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Olympic Shine Fading

from the Ottawa Sun,

Enjoy seeing NHLers at the Olympics in Italy. It could be the beginning of the end. It just seems like the appeal of NHLers at the Winter Games is really starting to lose its golden glow. Players are opting out for personal reasons while others are faced with loyalty dilemmas (club or country?) when it comes to injuries. Taking a two-week break from the NHL schedule is not looking like the pain is worth the gain. Except for those years (rare) when the Games are in North America, the broadcast times of the hockey games are ridiculously early or late in the day.
read on update 7:02am, The idea of having hockey in the Summer Olympics adresses most of the problems it now faces- from the Mercury News,
Injuries are always going to be part of the equation, but with so many players having to weigh team loyalty and a shot at the Stanley Cup against national pride and a chance at an Olympic gold medal, maybe hockey would be better suited for the Summer Games. If basketball, which has the same season as the NHL, can be a summer event, why not hockey? This isn't like the Winter Olympics in the 1920s when they played hockey on outdoor rinks.
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Denis Deals With Rumors

from the Columbus Dispatch,

On Wednesday, Denis stopped 36 shots in a 2-1 shootout win in Calgary. After the game, team president and general manager Doug MacLean pulled him aside to tell Denis that, despite swirling rumors in Canada in recent weeks, he would not be traded. "It’s nice to hear that from the general manager," Denis said. "Doug’s the one who’s got his finger on the trigger." And then, eight hours later, after the Blue Jackets had flown to Edmonton and Denis was sleeping in his hotel room, the phone rang. It was 6:30 a.m. mountain time, and a Montreal radio station was in hot pursuit of a rumor.
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Did Something Change

When I run across something like this, I don't evem read the article. If you are going to report on the NHL, at least try to get it right. image

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Ducks Decision Time Coming Soon

via the LA Times (reg. req.),

The next five games could be the season's defining point for the Mighty Ducks — and determine the future of two of the team's top defensemen. Keith Carney and Ruslan Salei are among the few remaining members of a Duck team that surprised the hockey world three years ago by advancing to the Stanley Cup finals. The two are also among the Ducks' highest-paid players and will be unrestricted free agents at the end of the season.

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Flyers Need To Beat The Big Boys

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

The cold, hard facts tell of a troubling trend: The Flyers have won only six of 17 games against teams that are either first or second in their divisions. "Obviously, that's not a good stat, but I wouldn't make too much of it," captain Derian Hatcher said. "We've yet to play with everyone in the lineup." Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock, who held a meeting of team leaders before practice yesterday, thought differently. "Yeah, I make a lot of that," he said. "This is a playoff hunt, and that's something we have to get better at. We have to play better against the really good hockey clubs."
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Yzerman Still Valuable

from bill Clement of MSNBC,

Although he is quite possibly playing the final season of his Hall of Fame career, Steve Yzerman of the Detroit Red Wings still has some magic left in his hockey stick. Not only is he a threat to help the team on the ice during the push for a 15th straight postseason berth; his leadership ability makes him an important cog in the dressing room too.
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Czech Goalies- Who Plays, Who Sits

from the Robertson County Times,

What it boils down to is that one country's hockey roster features arguably two of the three best goalies in the competition, Ottawa's Dominik Hasek and Nashville's Tomas Vokoun. But only one will start between the pipes in Turin, Italy. So do the Czechs choose to start Hasek, a 41-year-old living legend who has both an Olympic gold medal and a Stanley Cup title? Or do they go with the 29-year-old Vokoun, a rising star who shut out Canada in last year's World Championship and is the man most responsible for the Predators' rise to prominence over the past two NHL seasons?
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Oh Brother

from the Toronto Star,

There have been 13 sets of brothers in the NHL this season and it is rare that they get to play together on the same team. Only three of those sibling sets skate in the same uniform; Scott Niedermayer said the opportunity to play with his brother Rob was a major consideration when he signed with Anaheim last summer as an unrestricted free agent.
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Big Boys Still Big

from the Edmonton Sun,

So is it harder to be the GM in Detroit or Dallas now? "There's no doubt we had a tremendous advantage under the old CBA,'' admits Holland. "But there were also tremendous expectations to win a Stanley Cup every year. Every situation you're in you've got challenges. "Now is just a different challenge for us than it was before. We're all on a level playing field and we're all trying to figure out how to be the New England Patriots.'' Which system does Holland like better? "I liked having the advantages.''
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Server Issues

They must have known I was taking it easy this afternoon. From my host- server loads on srv9.pmachinehosting.com Friday, February 03, 2006 at 04:01 PM Update: Server loads on srv9.pmachinehosting.com also seem to be the issues related to db01.pmachinehosting.com database server. We are working on the combined issues and should have things fully under control shortly. Sorry for the problems, now back to the party! KK was down and out for about 1 1/2 hours, but looks good to go again.

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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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