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View Is Tough At The Top

from the St. Petersburg Times,

Funny, but they looked more graceful in the parade. Not at all like the clumsy, plodding and misguided hockey players we watched against Boston the other night. Strange, but they seemed so much larger in the posters. Not even close to the timid and hesitant bunch that showed up for the first week of a Stanley Cup title defense. Remarkable, but these guys looked nothing like hockey gods. No miracles, no parables, not even a parting of the neutral zone. They looked, almost, human.

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The Bystander

from Eric Duhatshek of the Globe and Mail,

The other shoe dropped on Tuesday and as it usually does in these situations, it landed with a thud on an innocent bystander named Brad Larsen. On the same day that Ilya Kovalchuk finally showed up for work, the Atlanta Thrashers assigned Larsen to their minor-league affiliate, the Chicago Wolves. Kovalchuk, the league's reigning goal-scoring champion, had been involved in a bitter contract dispute with the Thrashers that was finally resolved on Saturday when he agreed to a five-year, $32 million contract that will pay him an average of $6.4 million per season.

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Herb Brooks Selected To Olympic Hall Of Fame

from the Pioneer Press via the Mercury News,

Herb Brooks, the St. Paul kid who grew up to orchestrate one of the greatest moments in sports history, was selected Wednesday for induction to the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame. Brooks was involved in hockey at all levels before his death in an August 2003 car accident, but his signature achievement was leading the U.S. men's hockey team to the gold medal at the 1980 Winter Games in Lake Placid, N.Y.
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Thornton Out For Tomorrow

via the CP,

The Boston Bruins will face the Florida Panthers on Thursday night without the services of their top two centres. Star centre Joe Thornton has joined Alexei Zhamnov (shoulder) on the shelf. The Bruins sent Thornton, who is suffering from back spasms, home to Boston on Wednesday to get examined.

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OLN And Dish Network

from the Dallas Stars forum, a fan posted an email response from the Stars regarding OLN and Dish.

Thanks for your e-mail. The VP of Broadcasting from the NHL was here in Dallas tonight at the game and we asked him why certain areas of Dish Network coverage were not getting the Stars game vs. Phoenix on OLN. He informed us that several pockets of Dish Network around the country require that 40% or more of their subscribers sign up for OLN on a tiered format (a premium customers pay to get certain channels) to air their primary content (in this case - the NHL). If the subscriber base is less than 40% do not have OLN, they get "alternate programming." He told us that "OLN is well aware of the problem and they are in negotiations with Dish Network to clear this up so that 100% of their subscribers will get hockey every time it is on OLN." The league is also trying to help push this through so that all households can get OLN without a problem. The league faced a similar problem in 1993 when ESPN2 was launched. It took a couple of weeks to sort things out then and get ESPN2 in more and more homes, and the league tells us that OLN will grow very fast and get in many new households at a rapid pace. The Dallas Stars have expressed our high concern on this matter to the league, OLN and Dish Network. Both OLN and the league have promised us that they will stay on the issue and get it solved ASAP. We will stay on the matter to try and get it solved sooner than later.

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It Begins- Chapter 2

"It Begins" the second in the five-chapter "My NHL" film series, moves onto the ice! The second chapter opens with the hero's opponent, in black, eagerly awaiting the hero's arrival onto the ice. The hero emerges, and they lock eyes through a flashback-filled sequence of scenes from their previous battles. The film's climax focuses in on their verbal exchange at center ice as the puck drops and their epic rivalry begins anew. read on and view the viedeo...

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Avery Allegedly Makes Remark To Laraque

from Sportsnet,

Depending on whether Edmonton Oilers forward Georges Laraque chooses to make it an issue, Los Angeles Kings winger Sean Avery could be in hot water again. Sources tell Sportsnet that Avery allegedly directed a remark at Laraque during Tuesday night's game in Los Angeles, which prompted the Oilers to file a report with the NHL last night. However, no official on or off the ice heard anything. As a result, the league has had little choice but to leave the matter in the hands of Laraque to decide whether to file a complaint.

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How Much Is Left

from Sports Illustrated,

For an aging athlete, it's the toughest question to face: Is it time to retire? Future Hall of Famers Mark Messier, Al MacInnis, Ron Francis and Scott Stevens made the hard call -- and the right one -- prior to this season, opting to bow out gracefully instead of returning to the new-world NHL. Some of their peers, however, remain in skates, perhaps refreshed by having the previous year off due to the lockout and re-energized by a league that wants to create more flow and cut down on the restrictive elements of the game. Here's a look at the league's five top 40-and-over stars.
Chelios, Hasek, Hull, Lemieux and Yzerman are all included in the article.

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Q & A With Joe Thornton

from ESPN,

With the city of Boston waiting for the Bruins to join the Patriots and Red Sox in the championship circle, a lot of weight has been put on the broad shoulders of 26-year-old Joe Thornton. Joe went toe-to-toe with ESPN.com's David Amber and talked about everything from Tom Brady to the upcoming Olympics to the art of dropping the gloves. Q: If you had a chance to play with any one player in the league who you have not yet played with, whom would you like to be teammates with? A: Brett Hull or Jeremy Roenick. That would be fun. Those two guys have a lot of character. Brett scores so many goals and they both have great shots, so I think they would be pretty good to play with.

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Hockey Bloggers

Over the past week or so, I have added a few additional hockey blogs to the left sidebar. Please check them out, they are all well done and updated on a regular basis.

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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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