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Niedermayer Says Stats Point To Lidstrom For Norris

from the NY Times (Sunday edition),

Anaheim's Scott Niedermayer, the reigning Norris Trophy winner, was asked last week who should win this season's award as the league's most valuable defenseman. "You look at Lidstrom," Niedermayer said in a telephone interview, referring to Detroit's Nicklas Lidstrom, a three-time Norris winner, who led all defensemen with 73 points and 59 assists entering Friday's games. "He's doing extremely well in the stat department. I suppose it would be him."
continued Note to Niedermayer and anyone else who thinks stats point to Lidstrom- It is not only the stats, it his play both offensively and defensively that makes him the favorite, although last night was not one of his better games.

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Muckler- Hasek Will Play In The Playoffs

from the CP via TSN,

Ottawa Senators general manager John Muckler dismissed a printed report Saturday that suggested injured goaltender Dominik Hasek's season is over. The Ottawa Sun, citing a source close to the team, reported that it has been determined that Hasek will not be coming back from the strained adductor muscle he suffered at the Olympics in February. Muckler told reporters that such speculation is ''totally untrue.''
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More OLN & NBC News

Both OLN & NBC have expressed interest in enhancing the "Behind the Glass" portion of their broadcasts. They have asked the NHL and NHLPA to allow Pierre McGuire access to the ice surface during stoppages of play. The intent would be to interview players while on the ice. A decision is expected by the start of the playoffs. image

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All These Records

from the Toronto Sun via Slam,

A netminder such as Marty Turco of the Stars now has a shot at Bernie Parent's record of 47 wins from the 1973-74 season. Where ties once dotted the NHL landscape in the standings, the 'W' column has fattened considerably. But should all this be framed by a field of asterisks to mark this season's radical change in points' policy? Deputy commissioner Bill Daly says not to strain your eyes looking for asterisks beside players feats in the 2006-07 NHL Guide and Record Book.
read on

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Sundin- Future Is Bright

from the National Post,

Sundin believes Toronto's future is as bright. "It's awesome," he said of Toronto's current crop of youngsters, which includes eight players selected in the 2001 and 2002 amateur drafts. "It's the first time for me that there's been this many young guys on the team. I think it's very positive for the organization that there is a bright future for this team."
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Who Will Lead

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

In the National Hockey League playoffs, teams go only as far as their goaltending takes them. The question always is: Which goaltender will carry his team on his back to the Stanley Cup? The answer is especially difficult this year because so many of the netminders on playoff hopefuls have limited or no playoff experience in the NHL, making them unpredictable.
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Shanahan Contemplating Playing In Ireland

Well, let the contract negotiating begin... from yesterday's Bray People (Ireland) (paid sub.),

Detroit Red Wing power forward Brendan Shanahan informed family members of plans to play in Belfast next year if his contract situation for next year cannot be settled. Shanahan, a popular National League Hockey player, was heavily involved in negotiations during last season's player lockout. Now at age 37, Shanahan has always had the desire to play in his homeland.
I recalled reading something like this last year and dug up the old article.. from the Telegraph,
Could Ireland take part in the World Championship next week knowing that some of the biggest stars in the world could end up skating for the lowly-ranked nation in the future. Shanahan, whose mother is from Belfast and father from Dunmanus, said: "In past tournaments I have played for Canada and I've seen countries such as Italy and Great Britain and they're all using North Americans, so why not Ireland? I'd definitely like to get involved after I quit playing in the NHL."
image Shanny highlights (will open wmp audio), this could be the last we hear of these...

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Leaf Shots

via the Toronto Sun,

-How many Leaf fans does it take to change a light bulb? Six. One to change the bulb and five to tell everyone how good the old one used to be. -Pat Quinn took $100 million worth of hockey players to Turin, says an e-mailer, and in just two weeks he turned them into the Leafs.

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Bad Return On Jagr Trades

from the Toronto Star,

Perhaps the only thing more surprising than Jaromir Jagr's re-emergence as the best player in the world is that both teams that traded him away got so little in return. If you follow the lineage of the two trades involving Jagr, you discover that the Pittsburgh Penguins and Washington Capitals got exactly 18 goals and 43 points in 155 games from the players they received, just over one-third of what Jagr has all by himself for the New York Rangers.
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Super Pests

from the Edmonton Sun,

To their enemies, and they number in the hundreds, they are the biggest jerks in sports - back-stabbers and cheap-shot artists who run off at the mouth and hide behind the instigator penalty. But to hear the NHL's super pests tell it, they're just regular guys who play hard, hit hard, no matter who they have in their sights, and shouldn't have to apologize for trying to bring a little intensity to the game. Shift disturbers, that's all.
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