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The Olympics And The NHL

from ESPN,

Was the two-week Olympic break a good thing for the NHL? Should the league continue to shut down every four years? And now that NHL teams are back on the ice and readying themselves for the postseason, how will the playoff races shape up?
answer a few questions and see how fellow hockey fans responded...

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Minor Trade

vai the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired forward Cam Severson from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Cale Hulse, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Tuesday.

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NHL Quickly Improving

from the Daily Sentinel,

NHL scoring is up, attendance is up and revenues are up. But perhaps the most significant change in the NHL after a year without hockey took place not on the ice, but in corporate boardrooms. "No sports entrepreneur would ever let me talk about investing in an NHL franchise for at least the last five years," said Rick Horrow, a sports business consultant. "Now it's taking place in conversation again, really for the first time in nearly a decade."
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Look For…

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

For a long time, "SportsCenter" would punctuate its show with a "Did You Know?" segment. Soon the producers felt fans no longer really cared what Ken Dryden's goals-against average was on Thursdays against French Canadian right wingers...With our NHL back up and running, here are my Top 10 WTWFs for the coming hockey spring.
read on...topics mentioned include officiating, the San Jose Shark, Gretzky and more...

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Niedermayer May Play Wednesday

from the LA Times,

With his knee faring better than anyone anticipated after arthroscopic surgery, Mighty Duck captain Scott Niedermayer isn't ruling out being in the lineup for Wednesday's home game against the Detroit Red Wings. Niedermayer took part in his first full practice Monday since having torn cartilage removed from his knee on Feb. 13. "That is totally speculation at this point," Carlyle said. "There'll be a number of conversations that'll take place between himself and myself and the medical staff and the doctors before any conclusion [can be made]. We would never put a player back in a situation where he's not fully recovered."
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McKee Sees Free Agency Ahead

from the Buffalo News,

This could be Jay McKee's final playoff push with the Buffalo Sabres. Buffalo's longest-tenured player will be an unrestricted free agent after the season. Based on the club's policy of not entertaining contract extensions while games are being played, McKee has trouble being optimistic about his return. The veteran defenseman said he would prefer to stay, but admitted it would be difficult for the Sabres to retain him once he hits the open market. The longer the Sabres are silent, the more loudly money talks.
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Roloson Wants To Stay In Minnesota

from the Grand Forks Herald,

Right now, there is consternation at the Roloson dining room table because of the uncertainty. The family is happy in Minnesota, and Roloson wants to stay with the Wild. But he will be 37 at the start of next season, and he is staring at two possibilities: a trade or offseason negotiating with a team that could contend for the playoffs but not the Stanley Cup. "If I have to move, hopefully I'll be part of a team that has a chance at winning a Stanley Cup," Roloson says. "Every guy's dream is to win a Stanley Cup. I'd love to do that whether it's here or somewhere else."
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Elias Not Skating- Day To Day

from the New York Post,

I haven't skated in almost two weeks, so I need to get back in shape a little bit," said Elias, who suffered a ribs and back injury when he was crosschecked in the Czech Republic's opening Olympic game. The Devils are calling his injury back and rib bruises, although suspicion has already arisen that such a long layoff could indicate a cracked rib. Elias has not even been exercising off ice, something he said he hopes to begin today. It may be another couple of days before he begins skating and practicing with the team. "It is day to day now," Elias said.
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AO For MVP

from the Toronto Sun,

Already the frontrunner for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, Ovechkin's name is being mentioned for the Hart as the league's MVP. Some observers in Turin were even calling him the world's best player. While the kid has his entire career to prove his fans right, the Caps lowly record could negatively effect his hunt for the Hart. "He's a candidate but our standing doesn't help his cause," Hanlon said. "I can say this though. I haven't seen many guys more enthusiastic for the game." Ovechkin's love of hockey has spread throughout the Capitals dressing room. In fact, it could lead some free agents to lean toward Washington this summer, lured by the prospect of playing with such a skilled player.
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Saint Wayne Needs To Find A Miracle

from the LA Timess,

Now, for the first time in Canada, the once-heretical thought that our national faith might be better served by someone other than St. Wayne is getting air and ink time. The irony in all of this is that Gretzky's gambling spouse, predicted to distract Team Canada's quest for gold, has vanished in the flames of our Inquisition into the Great One's holiness. And those flames will burn until our next chance to reclaim the faith at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Then, however, the gold medal will be contested in the land of hockey's birth before an even more unforgiving hometown crowd. St. Wayne has said he'd like Canada to win the next men's hockey gold, whether he's "part of it or not." But it might not be his decision. Winning the men's hockey gold shouldn't be miraculous; it's our divine right. By failing to even make it to the medal round, St. Wayne needs to find himself a miracle now.
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