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Handzus Out, Forsberg Waits

via TSN,

One Philadelphia Flyers' forward has pulled out of the Olympics, and another one might have to do the same. Michal Handzus has withdrawn from the ASlovakian side with a rotator cuff injury. Meanwhile, Swedish superstar Peter Forsberg had an MRI on Sunday. Official results have not been made public, but there is apparently still a problem with Forsberg's groin. He is scheduled to meet with Flyers' general manager Bob Clarke today to determine his status for the Olympic Games. A decision may not come for a week, as Forsberg can opt to sit out the round-robin portion of the tournament and suit up for the playoff round - if he's ready.
update 1:40pm, via TSN,
Peter Forsberg is going to the Olympics. The Swedish superstar had an MRI on Sunday. Official results have not been made public, but there was apparently still a little problem with Forsberg's groin. However, after meeting today with Flyers' general manager Bob Clarke, Forsberg got the green light to go to Torino.
update 2:47pm, more on Forsberg via the Philadelphia Flyers...

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NHL Writer Turns Food Critic

A very enjovable column about the city of Turin and what many are experiencing while there. from Rich Libero of NHL.com,

Watching others receive their food, I couldn't help but notice the rich and creamy nature of the gnocchi formaggio. The sauce, a dense white cream, would stretch in strings from saucepan to plate. Mouth watering and arteries hardening, I wondered if I'd made a healthy choice. But, in a bit of divine intervention, our waiter returned with apologies. They had run out of gnocchi. So we settled on an al dente rigatoni with little tomatoes in olive oil. Two and half hours later, we strolled back to our little hotel feeling much more comfortable in our surroundings, confident that we could communicate well enough to fill our bellies, get directions and buy bus tickets. Perhaps we shouldn't have been so confident. Sunday involved much walking, chasing down wi-fi access and trying, with no success, to get our cell phones sorted out. In fact, as I write this on Monday, we've still got to figure that out.
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A2Y Featured Blog

Christy at Behind The Jersey features the up and coming blog Abel to Zombo Yzerman. Check it out and thanks for the kind words Bill, and yes Christy, my answers are coming. image

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Enemies Become Friends

from the Daily Times,

Friends are enemies and enemies are friends this morning. The NHL players have traded in their organizational uniforms for those with their country’s flag on the front, and sentiments turn from loyalty to national pride. The 2006 Olympics have started, and the men’s hockey tournament begins in the next few days. “It’s the biggest tournament,” said Karlis Skrastins, a member of the Latvian team, which faces the United States on Wednesday. “It happens once in four years. For our country, it’s big. It’s exciting.”
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Go Sweden

In an upset, I am taking Sweden in these games. image

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Team Canada Line Combos

from Slam,

If it isn't broken, don't fix it. That's the conclusion the Team Canada coaching staff came to yesterday after haggling over potential line combinations for the Olympic men's hockey tournament in Turin. A look at the forward lines Team Canada men's hockey coach Pat Quinn and his staff put together for the opening game against Italy on Wednesday. DRAPER-SAKIC-IGINLA GAGNE-THORNTON-NASH HEATLEY-LECAVALIER-ST. LOUIS SMYTH-RICHARDS-BERTUZZI *STAAL-*SPEZZA-DOAN *taxi squad

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Bettman Must React

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Maybe someone from the NHL office will be able to explain why Gary Bettman isn't pressing for an immediate amendment to the league by-laws and constitution that would prohibit players, coaches and front-office personnel from associating with gamblers. ...It's time for the commissioner to exercise all of his massive authority to lead, and to do so before, inevitably, maybe sooner, maybe later, but inevitably nevertheless, a leak springs somewhere else. Because once that occurs it will be proven that a two-goal lead is not the hardest advantage to protect in hockey, but rather that the integrity of the game is.
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Hockey Talk

-"The people who decided the (Olympic) schedule made a crazy one," Koivu said, shaking his head. "I think it's just insane." "We fly to Italy, then play six games in eight days. If they expect us to play at top level for those medal games, well, I think it's impossible, especially for guys who have been playing a lot for their NHL teams. "They weren't thinking ahead when they made the schedule. I understand this is a business for the NHL and team owners, but there are teams battling for playoff spots. A lot of key players are in the Olympics, and they'll be tired and mentally drained when they get back. Maybe they should have thought a little more carefully about this."- Montreal Gazette -When Nashville coach Barry Trotz called Ilya Kovalchuk for an illegal stick earlier in the season, Kovalchuk chucked it to a training staffer in the Atlanta bench before it could be measured and it was never seen again. So Trotz had a good chuckle when Kovalchuk got dinged for the bad blade twice recently. "Gee, that's strange. I guess the guy who ran down the hallway wasn't around.''- Edmonton Sun -So, as the first part of the season concludes, what is the reaction to the "new" NHL? I will give you my brief summary. Goal scoring has to be up. I don't know the breakdown but if it is a result of more power-play goals, I don't like it. Do I think more goals are going in because of the reduction in the size of goalie equipment? No, I don't. I actually like the shootouts, but I would award a team three points for a win in overtime to give more reward for winning before the shootout. Imagine the shakeup it could cause in playoff races.- Eric Weinrich via Maine Today

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Rivers Gets The Last Laugh

from the Detroit Free Press,

Jamie Rivers got the last laugh -- and the most laughter -- when he made fun of fellow Red Wings defenseman Mathieu Schneider. Rivers drew hearty laughs from teammates because he replaced Schneider's name on the back of the jersey with the name Tortelli. "One night, Schneids was out and he had a shirt on," Rivers said. "His chest hair was just oozing out of his shirt. I made reference to him looking like Nick Tortelli from 'Cheers.' So now it's evolved from there."
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Running Up The Score Or Playing For Tiebreaker

from the CBC,

What would Don Cherry do? If he was coach of the women's hockey team in Turin and his players mounted a 7-0 lead in the first period, would he tell them to coast or would he encourage them to score more goals? Judging by his past comments, he would have his players ease up. But Melody Davidson, not Grapes, is the team's coach, and she had no qualms about her team scoring 12 goals more than the beleaguered Russians Sunday. ..."Later on, you don't want to look back and think, 'If we had scored one more goal it would have made a difference,'" Davidson said.
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