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Young Lemieux Draws Attention

from the Beaver County Times,

Mikael Lemieux has mostly learned to ignore them, the misguided taunts directed his way during hockey games. But they all start pretty much the same way. "They'll be skating up behind me and say: 'You're not as good,'" Mikael Lemieux said. "People say that a lot. It's kind of hard." That's the life of a 16-year-old hockey player when your uncle was arguably the greatest player in NHL history. Mikael's father is Alain Lemieux, the older brother of Penguins owner and Hall of Fame center Mario Lemieux.

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Fleury Starting To Stand Out

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

At a position where players are often more meticulous about their appearance than their superstitions, Fleury brings to the ice a pair of foam leggings that look as though he fashioned them from the remains of a back porch sofa. In an era when the Penguins have established themselves in sartorial officialdom as wearing black and Las Vegas Gold, Fleury comes out night after night in black and Blawnox Yella. But ugly as they are, the thing that Penguins opponents had been starting to observe about those pads is that they're becoming harder and harder to put a puck behind.
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Jacobs Blames Sinden & O’Connell

from the Boston Globe,

Not even three hours after Sinden rolled out his former GM's plight, and lent his credence, support, and sympathy, owner Jeremy Jacobs labeled that reasoning for the club's failures as a ''load of [expletive]." ''That's what I think of that," added Jacobs, whose ire over his all-but-dysfunctional NHL product finally has come to a head in recent days and weeks. ''I really do." Jacobs, while acknowledging he agreed with the pre-lockout business plan, one he said was structured by Sinden and O'Connell, made it clear he held the two accountable for not making the plan work. ''No one had a cleaner platter to build the team they wanted," said Jacobs, reached by telephone at his Florida home. ''A lot of the performances [of the players signed] fell far short of what was expected of them. So I don't share that belief. Who is [O'Connell] kidding?"
more added 7:36am, from the Boston Herald,
As one Bruins insider said, O’Connell had it worse than New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman when it came to constant phone calls from a meddling owner. If Orr, Lombardi or any other proven organizer were to consider this job, would they not insist on total power and autonomy? Would he not want the right to replace the staff, top to bottom? And would he not also insist, above all, that he not have to be answerable on a daily basis to an absentee owner in Buffalo or the 73-year-old Sinden?
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Jagr Deserves MVP

from Martin Brodeur, special to the Ottawa Sun,

The regular season is coming to an end and while the struggle for a berth in the post-season intensifies, sports journalists will soon be called to vote for the recipient of the prestigious Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. I'm not trying to influence anyone, but in my eyes, the No. 1 candidate is Jaromir Jagr.
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Roenick Breaks Ankle

via Sports Ticker,

Jeremy Roenick's disappointing season has come to an early end. The Los Angeles Kings announced the veteran center suffered a fractured ankle in Saturday's game against the Nashville Predators. Roenick sustained the injury with 9:47 remaining in the second period and had to be helped off the ice. The team did not disclose which ankle he injured.

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Dirty Or Not

from North Jersey,

To be fair, there are a lot of other ways to be a dirty player. Slew-footing, butt-ending, even the occasional eye-gouging during a fight -- they've all had their place in the hockey Hall of Shame. Ken Linesman, who was so dirty he earned the nickname "The Rat," said he regrets one game when his Boston Bruins went to Edmonton.
read on..numerous "dirty" stories...

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Playoffs Approaching

from the Delco Times,

At some point during an NHL season, a team plays well, looks really good over an extended period of weeks, and generates a lot of excitement from their fan base. But, as always, there are always a few malcontents who give the old, tired line, "Talk to me in April." Well, April is fast approaching. Most teams have only a dozen or so games left on the docket before the postseason arrives, and several teams are battling for their postseason lives on a nightly basis.

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Jack Johnson’s Near Future

from the News & Observer, Jack Johnson's college season is over. The big question now is whether his college career is over. "I think the only way you're going to get me out of here is at gunpoint," Johnson told reporters after a win in the conference playoffs. The Hurricanes have offered Johnson the entry-level maximum of $850,000 per season for three years, but it is unclear whether they're willing to give Johnson the performance bonuses allowed under the new labor agreement. more

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Staggered But Still Standing

via the CP,

The old home of Bobby Hull and the Winnipeg Jets is not going down without a fight. Officials in Winnipeg tried this morning to implode the hockey rink with explosive charges. The interior concrete seating decks fell but the corner pillars and roof are still standing. A police officer says the city will try again another day to finish the job.
update 1:16pm, via Global National,
The four corner pillars of the building remained upright, though the interior concrete decks did fall during the controlled blast. City engineers resorted to cables and heavy equipment to pull down the remnants of the old Winnipeg Arena. A couple of attempts to finish the job failed when cables snapped, but the structure finally gave way.

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Ugly Game

from the Toronto Sun via Slam,

The coup de grace came with just 2:05 remaining when Darcy Tucker barely avoided Alexei Kovalev with an elbow. Kovalev responded with one of his own that nailed the Leafs player. "He tried to hit me and missed but I didn't miss him," Kovalev said. "I was lucky I saw him at the last second."
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