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Battle In The East

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

With just Pittsburgh and Washington certain to be watching the games on TV, that leaves eight teams in contention -- at least mathematically -- for the final three slots. Arguments can be made for the fates of each of these contenders, no matter which way you want to roll. Let's sort 'em out.

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Chris Gratton Signs Two Year Extension

via the Florida Panthers,

Florida Panthers General Manager Mike Keenan announced today that the club has agreed to terms with C Chris Gratton to a two-year contract extension.

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Long Time NHL Ref Red Storey Passes Away

via TSN,

The hockey world lost one it most colourful personalities as Hall of Fame official Red Storey passed away on Wednesday. He was 88. A multi-sport athlete who played baseball, football, lacrosse, and hockey in his youth, Storey played with the Toronto Argonauts, winning the Grey Cup in 1937 and 1938. A serious knee injury in 1941 ended his playing days on the field, and he switched his focus to hockey. After a brief stint with the Montreal Royals, he was hired as an official in 1950 by the NHL.
More on Red from the Legends of Hockey... update 12:40pm,
NEW YORK -- National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman released today the following statement regarding the passing of Hockey Hall of Fame member Red Storey: "Red Storey brought passion, dedication and enthusiasm to each and every game as an NHL referee," said NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. "Long after his retirement as an on-ice official, he continued to serve as one of the truly great ambassadors for the game in his travels around North America officiating charitable games. On behalf of the NHL family, we extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Bunny and sons Bob and Doug."
update 2:00pm, Interesting story from Hockey Refs why Red retired...
Fans upset at controversial no-calls in the final minutes by Storey littered the ice with debris and at one point jumped on the ice and went after the referee.

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The Maven- Crosby Not In Calder Race

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

By now it should be clear that Sid (Der Bingle) Crosby will not win The Calder. It’s not even close. Henrik (I’m Not Henny Youngman) Lundqvist and Alex (I’m All-Inclusive) Ovechkin are neck-and-neck for the prize. If The Big O totals 50 goals, that should clinch it for the rapid Russian.
more chatter...

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Guerin Out With Broken Orbital Bone

via ESPN,

Dallas Stars forward Bill Guerin will have surgery Thursday to repair a broken orbital bone, according to a report in Wednesday's editions of The Dallas Morning News. Guerin is expected to miss about a week, Stars coach Dave Tippett told the newspaper.

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The Best College Hockey Jersey

from Inside College Hockey,

Our initial BSRI rendered Maine’s white sweater as the best of 2006...Michigan’s whites, Princeton’s blacks, Boston University’s alternate red and Providence’s white with the classic Friar logo rounded out the top five by tying for second. Each received a BSRI mark of 18.4.

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Tampa Bay Helps Out Injured Soldiers

Head injury patients now have an option, either wear the issued odd-looking, green, medical supply hat or a helmet autographed by the entire Bolts team. from Tampa Bay's 10,

Tim Taylor, Lightning Center: "It makes us feel like we did something for the country anyways and it’s very unfortunate what these guys have gone through and they've given their lives to help preserve this country for what it is and we're grateful for that." The Lightning hope to encourage all NHL teams to reach out to their local VAs and offer helmets to those patients that need them.

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Free Agent Flop & The Blackhawks

from the Northwest Herald,

Thus far Khabibulin has been the NHL's most surprising free-agent flop, much bigger than Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar. One of the best-conditioned athletes in any sport, Khabibulin eventually will earn his money. His confidence and legacy will improve in time. The popular pastime of criticizing – or worse, ignoring – the Hawks is well-justified. The "character" veterans general manager Dale Tallon signed after 2003-04 season have proven ineffective. The lack of creative marketing that owner Bill Wirtz allows his staff to develop is beyond reason.

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Flyers Relax In The Sun

from the Philly Burbs,

Can a jet-ski, a Frisbee or a volleyball help make the Flyers a better team? One would get that impression, based on comments made by players after two days of sun and fun on the eastern shore of the Sunshine State. So it was good to get together, let some of the nave rookies get a sunburn and tell a few jokes on the beach, even if this break was actually pre-scheduled as part of an annual Flyers' marketing and business get-together.
read on

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Is Belfour Trying To Save Face

from Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

The burning question in the press box -- which, like all press boxes has more than its share of conspiracy theorists -- was this: Is Ed Belfour really hurt? The media people who have dealt with Belfour during his tenure here didn't think it was unreasonable to suggest he is not the kind of person who would take kindly to sitting at the end of the bench with a towel around his neck as a healthy scratch. Instead, he declared himself an unhealthy scratch, thereby saving face.

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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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