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Hasek Talks

from the CP via TSN,

It looks like it could soon be Game On for Dominik Hasek, one week after the season was rumoured to be over for the 41-year-old Ottawa Senators goaltender. An upbeat Hasek met with reporters after the Senators' optional skate Friday at Scotiabank Place and said he's ready to practise in full equipment again - likely Saturday morning during the team's pre-game skate before playing Buffalo later that night.
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The Maven Breaks Down The Devils

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

Is it time for Devils fans to once and for all release their playoff exhale? Not quite. To paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill – not to mention Harpo Marx – “Nothing is in the bag until it’s in the bag.” Thanks to a five game winning streak, the Devs are close to being in the bag. A couple of wins over the weekend – starting with Saturday night in Montreal and Sunday evening against the Rangers in the Meadowlands – would help put New Jersey IN like not only Flynn but the Blueshirts as well.
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Nashville Health Update

from the Tennessean,

The Tomas Vokoun watch continues for the Predators. So, for that matter, do the Steve Sullivan and Marek Zidlicky watches. Predators Coach Barry Trotz said he doesn't expect any of the three injured players to return to the lineup for tomorrow's game against Chicago. Vokoun has missed three straight games with lower back pain, Sullivan four straight with a strained groin and Zidlicky six straight with a shoulder injury.

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PJ Talks Hockey With Zany Sports Lady

I have never heard about this lady, but PJ at Sharkspage did a very nice interview with her. Stephanie Peete talks Dallas Stars, the NHL and other topics. image

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Delay The Party

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

This is not the proper time to honor Al MacInnis, one of the greatest and classiest National Hockey League players of all time. The Blues should postpone the retirement of his sweater number until a much more appropriate time. We understand that tickets have already been sold and travel plans have already been made. But how can the Blues drag MacInnis and his family into this death march?
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Avoid The Sharks

from Terry Frei of ESPN,

The San Jose Sharks' climb back has been long and arduous, even after the benevolent Boston Bruins provided a huge shove of help from behind on Nov. 30. Only 8-12-4 at the time of the deal that brought Joe Thornton to San Jose, the Sharks finally seemed poised not only to secure a playoff spot but to be a bona fide threat to come out of the Western Conference. Actually, maybe it's something in the California water supply. The Sharks join the Mighty Ducks as the fast-closing West teams who fall under that time-honored heading: Teams You Want To Avoid In The First Round.
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We Protect The Pitcher?

from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (reg. req.),

The Thrashers lost largely without the services of goalie Kari Lehtonen —- unbeaten in shootouts and owner of the NHL's best save percentage in tie-breaking sessions —- who was injured on a play that angered Thrashers coach Bob Hartley. Hartley called Tampa Bay's Chris Dingman "the worst three-minute player in the league" and accused him of purposely running into Lehtonen in the collision that happened with 3:28 left in the first period, leaving Lehtonen with a sprained ankle and knocking him from the game. "He slid — bang! —- two feet in front of the goal," Hartley said of Dingman. "You can't get away with this." "Geez, you can't drive the goalie like this," Hartley said. "We protect the quarterback, the pitcher, what are waiting for?"

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Semin Deal Expected Next Week

from Tarki El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

The Washington Capitals are expecting highly touted prospect Alexander Semin to rejoin the team next season as negotiations to end his nearly two-year hiatus from the NHL enter their final stages. A deal is expected to be announced next week, according to a source. A first-round draft pick by the Capitals in 2002, Semin, 22, likely is the second-most skilled player in the organization behind Alex Ovechkin, the favorite to win the Calder Trophy as the NHL's rookie of the year.
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NHL Ratings

via the Philadelphia Inquirer,

According to Nielsen Media Research, ratings for the games of the new and improved NHL on NBC are down a whopping 21 percent from the numbers on ABC two years ago. Data from the league's OLN (One Lousy Network) telecasts will be available as soon as more than 17 people tune in to a game.
Don't blame me, I just report it... added 10:13am, via the NY Post (reg. req.),
Tuesday, during Flyers-Rangers, OLN kept posting a "We Believe In Hockey!" graphic. Considering that it appeared over the ice during play in a tight game, the message might have better read, "We Believe In Covering Hockey!" With :20 left in regulation, the score tied and play on, OLN put up a graphic giving Mike Knuble's game stats. Only when play stopped did OLN provide an unobstructed view of the ice.

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Rob Blake Not Thinking Contract

from the Denver Post,

Don't believe the Avalanche defenseman's recent surge in play has anything to do with the expiration of his contract in 10 days. Money is the last thing he is worried about, Blake says. Of course, money is important. Of course, his departure from the Kings had something to do with roughly 20 million extra dollars he could make with another team instead of the tight-fisted Kings. But Blake says his recent surge has nothing to do with his contract. "It's just not on my mind right now," said Blake, when asked about his contract status. "It's the same as when I came here. I could be a free agent that summer, too. When I came to Denver, it hit me real quick that the only thing anybody cared about around here was winning the Stanley Cup, and we did that.
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