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Center Ice is once again having a free preview from January 10th-16th.

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Chicago Losing Streak Reaches 10 Games

from the Chicago Tribune,

Just 41 games into his NHL coaching career, Yawney is faced with holding together a team whose high hopes at the start of the season have been obliterated at just the halfway point. "Anybody that's ever been involved in a sporting event knows there is no magic pill you can buy that's going to change everything," Yawney said. "I'm disappointed for the players because they are working hard and they deserve better, but at the same time, we have to keep forging ahead."
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Primeau Update

from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

No one knows when or if Primeau will play again this season. He is wearing a tinted visor on the ice to filter out bright light and reduce the spinning sensation he sometimes feels. He still is experiencing some concussion symptoms. "The spinning sensation that I was having, it's subsiding and doing a lot better," he said. "It's really a visual thing when I start handling a puck. Things move quicker in front of me that I can't concentrate on, and that is when I get the spinning, and it aggravates that sensation."
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Kolzig Planning To Stay In Washington

from Tarik El-Bashir,

Kolzig said he expects his agent, Art Breeze, to speak by telephone with Capitals General Manager George McPhee in the coming days about a deal that will ensure the goaltender's career will end in the city where it began. The 35-year-old Kolzig, one of the league's best goaltenders and the heart of the Capitals' locker room, repeatedly has said he wants to finish his career in Washington. His feelings haven't changed, he reiterated yesterday. McPhee and Coach Glen Hanlon have said they consider Kolzig to be a key cog in the team's rebuilding blueprint.
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The Rangers Improve

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Post has learned that Sykora, who grew up in Martin Straka's hometown of Plzen in the Czech Republic and lists No. 82 as his idol in his Anaheim media-guide bio, phoned Sather on Dec. 10 (with Anaheim GM Brian Burke's permission) to inform the GM that he wanted to come to New York. That was the night assistant GM Don Maloney was dispatched to Montreal to watch Sykora against the Canadiens. The Rangers yesterday became much better and they became that much more dangerous in adding a legitimate top-six forward who not only bolsters their credibility on the attack, but allows Tom Renney to move Steve Rucchin into a more appropriate checking role.
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Canadiens Not Making The Grade

from the Montreal Gazette,

If the goal is to make the playoffs, the Canadiens have reached the midway point in the National Hockey League season with a failing grade. There are any number of reasons that can be offered to explain the poor performance. Inconsistent goaltending, injuries and difficulty adjusting to the new rules have been cited as factors in the team's slide after the best start in the team's history. The bottom line is that the points the Canadiens squirreled away in the fall haven't been enough to keep the team in the top eight in the Eastern Conference.
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Report- Sykora To Rangers

via Sportsnet,

The New York Rangers have acquired Petr Sykora from the Anaheim Mighty Ducks along with a fourth-round pick in exchange for defenceman Maxim Kondratiev, Sportsnet has learned.
update 3:30pm, Confirmed by the NY Rangers...

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Mascot Stunt Goes Bad

from the AP via the Chicago Tribune,

A man who plays the role of Puckhead, the unofficial mascot of the Johnstown (Pa.) Chiefs hockey team, was burned when his fake beard and jersey ignited during a fire-breathing stunt that went awry. John Robertson, who has played the role for several years, was entertaining the crowd before the start of a game Friday night against the Reading Royals when he was injured. According to witnesses, Robertson poured the flammable liquid into his mouth and tried to light it, but it didn't work. When he tried a second time, Robertson's fake beard and jersey caught fire.
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They Love Ice “Hokey”

from the Edmonton Sun,

Like a wandering knight-errant of old, former Edmonton Oiler and 10-year NHL veteran Shjon Podein is roaming far from home in search of not-so-chivalrous adventure. A week before Christmas, the Ice Bucks were in Harbin, China, to take on the hometown Dragons. Hanging from the rafters were English-challenged banners proclaiming "Harbin Love Ice Hokey!" - a not-so-subtle reminder that credibility might still be a bit of a problem. But on the upside, there are no squabbles over salary caps or revenue sharing - just a genuine affinity for binq-cho, something most folks in the People's Republic have seen only in 30-second clips on TV sports highlight shows.
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Smoking Hawks

from the Chicago Tribune,

"It was just a different time," Mikita went on. "I'm not proud of it, but I smoked too. I haven't had a cigarette for 15 or so years, thank goodness. But I smoked as a kid growing up in Canada because I thought I was the Marlboro Man. And I smoked as a player. Smoked between periods. Five or six of us would go the washroom for a smoke."
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