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Gallant Will Be Back

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Blue Jackets president and general manager Doug MacLean has said that a new contract for coach Gerard Gallant is not an issue. MacLean has said such decisions are being saved for after the season. Yesterday, Mac-Lean put it differently. For the first time, MacLean stated with certitude that Gallant and the rest of the coaches will have their contracts extended. "He’s going to get a contract, and so are the rest of the coaches," Mac-Lean said before the Jackets’ 4-2 loss last night to the Red Wings in Nationwide Arena.
continued added 7:32am, from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,
Kings coach Andy Murray could land behind the Columbus Blue Jackets bench next season. Many are mystified GM Doug MacLean has been able to keep his job, but there's plenty of talk coach Gerard Gallant won't survive
more rumors from Bruce...

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Modano Made The Right Choice

from the NY Times (Sunday edition),

After the lockout that resulted in the cancellation of the 2004-5 season, Modano was refreshed — and an unrestricted free agent. He nearly left Dallas before re-signing with the Stars. "It was Chicago or Boston," Modano said of his choices. "And look at those two organizations now." The Blackhawks and the Bruins are not going to make the playoffs this season. In Modano's case, the best move was to stay put.
read on...plus a nice mention on the play of Huet...

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Phaneuf Looks Up To Marchment

from CBS Sportsline,

But Phaneuf's greatest reward this season might not be the Calder consideration or the respect he has earned from people inside the game. It's corny, but his protégé/mentor relationship with Bryan Marchment is straight out of those MasterCard commercials: priceless. Marchment seems an unlikely candidate, but Phaneuf said Marchment was one of his favorite players growing up. Like Marchment, Phaneuf delivers bone-rattling hits. "He was a very feared guy when he was on the ice, and he still is," Phaneuf said. "He is a guy that when he's on the ice, there's a presence felt. The other team knows he's on there."
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Crosby Youngest To Reach 90 Points

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins is the youngest player in National Hockey League history to score 90 points, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. By scoring four points at Florida Friday night, Crosby improved his season totals to 36 goals and 55 assists for 91 points. He reached the 90-point mark at the age of 18 years, 243 days. The previous standard was set by Hall of Famer Dale Hawerchuk, who scored his 90th point at the age of 18 years, 343 days.

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Travel With The Preds

Nashville fans win silent auction- they get to travel with the team. To wet your appetite...

...we have a great group of guys. some strange eggs, but a great group of guys ...take paul kariya for example. he doesn't like to walk. anywhere. he's probably the most superstitious guy on the team, when he rides to a game with his fiance, she has to ride in the seat behind him where he cann't see her. his sticks have to have thirteen turns of tape on them. the tape has to end exactly the same place on both the toe and heel.
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A Year Ago Today I Had Enough

We all had different feelings a year ago. I had enough talk about the CBA and decided to do something about it. Was I crazy or what, but I did get some information and my sanity was back too.

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Sabres Goaltending Issues

from the Buffalo News,

Here's an interesting little statistical line Buffalo Sabres coach Lindy Ruff can chew on while his team gets ready for the postseason: Over his past 12 games, goaltender Ryan Miller has a 4-6 record with an overtime loss and a got-pulled no-decision, a 4.02 goals-against average and an .875 save percentage. In less than two weeks, Ruff will need to make a decision regarding his postseason goaltender. The Sabres have given Miller every opportunity to get his game back in order, but he didn't look much better Friday night than he had over his previous 11 games. It's becoming a serious issue with this team as it closes the regular season.

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They Said It

-Thomas Holmstrom describing his shootout goal last night that gave the Wings the win- "A month ago I didn't do too well, but this time I thought I would go forehand, chop, chop, backhand." -Martin Brodeur on the Canadiens' Cristobal Huet, from the Staten Island Advance, "I don't know much about him," Brodeur said, "because instead of being a French-Canadian goalie, he's a European goalie. So you don't follow him as much as you would have followed a (Jean-Sebastien) Giguere or someone like that. But he's been doing well for them. "I think it's nice for Montreal to be able to make a bold move like that by trading Jose (Theodore) and having a kid -- well, he's older, he's not really young -- able to respond the way he did. It's amazing."

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Avery At It Again

from the LA Times,

Avery let loose more passion than he or his teammates displayed on the ice against the Sharks, unleashing an unprompted, obscenity-laced tirade at Brian Hayward, the Ducks' color commentator who is part of the NBC broadcast team for today's game at Staples Center. In a season full of look-at-me moments by Avery, add this: He walked into the dressing room Friday and started cursing at Hayward for comments the former NHL goaltender made about Avery's attitude during Tuesday's 6-2 rout by the Ducks. Avery twice walked briskly at Hayward, but players and team officials interceded. The incident ended with Avery criticizing Hayward's ability as a player. To which Hayward, a Cornell University graduate, replied: "How would you know? You were in the third year of the eighth grade then."
read on (reg. req.) added 12:45pm, More of this from the CP via TSN.

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Eric Cole Update

from the News & Observer,

Erik Cole spent 15 minutes on an exercise bike Thursday before hitting the pool to work on his upper and lower body, against the water instead of weights. It's all his broken neck can handle, but for the injured Carolina Hurricanes forward, it's progress. Little more than a month after fracturing a vertebra in his neck, Cole has resumed the lightest of workouts. His neck remains in a brace, and will for at least another 10 days. But so far, he's through the first of many difficult stages of a lengthy recovery.

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