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Rucinsky Will Help

from Jeff Gordon of St. Louis Today,

By signing free-agent winger Martin Rucinsky, the Blues finally gained the critical mass of offense needed to compete next season. This move was astute on several levels. Rucinsky is a smart all-around player who fit in nicely during his earlier stint with the Blues. He isn’t a big-time goal scorer -– his career high is just 28 -- but he complements skilled players well.
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Let’s Go To The Tape

from the Ottawa Senators,

Roger Neilson, the late Ottawa Senators assistant coach, paved a new way of coaching when he regularly used video as a teaching tool. In 2006, the use of video to illustrate what coaches want from their players continues. “Teams often change strategies from the last time you played them; watching video can give the players an idea of what to expect against a certain club,” Ottawa Senators video coach Tim Pattyson says. “We show our guys clips from the most recent games the opposition has played and that gives us a better idea of what they're going to do.
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Waiting For A Chance

from the Simcoe Reformer,

NHL tough guy and local hockey hero Ryan VandenBussche is training hard and waiting -- waiting to see how he heals from neck surgery, waiting for a decent contract offer from a big-league club, and waiting for a court date on charges of assaulting police. VandenBussche, 33, is undaunted. The unsigned free agent says he believes he still can play in the NHL. He is optimistic and upbeat but also realistic about the future of his career. As general managers peruse the free agent market this summer, “players like me are on the back burner,” he acknowledges.
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This One Got Me

Headline: Phoenix swoop for Gomez quicky click to read: Manchester Phoenix have signed Canadian left-winger Robin Gomez for the 2006/07 Elite League campaign.

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Now What?

from the Niagara Gazette,

Darcy Regier is like that yodeling mountain climber on “The Price is Right.” Unwillingly, he keeps churning up the hill, waiting for the music — and the spending — to stop. Hasn’t happened yet. Thursday’s news that the Sabres conceded defeat in the Daniel Briere arbitration ruling, deciding to pick-up the shifty centerman’s $5 million salary for one season, brings Regier closer to the mountain’s edge. Next stop, he and that pick-ax are headed for a nose dive.
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Report- Weinrich To Retire

from Maine Today,

Defenseman Eric Weinrich, a veteran of 19 National Hockey League seasons, is expected to join the Portland Pirates' coaching staff. Weinrich, who lives in Yarmouth, was unavailable for comment Thursday night. However, Portland Pirates Coach Kevin Dineen confirmed Weinrich, who grew up in Gardiner and played at North Yarmouth Academy and the University of Maine, has been hired by the Anaheim Ducks to be one of his assistants.
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Hummmm

from the Edmonton Journal,

Oilers centre Shawn Horcoff and ex-Oilers tough guy Georges Laraque, now of the Phoenix Coyotes, added two, one-hour sessions of hatha yoga a week to their rigorous off-season training at the Body by Bennett fitness studio in downtown Edmonton. They get around the humiliation factor by doing their yoga work a deux -- just the two of them and their instructor, Breanna Johnson. "Yoga is no longer seen as a sissy, weak-kneed, wimpy workout," Bennett said. "We used to call it flexibility training and we realize now that 10 minutes of stretching just won't cut it. "You need to invest in it just as you would your strength elements." In the New NHL, mobility, quickness and skill are golden, so players all over the league are tweaking their workouts to de-emphasize simply pounding on the muscle mass
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Weird- Oh

Mke Chen must be very bored. He tagged me and now I have to answer five weird things about me. 1. I once raced my slot-car on a national TV show and won a case of candy bars. 2. My father was one of 19 chlidren, yet I am the only male living to carry on the family name. 3. I can name the top 30 goal scorers of all-time, in order! 4. I can blow tiny spit bubbles out of my mouth, yes they float right out. 5. I am blogging about hockey in this heat!!! I've tagged DC Sports Chick because I am interested in her answers, A2Y Guy (sailors have great stories) and Christy since I know she is around.

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Remembering Those Nicknames

from Tom Layberger of Sports Illustrated,

The Great One, Mr. Hockey, The Rocket and The Golden Jet are among the best nicknames in the history of professional sport. Images of Wayne Gretzky, Gordie Howe, Maurice Richard and Bobby Hull are conjured up by simply referring to their famous monikers. While those four nicknames will forever have their place, there have been several colorful nicknames throughout the great history of the National Hockey League.
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Pens Hire Lange For Radio

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday reached an agreement with Mike Lange as their radio play-by-play broadcaster for the 2006-07 season. Mike Lange Lange has called Penguins games on either radio or television for 30 years, having started with the club as its radio play-by-play voice in 1974-75. He received the Foster Hewitt Award from the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2001.
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