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Dandenault Finally Home

from the Montreal Gazette,

The fulfillment of Mathieu Dandenault's dream is the result of many things. It is about hard work, paying dues, a willingness to accept less money in exchange for a greater quality of life. It is leaving all he'd known as a professional hockey player when this dream emerged suddenly from the abstract to become very real and quite within his reach. A decade after his National Hockey League career began in Detroit, where he won three Stanley Cups under coach Scotty Bowman, Dandenault has come home this season to join the Canadiens, the team he worshipped as a boy playing shinny in Sherbrooke.
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Olczyk On Hot Seat

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Sources suggest that the Penguins' home game on Saturday against the Colorado Avalanche could be pivotal in terms of Olczyk's future in Pittsburgh. Both owner Mario Lemieux and general manager Craig Patrick have been strongly supportive of Olczyk, but if there are many more games like the 5-0 loss to Minnesota, the Penguins may have no choice but to consider a coaching change.
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Lemieux Will Not Play In Turin

from TSN,

Mario Lemieux has decided not to play for Team Canada at the Olympics in Turin, Italy. Details to follow...
update 12:23pm, via CP/TSN,
Lemieux said Saturday that he informed Team Canada staff, including Wayne Gretzky, that he has withdrawn his name from consideration for the team.

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Creativity And Speed Back In The Game

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Modano was always one of the more rational critics of the way in which the NHL product degenerated over the past decade. Given his record, how does he see the state of the game, now that two months are in the record books? "Overall, for me personally, there's not a thing that I've found frustrating or disliked," Modano said. "You're finally seeing the creativity and the speed of the game. That's something I've always harped on, because we've had such great players, including a lot of great players from Europe. "But you've never really seen them showcase their talents because they'd come here and get bogged down in clutch-and-grab hockey."
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Ice Time Cut

from the Daily News,

Nothing speaks to players more clearly than a reduction in ice time, and in Thursday's loss to Carolina, coach Andy Murray swung that hammer and directed it toward the Kings' supposed top players. Pavol Demitra was benched for the first 14 minutes of the third period. Jeremy Roenick played 11:50, five minutes under his season average, and Luc Robitaille, for a third consecutive game, played 12 minutes. Those three players are earning a combined total of almost $10.5 million this season, just under one-third of the team's total payroll, but the Kings mounted a stirring comeback Thursday with less-heralded players such as Sean Avery, Eric Belanger and Jeff Cowan logging major minutes.
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Aggression Is Gone

from the Edmonton Sun,

There's no question the new NHL is infinitely more entertaining than the clutch and grab garbage they used to peddle, but there is growing concern that hockey is losing one of its greatest qualities - aggression. You don't have to be tough to play the game anymore. Sure, hockey players shake off pain, from accidental high sticks, shots off the ankle and the occasional open ice hit, faster than any other athletes, but having to pay a price to make a play is all but gone. "There's not as many battles, obviously, or as many scrums,'' said Oilers defenceman Steve Staios, who hasn't had trouble adjusting to the new rules (plus-5), but misses the contact.
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Mr. Grim Reaper

from Commercial Appeal,

He has a legion of fans across North America who still call him "The Grim Reaper." Obviously Grimson, who will graduate a week from today, isn't your average law student. The 40-year-old Canadian spent more than a decade in the National Hockey League, skating for eight different teams as an "enforcer" -- or, using the more infamous hockey term, a "goon." With his career earnings, Grimson said he could have stayed retired. Instead, he's spent more than two years working hard, side-by-side with students half his age. "I'm just not wired that way. I just don't think I'd find it challenging, living the rest of my life that way," he said. "I love the sport of hockey and this gives me the opportunity to stay in the sport."
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This Is How It Is Done

The Detroit media should take note of this- A complete recap of the hockey game which finished an hour or so ago! Wings fans have complained for years about the poor coverage the Wings receive in the local papers, and this is a great example on how it should be done. from Tank El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

The building buzzed with excitement and the opponent ranked among the league's premier teams. In other words, it was just the type of situation that has brought out the best in the Washington Capitals and their high-octane rookie Alex Ovechkin. The announced crowd of 18,277 was the biggest and loudest gathering at MCI Center for a Capitals' game this season. It seemed to inspire the home team, even if the majority of the fans seemed to be wearing Detroit's red and white, and the "Let's Go Red Wings" chant often drowned out the home team's supporters. One Detroit fan held up a sign that read, "Fire Millen," referring to Matt Millen, president of the NFL's Lions.
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Pens Acquire Boguniecki

via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired right wing Eric Boguniecki from the St. Louis Blues in exchange for defenseman Steve Poapst, it was announced Friday by General Manager Craig Patrick.

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Gagne Out With Groin Tear

via the AP,

Philadelphia Flyers forward Simon Gagne, the NHL goal leader with 23, is expected to be sidelined two weeks because of a groin tear. An MRI revealed the tear Friday.

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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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