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Surviving The Marathon

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The NHL returned to action Tuesday after the 15-day Torino Olympic break. For teams from coast to coast, the next 50 days between Feb. 28 and the final regular season games on April 18 promise to be a blur. Teams will play anywhere between 23 to 26 games during this period, essentially one every other night. It is a schedule that will test the resolve of players, the depths of organizations and the wherewithal of coaches and their staffs, to say nothing of the training staffs who will have to patch together lineups every 48 hours or so.

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Laughed At Leafs

from the Toronto Sun,

Darcy Tucker accused some Washington Capitals of "laughing" at the Maple Leafs in the waning moments of the Caps' 5-3 victory last night. Tucker refused to identify any of the alleged snickering visitors, only remarking that "it just wasn't fun."

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Roenick Goes Silent

from the LA Times,

The mouth that roared, but never bored, is on sabbatical. The Kings' Jeremy Roenick, faced with what could be the final leg of his NHL career or a cleansing strong finish to a frustrating season, has gone mum, turning down interview requests the last two days. Whether he is ready to let his play do the talking remains to be seen.
more (reg. req.)

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Can’t Shake Forsberg

Why is it that whenever I catch a glimpse of the latest issue of Wired, I see Peter Forsberg? image

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Rule Changes Start Tonight

I just read on the Ice Block that the NHL will institute some rule changes starting tonight. David caught it on TSN in an article about the Flames and Canucks. You would think this would be getting more press than what it is getting, but this is the first I have heard of it.

Beginning tonight pucks fired directly over the glass in the defensive zone are no longer an automatic two minute minor. If a puck is deflected, batted or gloved over the glass and the referee deems it unintentional, it is no longer a penalty. Also, all sticks will be measured before shooters take part in the shootout. If a stick is illegal, its owner is sent back to the bench for a legal stick.
update 5:22pm, Thanks to KK reader Clancy for giving me the heads up- NHL.com has the complete language of the rule changes.

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Holik Activated

via the Atlanta Thrashers,

The Atlanta Thrashers have activated forward Bobby Holik from Injured Reserve (foot), and have placed forwards Patrik Stefan (sports hernia, retroactive to Feb. 12), and J.P. Vigier (knee, retroactive to Feb. 10) on Injured Reserve, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.

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Give AO A Name

MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 28, 2006--With all the attention CCM's new star player is receiving these days, Alexander Ovechkin and CCM are reaching out to fans to help him find a cool nickname. The young Washington Capitals recruit, who is taking the hockey world by storm with his agility and talent on the ice, is said to be following in the footsteps of such hockey distinguished as The Rocket, The Great One, The Magnificent and many other sports legends whose nicknames remain forever engraved in our memories. Fans of Alexander Ovechkin can get in the game from February 28th to March 12th by registering on www.ccmsports.com and submitting a nickname they think best reflects this athlete's individuality, both in his style and performance. After a careful review of all submissions, Alexander Ovechkin himself will select his Top 5 favourite nicknames. Fans will then be able to vote online for the nickname they prefer among Ovechkin's selection. more- cool video at ccmsports but if you are work, you may want to turn down your speakers.

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The Maven- “Rangers Are Legitimate Cup Contenders”

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Henrik (Henny) Lundqvist’s Torino triumph has turned the Rangers into a legit Stanley Cup contender. The feeling along Scouts Row is that the Blueshirts require one more capable D-man to make them legitimate contenders with a Capital L! -The March 9 trade deadline is too late for a few managerial types. Some would like it pushed to February. -Who are the toughest defensemen, one-on-one in the NHL? Jarome Iginla names Adam Foote, Mattias Ohlund and Chris Pronger.

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You Want Answers

from Bob Duff of MSNBC,

Will it be Alexander Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby that’s foremost among the first-year players? Can the Carolina Hurricanes maintain their surprising pace? Why does bathroom tap water always taste better than kitchen tap water? So many questions. You want answers? Well, pay attention-
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Witt Could Be Moved At Any Time

GM George McPhee of the Washington Capitals was just on Leafs Lunch and states he would move Witt today if the right offer was made. It is just a matter of time, has talked to several teams and just waiting for the right offer. George mentioned he doesn't want to trade him, but Witt wants a chance at the Cup. He said he is tired of trading for prospects because most of the time they never work out. The trade may sound good at the time, but down the road the prospects never reach their potential.

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