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Under 17 Gold Medal Game On Center Ice Tonight

via NHL.com,

The 2006 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge gold-medal match-up between the U.S. National Under-17 Team and Team Quebec will be aired at 9:30 p.m. EST on NHL Center Ice.

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Yzerman Scheduled To Return

Yzerman plans on playing tomorrow night against St. Louis. Steve has been out almost a month but now feels ready to go. update 8:22pm, WXYT radio in Detroit just played an interview Yzerman did after practice today. Steve says he has made significant progress in the last week. He said he took the pre-game skate on Tuesday and was ready to play that night if Shanahan was not able to go (anothe fine example of the Detroit media failing to find out what is wrong with Brendan). update Thursday 8:10am, via the Detroit News,Brendan Shanahan (back spasms) was a game-time decision, but Shanahan played. Yzerman would have if Shanahan didn't. Why ddin't they report the Shanahan back spasms yesterday? I thought that is one of the key jobs of a beat writer, to get news!!!

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Mid-Term Grades

from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

Prof. Roarke has dug out his red pen and calculator, putting each franchise under the microscope and issuing some midterm grades. Here at Hockey U, high grades are not easy to come by. In fact, a spectacular effort is necessary to earn the highest of marks from this professor. With that said, let's see where each of the league's 30 teams stand as they head into the homestretch.
continued...Wings fans, pay close attention, you are not at the top of the class...

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The Hate Was On At WJC

from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

The World Junior tournament, being held in Vancouver, has been a huge hit at the turnstiles. Massive and spirited crowds have been in attendance at every game, cheering for some great hockey. Except at the Team USA matches. For these, the Canadian faithful seem to arrive in great numbers with single-minded purpose: to mercilessly boo the Americans. To paraphrase Glenn Frey, the hate is on.
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Mogilny Waived

via Sportsnet,

In the new NHL it's business first, everything else second. A clear indication of that comes out of New Jersey today, where sources tell Sportsnet the Devils have placed future Hall of Fame forward Alexander Mogilny on waivers.

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Holik Out With Broken Foot

via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution ( reg. req.),

Just when the Thrashers seemed ready to make a big playoff push, they have another obstacle to overcome. Center Bobby Holik is expected to miss two-to-four weeks with a broken bone in his foot suffered when hit by a shot from Ilya Kovalchuk during Sunday’s game at Washington.

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Good News- Cuthbert Part Of NHL On NBC Team

from NHL.com,

Emrick, Davidson and Pierre McGuire comprise NBC's lead broadcast team; Clement hosts NBC studio show Dave Strader, Joe Micheletti, Brian Hayward, Chris Cuthbert, Peter McNab, Cammi Granato, join NHL on NBC as regional broadcast teams
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Fire Sales Starting Soon

from the Globe and Mail,

There is not much out there at present, since the only teams out of the playoff race are the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals, St. Louis Blues, Chicago Blackhawks and Columbus Blue Jackets. However, in the next four weeks there could be as many as seven more teams joining the above five in a league-wide fire sale. With a hard salary cap, teams are more likely to start dealing once they figure the playoffs are out of reach because they want to be in optimum position under the cap for next season. Keep an eye on the New Jersey Devils, Atlanta Thrashers, New York Islanders, Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers and San Jose Sharks and maybe even the Colorado Avalanche in this regard.
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A New Blog Made For Wings Fans

If you have not yet checked out a new blog making a big splash on the scene, do so now. Abel to Yzerman is a blog intended for Wings fans, but also cover hockey in general. I have never met the blogger, but have kept in touch with him for over two years in different hockey forums. I can assure you he knows his hockey, has his own views and pays homage to USA TODAY hockey writer Ted Montgomery whenever he has the chance.

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Stuck In The AHL

from the Terrace Standard,

Wade Flaherty was in Vancouver last month but he wasn’t holding his breath about getting a chance to suit up with the NHL’s Canucks. The starter with Vancouver’s top minor league team, Flaherty found himself essentially “stuck” in Winnipeg because of his contract. “(The Canucks) want to bring me up,” Flaherty said. If it was strictly a hockey decision, the Terrace native would likely have been re-united with Auld in Vancouver. But due to his American Hockey League salary, Flaherty must clear waivers, a process where every NHL team has a chance to choose that player, to be called up to Vancouver or returned to Manitoba.
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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.

From breaking news to in-depth stories around the league, KK Hockey is updated with fresh stories all day long and will bring you the latest news as quickly as possible.

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