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Tough Life

from Bob McGown (as a reminder, Bob does afternoon drive on The Fan 590 in Toronto) of Sportsnet,

The International Ice Hockey Federation has spared little expense on its headquarters for the Turin Games. It spent weeks sprucing up a rundown tennis and fitness club that's located just down the street from the main hockey venue, the Palasport Olympico. Carpets and drapes were changed, new flooring was installed. The catering company brought along a lovely wooden bar and some sumptuous leather club chairs and sofas. Starched white linens cover tables set with silverware and three different wine glasses. Preparations for the complimentary wining and dining members of the International Olympic Committee and the big wigs from the NHL, its players' association, and various national federations -- the House is not open to the public -- were not taken lightly.

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Miracle Turns Gray

from the Denver Post,

When does living in the past become redundant? Professionals skating at the Winter Games never can be as pure as the amateur love of the game and country. Get over it. "If people agree we should be here as pros, so be it," 35-year-old forward Doug Weight said. "The legacy of 1980 is the greatest upset ever, in any sport." A miracle is forever golden, but hockey in America has turned gray.

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I have received four emails today regarding a trade rumor that goes something like this- Sundin and someone for Datsyuk or Zetterberg. My response was Sundin's cap hit is roughly $6.8 million for this year and $6.3 for the next two years. Datsyuk hit is $3.9 for this year and about the same next year. Zetterberg's salary is $2.65 this year and maybe a bit higher next year. Enough said...for more about the rumor, check out A2Y and my 'sources' tell me this trade will never happen...

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Time Running Out For Pittsburgh

from the AP via the Times Leader,

With the Penguins now only 15 months away from the end to their Mellon Arena lease, Daly said there must be swift action in resolving the arena issue. "The time window for the Penguins to get financing on a new arena is short. I believe the city of Pittsburgh deserves to have the Penguins, but the Penguins also need a new building and they've needed a new one for years," Daly said.

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More Trade Talk

from TSN,

According to the Edmonton Journal, the Bruins and Flyers could be the most ardent pursuers of Blues LW Keith Tkachuk, who has a no-trade clause, but could waive it for what he deems the right team.
many more trade scenarios...

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Looking Ahead For Team USA

from the AP via ESPN,

Don't tell U.S. hockey players that the soft part of the schedule is over. Their Olympic experience, so far, has been anything but easy. After two games against teams considered to be the least formidable in Group B, the Americans sit in second place with three points (1-0-1). "There are so many great teams here that if you take a period off or a half a period off, you're going to lose the game," St. Louis Blues forward Keith Tkachuk said Friday.

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Sweden Upsets USA Women

Sweden has just upset the USA women in a shootout! Sweden onto the championship game on Monday against the winner of Canada/Finland. image

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Nashville Needs To Explain

from the Tennessean,

But when the Predators reassigned Scottie Upshall and Shea Weber to Milwaukee for the Olympic break, and then had defenseman Jamie Allison claimed off waivers by Florida, it left Nashville with just 19 players on its NHL roster — one short of the league minimum. As a result, the Predators had to recall one player from Milwaukee. The team chose Stevenson, who once again had to clear waivers on the way back to the NHL level. Dallas interrupted those plans by claiming the 6-foot-1, 215-pound forward, who'd posted seven points and 74 penalty minutes in 35 games with the Predators this season. Because Stevenson was claimed off waivers on his way back up to the NHL level, the Predators will have to pay half of what remained of Stevenson's $450,000 salary this season.

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Forsberg In Lineup

via the IIHF,

Peter Forsberg practised today with Team Sweden and the star showed no ill effects from his nagging groin injury that forced him to miss the team's first two games of these 2006 Olympics. As a result, he will be in the lineup tomorrow at 5.00pm when Tre Kronor plays Latvia at Palasport.

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Resting Day

from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

Assessment was the order of the day for the 12 teams taking part in the 2006 Winter Olympic men's hockey tournament Friday. With no games scheduled, teams used the time off for practices and meeting, preparing for the final three games of the preliminary round, which will tell the tale for many when it comes to making the jump to the medal round.
read on...Phil breaks down all of the men's teams...

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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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