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Havlat Not Cleared To Play

from Sportsnet,

Sens winger Martin Havlat did not receive clearance from his doctor to return to the Senators lineup any time soon -- and he may only be available when the Stanley Cup playoffs begin. Havlat, who met with Dr. Tony Miniaci in Toronto on Wednesday, was told that he could resume practicing with the team for most of the drills. But Havlat was not given the green light for full contact in practice...
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Numminen Sprains Knee

via the AP,

Teppo Numminen will miss up to two weeks after the veteran Sabres defenseman sprained his knee in Buffalo's 4-3 win over Boston on Wednesday night. Coach Lindy Ruff said it's not clear when the injury occurred, noting Numminen continued playing after feeling a twinge in his knee when he fell. The defenseman played only a few minutes in the second period and did not return for the third. Calling it a Grade 1 sprain of the MCL, Ruff didn't say which knee Numminen hurt.

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Refs Easing Up

from the Denver Post,

While the difference isn't as marked as in years past, Avalanche captain Joe Sakic said there has been a reduction in penalties called by referees with the playoffs looming. "They're starting to let everybody play a little bit more," said Sakic, a 17-year veteran. "It depends; some games there's a grayer area and other games they call everything."
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Here We Go Again

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

A petition demanding the resignation of Ted Saskin, executive director of the National Hockey League Players' Association, is being circulated by NHL players. "Fourteen teams do not support Ted and want him to resign," Chris Chelios told The Toronto Sun yesterday. "It's just a matter of time before we get the necessary signatures. "The PA is operating in a climate of secrecy. We cannot get the answers to any of our questions. Players don't have access to information. One thing a union has to be is transparent."
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Wings Prospects Look Bright

from Fox Sports,

Sometimes, it seems like the Red Wings never run out of prospects. ...The Red Wings have been astute at finding talent in the later rounds, such as Pavel Datsyuk at 171st overall in 1998, Henrik Zetterberg at 210th in 1999 and Johan Franzen at 97th overall in 2004. Among the current group of prospects, there are some second- and third-round gems that could be in an NHL lineup in a couple years.
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J.R.- “Screw It, We’ve Got To Win Games”

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

"I put my skates on and skated for about a minute-and-a-half in L.A. and said, 'Screw it, we've got to win games -- get me a flight to Calgary,' " said Roenick before suiting up for last night's 2-1 loss at the 'Dome. "This time of year it's not about 'can you withstand the pain?' You've got to suck it up and play."
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Oilers Leaving Points On The Table

from the Edmonton Sun,

The Edmonton Oilers are more than competitive with the upper echelon of the Western Conference. It's the bottom feeders who are dragging them down. With Tuesday's 3-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild, the Oilers have just 12 wins in 27 games against conference rivals who, as of today, aren't in a playoff position - San Jose, Minnesota, Phoenix, Columbus, Chicago, St. Louis and the Los Angeles Kings, their opposition tonight. The Oilers have left a lot of points on the table.
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Devils Looking For Confidence

from the Asbury Park Press,

Off he trotted, toward the high school rink on the other side of the hallway. Scott Gomez was hustling over to join teammates Martin Brodeur and Brian Gionta for a video shoot. With the postseason three weeks away, an NHL video crew popped by Codey Arena Wednesday afternoon to gather footage for its playoff advertising campaign. Whether that footage ever hits the airwaves will depend on how New Jersey plays over its 10-game sprint to the finish. "To not make it would probably be the most embarrassing thing,'' Gomez said.
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New Rules Hindered Team Canada

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

There aren't many people in the world who are more passionate about Canadian hockey than Bob Clarke. So when Canada did not win a medal at the recent Olympics, it did not sit well with Clarke. But he doesn't blame those who played and he doesn't blame the organizers. He thinks that the National Hockey League's rule-makers played a major role in orchestrating Canada's demise, a point he made to the assistant coach of Team Canada, Ken Hitchcock, who also coaches Clarke's Philadelphia Flyers.
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Bettman Knows Business

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet, which has a new and much improved look,

As we come down to the end of a radically different National Hockey League season, it's fair to ask: What hath Commissioner Gary Bettman wrought? Quite a lot actually; and much of it quite good. In less time than it takes to juice up a bevy of Major League Baseball players, the NHL this season appears to have won back a fair portion of its fan base; and at least started down the path toward wooing a new one. The game today is a fast-paced, high intensity product that showcases the primary skills of its primary players.
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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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