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Hockey Career Path Decided Early

from the Hockey News,

With so many options available to teenage hockey stars – CHL, USHL, or NCAA – figuring out what is best for their burgeoning pro careers is a difficult decision. Imagine being 15 and deciding to move away from your parents in small-town Manitoba or Wisconsin to play on the other side of the continent for the Vancouver Giants or Boston College Eagles. Especially when, as Dennis MacInnis, director of scouting for International Scouting Services, noted, most boys that age are thinking about “driver’s licenses and girlfriends.”
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No Margin Of Error For Avs

from the Rocky Mountain News,

For a team accustomed to cruising along on pure talent for most of its Colorado run, it is something of an adjustment for the Avs to play the role of overachievers. But as you watch them battle for another division title missing not only Peter Forsberg and Adam Foote from the old days, but also Marek Svatos, Steve Konawalchuk and, now, Alex Tanguay, it is inescapable that their margin for error has disappeared.
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Did You Know…

George Mason University has a hockey team? The play in the Atlantic Coast Collegiate Hockey League (ACCHL), which is an ACHA Div II league. image

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Esche Believes He Isn’t The Starter

from the Philadelphia Daily News,

Robert Esche doesn't believe there is a goalie controversy. He doesn't think Ken Hitchcock is struggling to decide whether Esche or Antero Niittymaki is going to be the Flyers' starter when the playoffs begin or that his coach will wait until the end of the regular season to make his choice known. "The writing is on the wall," Esche said. "[Hitchcock] hasn't said anything to me, and I really don't know what's going to happen, but I'll bet you right now that [Niittymaki] is the starter and is going to be the starter for the rest of the year.
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OLN Tonight

Tonight's Wings/Blues game is on OLN and for those of you with high definition, it will also be on INHD2. Game time is 8:00pm and I believe OLN will have a pre-game show beginning at 7:30pm. update 3:30pm, Kings/Cancucks will follow the early game at 10:30pm, only on OLN.

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Young Lemieux Draws Attention

from the Beaver County Times,

Mikael Lemieux has mostly learned to ignore them, the misguided taunts directed his way during hockey games. But they all start pretty much the same way. "They'll be skating up behind me and say: 'You're not as good,'" Mikael Lemieux said. "People say that a lot. It's kind of hard." That's the life of a 16-year-old hockey player when your uncle was arguably the greatest player in NHL history. Mikael's father is Alain Lemieux, the older brother of Penguins owner and Hall of Fame center Mario Lemieux.
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Fleury Starting To Stand Out

from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

At a position where players are often more meticulous about their appearance than their superstitions, Fleury brings to the ice a pair of foam leggings that look as though he fashioned them from the remains of a back porch sofa. In an era when the Penguins have established themselves in sartorial officialdom as wearing black and Las Vegas Gold, Fleury comes out night after night in black and Blawnox Yella. But ugly as they are, the thing that Penguins opponents had been starting to observe about those pads is that they're becoming harder and harder to put a puck behind.
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Jacobs Blames Sinden & O’Connell

from the Boston Globe,

Not even three hours after Sinden rolled out his former GM's plight, and lent his credence, support, and sympathy, owner Jeremy Jacobs labeled that reasoning for the club's failures as a ''load of [expletive]." ''That's what I think of that," added Jacobs, whose ire over his all-but-dysfunctional NHL product finally has come to a head in recent days and weeks. ''I really do." Jacobs, while acknowledging he agreed with the pre-lockout business plan, one he said was structured by Sinden and O'Connell, made it clear he held the two accountable for not making the plan work. ''No one had a cleaner platter to build the team they wanted," said Jacobs, reached by telephone at his Florida home. ''A lot of the performances [of the players signed] fell far short of what was expected of them. So I don't share that belief. Who is [O'Connell] kidding?"
more added 7:36am, from the Boston Herald,
As one Bruins insider said, O’Connell had it worse than New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman when it came to constant phone calls from a meddling owner. If Orr, Lombardi or any other proven organizer were to consider this job, would they not insist on total power and autonomy? Would he not want the right to replace the staff, top to bottom? And would he not also insist, above all, that he not have to be answerable on a daily basis to an absentee owner in Buffalo or the 73-year-old Sinden?
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Jagr Deserves MVP

from Martin Brodeur, special to the Ottawa Sun,

The regular season is coming to an end and while the struggle for a berth in the post-season intensifies, sports journalists will soon be called to vote for the recipient of the prestigious Hart Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player. I'm not trying to influence anyone, but in my eyes, the No. 1 candidate is Jaromir Jagr.
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Roenick Breaks Ankle

via Sports Ticker,

Jeremy Roenick's disappointing season has come to an early end. The Los Angeles Kings announced the veteran center suffered a fractured ankle in Saturday's game against the Nashville Predators. Roenick sustained the injury with 9:47 remaining in the second period and had to be helped off the ice. The team did not disclose which ankle he injured.

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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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