4. road woes. Will this year be like others, when the Jackets begin to play well after they have dispassionately played their way out of a chance to make the playoffs? Maybe what is needed is more back-checking instead of hanging at the offensive zone blue line, fewer toe-drags and end-toend rushes, more shots on goal and going for rebounds. Maybe making a crisp, simple pass that gets to a teammate is better than a behind-the-back, through-thelegs, no-look pass that is stolen. For a team looking for its identity, winning needs to be the goal, not making a highlight reel.

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The “New” Look

from Terry Frei at the Denver Post,

The Avalanche on Friday was the latest team to try prototypes of the more form-fitting jerseys, due next season from Reebok, as company representatives make the practice-rink rounds. The jerseys were plain, without logos, numbers or anything else, and they didn't look significantly different than previous models. So this is no "Spiderman"-style revolution, but more of a tweaking that includes fabric that sheds water. "It's a more aerodynamic look," Milan Hejduk said. "I guess they think it might increase the speed? I didn't feel much different, though."
read on for bits on Theodore, Drury, Hartley and more...

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