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Devils Getting Comfortable

from the NY Post (reg. req.),

The speculation continues regarding who will take over from interim coach Lou (6-5) Lamoriello — or when. Skeptics doubt that Brent Sutter would leave the junior team he part-owns, but he's surely the leading candidate, and the Devils might not be the only possible suitor. Rick Dudley remains the other prime possibility, while Dave Lewis and Paul Maurice seem to have dropped from contention. Instead, Lamoriello might just ride this streak until he loses, letting this era of good feeling grow. "They should feel good right now about themselves," Lamoriello said. "But they can't feel too good because of the position we find ourselves in. "They deserve tremendous credit because of the way they handled extenuating circumstances the past month."
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The Dark Year

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

At the recent NHL governors meeting in Phoenix, Bettman speculated the salary cap will rise by at least 8% next year. It will be somewhere in the neighbourhood of $45 million. That means that next year, the average salary will be approximately $1.7 million. In other words, Bettman and his friends shut down an entire league for a year and inflicted untold damage to its future so they could spend roughly an average of $9.2 million more per team that would have been the case had they taken the players' offer. Now the game is back in its more exciting form, and in Canada, where fans always were going to give it a second chance, it's more popular than ever. But in the United States, where Bettman killed the market, the fans are not coming back.

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Hunting Buffalo

from the Buffalo News,

"We've talked about how good we're going to have to play because teams are gunning for us," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "It's a speech we've had and a speech we'll continue to have." "We know teams are going to adjust," Ruff said. "Some teams are going to play a real tough defensive game where maybe the first 10, 15 minutes of the game teams aren't even going to try to score and just not turn over the puck or give us chances. "Teams are looking for ways to disrupt our speed and disrupt the things we've got going good. We have to be even better."
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Raphael In Action

Raphael needs to practice more. He'll never beat a goalie with those moves (will open wmp video). In case you missed the news, a guy jumped on the ice of a Canadiens practice and tried to beat Theodore. image

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Stop The Net Crashing

from the Calgary Sun,

Add Miikka Kiprusoff to the list of goaltenders fed up with crease crashers. The Calgary Flames netminder has been in plenty of collisions over the past few weeks. He believes the league must crack down on the goaltender interference with the same fervour it has gone after obstruction this season. "They should call it more," Kiprusoff said yesterday. "It's been like that the whole year but they should be calling it more."

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Talking Chelios

I haven't read or heard anything about Chris Chelios being named captain of Team USA. As a matter of fact, I saw an interview with Mike Modano a few days ago and the interviewer stated Modano probably would be the captain of Team USA; Mike reponded with a "We'll see". from the Detroit News,

Also last month, not really expecting to even be selected, Chelios instead wasn't just named to the U.S. Olympic team, but was chosen as the team's captain. If Chelios stays healthy and is on the ice for the February Olympics, he would be, along with St. Louis' Keith Tkachuk, the first four-time U.S. Olympians in hockey. "If you would've said 10 years ago that I'd be playing at this level, I would've doubted it very much," Chelios said.

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Columbus Awakening

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets, left for dead a month ago, are gaining a pulse. It’s showing up on their latest medical charts. Here are some numbers: The Blue Jackets are 2-2-1 in their past five games, all on the road. This is a team that didn’t win more than nine road games in any of its first four seasons. "You need your goaltender to be a star on the road if you’re going to do anything," coach Gerard Gallant said. "We’ve gotten some pretty good performances of late."
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Turgeon To Miss 3-4 Weeks

via the Colorado Avalanche,

Center Pierre Turgeon will miss approximately three to four weeks with a strained shoulder. Turgeon suffered the injury during the first period of Saturday’s game versus the Columbus Blue Jackets. Turgeon underwent further examination Monday and it was determined that surgery would not be required at this time. “Pierre needs to rebuild the strength in his shoulder through therapy and treatment,” said Avalanche Head Trainer Matt Sokolowski. “He should be fully recovered in approximately three to four weeks.”

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Sykora Comfortable With Rangers

from the NY Times,

He was asked about his dwindling goal total this season and whether he felt he still had more to offer at a relatively young age. "I did not think I would get this question at age 29," said Sykora, who had scored only 7 goals in 39 games for Anaheim before the Mighty Ducks traded him and a fourth-round pick in 2007 to the Rangers on Sunday for the 22-year-old defenseman Maxim Kondratiev. "I thought I'd get this question at age 35. I've got lots left. Come on. I am young for this league. Yes, I have seven goals, but I'm going to score."
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The Best And Worst From Ted

from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,

Best bets from the East to make it to the final: Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes Best bets from the West to make it to the final: Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings Most likely to get traded before the season's over: Roberto Luongo, Doug Weight, Todd Bertuzzi Best general manager: Ken Holland
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