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Rest In Peace Sabrina

If you live in the Detroit area and listen to sports talk radio, you knew of Sabrina. The girl with the fantastic voice and work ethic passed away last night. Sabrina fought to the end, and now is at peace. I am sure Sabrina would want you to celebrate her life, she was one-of-a-kind. A recent story about her appeared in the Detroit News and as her husband Steve said, ""At our worst times we don't look up and say, 'This mountain is so enormous I can't climb it.' We just look for the next rock." image

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What Happened To The Leafs

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

What happened to the Leafs' Stanley Cup aspirations? The last time the National Hockey League staged its annual clambake, the Leafs were considered to be a Stanley Cup contender. If not that year, then the next. They were close and they were building. Or so they told us. Now, all of a sudden, the Leafs are a team trying to convince its fans that making the playoffs and getting drubbed in the first round is a wonderful feat, a heroic achievement of mythic proportion, ranking up there with the labours of Hercules.
read on

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Chicago Greats Willing To Help

from the Chicago Tribune,

Hull said he has not been asked to be around to possibly offer insight or advice to current players. Certainly the game has changed over the years, but not so much that someone with 666 career goals as a Hawk couldn't offer some knowledge. "Maybe Stan (Mikita) and I didn't know enough about the game to be a part of it, I don't know," Hull said, certainly aware that wasn't true.

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Ted Picks The Favorites

from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,

I think now that the Carolina Hurricanes are the class of the East. Even though losing Erik Cole is a tremendous blow to the team, the acquisitions of Doug Weight and Mark Recchi will help make up for Cole's absence. In the West, I like Nashville, Dallas, Calgary and Detroit.
read why Ted likes these teams...

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Coaches On The Hot Seat

from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

In the case of the most likely candidate, Marc Crawford of the Vancouver Canucks, the perception appears to have logic behind it. After all, Crawford has been at the helm long enough to make this team his team and his team is failing miserably. The other coach, Tampa Bay's John Tortorella, doesn't have Crawford's long-term relationship but has similar problems with his team, problems complicated by the fact that he is considered so much of a hard-nosed taskmaster that he has already worn out his welcome with a team and in a market.

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Teams Depending On Young Goalies

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Much has been made of this season's doubly rich crop of NHL rookies and with good reason. Because of the excellence throughout the league, the inordinate influx of freshman goaltenders has not been given its full recognition. Collectively, the advancement of so many rookies at once is changing the landscape of top-level puck-stopping for years to come.

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Ruff Not Coaching Tonight

According to Buffalo's Best Blog, Lindy Ruff will miss tonight's game against the Thrashers.

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Stick Fiasco

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

What happens when you rush to correct a mistake you should have seen coming in the first place? You generally create an even bigger headache. Witness, the NHL shootout. Once the shining symbol of the excitement and innovation of the new NHL, the shootout has now degenerated into a shambling comedy of errors, leaving players frustrated and fans perplexed.
read on...and stories on the Stars and Brodeur too...

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POW- Nylander & Vokoun

via the NHL,

New York Rangers center Michael Nylander, who tallied eight points (three goals, five assists) in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, March 19. Nashville Predators goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who led the Predators to three victories with a 1.34 goals-against average, .951 save percentage and two shutouts, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.

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Breaking News- Two Years Late

from 9News,

Created: 3/9/2004 8:41 AM MST - Updated: 3/20/2006 9:01 AM MST The Colorado Avalanche acquired two-time All-Star Tommy Salo from the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday, bolstering their goaltending for the playoffs. Colorado also sent promising defenseman Derek Morris to Phoenix for center Chris Gratton in a four-player deal. The Avalanche will also get Coyotes' defenseman Ossi Vaananen and a second-round draft choice for unsigned defenseman Keith Ballard. "We are pleased to add two quality players to our roster," Avalanche president and general manager Pierre Lacroix said. "Both are young, talented players who have performed at this level for years and will add size and experience at both ends of the ice."
update 1:30pm, I removed the link to the story since it no longer works. Maybe they discovered their mistake.

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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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