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A Salute To Bill

Too good to pass this one up. From RWBill, a Red Wing fan posted at MLive,

The streaking Detroit Red Wings are establishing themselves as the odds-on favorite for early dismissal from the 2006 Stanley Cup playoffs by closing out a remarkable week with a polished 2-1 shootout loss to the Dallas Stars. The Stars, another former champion noted for playoff underachievement, had nothing but praise for the Wings. “They’re the favorite to be ousted early, no doubt about it. With 7 power plays and 28 shots they still lit the lamp just one time,” voiced an admiring Stars Captain Mike Modano. “The Wings set the standard. We can take away a lot from a game like this.”
read on...great tongue-in-cheek write-up...

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Just Say No

from the Courier Post,

Peter Forsberg has torn his groin three times in the past two months. Robert Esche has torn his groin twice in the past two months. Joni Pitkanen needed surgery to repair a sports hernia in early December and when he came back after seven weeks of therapy, he tore his groin. All three are planning to represent their countries in the Winter Olympics that begins 18 days from now in Turin, Italy. Here are three words of advice to Forsberg, Esche and Pitkanen, and for that matter, the rest of the NHL: Just Say No.

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They Said It

-Flyers general manager Bob Clarke understands Forsberg's Olympic desires. ''That's his decision,'' Clarke said. ''We wouldn't try to influence him either way. You would hope that the Swedes would not want him if he's not healthy. Why would you put a player who's hurt into a situation where he might play five or six days in a row? But, again, that's really up to them.''-via the Morning Call -"Instead of spending the last five minutes yelling at the referees about little slashing penalties -- the game's over, fellas -- get mad in the beginning," Wilson said. "Get mad at your teammates when they make a soft play or bail on a situation when they're trying to get the puck out. That's what they should be angry about, not the officiating."- San Jose coach Ron Wilson after losing to Phoenix 6-2, via the Contra Costa Times -"When I start thinking, I get in trouble." "I wasn't very good in the shoot-out," Legace said. "I like it (the shoot-out), but I watch too much video and I psyched myself out again, like I did the other night. "I'm a reaction goalie. I can't be thinking."- Wing goalie Manny Legace after losing to Dallas in a shootout, via the Detroit News

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Conspiracy Theory

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Perhaps its only a manifestation of this conspiracy-theorist mind, but forgive me for wondering whether the Islanders are being steered away from Dean Lombardi — only the best candidate for the GM post extant — by Gary Bettman because of a nasty feud between the former San Jose boss and the commissioner that began when Lombardi signed Owen Nolan to a free-agent contract in 2000 that included a lockout-protection clause the NHL grieved (and lost).
more (reg. req.)...don't miss the latest on the NHLPA...

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Teams Want Mogilny- Lou Says No

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It's believed Lamoriello has gotten calls from teams that are willing to pick up Mogilny if he's called up -- but has said no. The Devils have a chance to rid themselves of some problems, but appear to be ready to swallow the money. Not only does that not make any business sense, it makes you wonder who or what's making Lamoriello do this.

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Treating A Cold

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

It's all very well for hockey critics to suggest that the sport needs to crack down on the use of substances that are banned by the International Olympic Commission. But with Dick Pound, the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency, making outlandish, unsupportable allegations about substance-abuse in the NHL, and the United States Congress determined to turn the matter into a political football, a less-glamorous problem has been created. What should a sick hockey player do about a serious cough or cold that is affecting his game?
more...including Weight talk...

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Feeling Sorry For Chicago

from the Calgary Sun,

Tony Amonte experienced the Chicago Stadium roar. He saw how the Blackhawks faithful, crammed into the old arena and enlivened by the grand organ, would provide unparallelled home-ice advantage. Now, as part of the Calgary Flames, Amonte can't help but feel a twinge of pain. In Thursday's game between the Flames and Blackhawks, the United Center was half empty, as it will be today when they play the rematch.

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Luongo Contract Situation

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Roberto Luongo has officially turned down Florida's $30-million (U.S.), five-year offer and won't talk contract again until after the season. And it's believed that Luongo's agent Gilles Lupien has already hinted when talks do resume that he'll ask for more than $6-million a season and will want a four-year deal, not a five-year deal.

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Trading Belfour May Be Difficult

via Sportsnet,

Despite a steady stream of trade rumours, the possibility of Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour moving to another team may not be that simple. Sources tell Sportsnet Belfour has a no-trade clause in his contract and likely wouldn't waive it unless the interested team were to pick up the option on his contract next season.
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NBC Cuts Out Of Shootout

Turco throws his stick in a shootout attempt, NBC figures game is over and cut away. Meanwhile, the play is being reviewed and NBC is running commercials. Finally make it back while review is still going on. At least they realized their mistake and came back. Goal was awarded so shootout continues. Stars win in next round... Stars were up 2-1 going into the 3rd round of the shootout. Turco throws his stick as Zetterberg goes to the backhand and losses control of the puck. NBC signs off but I have the radio on while it is announced play is under review. Goal is awarded because Turco threw his stick and NBC realized their mistake and made it back in time. But, I am sure many people watching thought the game was over. Stars win in the next full round (after Legace made a save in the 3rd round) with Modano scoring on Legace after Lang was stopped by Turco.

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