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Over-Divisional Snoozers

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail:

All those Eastern Conference owners and general managers who shot down the idea of introducing greater variety in the National Hockey League schedule should be forced to watch the past four games played between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Boston Bruins. This 19-day period, which thankfully ended Tuesday night at the Air Canada Centre, featured some of the most eye-glazing hockey since the league was trapping its fans into comas before the lockout cost the NHL its 2004-05 season. So this is the kind of hockey that promotes divisional rivalries, with teams playing their division mates eight times a season? Please. The only thing getting promoted Tuesday night was No-Doz in a 4-1 Bruins win. Even the players looked bored, and this was the best game of the series since the first one on Nov. 9, when the Leafs won 6-4 after the Bruins unaccountably failed to play their neutral-zone trap game. The Bruins, no doubt after much railing by their coaches and heavy fines for the players, ran true to form for the rest of the series.
Any Wings fan can tell you that games 7 and 8 vs. Chicago are like watching paint dry, too... continued

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Bondra Update

I have had a few emails from readers wondering what Peter Bondra is doing. I found this via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution from November 22nd,

Marian Hossa said he spoke with former teammate and fellow Slovak Peter Bondra twice in recent days. He said Bondra is working out on his own but has not received an offer he has wished to pursue.
I know a team that could use a sniper like Bondra, especially on the power play.

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Esche Out 2-4 Weeks

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers have recalled goaltender Martin Houle from the Phantoms. Robert Esche had successful surgery today on his adductor muscle and will be out of action for two-to-four weeks.

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Do They Think The Same Way Too

David Amber at ESPN interviews the Sedin twins,

Q: It sounds like a friendly sibling rivalry, but what happened in 1999 when Daniel was selected one pick ahead of you Henrik? Henrik: Well "D" comes before "H" in the alphabet, so that's what happened. Daniel: I think they made the right choice [laughs]. Q: So, which pair of twins is more famous in Sweden, you two or Elin Nordegren [Tiger Wood's wife] and her sister? Henrik: I know who's more beautiful, and that's not us [laughs]. We've never met them before. It would be nice to meet Tiger, too.
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Disparities In The NHL Schedule

Christy, a KK member, is back with another submission, this time dealing with the NHL schedule. Believe me, no matter what team you follow, it will make you think about the schedule and the isues that surround it. ___________________________________________________________________________ In one week, the Edmonton Oilers, a hockey team in the Western Conference, will play five games in three different time zones (Eastern, Central, and Mountain). That same week, the Philadelphia Flyers, an Eastern Conference team, will play all four games in the Eastern time zone including two away games. After the lockout in 2004-2005 that cancelled the entire season, the schedule was changed to highlight intra-divisional play with each team playing the other teams in their division eight times each per season. Currently, each Western Conference team plays 10 games against the Eastern Conference each season and vice versa. The current NHL schedule has created a large disparity between the two conferences regarding time travel and as a result has caused a great debate.

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Chouinard Trying To Fit In

from the Vancouver Province,

For the fourth time this season, a healthy Chouinard was squeezed out of the Canucks lineup Tuesday and into the press box. This time it was in favour of Jesse Schultz, an undrafted rookie playing his first NHL game after flopping harder at training camp than a hooked 20-pound Steelhead. "When I came to this city I certainly had ideas and plans and I thought of ways it was going to go," Chouinard said. "Sometimes it just doesn't go the way you thought it would. "But that's the thing about being a pro -- you get some ups and some downs and you just have to roll with it."

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Alex Auld: Gets a Shutout But Loses the Game

From the AP (via Globe & Mail),

Alex Auld waited a long time for his second career shutout, and was left with a hollow feeling afterward. Cristobal Huet stopped two of three shots in the shootout and Alex Kovalev and Saku Koivu converted their opportunities against Auld, leading the Montreal Canadiens to a 1-0 win over the Florida Panthers last night. Both goalies kept the game scoreless through regulation as Auld recorded his first shutout in more than three years despite losing the game. "I never thought I'd get a shutout without a win," Auld said. "It's kind of crazy."

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Brothers Square Off

from the Philadelphia Daily News,

They skated together when they could and shared their dreams and goals of playing professional hockey in the NHL. But they never have played against each other. That will change tonight when the Predators visit the Wachovia Center. The Timonen brothers will be on the ice and their parents will be in the stands. "This is very big for me and obviously very big for my brother, too," the Flyers' Timonen said. "I talk to him almost every day. It's going to be nice to play against him and it's going to be big for my parents, too. My mom and dad are here to watch the game."

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Everyone Happy With Nash/Tellqvist Deal

Via the Toronto Sun,

Tyson Nash sounded as though his lottery numbers came up. In fact, Mikael Tellqvist had about the same reaction. The Maple Leafs cleared up their three-headed goaltending picture -- not that it had become a major problem -- by dealing Tellqvist to the Phoenix Coyotes yesterday for Nash, an agitating right winger, and a fourth-round draft pick in 2007. "You can't wipe the smile off my face," said Nash, who has been with the minor-league San Antonio Rampage.
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Overshadowed In Edmonton

From the Edmonton Sun,

The pre-game attention would have normally been reserved for one of the NHL's premier talents reaching one of the NHL's premier milestones - classy, Edmonton-born defenceman Scott Niedermayer playing his 1,000th NHL game. Unfortunately, not-so-classy former Edmonton Oiler defenceman Chris Pronger returned to the scene of his greatest perceived crime on the same night - and with all that venom to hype and advance, there was no time for congratulations or sentimentality.

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