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The Russians In Turin

from Sportsnet,

With Ilya Kovalchuk of the Atlanta Thrashers and Alexander Ovechkin of the Washinton Capitals leading the way, Russia will have a potent attack at the 2006 Winter Olympic tournament in Italy. The Russians missed Thursday's deadline to release the 23-man roster but Sportsnet has learned who is on the list. The forwards will also include Pavel Datsyuk of the Detroit Red Wings, Alexei Yashin of the New York Islanders, Alex Kovalev of the Montreal Canadiens, Viktor Kozlov of the New Jersey Devils, Maxime Afinogenov of the Buffalo Sabres, Alexei Zhamnov of the Boston Bruins and Alexander Frolov of the Los Angeles Kings.
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Kiprusoff Pulls Out Of Olympics

via Sportsnet,

A few short hours after being named to the Olympic squad, the Calgary backstop decides to pull out because of injury concerns. Calgary Flames netminder Miikka Kiprusoff has withdrawn his name from Team Finland for the 2006 Winter Olympics, Sportsnet has learned.
from TSN,
Kiprusoff has inflammation of the hip and upon advice from doctors will use the period during the Olympics to help heal the injured area. ''It is in the best interest of the Calgary Flames that I use this opportunity to ensure I am totally recovered for the NHL playoff drive,'' Kiprusoff said in a statement. ''I have always been very proud to represent my country in international competition and I'm disappointed that I will not be joining them at the Olympics in Italy.''

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Doan Now Target Of Canadian Minister

from TSN,

It appears that the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) is not the only one voicing its opinion over Team Canada's player selections. Former Minister of Amateur sport Denis Coderre on Thursday lashed out at Team Canada's selection committee saying Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan should not represent Canada after reports he verbally slammed French Canadians.
I mentioned in the comment section of the Bertuzzi post earlier today that I am receiving numerous hits from search engines regarding the slur Doan made earlier this year. I wonder if this will be a hot topic for the next two months.

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The Magic Number Is 4 When Playing Colorado

via STATS blog,

Avalanche 2005-06 Record When Allowing… 4+ Goals 0-13-0 3 or Fewer Goals 17-1-3

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Avoid The Groin Injury

from Let's Play Hockey,

The NHL has had a rash of groin injuries earlier this year, and there have been several articles written about the causes — none of which hits the nail on the head. The major cause of groin (or hip-flexor) injuries is that hockey players don’t train in the summer like they want to be hockey players. They don’t skate enough.
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Mudbugs Coach Wants His Name On The Stanley Cup

from the Shreveport Times,

They've snickered at his dreams before. Some still do and the future likely won't be much different. Scott Muscutt doesn't care. They said he'd never play junior hockey or university hockey, let alone professional hockey. He did all three. They said he'd never coach in the pros. He won a championship in his first season and collected his 200th career win Saturday when his Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs defeated Fort Worth 5-0. Now Muscutt, 35, wants to see his name on the Stanley Cup -- the top prize in professional hockey and one of the most famous trophies in the history of sports.
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Taxi Squad Players Treated Unfairly

from Sportsnet,

Under current IIHF rules, the three members of Olympic teams' "taxi squads" are not permitted to skate with the main teams or stay with them in the Olympic village. Team Canada executive director, Wayne Gretzky, intends to fight to have the three alternate players on each country's Olympic roster given full practice privileges.

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Briere Hurting

from the Buffalo News,

While his teammates enjoyed Tuesday off with South Florida diversions such as sunbathing and tennis, Buffalo Sabres co-captain Daniel Briere was back in Western New York, trying to figure out what's wrong with him. Briere is on hold because of a nagging and perplexing abdominal injury. He was sent home before Monday's shootout win over the Philadelphia Flyers to have an MRI and other tests performed. "He has received an injection in the area, and we'll see how he reacts and see how it goes from there," Sabres coach Lindy Ruff said. "We'll probably know within a few days if he feels a lot better or feels the same."
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The Best In Stripes

from The Hockey News,

The Hockey News asked 30 NHLers, one from each team, "Who do you think is the most consistent referee in the NHL?" 10 players (33.3 per cent) said Kerry Fraser, five (16.7 per cent) fingered Bill McCreary, four (13.3 per cent) suggested Don Van Massenhoven and two (6.7 per cent) selected Mike Hasenfratz and Mike McGeough. Six other referees were chosen once.
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Team Slovakia

from the CP via TSN,

Ottawa Senators defencemen Zdeno Chara and Andrej Meszaros and Montreal Canadiens winger Richard Zednik were among 18 NHL players named to Slovakia's Olympic hockey roster Thursday.

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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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