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from today's online chat with Alexander Ovechkin at NHL.com,

Hello Alexander! Do you have a role model in the NHL? Who have you modeled your game after? Alexander Ovechkin I want to be a passer like Pavel Datsyuk and a scorer like Ilya Kovalchuk. I admired Pavel Bure and Igor Larionov growing up. I watched Owen Nolan and the San Jose Sharks and Jarome Iginla and the Calgary Flames a lot before I came to the U.S.
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Hockey Finishes Sixth

from Harris Interactive,

Professional football continues to surge in popularity as one-third (33%) of U.S. adults who follow at least one sport say it is their favorite sport. This is up three points from last year. Baseball slips slightly again this year, dropping to 14 percent, down one point from last year. Coming close on the heels of baseball is college football (13%) followed by auto racing (11%). While both of these have seen a rise in the past year, racing is up four points this year, most likely as a result of NASCAR’s increasing popularity.
see the results...hockey (5%) followed auto racing but is on the rise...

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Lalime On The Bus Now

from the CP via Slam,

Only three years removed from a 39-win season with the Ottawa Senators, Patrick Lalime is coming to grips with riding the buses in the American Hockey League. "It's a little bit back to reality here in Peoria," Lalime said this week from a hotel room in the Illinois town he now calls home.
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Forsberg Will Miss At Least One Game

from the AP via the Centre Daily Times,

Just when it seemed the Philadelphia Flyers were getting healthier, their best player got hurt. Peter Forsberg will miss at least one game with a groin injury, though the five-time All-Star doesn't expect to be sidelined for long. "It's nothing bad," Forsberg said Wednesday. "I hope I can play Saturday. The plan is to skate Friday and see how it goes. It's tough with groins. You don't want to come back too early. It's something you have to be careful with."
Also, Zetterberg is out for tonight's Columbus game and Schneider is suffering from the flu and probably out too.

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Cairns To Pittsburgh

from Fan590 Toronto, Pittsburgh picks up Eric Cairns from Florida for a draft pick. Looks like he will ride shotgun for Crosby. update 3:03pm, from Sportsnet,

In an effort to ward off those who take liberties on star rookie Sidney Crosby, sources tell Sportsnet the Pittsburgh Penguins have acquired towering defenceman Eric Cairns from the Florida Panthers. In exchange, the Panthers will receive a 6th-round draft pick in the 2006 entry draft.

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Foote Back

from the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated defenseman Adam Foote off Injured Reserve, placed forward Mike Rupp on Injured Reserve and recalled forward Mark Hartigan from the American Hockey League's Syracuse Crunch, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today. Foote and Hartigan are expected to be in the lineup tonight when Columbus hosts the Detroit Red Wings.

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Judge Dismisses Ovechkin Suit

via TSN,

A judge in Washington, D.C., has dismissed a lawsuit by Moscow Dynamo to have Capitals' star Alexander Ovechkin returned to the Russian League team. Dynamo wanted the U.S. court to enforce a Russian arbitrator's ruling that it still owns the rights to the 2004 No. 1 overall pick and leading candidate for the Calder Trophy.

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Turco Out With Lower Body Injury

via the AP,

The Dallas Stars called up goaltender Mike Smith from Iowa, because Marty Turco will miss tonight's game against Atlanta because of a "lower-body injury", officials announced today. Turco, Dallas officials said, is day-to-day.

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It Is Official- Palffy Retires

from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Pittsburgh Penguins right wing Ziggy Palffy has announced his retirement, effective immediately, due to personal reasons.
update 12:39pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
About the only upside to Palffy's retirement decision is that it will give the Penguins some salary-cap relief. Last summer, he signed a three-year, $13.5 million contract with the team after spending the previous five seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. They will almost certainly apply for an injury-exemption, which would free up some salary-cap space for the team. Chances are, with the Penguins sinking fast, they may not even bother using the room.
more update 3:15pm, more from the Pittsburgh Penguins,
“Everyone was surprised,” Penguins General Manager Craig Patrick said. “[Tuesday] was a day off [for the team]. Ziggy came into my office around 9:30 [a.m.] and wanted to talk to me. We talked about a lot of things. At the end he said he wanted to retire for personal reasons. After our discussion, I understand all his issues and I respect his decision. He’s ready to move on from hockey.”
update 4:18pm, Jess at Hockey Rants takes a look back at Ziggy's career.

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Chat With Ovechkin

Just a reminder, the NHL.com chat with AO is 1:00pm today.

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