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Spector seems to be having a tough opening few days of 2007.  His website is down but is keeping fans updated at his Fox Sports blog...

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A Marriage Made In Heaven

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...Yzerman, meanwhile, became one of a handful of NHL players that ended his career in the same place it began — in Detroit, with a Red Wings’ team that soon grew to appreciate all the things, obvious and subtle, that he did for them. Yzerman acknowledged that he didn’t know much about Detroit when he first arrived. He learned about their history early on, whenever Gordie Howe or Ted Lindsay dropped by the dressing room. In the end, he contributed greatly to that history, which is why Jersey No. 19 was raised to the rafters on Tuesday night at Joe Louis Arena, culminating a remarkable career that began as an awkward coupling - and ended up as a marriage made in heaven.


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Three Stars This Week

Ottawa Senators goaltender Ray Emery, Los Angeles Kings left wing Alexander Frolov and Vancouver Canucks left wing Daniel Sedin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Dec. 31.

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Terrible News On A Day For A Celebration

Christy from Behind the Jersey was first to report…

Earlier this morning, two employees were found stabbed to death inside Cheli’s Chili in downtown Detroit. It is believed that they were killed while preparing to open the restaurant/bar for the day.

read more at BTJ...

Update Jan 3/07 9:50 a.m. ET:
A suspect has been taken into custody for this terrible crime. You can read more details at TSN.

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Nedved To Edmonton

Leafs Lunch reporting the Oilers have picked up Nedved.

added 12:20pm, via TSN,

Sources tell TSN that after two previous trips through the waiver wire this season, Nedved was claimed on re-entry waivers from the Philadelphia Flyers by the Edmonton Oilers.

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One More To The Rafters

I am officially in Steve Yzerman mode for the next 24 hours.

Phil Coffey of NHL.com also weighs in on the festivities…

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Alex talks Ted into helping him get a bag of chips…


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One Side Of Steve

from Eric Adelson of ESPN The Magazine,

...The phone soon rang, and the caller ID read “BLOCKED.” Brant picked up anyway. “Hi, is Brant there?” The voice was quiet. Brant couldn’t place it. Then: “This is Steve Yzerman.”
Suddenly, Brant was taking Braxton out of school for a completely different reason—to drive him to Red Wings practice. “It was mind-blowing,” he said. Braxton’s eyes bulged as he saw in real life all the players he watched on television on so many nights. And then, right there in front of him, stood his hero.
Yzerman did not pat him on the head or lift his eyebrows in compassion; everyone in Detroit knows The Captain doesn’t do maudlin. “There are some people who know he’s sick,” Brant said. “They ask how he’s feeling. That makes him feel different. Steve didn’t do that.”

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Tampa Trying To Make The Right Trade

from the St. Petersburg Times,

“One thing I’m always very mindful of is the chemistry,” Feaster said Monday. “I like this group. From that standpoint I don’t want to take out the wrong piece.
“We have a group that can and should win. When you’re not winning consistently, you wonder, ‘Do we just need to be shaken up?’ I don’t like doing deals for that reason.”
The deal Feaster wants is for a puck-moving defenseman. He has about $1.2-million of cap space that could be expanded depending on the trade.
Feaster reiterated he is not interested in losing Vinny Lecavalier, Marty St. Louis, Brad Richards or Dan Boyle. He declined to identify players who are part of the discussions, but speculation includes forwards Vinny Prospal, Ruslan Fedotenko and Andreas Karlsson and defenseman Luke Richardson, whose ice time has been limited.


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WJC: No Guarantee of NHL Success

Guest Submission by Joe Pelletier

Every year I await the World Junior Hockey Championships with great anticipation. I’ve been watching religiously since 1989, and over the years I have become enamoured with the next generation of Canadian superstars.

I remember Rob Cimetta’s 7 goals in 7 games back in 1989. Dan Ratushny captained the 1990 team to a gold medal, thanks to the scoring exploits of Dave Chyzowski, Mike Needham and Dwayne Norris. Who can forget John Slaney’s gold medal winning goal on Saskatoon ice. From 1993 through 1997, Canada won five consecutive gold medals, thanks to the heroics of players like Brent Tully (all star in 1993), Martin Gendron, Yanick Dube, Rick Girard (scoring leaders in 1994), Marty Murray, (scoring leader, Best Forward directorate award in 1995), Jason Botterill (3 gold medals – 1995, 1996, and 1997), Christian Dube and Cameron Mann (scoring leaders 1997).

Did you notice anything odd about that list of excellence?

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