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Questions For Mario

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

It doesn't help matters that Lemieux has had several episodes of this condition since mid-summer. According to the website The Atrial Fibrillation Page, AF is not something to be dismissed lightly. Once thought to be just a "nuisance arrhythmia," newer medical research uncovered some "devastating complications" including stroke, congestive heart failure and cardiomyopathy, all directly related to AF. It also suggested that AF can occur at any age, but its prevalence tended to increase with age and affected men slightly more often than women. Lemieux is 40. If he wanted to play in the Olympics, he would be guaranteed one of the 23 roster spots, of that there is no doubt. But does he have the urge to make a two-week trip to Europe in the middle of a long NHL season, when he might be better off spending the time resting his body?
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Sales Picking Up

from the Buffalo Business Journal,

Rechin, owner of C&T Hockey Products Ltd., saw gross sales fall at his Sanborn business by more than 50 percent, from about $650,000 in 2003 to about $250,000 last year. Employment was slashed from eight to four. The NHL cancelled its 2004-05 season when players and owners could not agree on a collective bargaining contract. With the dispute settled, the custom silk-screened hockey puck and stick business is on the rebound. Sales are expected to reach $450,000 this year. "The NHL strike last year killed us and we really had to restructure," Rechin said.
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Late Night Viewing

from the blog of Nancy Koenig at NHL.com,

I'm always grateful for the opportunity to watch NHL hockey after midnight and can't imagine living on the West Coast, where games hosted here in the East air in the early evening. What would I do without late-night games?
more Ah yes, with a DVR you can actually watch games until about 4am...

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Up Close With McCabe

from ESPN,

In this edition of Facing Off, McCabe talks about his family lineage in baseball, why he isn't an NHL "tough guy" and why he no longer sports a Mohawk. Q: You've had 54 career NHL fights. Who would say is the toughest guy you have fought in the NHL? A: Troy Crowder beat the snot out of me my first year in the league. He put my nose on the other side of my face. I learned in a hurry that I wasn't a tough guy [laughs]. Q: Why would you fight a heavyweight like Troy Crowder? A: I don't know. He hit one of our good players and I just happened to be on the ice. I was young and dumb. Out of my 54 fights, I might have two wins [laughs]. That's not a good average.
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Thursday ‘Moanin’

Has time passed me by? The new NHL fan is so fickle these days and I wonder if I am out of touch or is it the 'Original Six' syndrome? I stand by my team, through thick and thin, influenced by the loyalty the great players of yesteryear showed me. Today I read across the world wide web, Yzerman is the problem, Chelios is too old, Lemieux is washed up, Roenick should retire, Recchi stinks.... To those people who want instant gratification, go follow the NBA, NFL or MLB, where players are more concerned about their next appearance off the playing field instead of worrying about their next shift like hockey players do. When was the last time you saw a hockey player give up on a play like the Detroit Lions Roy Williams recently did? When was the last time you read about a MLB player playing through pain like so many NHL players do on a daily basis? The modern day fan wants to control their NHL player, thinking if they push the right buttons on their touchpad in their brain, the player will perform in 'turbo' mode on a nightly basis. You see, some fans of today have no sense of the history of the game. Names like Orlando Kurtenbach, Caesar Maniago, Camille Henry, Ed Van Impe are unknown to the bandwagon fan. The history of the NHL is so unique and needs to be reflected upon to understand what makes the hockey player of today. My advice to you- Start here and don't open your mouth again until you have read each and every profile. Then, and only then, will you have a true understanding of the greatest game on earth.

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Lemieux Released From Hospital

via the AP,

Pittsburgh Penguins owner-captain Mario Lemieux was discharged from a hospital Thursday after being diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, an irregular heartbeat that can be treated with medication and should not affect his career. Lemieux, 40, was admitted to an undisclosed Pittsburgh hospital after practice Wednesday, after complaining of an irregular heartbeat -- a condition team general manager Craig Patrick said Lemieux has experienced several times in recent weeks. After being evaluated overnight, doctors diagnosed the problem and told Lemieux he should rest and go on medication. He is expected to take it easy for a week to 10 days, after which the team will determine when he can resume play.

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Thinking Of Zach

from the Ottawa Sun,

Zach Laroche is used to battling for pucks. These days, the outstanding 15-year-old Ottawa hockey player is waging a much more serious battle -- but he is not doing it alone. Laroche, a standout centre with the minor midget AA Cumberland Barons, is scheduled to undergo at least seven hours of surgery today as doctors at CHEO try to remove a large brain tumour which caused him to become disoriented and then collapse during a game last week. When he is wheeled into the operating room, he will have the thoughts and prayers of many members of the Ottawa hockey community on his side. "The hockey world has rallied around him, it's unbelievable," said Jack Laroche, from his son's bedside yesterday. "I've never seen anything like it."
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Rangers, Preds In The Same Boat

from the Nashville City Paper,

Tonight at the GEC, the teams will meet as two of the NHL’s best teams of the first quarter of the season. Thanks largely to the new salary cap system, both teams have found their respective missing element. The system forced the Rangers to figure it out. No longer could they simply throw money at problems. Ironically, they have found that the main problem was just that — throwing money at problems. Meanwhile for Nashville, the salary cap allowed them to sign Paul Kariya and keep Steve Sullivan. Though chemistry has remained their greatest asset, the presence of these two dynamic players has added a dimension the Predators have always lacked.
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Goalie Wars

from the Rocky Mountain News,

Forgive David Aebischer if he did not unfurl the welcome mat for new goalie Vitaly Kolesnik when he arrived at the Pepsi Center on Wednesday. As far as Aebischer is concerned, Kolesnik is akin to the mailroom intern working his way up the corporate ladder. Aebischer is not quite ready to surrender the top rung. Aebischer, in his second season as the Colorado Avalanche's No. 1 goalie, said he was surprised by management's decision to promote Kolesnik from the minor leagues Tuesday. Unbuckling his pads after the morning skate Wednesday, he pursed his lips and fought to mask his displeasure.
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Pavel Bure Building Olympic Team

from Kommersant,

Of all forwards, only Alexey Yashin, who is the captain and absolute leader of New York Islanders, and Pavel Datsyuk of Red Wings are stable so far. The good news is that both of them are central forwards, i.e. hockey players of key role, where Krikunov has a narrow choice. Two more central forwards, Alexey Zhamnov of Boston Bruins and Sergey Fedorov of Columbus Blue Jackets, who have recently recovered from serious injuries, don’t show staring performance, to put it mildly.
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