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Let Cherry Carry The Flag

Although not really hockey related, leave it to Don Cherry to get the dander up. You may have heard Canada is having a difficult time finding a person to carry the Canadian Flag at the opening ceremonies in Turin... from the Toronto Star,

A combination of circumstances, it seems, is limiting the number of high-profile athletes the Canadian Olympic Committee will be able to choose from in selecting a flag-bearer. Gold-medal winning speed skater Catriona Le May Doan, who carried the flag for Canada at the 2002 Games in Salt Lake City, says Canadians should understand why some athletes don't want the job. "It's a long day, it's a big process," she said during an interview with CBC Newsworld. "That can fatigue them. Hockey commentator Don Cherry doesn't agree. "The thing is, they don't care," he said. "That nonsense about getting prepared — how long does it take? A little walk around. "Come out and say you don't care . . . but don't say `It will upset my performance.' That's ridiculous."
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Eruzione Still Believes

from Sports Illustrated,

Do you believe in Life After Miracles? Ask Mike Eruzione, the captain of the 1980 U.S. hockey team, which pulled off the greatest upset in Olympic history. Eruzione laughs about the wave he has ridden since that day. In a typical year he makes between 40 to 60 appearances before corporate entities and charities. He gets paid to play golf, watch sporting events, eat, wave and tell people his story as if he were reliving it for the first time in 25 years.
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Islander Candidates

from Alan Hahn of Newsday,

One candidate who is believed to have already made contact with the Islanders is Syosset native John Weisbrod, who is currently a Northeast-based pro scout for the Dallas Stars. Weisbrod not only has a connection to Lamoriello, which is enough of a resume-booster, but also has close ties to Carolina Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette. And, according to several persons with knowledge of the situation, that is the foundation of a second dream scenario for the Islanders. If Steve Tambellini and Brent Sutter don't work out as a GM/coach tandem, another option is Weisbrod as GM and Laviolette possibly being lured back to Long Island as coach and director of player personnel.
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Bure Being Compared To Gretzky

from Reuters,

A serious knee injury forced the perennial National Hockey League (NHL) All-Star to retire last year, ending his dream of winning Olympic gold as a player, but he now hopes to lead Russia to victory at next month's Winter Games in Turin as general manager. "When I was growing up, playing in the Olympics was the ultimate goal," Bure told Reuters in an interview. For us the Olympics were the biggest thing in sports and certainly in hockey. Nobody knew the Stanley Cup even existed. We were all following the Soviet national team and dreaming of becoming the next Boris Mikhailov or Valery Kharlamov," he said.
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Why Cairns

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Forget for a moment what you think of Sid the kid. You may be among those who thinks Crosby is a precocious, petulant prima dona with a bad temper, or you may be in the group who believes he's an ultra-competitive superstar franchise player with dynamic qualities. What matters right now, though, is what happened on Monday night when the Vancouver Canucks ran roughshod over Crosby every chance they got and what happened was nothing.
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NHL On NBC- Week 2

NEW YORK - January 18, 2006 - The NHL on NBC will feature three regional games Saturday, highlighted by the network debut of rookie sensation Sidney Crosby as his Pittsburgh Penguins host the Eastern Conference leading Philadelphia Flyers at 2 p.m. ET live in high definition. Also at 2 p.m. ET, the Colorado Avalanche will host their archrival the Detroit Red Wings, and Joe Thornton and the San Jose Sharks will visit the Los Angeles Kings at 3 p.m. PT (West Coast only).
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Calling Out The Kings

from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

The Kings organization simply didn't do its job during the lockout. Not general manager Dave Taylor nor coach Andy Murray. Not the entire scouting unit. This team didn't need to be looking for goalies or monitoring the progress of prospects. It needed to be calling in witches or exorcists -- curse breakers of any kind -- to address the club's most serious concern from the previous two seasons: an unimaginable run of injuries. Certainly, Taylor and Murray probably believed it would stop. After all, how much bad luck could one team have?
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Fleury Staying With Pens

from the AP via the Centre Daily Times,

Pittsburgh Penguins goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury feared the worst when he was told his coach wanted to speak with him Wednesday morning. But instead of sending him to the team's American Hockey League affiliate in Wilkes-Barre, coach Michel Therrien told Fleury he will be with the Penguins for the rest of the season.
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Priorities Janne

via Al Morganti of Comcast,

If you want an idea of why there are some basic problems with the NHL allowing its players to compete in the Olympics, consider this quote from former Flyer Janne Niinimaa who was recently traded from the Islanders, to the Stars: "The Olympics were definitely my big goal for this year and obviously, it was a huge disappointment," he said. "I was frustrated because I wasn't playing to my strengths. Team Finland would probably categorize me as an offensive-minded defenseman and, when the points weren't there, they didn't pick me."
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All AO

from today's online chat with Alexander Ovechkin at NHL.com,

Hello Alexander! Do you have a role model in the NHL? Who have you modeled your game after? Alexander Ovechkin I want to be a passer like Pavel Datsyuk and a scorer like Ilya Kovalchuk. I admired Pavel Bure and Igor Larionov growing up. I watched Owen Nolan and the San Jose Sharks and Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames a lot before I came to the U.S.
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