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Nolan Wants To Talk With Sharks

from the San Francisco Chronicle,

Owen Nolan has hurdles to clear, but according to his agent, J.P. Barry, once those are accomplished, he plans to get in touch with the Sharks. Barry said Nolan is 7-10 days away from gaining medical clearance, then needs to "get the ground rules" on a grievance against the Toronto Maple Leafs.

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Ovechkin Speared Accidently

from the Beaver County Times,

Ovechkin was stretched out on the ice after he was speared in the abdomen by Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Ryan Whitney at the end of the second period at Mellon Arena. Whitney could be facing additional punishment after the NHL reviews the incident. He was given a major for spearing and a game misconduct. "He was coming to the net and I was going to try to get to him and box him out," Whitney said. "I went to put my stick between his legs to lift his stick up, but I just got him too high. I didn't mean to spear him, it was just an accident."

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Hasek Has Advice For Team Canada

from the Toronto Sun,

Dominik Hasek has a warning for Team Canada. Consecutive gold medals will be hard to capture next month in Turin, whether or not Canada meets Hasek's Czech Republic team along the way. "It's tougher to win the second time," Hasek said yesterday on a National Hockey League conference call. "There's a lot of pressure. It isn't like the Stanley Cup. One bad game and you go home."
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Kronwall Close to Return- But Where

I am sure the Red Winga are looking forward to Ncklas Kronwall returning to the lineup soon; but the Red Wings are also trying to get him ready for the stretch run of the NHL season, not the Olymipics. Could Kronwall be headed to Grand Rapids instead of Turin? I am not sure if this would apply to Kronwall or not, but players must be sent to the minors by Jan. 31st and cannot return until Feb. 17th. So a player would lose 12 days of playing time in the NHL but would at least be able to play while the NHL is dark for two weeks. Bob McKenzie of TSN thinks Kronwall may be headed to GR too.

...That has the Red Wings and the Swedish Olympic team excited. Kronwall would love to suit up for Sweden in Torino, but the Wings may have other ideas, such as a conditioning stint in Grand Rapids.
update 11:52am, for more on Kronwall, check out Abel to Yzerman and LGW.

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Report- Flames Waive Battling Goalie

via Sportsnet,

A day after leaving his crease to start a tussle with an opposing goaltender, Flames backup netminder Phil Sauve appears to be leaving Calgary. Sportsnet has learned Sauve has been placed on waivers by the Flames.
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‘Mighty’ No More

from Sports Logos,

Well it's finally happened, the hockey team named after a children's Disney movie, will be changing their name. Through various sources and some of our own investigation work SportsLogos.Net has learned that the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim will become the Anaheim Ducks in time for the 2006/07 NHL season.
read on...including a new color scheme, announcement date, etc... update 10:54pm, Brian Burke was just on during intermission of the Oliers-Ducks game and he was actually asked about a name change. Burke said he expects an announcement in the near future. He said a fan survey and sampling has been going on with the Duck fans.

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Hockey Day In Michigan

from USA Hockey,

The passion, fun and friendships that make hockey such an important part of our sports landscape will be celebrated statewide during the fi rst annual Hockey Day In Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 28. The Central Collegiate Hockey Association, FSN Detroit, the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Metro Sports Commission are teaming up for a full lineup of fanfare in the place that is recognized as having more players, teams and fans than any state in America.
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Mid-Season Stars

Kevin Dupont of MSNBC picks his mid-season All-Stars-

EASTERN CONFERENCE CENTERS: Peter Forsberg, Philadelphia; Simon Gagne, Philadelphia; Jason Spezza, Ottawa; and Eric Staal, Carolina. WESTERN CONFERENCE CENTERS: Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit; Pavol Demitra, Los Angeles; Brian Rolston, Minnesota; Joe Thornton, San Jose.

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Niinimaa On IR

via the Dallas Stars,

Dallas Stars General Manager Doug Armstrong announced today that the club has placed defenseman Janne Niinimaa on the injured reserve list retro-active to Jan. 20. He will miss the team's next two games against St. Louis tonight and at Colorado tomorrow.

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Give It A Chance

from the Hartselle Enquirer,

Hockey, long derided as a Canadian or northern United States game, has gone through its growing pains in the southern United States, but the game is finally starting to catch on down here. Southern fans, in addition to being drawn to a winning team regardless of sport, have discovered the qualities of hockey that make it palatable to most sports fans. The game is fast, full of hitting and contact and features some great athletes. It's no secret that hockey is not your typical Southern sport, but the success that it's seen in cities like Nashville, Atlanta and Huntsville show that it's making ground in a part of the country where football is king and baseball is next in command.
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