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Stan Is Back

from The Maven of MSG Network,

-Little Known Jason Spezza fact: Mario Lemieux took Ottawa’s ace to dinner last summer after a golf tourney. Mario’s “step-it-up” pep talk got through to Jason. Goalies have suffered migraines ever since! -This may be a reach, but in Vancouver, Mattias Ohlund’s game is being favorably compared with Hall of Famer Denis Potvin’s. The Canuck is definitely underrated and underappreciated in the East. -One of these years, Don (Grapes) Cherry will retire. A top candidate to replace him is Glenn (Motormouth) Healy, the Islanders’ hero of 1993.
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Crosby Wearing Bullseye

from the Toronto Sun,

Open season on Sid the Kid began Nov. 16 when he had two or three teeth broken by Philadelphia Flyers' Derian Hatcher. No penalty was called, except on Crosby when he came out of the medical room and was roughed up by Hatcher again and yapped to the referee. With his needle now pushed firmly into the red, Crosby took control of the game and won it in overtime. But Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock chirped about him diving and Peter Forsberg chided him for not being rugged enough to take the pounding he can expect all his career. Whether the Flyers were just indulging in mind games or not, others began chiming in. Buffalo Sabres announcers called him a crybaby and Cherry groused that he wielded too much influence, though Grapes' feud with the Crosby camp goes back to junior for Crosby's alleged hot dogging and snubbing Cherry's junior prospects game.
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Tootoo’s Game Improves

from the Tennessean,

Five games into Jordin Tootoo's recall from Milwaukee, it's hard to say what's more surprising: the fact that he's already tallied four points or the fact that he's posted just two penalty minutes. If those numbers don't sound like the Tootoo of old, Predators Coach Barry Trotz believes there's a reason. "I think he's got a lot more respect for his career now, and that he's a lot more serious about it,'' Trotz said. "He knows it's not just the Jordin Tootoo show anymore.''
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This Is Not Hockey

from the Toronto Star,

Mogilny, for his part, has a beef with the new-era NHL. "I can't stand it. Can't stand it," he said. "This is not hockey, how it should be played ... It's hard to see some of the guys who played in this league for a lot of years and been successful, bring something special to this game, now they find themselves without a job and being on the bubble to just basically let them go. That's been difficult for me to watch. I'm not going to name names throughout the league."

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Sharks Cool Down

from the Mercury News,

Since snapping off six consecutive victories to usher in the Thornton era, the Sharks have reverted to their November form. They have dropped four of their past five - three to divisional opponents. The NHL's holiday roster freeze, which had gone into effect Dec. 17, ends on Tuesday. General Manager Doug Wilson said Monday that he has had recent conversations with some clubs, but no trades are imminent for the Sharks. Across the league, more trade talks could materialize later this week and next week when most general managers, including Wilson, arrive in Vancouver to watch the end of the world junior championships.
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Allison Breaks Finger, Tucker Faces Suspension

from the Journal News,

The Toronto Maple Leafs didn't get much time to celebrate their small winning streak. Within minutes of a 2-1 victory over the Devils last night that gave the Maple Leafs consecutive wins for the first time since Nov. 26-28, Toronto found out Jason Allison fractured a finger. And the Maple Leafs could be without Darcy Tucker as well when they try to make it three straight wins tonight in Pittsburgh. Tucker got a five-minute match penalty for ripping the helmet off Cam Janssen in a fight and twice hitting him in the face with it. That will warrant an automatic review from NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell.
read on update 12:30pm, via Leafs Lunch, Tucker was fined but not suspended for the "helmet incident".

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Nolan Did Not Apply for New Jersey Job

from the Times & Trqanscript,

"Some guy from Los Angeles called me," he said. "He's an agent and he worked in the NHL for a long time. I can't even tell you his name because I don't want to get him in trouble. He said 'Hey, Ted, I know Lou Lamoriello well. I'm going to call him (on your behalf).' "I said 'Oh, I don't know.' He said 'Even if nothing comes out of it Ted, you've got to get your name back out there.' He just basically said 'Hey, I'll throw your name out there.' A writer from the Buffalo News called me and I said 'Yeah, some guy from Los Angeles called and he wants to put my name in for the New Jersey job.' "It was just one of those harmless things you talk about. It was a story that just kind of took on a life of its own. I haven't applied for the job in New Jersey. I'm not waiting for them to get back to me."
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Over The Boards

-The NJ Devils PP is 4-for-103 over their last 14-plus games. -Jaromir Jagr did not play in the 3rd period of the Ottawa game last night. He is suffering from neck spasms. -Dallas goalie Johan Hedberg had two assists last night. The last goalie to have a multiple point game was Patrick Roy in December, 2000. -After his first full practice since getting injured, Legace said Monday that he is hoping to play Saturday against Columbus, in the Wings' annual New Year's Eve game at Joe Louis Arena. "Manny hasn't broke that news to me. I'm glad he let you guys (media) know first," Babcock said. "So when he lets me know, then I can talk about it."

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Hossa, Miller NHL POW

Atlanta Thrashers forward Marian Hossa is the NHL's offensive player of the week after collecting six points in two games, while Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller won the defensive award. Hossa had two goals and four assists while the Thrashers went 1-0-1 for the week, recording points on all six Thrashers goals. Vancouver centre Brendan Morrison (one goal, six assists) and Edmonton centre Shawn Horcoff (three goals, four assists) were also considered for the offensive award. Miller claimed the defensive honours after leading the Sabres to two wins with a .96 goals-against average and .969 save percentage. Goalies Manny Fernandez of the Minnesota Wild (2-0-0, 2.00 GAA) and Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings (2-0-0, 2.33 GAA) were runners-up.

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WJC- USA On Center Ice

I noticed Team USA will be on Center Ice this week: Tuesday December 27 NH02 1:00PM USA vs NORWAY Thursday December 29 NH02 1:00PM USA vs FINLAND Saturday December 31 NH02 7:00PM USA vs CANADA

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