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The Troubled NHL

from the Bangkok Post,

In order to win back fans and once again set about trying to attract new ones, hockey this season has installed more gimmicks than an FTA negotiating team. The public has responded with about as much passion as an expressway attendant making change. In some cases, the brand new, updated, thrilling innovations have turned off the fans. The most talked about twist is the penalty shootout, designed to eliminate that most abhorred of all sporting results in North America _ a draw. Under new rules, any game still tied after regulation time plus five minutes of sudden-death overtime is decided by the soccer-type shoot-out. Of 694 games prior to last weekend, 71 ended in shootouts.
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Stars Go About Their Business

from George Johnson of ESPN,

Let them twang the praises of the surprise package from Music City. Or drone on about the Red Wings' still-fearsome firepower. Or analyze the Vancouver-Calgary-Edmonton-Colorado power bloc, relentlessly hammering away at each other in the Northwest Division. They don't take it personally in Big D. "We just quietly go about our business," Stars coach Dave Tippett said.
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Oilers Contemplating Moves

from the CBC,

According to a report, Lowe has already talked Cal Nichols – the chairman of the investors group that owns the Oilers – about adding payroll. With $33 million US already committed to players, the Oilers can spend up to another $6 million and still not exceed the NHL's salary cap. "I'm sure he's looking," said Oilers defenceman Chris Pronger, when asked about the possibility of Lowe pulling the trigger on a trade.
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Meet Karen Newman

Most of you are familiar with Karen Newman, the official National Anthem singer at Detroit Red Wings home games. Karen was kind enough to answer a few questions I had for her. Q. Karen, how long have you been singing at the Red Wing games and how did you get the job? Karen Newman: Approximately 14 seasons. I was spotted by the Red Wings organization singing for the Detroit Pistons and was invited to sing for the Wings. Atanas Ilitch then offered me the exclusive position with the Wings and I've been with them ever since. It is a real honor. Q. Were you a hockey fan before becoming the anthem singer, and growing up, were you involved in athletics at all? KN: Always loved Red Wing hockey. Grew up watching them on TV (or hearing my dad watch while we were supposed to be sleeping). Although I can't skate (surprised) I was involved with athletics growing up (cheerleading, Captain of Grand Blanc High School Swim Team - I was a diver). Q. Who is your favorite non-Wing player, and has any player said anything to you that stands out after singing the anthem? KN: Favorite non Wing player is Sergei Fedorov (wish he was still a Wing). No, never had much conversation with any of the players over all these years. Made some cool eye contact with ex Wings players who we played against- Mike Vernon, Chris Osgood (welcome back), Darren McCarty. They have given me a smile before I sing which puts me in a nice mood. That has meant a lot to me. Q. A little background on what is coming up for Karen Newman. Any tours in the future, etc.... KN: Just finished a successful Christmas concert at Andiamo's Celebrity Showroom. That was fun! Looking to play this Spring/Summer with the same great band. May be recording some new material soon.....stay tuned to my website! Q. What is favorite sport? KN: HOCKEY!! Q. What one thing do you want to do career wise that you have not done yet? KN: One of my dreams is to host my own mid morning or afternoon talk show on television. Q. I have to ask, have you ever forgotten the words to the anthem? KN: Never (thank God) forgotten the words to the national anthem but zoned out once and stuttered on one of the lyrics.....close! Q. My one request, when a Canadian team visits the Joe, can you sing part of the Canadian Anthem in French like they do in Toronto and Montreal? KN: I'm not sure the U.S. audience would respond positively to my singing part of the Canadian Anthem in French. I, like you, think it sounds beautiful done in French. Hmmmm.....maybe I'll consider it. Q. What do you do or go when you need to get away for a bit? KN: My favorite get away is Scottsdale, AZ to visit my twin sister, Kathy. We do the whole resort, yoga, shopping, clubbing "thing". Not in that order! Q. With your busy schedule, has there ever been a time where you just made it to the Joe to sing the anthem? If so, what were the circumstances? KN: I run late for EVERYTHING in my life...Hey I was born second after my twin! Closest I've come is 13 seconds on the clock. Scary! This season, my Executive Assistant, Stacia makes sure I'm down to the Joe on time. Q. Do you ever have a chance to talk with the other anthem singers in the different cities? Is there someone you most admire in another city? KN: I've met the anthem singer for the Coyotes. Nice guy! Great voice! Q. Anything else we should now about you, that maybe hockey fans don't know? KN: I love hockey, rock and roll and my twins, Kylie and Dylan! I have no tattoos or strange body piercings...I have a hot temper but prefer loving to fighting. Unless I'm waiting 24. Jack Baur kicks ass! Once again, thanks to Karen for taking time out from her very busy schedule to answer my questions. Thanks to her, the Wings games always start out on the right note! image

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Scott Niedermayer Has Bad Knee

via Sportsnet,

The Canadian Olympic defensive corps is depleting by the day. Sources tell Sportsnet Scott Niedermayer, one of the country's most-decorated international athletes, is pondering a decision which may stand in the way of helping Canada defend gold next month in Turin, Italy.
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Kariya Studies All The Moves

from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

"He's the most cerebral player I've ever coached," Predators coach Barry Trotz said. "It's like having another coach out there on the ice. I can tell a player this or that and it's so much lip-service. It falls on deaf ears. But Paul can say the same thing ... and it just clicks with the guys. I've never seen anything like it."
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Penguin Patrol

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

As a lifelong fan of the Pittsburgh Penguins, Amy Egnot is living her dream of being a member of the organization. No, she doesn't play hockey, but she is a member of the Penguin Patrol, a squad of men and women who serve to rouse the crowd, work at autograph sessions and help at promotional events. About 100 hopefuls sought the open slots, and Egnot was one of the lucky ones to walk away with the coveted Penguin Patrol uniform.
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Arnason Gets The Message

from the Chicago Sun-Times,

With the trade deadline coming up on March 9, Arnason would likely be a player contending teams would like off the Hawks' roster. He doubts a trade would be in his best interests, however. "I like Chicago. I like the Blackhawks,'' he said. "I want to make it work here.'' The reaction to Arnason's benching somewhat surprised Yawney. "He's no different than anyone else,'' Yawney said. "No one talked about it when I sat Jassen Cullimore, Todd Simpson or Jim Dowd. They're all veterans who sat out. Arnie's part of the team, and my obligation is that if a player isn't performing, he has to be held accountable.''
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Forsberg- “It Doesn’t Feel Good”

from the AFP via Yahoo,

Peter Forsberg, expected to lead Sweden at the Turin Olympics next month, aggravated a groin injury in Philadelphia's National Hockey League loss to Montreal. Signed as a free agent in August, Forsberg was playing in just his second game after missing a pair with a groin ailment. "I felt it right away," Forsberg said. "Its not like last time when it was coming on and on throughout the game, this time it was kind of like a more sharp pain right off the bat. "I dont think I came back too early," he added. "I played a game and it was fine. In three or four practices there was no problem. I felt good for a couple of days."
more update 2:42pm, from the AP via Sports Illustrated,
Peter Forsberg will miss at least two games with a slight tear in his left groin, a recurring injury that sidelined the Philadelphia Flyers' star center two games last week.
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Chara Situation

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Getting Zdeno Chara signed before the end of the season is going to be a tall task for the Senators. While the Senators defenceman told the Sun yesterday that his agent Matt Keator is willing to hold contract talks, Chara was also quick to add that his top priority is winning the Stanley Cup. And Chara understands -- as a free-agent to be -- if he doesn't have a new contract in place by the March 9 NHL trade deadline, the Senators could trade him.
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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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