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Look At The Good Side Of The Game

Flyers Chairmain Ed Snider quoted from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

"This is going to sort itself out," he said. "So talk to someone positive for a change. Stop talking to the players and coaches and general managers who are complaining, and quote someone positive. "Because I love the way this is going. I was on the competition committee and this is exactly what we had in mind. Our sport is a sport of speed and skill and beauty, and our fans are finally getting a chance to see that. "They haven't been able to see that in a long time. People forget that. People forget that those kinds of comebacks were impossible 5 years ago, with the all the clutching and grabbing.

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Klesla Out For Six Weeks

via the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have placed defenseman Rostislav Klesla on Injured Reserve due to a broken hand suffered in last night's 3-1 win over St. Louis, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Klesla is expected to be sidelined for six weeks.

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Sinden Worries About A Tragedy On Ice

from the Boston Herald,

“It’s the 5-on-3s,” Sinden said on Monday in Toronto, as he rode a bus to the Hockey Hall of Fame for Cam Neely’s induction. “There have been more 5-on-3’s in the first 15 games than I’ve seen in years. And they are somewhat dangerous right now, I mean seriously dangerous.” "The defensemen are getting forever to wind up,” Sinden said. “They’re going to kill someone standing in front with a shot. They’ve got forever to shoot, and they shoot it so hard and so high. Most shots are high. I’m telling you, I’m worried sick about it. I’m afraid it’s going to happen. Someone is going to get killed out there.”

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Who Plays For Canada

from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

So Lemieux, Yzerman and Bertuzzi are no longer locks; Legace and Joseph are outplaying all Canadian-born goalies; Nash is likely out of the picture; and maybe Gretzky and Co. will have to take individual performances this season in the "new" NHL more seriously than past reputations. Or maybe not. Let the debate rage.

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Olympic Hockey Facility Near Completion

from the AP via Canada.com,

The ice hockey arenas for next year's Winter Olympics in Turin are almost complete. Now, they just need to stop the ice from melting. NHL ice expert Dan Craig called the main Palasport Olimpico arena, with its excellent sight lines and huge entry hall, "state of the art," citing instruments that measure ice temperatures in eight different locations of the playing surface. However, a power outage three weeks ago at the secondary Torino Esposizioni arena caused paint to seep up through the ice, nearly causing the entire ice sheet to melt.

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‘Battleship’ Kelly Teaches Teamwork

from the News Journal,

In his role of ambassador of hockey for the Philadelphia Flyers, Bob Kelly handles large gatherings of schoolchildren as deftly as he used to deal with opposing defenses in his 10 years as a left wing. "Basically, it's about teaching teamwork and what it takes to succeed as a team, having respect for each other, working together, and staying in school and getting an education," Kelly said. "We're just trying to send the overall message to the young kids."
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All Speed, All The Time

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via Slam,

The days of teams like the New Jersey Devils clutching and grabbing their way to the Stanley Cup are gone. The teams which utilize speed are likely to be the ones to earn championship rings. "Speed is going make you successful," said John Ferguson Sr., special assistant to the general manager of the San Jose Sharks. "Geez, I watch some of these games at night and teams are just flying. It's great. "Everybody is moving around and players are getting a chance to show their skills. There's a lot of good, close games and it's great to see the guys being able to move."

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Twenty Years Ago

from Philly Burbs,

That was the early hours of Nov. 10, 1985. Twenty years ago. Pelle Lindbergh drove away in his Porsche. He was 26. He was the best goaltender in the National Hockey League. And he was drunk. Twenty years ago. How different might things have been? Lindbergh crashed his Porsche into a retaining wall near a Somerdale elementary school that night, injuring the two friends who had squeezed into the car with him, leaving himself on life support, brain-dead. It was the most stunning tragedy in the history of Philadelphia professional sports. How different might things have been? Lindbergh might have married his girlfriend, Kerstin Pietzsh. They might have children together. And the entire course of a franchise might have changed.

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Every Dollar Counts

from the Toronto Sun,

The Leafs demoted Carlo Colaiacovo to the Marlies yesterday, a day after the Toronto native scored his first NHL goal. But far from being a callous move, it was designed as a cheaper parking space for the young defencemen until the weekend. "We had a day off and it didn't make fiscal sense to have him here," general manager John Ferguson told The Fan 590 last night. "We'll see how things look after practice (today)."

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Breaking Down The Yotes

from Kevein DuPont of MSNBC,

.500 is a decent start for a team that has struggled in recent seasons. The Coyotes haven't been to the playoffs since the spring of '02 — predating the opening of their new arena, the start of the lockout, the signing of the new CBA, and even the brief appearance of Brett Hull in southwestern sweats. But coach of the year stuff? I don't think so. Not yet. Through those first 18 games, they were ranked ninth overall in the conference, which is just a hair out of the playoffs. If Gretz can nudge them, say, into a spot among the bottom 2-3 seeds in the West, then he'll at least have his name in the running. But just as it was in his playing days, No. 99 knows that everything is measured by playoff success, and there really is no success until the Coyotes at least qualify for games beyond mid-April. No doubt, there are some encouraging signs in the desert. A few that come to mind:

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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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