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Beat The Flyers- Get Sent Down

from the AP,

So much for last night's 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers. The Pittsburgh Penguins reassigned goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury to their Wilkes-Barre/Scranton affiliate on Thursday. Fleury made 45 saves in the Penguins' overtime win over the Flyers on Wednesday. He was called up to replace Sebastien Caron, who strained a quadriceps muscle last week, but is expected to come off the injured list in time to play Saturday against the Flyers at Mellon Arena.
update 12:18pm, While on the subject of Fleury, this might be a good time to review his contract, which I am sure is keeping him from playing full time in the NHL.

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Bidding High

National Hockey League and National Hockey League Players’ Association Hurricane Katrina Online Charity Auction Ths Sidney Crosby Jersey is up to $10,000. Followed by Mario and AO. I do wonder how high the price will go. You have until November 29th to place a bid and it will be interesting to see the bidding going on in the final hours.

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Marketing Opportunities

from the blog of Steve Hofstetter at NHL.com,

On TV, we could have The Tampa Bay Lightning Weather Report, where the forecast calls for two weeks of wins, followed by heavily scattered losses. The Discovery Channel would feature San Jose Shark Week. Like regular Shark Week, this can happen several times per year. And then there's Sesame Street, now brought to us by the letter B, the number 4, and the Washington Capitals.

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McCarty Shines Against Wings

from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Considering he's a heavily tattooed bruiser who spends his off-season fronting for a thrash band, starring on a unit heretofore dubbed the New Kids on the Block Line was sure to irk Darren McCarty. However, after scoring the insurance marker in a dramatic 3-1 win against the team with which he spent the first decade of his career, surely nothing would bother him on this night. "No, I don't like that one," said the 33-year-old mucker of the boy band monicker befitting his new trio that now includes fellow newcomers Tony Amonte and Daymond Langkow.

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Jaques Martin Back In Ottawa

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The difference has been like night and day since Bryan Murray took over as coach of the Senators from longtime bench boss Jacques Martin. And with Martin paying his first visit to Ottawa tonight as coach of the Panthers, there was plenty of talk yesterday about what Murray has brought to the team since taking over from Martin, who was behind the Senators' bench for 81/2 seasons.

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Mediocre Devils

from North Jersey,

Eventually, the Devils might have to accept that in this new NHL, they are a flawed club with a deserving record. What's more, their play is probably indicative of what they can expect over the final 64 games. That realization might come as early as this weekend with a difficult Friday night home game against Montreal and an even tougher Saturday trip to Ottawa. "I don't think that anyone can feel good about where we are with reference to our record," Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello said Wednesday.

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Gerber Solid As Starter

from the CP via the Ottawa Sun,

After biding his time as a backup to J.S. Giguere in Anaheim, the 31-year-old Gerber finally got his wish when Hurricanes GM Jim Rutherford decided to take a chance on him in a June 2004 trade that sent Tomas Malec and a third-round pick to the Ducks. "It was always a dream for me to be a starter somewhere," Gerber said yesterday. "It didn't happen in Anaheim. I was lucky to be traded here. They offered me that chance and I'm really thankful for that."

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Not A Fan Of The New Rules

from Canada.com,

Bobby Hull, the greatest left-winger of all time and the senior half of the most prolific father-son combo in NHL history, doesn't think much of the modern, open game. Now that Brett has retired, Hull doesn't watch hockey on TV. He does catch the occasional highlight on in-flight television, which tells him this much: "It's almost like there's a sign at the blue line, saying: 'This way to the net,' " the Golden Jet said. "They're walking in home free. I feel sorry for the goalies - but they had their go of it.''

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Pure Money Deal

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Proof once again that dollars trump sense in the new National Hockey League came Tuesday when the Anaheim Mighty Ducks traded one of the game's premier players, Sergei Fedorov, to the Columbus Blue Jackets for a pair of spare parts.

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More ‘Big’ Trades

from TSN,

There is a sense the Sergei Fedorov trade may be the catalyst to get the NHL swap shop working overtime, but don't count on it. Almost half of the 30 teams already have payrolls of more than $36 million, which with the $39 million cap makes it difficult if not impossible to add a significant player making significant money unless there's a player of equal value coming off the books. And that's hard to do.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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