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They Call Him The Wonderer

from the Jewish Exponent,

Mathieu Schneider's dad calls him "the Wandering Jew." And while, historically speaking, most Jews haven't done their wandering on ice skates, it's not difficult to see how the term applies to Schneider: Over the course of his 17-year National Hockey League career, he's played in six different cities, several of them more than once. "I've been fortunate throughout my career to play in cities with tremendous Jewish communities," Schneider, 36, said in an interview. "I feel as though I've been a role model in each city that I've played in.

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Dilemma For Players

from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

I am excited about the Games and I'll be interested in seeing how the final rosters play out up until the start of the tournament. But there will be a dilemma for players who could really use the two weeks to rest up and heal injuries. Players are paid big money by their NHL teams to play in the NHL. The bonuses aren't big enough to risk getting hurt in the Olympics. Players' allegiances should be to the NHL, not the Olympics. I think you owe your loyalty to your team.

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Report- MacLean To Sign Long Term Contract

from TSN,

So much for the rumoured demise of president-general manager Doug MacLean in Columbus. Sources tell TSN that MacLean and the Blue Jackets have agreed to terms on a new long-term contract.

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Phaneuf Out To Impress

from the CBC,

The Calgary Flames rookie defenceman will spend the next week or so trying to further impress Team Canada executive director Wayne Gretzky and his management team. With Vancouver defenceman Ed Jovanovski out of this month's Torino Olympics because of an injured groin, auditions to fill a reserve spot on the Canadian blue-line begin in earnest.
continued The inside talk around the hockey world is Phaneuf's played has tailed recently.

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Blame It On Jose

Jeff at SISU Hockey may have it right-

The increase in scoring in the NHL this season is entirely due to the play of Jose Theodore. Theo was given the start and a chance to redeem himself. I mean, he couldn't be any worse than last time (5 goals on 18 shots), could he?

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Naslund Status For Olympics

from CKNW,

MOJO Sports Radio AM730 talked to the hockey coach of Team Sweden, Bengt Gustafsson in an attempt to find out where Markus Naslund fits in on this years Olympic team. Gustafsson told MOJO it’s up to Naslund on whether he wants to play or not, but he needs him to be at 100 per cent come Olympic time.

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Lalime Clears Waivers

Mike Kitchen was on Leafs Lunch, plans are for Lalime to stay with the club, but they may make another transaction tomorrow, but right now they have three goalies on the roster.

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AO Grabs Both Awards

via NHL.com,

Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin, who led all players in scoring with 21 points (11 goals, 10 assists) in 14 games, has been named the NHL Offensive Player of the Month and Rookie of the Month for January.
more update 1:30pm, also from NHL.com,
New Jersey Devils goaltender Martin Brodeur, who led the NHL in victories with a 10-2-1 record, 1.73 goals-against average, four shutouts and .938 save percentage, has been named the League's Defensive Player of the Month.

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Snider Recommends Flyers Skip Olympics

from the Courier Post,

Flyers chairman Ed Snider understands his players have the right to represent their countries in this month's Winter Olympics. But as their employer, he is strongly recommending three of them turn down their invitations. Flyers center Peter Forsberg, goaltender Robert Esche and defenseman Joni Pitkanen plan on playing for Sweden, the United States and Finland, respectively, when the Olympics begin on Feb. 16 in Turin, Italy.

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Chelios Named Captain Of Team USA

USA Hockey today named Chris Chelios (Chicago, Ill.) captain of the U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that will be competing at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy, later this month. Chelios will serve as captain of the team for the third straight Olympics. Most recently, he helped lead Team USA to a silver medal at the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was also captain of Team USA at the 1998 Olympic Winter Games in Nagano, Japan. At 44-years-old, Chelios will be the oldest American ever to compete in an Olympic Winter Games ice hockey tournament, and along with fellow 2006 Olympian Keith Tkachuk (Melrose, Mass.), is one of only two American ice hockey players to be named to four Olympic squads (1984, 1998, 2002, and 2006). “We feel that Chris is not only a tremendous player, but also a terrific leader,” said Don Waddell (Duluth, Ga.), general manager of the 2006 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team. “For us to have success, Chris is going to have to be a big part of it.” Chelios will be presented with his Team USA jersey by Don Waddell in an on-ice ceremony just prior to tonight’s NHL game between St. Louis and Detroit at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit.

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