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Chace Going For The Gold

from the Sea Coast Online,

Taylor Chace had a different kind of dream before Oct. 6, 2002. Since the age of 4 his dream was to play hockey professionally. That dream ended when got checked into the boards during a Junior Monarchs game in Ontario, Canada, and suffered a spinal cord injury. It didn’t stop Chace from dreaming again. Tom Carr, of Northeast Passage at the University of New Hampshire, got Chace into sled hockey, a very fast growing sport, in 2004. "He got me going and gave me the confidence to go out and try it," says Chace.
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More Money In The Players Pocket

from the CP via TSN,

NHL player paycheques just got a little bigger. Citing higher than expected revenue forecasts for this season, the NHL and NHL Players' Association have reduced the amount of money taken off each cheque and put in reserve
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Rumors- TSN Style

-The Edmonton Journal suspects that the Detroit Red Wings may be prepared to deal C Robert Lang and his $3.8-million contract. -The Toronto Sun reports that ex-Leafs winger Owen Nolan is still waiting to have his contract dispute with the Leafs settled. Once that happens, the Sharks, Flames and Senators are among the teams interested in Nolan's services. -Looking to give fresh starts to disappointing free agent signings, the Boston Globe suggests that the Bruins might want to see about swapping C Alexei Zhamnov to his previous home in Chicago in exchange for former Boston University D Adrian Aucoin.
much more from TSN...

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The Sather & Burke Partnership

from the Chilliwack Times,

While Sather talked sockeye during the media meet and greet, business partner and fellow NHL GM Brian Burke stuck to hockey. He recounted borrowing the Boston Bruins logo for his team (an easy chat with friend and Boston president Harry Sinden). The former Vancouver Canucks (and current Mighty Ducks) GM was in fine Burkeian form, never breaking a smile while riffing on everything from junior hockey to Vancouver's goalie situation and his former Hockey Night in Canada adversary Al Strachan, whom he insists he doesn't miss, adding "And that's on the record."
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Tampa Bay Needs A Lift

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

When the Lightning took the ice Thursday night in Buffalo against the surprising Sabres, they occupied almost exactly the same statistical position as that of two years ago, hovering around .500 and trailing the division-leading Carolina Hurricanes by nine points. A blueprint for glory? Maybe. Maybe not.
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Big Hip Check

You see, they can still play old-time hockey. Nice hip check (will open wmp video) by Kyle McLaren of the Sharks on Blue Jackets Trevor Letowski. image

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Stan Breaks Down The Three NY Area Teams

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

And here they are, Tom Renney’s lads -- still defying the preseason naysayers – hangin’ out at "Café We’ll Make The Playoffs."
more on the Rangers...
Thoroughly enigmatic, the Isles remain a bafflement to management and fans alike. They still could make the playoffs but recent injuries to Rick DiPietro, Garth Snow and Jason Blake could deface that happy picture.
Islanders continued
It has not been – not even by a long shot or a slapshot – the best of seasons for Lou Lamoriello’s sextet. At least not so far. The explanation is simple: over the past three years, Lou’s Devs have lost the heart and soul of the club; namely Ken Daneyko, Scott Stevens and Scott Neidermayer; the former pair through retirement and the latter via free agency.
Devils review

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Andreychuk Situation

I have to wonder why Leafs Lunch claimed Andreychuk was on waivers? Did someone relay the message to the on-air guys or was this an assumption that turned out to be wrong. It should be interesting to hear if they will mention anyting on the air about it. from 640 Toronto (Leafs Lunch),

Yesterday morning it was announced that Dave Andreychuk had been placed on waivers. Then the Tampa management announced that it was not true. What was made public yesterday is that Tampa has informed all clubs that Andreychuk and his salary are available if any team wants him. Not waivers per say, but more like a Lightning garage sale. This was disappointing for Andreychuk as he was offered a coaching position within the Tampa organization for next season. Stay tuned.
update 2:00pm, Not a word about this on Leafs Lunch.

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Karmanos Talks Canes

from the News & Observer,

Peter Karmanos has seen enough of the new NHL to know that he likes it. The post-lockout NHL couldn't be any better for the Carolina Hurricanes owner, who ended up with the financial system he wanted and a winning team. "I'd like to be able to discuss the finer points of the game in March," Karmanos said in a phone interview from Detroit. "Usually, I'm too busy chewing my fingernails, worrying if we're going to make the playoffs. Knock on wood, I won't have to do that this year." Karmanos derives almost as much pleasure from his team's success as he does from the foibles of others, particularly those who binged on free agents.
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Leafs May Have Interest In Malone

from the Toronto Sun,

Don't be surprised if the Maple Leafs make a strong pitch to acquire Pittsburgh Penguins winger Ryan Malone. Malone, a 22 goal-scorer in 2003-04, is said to be available after general manager Craig Patrick reportedly sent out an e-mail to see if there is any interest in the 26 year old, who is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $750,000 US this season. The Leafs are believed to be quite intrigued with Malone on a number of fronts -- his age, his talent and his relatively cheap price tag.
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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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