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What Will The Wild Do

from the Star Tribune,

With nine weeks before the March 9 trade deadline, Wild General Manager Doug Risebrough has found himself in a delicate position. Beginning Jan. 1, all NHL teams were given authorization to resume -- or begin -- negotiations with their own players who can become unrestricted free agents July 1. Nine Wild players on its NHL roster -- goalies Manny Fernandez and Dwayne Roloson; defensemen Willie Mitchell, Filip Kuba, Andrei Zyuzin and Daniel Tjarnqvist, and forwards Marc Chouinard, Alexandre Daigle and Randy Robitaille -- are due to become unrestricted free agents. "This is definitely an uncomfortable part of the job and something I have to careful of," Risebrough said. "I've got guys here that I've got to legitimately try to re-sign. These guys do provide continuity.
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Sharks Giveaway Sticks

from the Mercury News,

An unadvertised promotion that began last month has quickly spread through word of mouth: When a Shark is recognized as one of the three stars after a game, the player gives an autographed souvenir stick to a kid in attendance. As the player takes his customary twirl on the ice, he continues by skating toward the boards and passing the stick over the plexiglass.
continued...I wonder what Don Waddell would have to say about the stick giveaway (referring to an article from December 30th)...

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How Low Can The Hawks Go

from the Edmonton Sun,

It's not easy finding new lows when you've lost eight straight, 10 of your last 11 and are miles out of a playoff spot at the halfway mark of the season. But the struggling Chicago Blackhawks managed just that yesterday in a 5-0 loss that made any other 5-0 loss you'll see this season seem thrilling and competitive comparison. "We got outworked, we got outplayed, they beat us to all the loose pucks, we couldn't find a way to get past their defence,'' said Hawks veteran Matthew Barnaby, forgetting the part about being outskated, outsmarted and hopelessly outclassed. "It's very frustrating.We knew they were going to be ready for us after they lost the first two games we played. ''They're a proud group, they came out from the drop of the puck, took it to us, and we didn't recover.''
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The Make Believe World

from the Vancouver Sun,

That's it. Enough is enough. Vancouver Canuck general manager Dave Nonis has dawdled so long, now his team not only requires Florida Panthers goalie Roberto Luongo, it absolutely must have defenceman Jay Bouwmeester, too. But, dammit, Todd Bertuzzi may not be enough to get both. How about the Canucks throw in Ryan Kesler? Then fire Marc Crawford. Calm down. This is only a test.
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Spezza Still Huritng

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It was a good news, bad news kind of day on the injury front for the Senators yesterday. First, the bad news: Senators centre Jason Spezza, who returned from a chest injury that forced him to miss five games, listed himself as doubtful for tonight's game against the Washington Capitals after taking treatment at the club's hotel.
read on...including a few words about Ovechkin...

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This & That

-Alexander Mogilny was a healthy scratch last night for the 2nd time this year. -If you haven't noticed, the trap is back. Six games last night, four shutouts and the other two losing teams had 1 & 2 goals respectively. -Mike Babcock is not a happy man these days. He has been stressing the Wings get off to a fast start from the drop of the puck, yet they have not responded like he would hope they would. -Clarke Wilm thinks the whole thing "sucks." As a native of Saskatchewan and a former member of the Calgary Flames, Wilm is well aware of the legions of Maple Leafs fans sprinkled throughout Western Canada whose loyalty to the blue and white is unwavering. "It does suck that we won't be out there more," Wilm said. "In fact, I think all the Canadian teams should play each other more.- via the Toronto Sun -Rochester (Mi.) native Jim Sardelli, 17, who attends Pontiac Notre Dame Prep, got a thrill of a lifetime Tuesday. Waiting for his own practice at Joe Louis Arena, Sardelli was summoned by the Wild after goalie Manny Fernandezf ell ill with the flu. Sardelli, who is a goalie for the Little Caesars major midget team, tended a net for the Wild during the morning skate.- via the Detroit News

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WJC Outdraws HNIC

from the Globe and Mail,

Hockey Night in Canada belongs to the CBC, but last Saturday, TSN owned hockey in Canada. The sports channel drew 1.411 million viewers for the Canada-United States showdown at the world junior hockey championship in Vancouver. That was a record for a round-robin world junior matchup. What's more, the TSN audience was better than double the 612,000 who tuned in to watch the Hockey Night telecast of the Toronto Maple Leafs-New Jersey Devils game.
more USA loses to Russia 5-1...

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WJC- Going For The Gold

from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Canada's 4-0 victory over Finland in the world junior semifinals was significant in the sense that the Canadian squad will play in the gold medal game for a fifth straight year. But the verdict is still out on how this team looks when compared to the others that have made it this far.
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WJC- Russia vs. USA

I have no idea why Center Ice is not picking up this game which starts at 11pm ET. Folks lucky enough to get Fox Sports Net North will get the game live, while the people in the Detroit area can sit back and watch Oklahoma vs. Pepperdine in an exciting college basketball game on Fox Sports Net Detroit. Of course, our Canadian friends will be able to catch the game on TSN. You can also listen to the game live, if you so desire. It sure would have been nice to see Evgeni Malkin playing for Russia, many say he is a better than AO, which is hard to believe.

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Time To Go Mario

from Skip Bayless of ESPN,

At 6-foot-4, 230 pounds, you at times have dominated hockey games in a way no man ever has -- with power and finesse. You have won two Stanley Cups in Pittsburgh. You at least deserve to be in the greatest-ever debate with Gretzky and Hull and Orr. You might be considered the greatest if you hadn't missed part of every season you've played -- all 17 -- with injuries or illness. You beat Hodgkin's disease. Now you say you have an irregular heartbeat under control. You've been blessed -- and unlucky at the same time. Your back has always plagued you. Your team defaulted on the millions in deferred salary it owed you, so you had to buy the Penguins to protect your financial future.
more...about 1/3 down the page...

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