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Lemieux Contemplating Retirement

from Sportsnet,

There are rumblings in Pittsburgh that owner/forward Mario Lemeiux (sp) might be planning yet another retirement. Nothing definite yet and the decision may well be put on hold depending on whether or not Lemieux is named to the Canadian Olympic team, but sources tell Sportsnet.ca that Lemieux's unproductive play of late is not totally the result of his battling a stomach virus and that he simply isn't able to keep up in the now fast-paced NHL.
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Trades Could Heat Up

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

The NHL trading game, which has been far more active than two months ago when they dropped the puck to start the new season, could get even more interesting as December moves along. Just about every team in the league has passed the one-third mark of its schedule and the halfway point comes for most teams in early January. At that stage, some players that were virtually untradeable at the start of the season should start to come into play on the open market: Namely, the established veteran that was overpriced in October, but suddenly looks a lot less expensive as the games click off the schedule.
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NHL POW- Marleau & Vokoun

via NHL.com,

San Jose Sharks center Patrick Marleau, who led all scorers with six points (one goal, five assists) in three games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, December 4. Nashville goaltender Tomas Vokoun, who backstopped the Predators to three consecutive victories, one by shootout, and recorded a 1.30 goals-against average and .952 save percentage, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.

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Living A Dream

from the Marpac News,

As a teenager, Keith Diakiw daydreamed every hockey fan’s fantasy: to be an Edmonton Oiler and play alongside Wayne Gretzky in game seven of the Stanley Cup finals. His daydream went like this: In the dying moments of a tie game the Oilers race toward the opposing team’s net, Gretzky in lead with the puck. Diakiw dekes out the defenceman, takes a drop pass from number 99 and with the cup title resting on his shoulders, Diakiw scores the winning goal. That dream melded with reality last month when the 33-year-old reservist from HMCS Nonsuch attended Wayne Gretzky Fantasy Camp IV in Glendale, Arizona, Nov. 12 to 18.
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A Transition Year

from the Meridian Booster (Alberta),

The league is in its adjustment period. Players have been playing the game a certain way for the past 15 years and they have been told to now do a complete 360 and play the exact opposite way. It will take time to change. It will not happen overnight and may in fact actually take the entire year to adapt, so be prepared for 15 power plays or more a night for the duration. So how is hockey better than it was 18 months ago? First and foremost there is a flow back in the game. Teams trade chances on a regular basis, not just once or twice a game on a defensive breakdown or a bad line change. The idea of coming from behind to win games has also returned. It used to be – unless of course you played for the Oilers – if you got a one or two goal lead you shut it down from there on out. You pull back into a defensive shell, only sending one forward deep on a forecheck, and protect the lead at all costs. Thusly we wound up with a plethora of 2-1 and 3-2 games with a combined 45 shots between the two sides.
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Bourque Has No Plans To Coach

from the Salem News,

Ray Bourque has absolutely no intentions of going behind the Bruins' bench to coach, or coaching anywhere else, the 22-year NHL veteran and Hall of Famer said. One sports talk show caller last week endorsed Cam Neely as the next B's coach and Bourque as the general manager. Sorry folks, but Bourque is officially a special consultant (on ice, helping coach the defensemen) and he's perfectly happy to be getting his feet wet and back in the organization, as he put it. The role fits him perfectly right now.
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Blog- A Few Appointments

I have a few appointments this morning. Posts should continue about 1pm today.

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Suites Help Close The Deals

from the Edmonton Journal,

Like a growing number of Edmonton corporate leaders, Prism Flow's co-owner sees the suite as a marketing tool that's invaluable in a hockey-mad town. "When we first contemplated getting one five years ago, we really wondered if (the $200,000) was worth it. We were considered a small company. It was a big step for us," O'Flynn said, wincing as the Oil fail to convert on one of 10 first-period shots. "But it has absolutely paid off for us, in ways I'm sure even we don't appreciate." This year, the Oilers rented all 66 of Rexall's executive suites, from the 39 on the main concourse to the 16 private "Sky Suites" high in Rexall's rafters. Another 11 suites are on the upper concourse, or "5th Level."
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Samsonov Out With Upper Body Nerve Symptoms

from the Boston Herald,

As Glen Murray made a slightly unexpected return to action last night after missing five games with a strained groin muscle, there was a far more unpredictable and potentially troubling turn of events for the Bruins: Winger Sergei Samsonov missed the game against the Canucks. In a terse announcement shortly before the start of play, the B’s announced that Samsonov experienced “upper body nerve symptoms,” was examined yesterday by Canucks team physicians and would return to Boston this morning for further tests.
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Look Out Ref

Hockey referee goes crashing (will open wmp video) into the boards, skate catches the glass.... image

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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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