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The Betting Athlete

from Jim Kelley of the Buffalo News,

Betting among athletes isn't a question of the past and present. It's more a tradition that continues. The only difference: Today there are higher bets and lower levels of caution. "In Edmonton there was a policy of bet till it hurts," says a former Sabre who also played for the Oilers in the course of his NHL career. "Those guys would bet on anything. There was a lot of confidence in that room, and they spent lots of time on planes and on the road."
read on...very long and paints a picture of todays athlete...

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Kings After Luongo

from the LA Times (reg. req.),

The Kings have gone beyond merely inquiring about Florida Panther goaltender Roberto Luongo and are pressing hard to work out a "blockbuster" deal, a league source said. The package would include King goaltender Mathieu Garon and the Panthers' choice of prospects currently at minor league Manchester, the source said. The Panthers are said to be still unsure whether to move Luongo, considered an elite NHL goaltender.

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Tortorella Accuses Bolts Of Shutting It Down

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Questions about the team's goaltending have resurfaced. Questions about the power play continued. And, most disturbing of all, coach John Tortorella accused his team of quitting when the going got tough. "The thing that bothers me the most is I just thought we shut it down," Tortorella said. "Was our goaltending good? No, it wasn't good. But we cannot start looking at the goaltender and (if) he lets a lousy goal go in then shut it down. If we're not getting the saves, we better win the game 6-5 or whatever it has to be. But to shut it down, that's the wrong way to go here. And that's what disturbs me the most."
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Will The Real Flyers Please Stand Up

from the Courier Post,

Hot start now only a memory. Admit it. You thought this would be the Flyers' season, didn't you? They piqued your interest last summer when they miraculously made Jeremy Roenick's salary disappear while pulling Peter Forsberg out of a hat. But these are the Flyers, remember? They set you up, then they let you down.
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Hen-Reek Goes Unnoticed In NYC

from the NY Daily News,

So far, Lundqvist has been able to have his New York experience in relative peace and quiet - he's rarely recognized in Manhattan. Back home, though, such anonymity is a thing of the past - especially after winning Olympic gold. "He's very big in Sweden," says Bertil Karlefors, a correspondent for Stockholm's TV4. "Here, you get baseball, basketball, nothing, nothing, nothing and then hockey. "If you go out with (Daniel) Alfredsson in Ottawa or Sundin in Toronto, you'll get the best table and everyone coming up for autographs. Not here."
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Trottier Comes Home

from Newsday,

Bryan Trottier was, is and always will be an Islander, as far as Islanders fans are concerned. It doesn't matter that he used to coach the you-know-whos. "I'll always call this home," he said before the 1980 team was saluted in a 25th anniversary celebration (delayed a year by the NHL lockout). "This will always be a big part of my life. I was a kid when I got here and I grew up here. My original home is in Saskatchewan and those are my roots. But this is my home."
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The Art Of Shot Blocking

from the Edmonton Sun,

It's simple, really. All you have to do is throw your body in front of a slapshot. When you see a 220-pound defenceman wind up his scientifically engineered carbon fibre stick, you dive in front of the frozen puck like a secret service agent taking one for the president. Why? So your goalie, you know, the guy with all the padding, is spared the hassle.
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Right Man For The Job

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

Finally, after a series of Americans -- who were capable in some areas, but not necessarily hockey -- the league has hired John Shannon, who until two weeks ago was the head man at Leafs TV. Shannon holds the distinction of having twice been fired by Hockey Night in Canada for wanting to do things properly, and also has had hockey broadcasting experience at the club level, both with the Leafs and the Minnesota North Stars. If there is a more respected man in the hockey broadcasting industry, it's hard to think of who it would be. Finally, the league has someone in place who can give American broadcasters some direction.
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Chara & Redden Staying Put- McCabe, Who Knows

from the Toronto Sun,

The Ottawa Senators general manager must feel like the former host of TV's Let's Make A Deal after reading and hearing about all the supposed trades he is going to pull off in the coming days. Muckler wants to set the record straight. Yes, he is actively searching to improve his club by the March 9 trade deadline. But any swaps will not involve defencemen Zdeno Chara or Wade Redden despite scuttlebutt to the contrary. ...If the two parties can't come to an agreement in the coming days, there has been speculation Ferguson might deal McCabe in order to get some kind of return for him. Otherwise McCabe would be free to leave during the summer.
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Rem Murray Close To Signing With Edmonton

from the Edmonton Journal,

In an attempt to add some grit, some two-way punch, some depth, the Oilers have put in a call to Rem Murray. The former Oiler flew to Edmonton on Saturday and will undergo a medical today. If he is cleared, he will sign a one-year deal. Murray, 33, had stepped away from the game in 2003-04 when he was diagnosed with cervical dystonia. The nerve disorder repressed the mobility in his shoulder and neck -- so much so that he couldn't turn his head to the right.
more update 5;15pm, Murray is in the Edmonton lienup today.

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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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