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The Best Of All Time

from Sports Illustrated,

Since the NHL opened for business in 1917-18, many teams have clearly been in a class of their own during the regular season. Some did it with high-octane offense, others with a precision game plan, and others were at the top of their games at both ends of the rink. ...This list focuses strictly on teams that dominated the regular-season schedule. For sure, some great teams were excluded. But we think you'll agree that these elite performers are truly in a league of their own. (Cup winners are noted by an asterisk.) 1. 1976-77 Montreal Canadiens* (60-8-12, 132 points) read on for the other nine...
I am back by the way, took 8 stiches to the back of my head but other than a headache and a lower body injury, everything is fine!

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Nolan Not Coming Back

Blogging from the emergency room... via TSN,

The Owen Nolan Sweepstakes are over almost before they began. The big winger has decided he won't try to come back this season to the NHL because his surgically-repaired knee isn't yet 100 per cent.
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Nice Fall

We received a nice layer of ice this morning in the Detroit area. I took a nice dive on the porch while getting the morning paper. Looks like stiches are in order, be back ASAP.

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Quinn Near The End & What To Do With McCabe

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Pat Quinn is the defendant. The sentence is that he must go. And who was that prosecution witness who provided such damning evidence? None other than Quinn himself. If you listened to him after Tuesday night's loss to the Washington Capitals, you heard a coach admit his team no longer listens to him. And if that's the case, then the Maple Leafs must have a new man at the helm if they are to make the playoffs. It matters not that Quinn does his job better than most of his players do theirs. This is not the blame game here.
more from the Toronto Star,
The Maple Leafs have one week and three games to decide whether they will be a buyer or a seller at the March 9 trade deadline, and in that time they must decide what they are going to do with star defenceman Bryan McCabe. Sources say the Leafs started negotiating with McCabe and Tomas Kaberle earlier this season. The talks with Kaberle resulted in a four-year deal for the Czech defenceman just before the Olympic break. But the Leafs have yet to sign McCabe and there are growing indications McCabe and his agent, Jeff Solomon, are intent on testing the free agent market July 1.
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Who Wants LeClair

via the Beaver County Times,

Forward John LeClair, who had a goal in Wednesday's 4-3 home loss to the Ottawa Senators, is one player who would welcome a trade to a team that had a chance to win the Stanley Cup. LeClair has eight points in his last five games and could interest a team looking for a veteran to help on the power play. Scouts from five teams - Columbus, Montreal, Los Angeles, Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers - watched Wednesday night's game at Mellon Arena.

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Pens Patrick Should Resign

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Reveiw,

Craig Patrick should do the right thing and resign as Penguins general manager the instant the season ends. This franchise desperately needs new blood. Patrick, in the final year of his contract, isn't solely to blame for all the losing the past four years. Remember, the Penguins' wisely opted to strip down and begin rebuilding in anticipation of an NHL work stoppage.
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Coming Together In Washington

from the Falls Church News-Press,

It’s all falling into place now. It’s starting to pay off. Gone are the blasé attitudes that made the Caps perennial underachievers pre-lockout. Taking their place, and their contracts, are fresh faces with young legs and a determination to achieve all they can while playing the game they love. That combination, coupled with team unity, is what Leonsis and the Caps are striving for as the franchise moves forward. Leonsis says the team is now pursuing “players that over-index on coachability and team togetherness [rather] than sheer raw talent.
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Contract Talks For Jokinen

from the Sun-Sentinel via the Mercury News,

While center Olli Jokinen was allowed to miss Wednesday's practice so he could rest, his agent and the Panthers worked for the first time in more than two weeks on resolving his contract situation. General Manager Mike Keenan said he and Jokinen's agent, Mark Gandler, spoke about the matter, but Keenan wouldn't discuss details. Gandler didn't return messages.
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Checked By An SUV

from Tuesday's (I believe) Edmonton Sun via Slam,

Matt Greene is fine, but the SUV that clipped the Edmonton Oilers rookie on Calgary Trail Saturday when its driver lost control didn't fair nearly as well. It's a writeoff. Greene, 22, was on his way home and talking with friends outside of a nightclub at about 12:30 a.m. when the driver lost control of the vehicle and struck Greene, who saw the SUV coming at him and was able to brace for the impact.
more Thanks to a reader of KK for the heads up.

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Players Respond To Steroid Use

from Gary Thorne of USA TODAY,

"What percentage of NHL players use steroids?" 343 players responded — about half the league — and 37% said none, 34% said one percent of players use them, 11% said two percent, 14% said three to nine percent and 4% said 10% or more. My sense is that in a secret ballot, as this was, the players are petty honest about the numbers. If that is true, there should be concern. But it could have been a lot worse.
more discussed, including the best player in the league...

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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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