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The Hot Atlanta Goalie

from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

Michael Garnett sat slightly slumped before an ever-growing pile of equipment in a corner of the cramped Continental Airlines Arena dressing room, his t-shirt darkened by the sweat of his 60 minutes of exertion Friday night. Yet, his 1,000-watt smile — the rare smile of absolute satisfaction — suggested that the goalie was ready to take the ice for another three periods. Such is the power of perfection.
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Minor Deals

The Philadelphia Flyers announced that they have acquired 6’6”, 230-pound center Kiel McLeod (KIGHL muk-KLOWD) from the Phoenix Coyotes in exchange for right wing Eric Chouinard, according to Assistant General Manager Paul Holmgren. McLeod will report to the Flyers’ American Hockey League affiliate, the Philadelphia Phantoms. The Carolina Hurricanes acquired right wing Stephen Peat from the Washington Capitals for left wing Colin Forbes on Wednesday.

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Showing Life

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Florida, St. Louis and Washington, teams that had earlier in the season cornered the market on revolting play, are suddenly displaying hitherto unseen life. Should they maintain a similar level of play, they will throw a whole new wrinkle into what already promises to be a wild ride to the end of the regular season.
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No Logic In Campbell’s Decisions

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

If this were the 1950s, the headline on this column might read like this: National Hockey League Boss Soft on Crime In the 1960s or 1970s it might go like this: Ludicrous Decision by Hockey Honcho Stuns Even Rough and Tumble Hockey Community. League Boss Refuses to Give Peace a Chance. In the 1980 or even the 1990s it might be: Headbanger's Ball(ing) Sways Hockey Boss However, this is the tail end of 2005, so our modest, politically correct, hey-it's-the-new-NHL- line might be as simple as 'What Was Colin Campbell Thinking?'
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Italy Bans Hockey Player

from the AP via Fox Sports,

A hockey player was banned for life from Italy's national team after repeatedly shouting racist slurs at an opponent during a league game. The punishment was largely symbolic since Daniele Veggiato hasn't played with the national team since 2003 and is not on Italy's roster for the Turin Olympics. Veggiato, a forward for the Alleghe team, was barred from "all future activities" of the national team for insulting Cortina defenseman Luca Zandonella on Monday, the Italian Federation of Ice Sports said. Zandonella's father is Italian and his mother is from Mauritius.
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Penguins Situation

Bill Watters on Leafs Lunch stated today that whatever the Penguins are trying to do to save the team from moving, it is too little too late. Watters states the Pens last season in Pittsburgh will be next year. Hard for me to believe, I thought things were looking up for the Pens remaining in Pittsburgh.

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Fedorov Slipping Quickly

Serge Fedorov has 1 goal and 6 assists in his 17 games with Columbus!!! What in the world is going on? Fedorov, once a top five word class player has lost his drive. I have watched a few Blue Jacket games in the last month or so and Sergei is just another player on the ice. His MO in Detroit at times was he did not play at the high level expected from him 100% of the time. The Columbus management must be scratching their heads trying to figure out how to motivate Fedorov. For their sake, I hope they find an answer quickly. image

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The Best Flyer Player

from the Philly Burbs,

The best player on the Flyers this season? Not Peter Forsberg. Simon Gagne? Sorry. And Mike Knuble would be a good guess, too. But the best Flyer from start to finish, one end of the rink to the other, has been Michal Handzus. So says none other than his coach, Ken Hitchcock.
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Army Visits Avs

from the Denver Post,

In hockey, the words "warrior," "battle" and "tough" are tossed around all the time. At the end of Avalanche practice Tuesday, 12 U.S. Army brigade members who recently have been in battle walked into the team's dressing room. A mutual admiration society developed, as the Army personnel took pictures with their cellphones and gathered autographs, and wide-eyed Avs players asked what it was like in Iraq. "For us, it's an honor to get to meet them," Avalanche captain Joe Sakic said. "These guys risk their lives protecting us."
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No To Expanded Playoffs

from the Daily Times,

Not content with having to spend a certain amount of money in the new NHL in order to compete, miserly owners who care about the bottom line more so than the Stanley Cup, are looking for a way to spend closer to the salary floor (currently $21.5 million) all the while being able to reap in the benefits of additional funds from postseason play. In other words, don’t overspend to compete, just be good enough to hang around .500 or just below it and then make the playoffs and gamble on a surprise run that will capture the imagination of an unexpecting fan base. And if it doesn’t work, hey, at least you didn’t lose any money, right? You know what that attitude breeds don’t you? Yep, another financial chasm in a league that can’t afford one. There’ll be your perennial contenders willing to spend right up to the cap to try to win a championship. And then there’ll be the bottom-feeders who will try to use this pathetic tactic to play a game of macroeconomic chicken.
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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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