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Sean Burke Breaks Finger

from the CP via TSN,

Veteran goalie Sean Burke of the Tampa Bay Lightning is out indefinitely after sustaining a broken finger in practice Thursday. The Lightning recalled Gerald Coleman from Springfield of the AHL to backup starter John Grahame. Burke's right index finger was placed in a splint Thursday. He will be re-evaluated by the Lightning medical staff next week.
update 4:22pm, via the Tampa Bay Lightning,
Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Sean Burke today suffered a non-displaced fracture of the distal phalanx in his right index finger during practice at the St. Pete Times Forum. The finger was placed in a splint by Lightning medical director Dr. Ira Gutentag and Burke will not play for the Lightning this weekend. He will be re-evaluated by the Lightning medical staff next week. His status on the team’s medical report will be listed as “out indefinitely.”

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Tribute To Moms

Four days ago I posted about the Blackhawks using pink hockey sticks this weekend in an effort to raise money and awareness for breast cancer. Today the story hit the web in a big way and I have had many hits and emails looking for that topic. Here is the article from the CP via the Toronto Star,

Some NHL players will hit the ice this weekend with pink sticks. In a tribute to hockey moms and to raise awareness of breast cancer, Tie Domi, Mats Sundin, Steve Yzerman, Sidney Crosby and others — will have a pink stick in hand tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. TPS Hockey, the sports equipment company, is forking out an estimated $50,000 for the initiative which sprouted in the Gretzky family home in Brantford, Ont. The idea took root shortly after the death in December of Wayne Gretzky's mother, Phyllis. "It's a tribute to hockey moms," said Brad Janson, TPS's director of pro-hockey.
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Canucks In Trouble

from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

The Vancouver Canucks went out at the deadline and made major roster changes. Things were looking good, but they've lost five straight games. Now, they've made it an even bigger race in the West. No one could have projected this on March 9. The top line of Markus Naslund, Todd Bertuzzi and Brendan Morrison? I wouldn't call it the top line anymore.
more...and check out the good and the bad according to Melrose...

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Sundin Delivers

BMW enthusiasts and sports fans have the opportunity to bid on Mats Sundin's 2006 BMW X5 Hockey Edition and have the vehicle personally delivered by the Olympic Gold Medal winner and superstar himself. 100% of the winning bid will benefit SickKids Foundation and Variety - The Children's Charity. image

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Praise For Dale Hunter

from the London Free Press,

The most successfully innovative guy in hockey right now isn't some NCAA college coach in Boston or a brainy fellow in Sweden planning the next trap or torpedo system designed to revolutionize the game. Believe it or not, it's Dale Hunter, whose surprising London Knights have clinched a third straight OHL regular season title -- and are again the No. 1 ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League.

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Staying In Top Shape

from the Edmonton Sun,

"It's not only what you're doing, it's how smart, how precise your training is. You don't just go in and do some bench presses and sit-ups and get out of there," he explains. Moreau's regimen, a departure from the typical bodybuilding routine, focuses on explosive Olympic lifts like the snatch, squat, and clean and jerk. He keeps the weights heavy and the reps low. With the goal being power and strength, rather than just putting on muscle mass, Moreau also does plyometrics and sprints at the track.

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NHL Live

Anyone know what happened to NHL Live? I tuned in today and a NCAA Basketball talk show is on. I see the link to NHL Live is not on the homepage of NHL.com, maybe they are replacing the show with a special NCAA Tourney show?

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Report- Columbus To Host 2007 Entry Draft

via the Columbus Dispatch,

The NHL has chosen Columbus to host the 2007 entry draft, The Dispatch has learned. An announcement is expected within the next two weeks. Neither the NHL nor the Blue Jackets would confirm yesterday that a decision had been made, but several sources said it was a done deal, that the Blue Jackets and the city’s tourism group were working on their presentation for a news conference to be held before the end of March.

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Over The Glass

from the Spin, the blog of the Toronto Star's Damien Cox,

Goalies, and former goalies, have had ample reason this season to believe NHL authorities are out to get them, or at the very least, don't have their best interests at heart. From smaller equipment to restrictions on playing the puck, the impact of the NHL goaltender has been reduced this season, and the numbers prove it. But if there was one area in which goalies got their way, it was, after many years of complaining loudly the were able to influence the league to stop treating them differently from skaters when it came to lifting the puck out of play, intentionally or otherwise.

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Preds Peaking

from the Nashville City Paper,

The improved results on the current run have two primary contributing factors. First, a players-only gathering called by Greg Johnson after an embarrassing pair of periods in Edmonton on March 5 in which the Predators were outshot 32-6 during a 3-2 OT loss. Johnson’s attributes as a captain are often overlooked by fans because he is not an overly emotional player, but Coach Barry Trotz appreciated the timing of the meeting. “When you are struggling, you have to have your leadership group deliver the message for the coaches,” Trotz said. “Not only in hockey, but in any business, everybody has to be buying into the system, and the coaches can’t be the only ones harping on what needs to get done.”

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