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Let The Amateurs Play

from the Rocky Mount Telegram,

Stuck in cramped Olympic Village headquarters, halfway across the world, with no real reason to be there. Sure, an end is in sight, but it's time to start thinking about the big picture, the end to this charade. The end to the idea that the best "team" would be a bunch of NHL stars put on a plane and set to win gold. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman force-fed it down the owners' throats eight years ago under the guise of it being great publicity for the NHL. He said that it would show just how international the game has become and the talent level that exists every night at a city near you.
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NHLPA Still Torn

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

...NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin is recommending the union amend the CBA and accept a payroll band that will reduce each team's cap by $3M while at the same time reducing each team's floor by the same amount... The league's best players will earn less; options for free agents will be dramatically reduced; successful teams will have less opportunity to remain intact; big-market teams that drive league revenue will have more difficulty competing and satisfying their fan bases in their own unique markets...
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The Yzerman (19th) Edition Of The NHL Carnival

On the Wings rightfully is hosting the newest edition of the NHL Carnival. Check it out and let Matt know how he did. I completely forgot about this one and even received a reminder email about it. Sorry Matt.

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Jagr Hit

If you haven't seen the Ruutu hit on Jagr, here it is. The video is hosted by someone in Finland and save the person some bandwidth and right click and save as. It is about 12mb. Also, it is an .mpg file but some people have had some problems playing it, but I had none. update 7:13pm, from the AP via NBC,

After the game, Czech coach Alois Hadamczik said Jagr did not have a concussion and possibly could play Sunday against Italy, though he said, "It will be up to him.'' Hadamczik did not say if Jagr had any injuries, and the Czech team's medical staff was not available for comment. According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, no further action against Ruutu is planned and he can play Sunday night against Canada.

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Men’s Schedule For Sunday

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Jagr Hurt

In today's Czech/Finland game, Jarkko Ruuto slammed Jagr's face against the boards in the 2nd period. Jagr received a facial injury with bleeding and is still being attended to by the doctors. Ruuto received a game misconduct for the hit. update 5:01pm, from the AP via TSN,

Czech Republic star Jaromir Jagr, the NHL's leading scorer, left the ice with blood pouring out of a cut on his forehead after being rammed into the boards by Finland's Jarkko Ruutu during their Olympic hockey game Saturday.

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Theodore Out 6-8 Weeks

from TSN and the CP,

Jose Theodore's bad season just got worse. Theodore suffered a broken right heel in a fall outside his home on Thursday night and will miss six to eight weeks of hockey. Theodore slipped while walking down the stairs outside his home. Freezing rain had made conditions in Montreal treacherous that day.
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What Now

Team USA loses to Slovakia 2-1 and if you saw the Canada/Swiss game you would swear you saw the same game but with different jerseys. The U.S did not have the offensive chances that Canada did, but the defensive style of both Slovakia and the Swiss were almost identical. Is it the wider ice, the coaching or is it the play around the world is catching up?

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Sakic To Have X-rays

via TSN,

Team Canada captain Joe Sakic is getting X-rays after taking a highstick in the face late in the game against Switzerland. Sakic was stitched up on the bench in the waning moments of the game, but had to go for X-rays after the game amid fears he may have sustained a broken cheekbone
update 4:22pm, via the CBC,
Team Canada captain Joe Sakic will play in Sunday's game against Finland after an examination of his left cheekbone revealed no fractures.

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Uh-O Canada

Hockey world in disarray. The Swiss upset the favored Team Canada 2-0 in a very exciting game. Interesting to note the ref was the same individual that was involved in the Nash incident that was brought up earlier this week at Kukla's Korner. The difference, Martin Gerber (51 saves-unofficial) stood on his head. update 12:15pm, from USA TODAY,

Every player on Canada's men's hockey team plays in the NHL. Just three of Switzerland's players are on NHL rosters. You know where this is going. There was another upset in hockey. This time Switzerland pulled off the shocker, defeating Canada 2-0 in a Group A game. It was Switzerland's first victory over Canada in Olympic hockey history.
update 12:51pm, more from the IIHF. update 2:43pm, from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
For Canada, the most pressing part of their game would be the ability to finish on the power play, something Heatley said is a work in progress. "It's something we're working on," Heatley said of the Canadian power play. "We're getting used to each other and how to move the puck." Perhaps with a little more urgency after this defeat.
more update 5:05pm, from Scott Burnside via ABC,
Is this one wacky hockey tournament or what? What's that? You can't hear me? That's because 4,000 zany Swiss fans, who somehow managed to smuggle giant cow bells into the Torino Esposizioni, are jumping up and down and singing and jingling in celebration of their national team's biggest hockey win, a 2-0 tilt over defending gold-medal winner Canada. "La Suisse, La Suisse, La Suisse" they chanted over and over, waving their red-and-white flags and jingling those bells. Want to know the weird part?
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