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Hollerin’ Contest

from the Herald-Sun,

"Anytime you're talking about a game where Carolina is part of the equation, I don't think anybody would have taken the highlighter to it [before the season]," Hurricanes coach Peter Laviolette said with a laugh after Thursday's morning skate at the RBC Center. Particularly not one against Nashville. But this season, grits and greens have seemed to go along with hockey pretty well. If the season ended today, the Atlanta Thrashers also would be in the playoffs. "Nashville's got a great team," Laviolette said. "They remind me of us, Buffalo and Montreal. It's a fast-skating type team, and this should be a fun game."

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Devils Get A New Home

from the New Jersey Devils,

New Jersey Devils Chairman Jeff Vanderbeek stated that, “The Devils are ecstatic that we have concluded an agreement with the City of Newark that ensures the Newark Arena will be our home starting with the 2007/08 season, and for many years thereafter!
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Arena Gardens

from the Eye Opener,

It was the building where everything begins. The date was Christmas Day, 1912. It was a mild winter night with temperatures hovering above freezing -- 32 F, as the metric system had not yet been accepted in Canada. A crowd of nearly 4,000 people gathered at newly opened Arena Gardens, situated on Mutual St., just south of Dundas St. The crowd, consisting mostly of men wearing suits and ties and holding top hats and canes, buzzed with conversation of business and the advancing war in Europe as it waited to enter the arena.
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Observations At The Wings Game

I attended the Wings/Flyers game tonight at JLA and Philly looked like a tired team. Playing last night in Chicago and being on the road for the longest road trip in NHL history had to make this a tough game for them. Wings scored five goals in the 3rd period and won 6-3. Nittymaki is a good, young goalie, but the Wings game plan was to shoot high all night long and it worked. The Wings actually had a game down low and it paid off for them. Nice to see Yzerman pass Gordie in all-time assists, he received a standing O for the accomplishment and Steve looks to be improving his game more and more everyday. If used correctly, he will be a positive when the playoffs roll around. Zetterberg returned to the wing and formed a line with Shanahan and Datsyuk. Shanny had four helpers, Datsyuk and Z were 2/2 giving the line a total of 12 points. Again, Philly was on the last leg of a road trip that started on December 23rd, looked fatigued at times and did not play as well as they can. Wings on the other hand, looked like the dominant team and a good win leading up to the NBC game againt the NYR on Saturday afternoon.

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Brent Sutter Staying Put For Now

from the CP via Yahoo,

Brent Sutter said he's not leaving his Red Deer Rebels for the NHL anytime soon and wishes the speculation on his future would die down for the sake of the major junior hockey team he owns, manages and coaches.
more note: I am at the Wings game tonite so updates may be brief in nature.

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Report- Luongo Offered Long Term Deal

from Sportnet,

Amid ongoing speculation Roberto Luongo is, or will be an available asset, Sportsnet has learned it is the Florida Panthers intent to sign their star goaltender to a multi-year contract. Sources told Sportsnet Luongo has been offered a five-year deal believed to be worth as much as $30 million US.

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The Maven On The Islanders

from Stan Fischler of Fox Sports,

Denis Potvin, Steve Tambellini, Brent Sutter, Neil Smith — where are you now that the Islanders need you? The same may be said for Dave Lewis, Butch Goring — and once more, Brent Sutter. ...Whatever happens, we are witnessing a monumental change in the Islanders and one that Wang hopes will turn his franchise back to respectability. "Making the playoffs is not enough," Wang concludes. "We want to bring another Stanley Cup to Long Island."
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Bettman On Fox News

Gary Bettman was just on Fox News with Neil Cavuto. It was about a four minute interview, done live and Bettman handled himself well. Cavuto asked a few questions about attendance, fighting and mentioned scoring was down (Neil admitted he doesn't know much about hockey) and Bettman corrected him. The best thing about the interview, while they were talking a highlight clip was playing and featuring Crosby, AO, Spezza and even the Malik shootout goal. Finally, they NHL is getting it!!!

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Old School- Flyers Beat Red Army

from the Philadelpia Flyers,

The defending 1975 Stanley Cup Champion Philadelphia Flyers became the first team to defeat the Central Red Army hockey team on January 11, 1976. In honor of that tremendous victory, during the Flyers-Colorado Avalanche game on Saturday, January 14, the Flyers’ will reunite members of that remarkable team. “It was important that we upheld the prestige of hockey in North America,” said Joe Watson. “We wanted to prove that we were the best team in hockey. We played with a lot of emotion and it showed throughout the entire game. Our intensity never let up and we were very proud of our accomplishment.”
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Mark Messier Photo Tribute

Instead of pointing to all of the Messier stories available today and probably tomorrow, I decided to pay tribute to him in pictures while with the Rangers (except the last one). Celebrating a goal Waiving goodbye Moose with Susan Sarandon and Timothy Robbins A painting of Mark Skating with the Stanley Cup Big Head Mark Caricature Yucking it up with Jagr Messier with hair and Gary Coleman image

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