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St. Louis Starting To Roll

from the Tampa Tribune,

It's not easy going from underdog to overdog. Especially when underdog is what got you here. That's this Lightning season. And for the longest time it was the blank space where the next chapter in the Martin St. Louis storybook was supposed to go. "For a while, I was nowhere to be seen," St. Louis said.
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Europeans & The NHL Draft

from USA TODAY,

Most of the nightly chatter at the European rinks has been about how the new NHL deal will affect the draft from a European standpoint. Here's our speculation on one scenario that could develop over the next couple of years. First, teams will look for a "guarantee" from agents that the drafted Europeans will be signed to a contract within two years.
more...near the bottom of the article plus some discussion regarding the Russians and the IIHF agreement...

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The New NHL Old Lottery

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

As far as this year's draft lottery is concerned, we return you to our regularly-scheduled programming, which is to suggest the old format is in place. Rest assured, there won't be any reality TV shows built around it. Aa some point in the playoffs, the 14 non-playoff teams will get their shot at "winning the lottery" but the connotation is a lot different this year for a myriad of reasons. For starters, the "winner" of the draft lottery cannot move up more than four places, so in order for a team to get the No. 1 overall pick through the lottery it would have to be amongst the five worst teams in the league at the end of the regular season.
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The MVP Debate

The MVP talk is starting to sprout up. Kevin Allen of USA TODAY was just on Detroit radio and thinks either Jagr or Alfredsson will win the award. His personal choice is Joe Thornton and Kevin also mentioned a few goalies would be in the running and Zetterberg will be a long shot. No mention of Lidstrom but his name has been brought up by the bloggers.

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NHL Hockey Fan Map

Vancouver Canucks Op Ed has started a fan map. You can register your name and location on the map and follow along as the map grows. image

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Oliers, Canucks & Habs Struggling

from Barry Merose of ESPN,

While San Jose, Anaheim and Atlanta are building up speed, three teams are starting to struggle: Edmonton, Vancouver and Montreal. Here's why. Edmonton: The Oilers said they needed goaltending at the trade deadline. They went out and got Dwayne Roloson, but they've only managed to win two games since the March 9 deadline.
more of the good, bad & ugly from Melrose...

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Q & A With Cheechoo

via the San Jose Sharks,

Since being placed on the line with Joe Thornton in early December, Jonathan has posted 56 points on 36 goals and 20 assists in 43 games. Q. Can you explain to people us in the States, some of us have never been much further north than Toronto, what it's like to grow up in Moose Factory, Ontario and how somebody that grows up there makes it to the National Hockey League? JONATHAN CHEECHOO: Growing up in a small city atmosphere, we grew up, there's 2000 people and it's on an island, so you know, you know everybody on the island. But I think it was good growing up. I had a lot of friends and it was cold up there, so all we did was play hockey almost all the time. So for me it worked out well growing up there.
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A Win Is A Win…

...or is it? Jaspers' Rink breaks it all down using a few different formulas.

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Ruff’s Daughter Has Surgery

fro the AP via the Globe and Mail,

Sabres coach Lindy Ruff will resume his duties Wednesday after his 11-year-old daughter had surgery to remove a brain tumor. Team spokesman Michael Gilbert announced Madeleine Ruff is resting comfortably after having surgery at a Buffalo hospital on Tuesday. Gilbert did not provide details of her condition but said, "Everyone is looking forward to a speedy recovery."
read on update 11:25pm, via the AP,
Coach Lindy Ruff thanked Buffalo Sabres fans Wednesday for supporting him and his family after his 11-year daughter, Madeleine, had surgery to remove a brain tumor. "My family and myself would like to say a big thanks," Ruff said after returning to the bench in the Sabres' 4-3 loss to Carolina. "We really expect her to have a full recovery."

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Breaking Down NCAA Tournament Teams

from NHL.com,

Last Sunday, the 16 teams and the four brackets for the NCAA Tournament were announced. Those six conference tournament champions and 10 at-large teams now head to regional play in Albany, Worcester, Grand Forks, and Green Bay this weekend. One team will emerge from each regional, and advance to the 59th Frozen Four in Milwaukee April 6th and 8th.
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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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