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Always Loyal

Chris Simpson of Sportsnet has a great, one-on-one interview with Bobby Clarke. Interview is about 9 minutes long and Clarke talks about numerous topics including player movement and commitment, Lindros, things he wished he never said, etc. Well worth your time.

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Perreault Agrees To Terms With Yotes

from Darren Dreger at TSN,

Sources tell TSN that the Phoenix Coyotes have agreed to a one-year deal with veteran centre Yanic Perreault worth $700,000.

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Are The Canadiens Interested In French Canadians

from Spector's blog at Fox Sports,

I make no secret of the fact I'm a Montreal Canadiens fan, have been since 1971. As a Canadiens fan, I have a pet peeve, that being trade rumors from so-called "NHL insiders" or internet rumormongers suggesting the Habs are seeking more Quebec-born players, or that a Quebec-born player would be a "good fit" in Montreal because he's a Francophone, or that every Quebec-born player in the league pines to play "back home" in Montreal when recent history clearly proves otherwise. Comments like these display the sheer ignorance of their writers. To save the writer of the following rumor embarrassment, I'm not going to name them here but my analysis will highlight the ignorance and lack of research that went into their writing.
continued I have a question for one of the rumor starters? When did Dave Poulin become the Athletic Director at Notre Dame?

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Frustration Setting In

Letters pour in to the Columbus Dispatch,

Mr. Stein: Many fans would say the original Blue Jackets were the least talented of the Jackets’ teams. They also gave a scrappy, consistent effort. The original team was never booed. This year, the jeers are becoming more pronounced. We get the same early season story every year: 1. most talented team in Jackets history; 2. unexplained consistent lack of effort at home; 3. special teams out of sync; 4. road woes. Will this year be like others, when the Jackets begin to play well after they have dispassionately played their way out of a chance to make the playoffs? Maybe what is needed is more back-checking instead of hanging at the offensive zone blue line, fewer toe-drags and end-toend rushes, more shots on goal and going for rebounds. Maybe making a crisp, simple pass that gets to a teammate is better than a behind-the-back, through-thelegs, no-look pass that is stolen. For a team looking for its identity, winning needs to be the goal, not making a highlight reel.

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The “New” Look

from Terry Frei at the Denver Post,

The Avalanche on Friday was the latest team to try prototypes of the more form-fitting jerseys, due next season from Reebok, as company representatives make the practice-rink rounds. The jerseys were plain, without logos, numbers or anything else, and they didn't look significantly different than previous models. So this is no "Spiderman"-style revolution, but more of a tweaking that includes fabric that sheds water. "It's a more aerodynamic look," Milan Hejduk said. "I guess they think it might increase the speed? I didn't feel much different, though."
read on for bits on Theodore, Drury, Hartley and more...

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Just Like A Canadian

from Dave Fry of the Washington Times,

Canadians are proud and protective of hockey, a sport they consider their national heritage. Praise lavished on athletes born outside the country is rare and guarded. All of which makes the Alex Ovechkin phenomenon somewhat hard to understand. The youthful Russian is treated like a rock star whenever he comes to Canada, be it Montreal, Ottawa or Toronto in the east or Vancouver, Edmonton or Calgary in the west. It is hard to understand, that is, until the connection finally clicks -- the Washington Capitals' left wing plays the game like a Canadian, physically, skillfully, in a determined manner and with a decided flourish. To a Canadian, he just as easily could have been born in Moose Jaw instead of Moscow.

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Drop Em - Or Not

from Robert Tychkowski of the Edmonton Sun,

Do you wanna go? Or do you have to go? Does a player have the right to opt out of the whole culture of fighting in the NHL? Or if you put on a sweater in this league are you fair game no matter what? When does a player have a choice in whether or not he drops his gloves? And should he be subject to a beating whether he wants to fight or not?

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Heavyweight Vs. Shoot-Out Specialist

from Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal via Canada.com,

Scotty Bowman isn't so sure teams shouldn't be dressing a shootout specialist as their 12th forward now, rather than a bodyguard. Sluggers are getting only five minutes a game, anyway. "On this team (Detroit), you have a player, (Jiri) Hudler, who was third in scoring in the American League last year, playing only 13 minutes a game. But he's good in a shootout situation, and the worst you can do is also put him on the second power-play unit," said Bowman.
more on the NHL world...

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Who Goes Where

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

• Part of the reason D Brian Leetch remains on the unrestricted free agent market is his asking price. The talk is the Leafs are ready to bring him in at $500,000 (all terms US), but he's seeking $1 million. • If the Sharks are going to deal G Evgeni Nabokov, they can't do it without his permission. Nabokov has a no-trade clause in his contract. • The Kings are looking to move D Lubomir Visnovsky.

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Ott Breaks Ankle

via the AP,

Dallas Stars centre Steve Ott has a fractured ankle and will miss the next two months. He is scheduled to have surgery Monday. ''Steve will be sorely missed because he has done a good job at the little things,'' Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. ''It's tough to see that happen to him.'' Ott got into a fight with Los Angeles defenceman Tom Kostopoulos midway through the second period. It appeared Ott fell awkardly after he was hit by Kostopoulos.

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