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Where To Find A Goalie

from the Vancouver Sun,

Okay, Canuck followers crying for the squad to find another goalie, who said this? "I look around at other teams and there's only a handful that have any stability in goal right now. It's not unique to us." And who said this? "Absolutely we need to explore other options in goal. But in today's game, where are we going to go with the cap? We can't do anything. We can't do anything right now because of the way the world is today in the NHL."

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Half Season Review

from David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

This is the most tumultuous season in National Hockey League history, from the standpoint of change, but only the most hidebound of the hockey (in)cognoscenti think it's a bad thing. Despite some lingering problems, such as poor attendance in some cities, the NHL's owners and players can say they are in a much better place than they were in the last season when hockey was played.
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Would Habs Trade Theodore

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The conspiracy theorists were out in full force in the home of hockey yesterday. With Montreal Canadiens goaltender Jose Theodore banished to the bench for today's game against the Senators at the Bell Centre, speculation was rampant he'll be dealt. Not only has Theodore struggled with a 3.22 goals-against average and a .889 save percentage, but coach Claude Julien may have started a firestorm by announcing backup Cristobal Huet will play.

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Must See TV

from the Globe and Mail,

It's a TV concept impossible to imagine happening anywhere but here: Hockey Day in Canada is CBC's annual celebration of homegrown hockey. It's the longest day of hockey of the year, and Canadian viewers wait for it. Once again, the Hockey Day in Canada telecast will include several insightful features focusing on the grand game. Among this year's lineup: Detroit Dads, in which reporter Elliotte Friedman tags along with the Detroit Red Wings on a road trip where the players brought along their fathers. And recent HNIC arrival Jim Hughson contributes The Drive Home, which explores the moments between a parent and child before or after a game. Another segment, titled Super Squirt, will profile an upcoming hockey prodigy in Roblin, Man., who is averaging 200 to 300 goals each season. The kid is nine years old.
more note: Hockey fans can watch HDIC on Center Ice beginning at noon today or on CBC if you are lucky enough to get it.

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Drop the Puck, Gary

image photo from the Edmonton Journal What's this all about.... from the Edmonton Sun,

Gary Bettman will walk into Rexall Place this evening and not, as many anticipated, be carried in on a throne, like Cleopatra, behind grateful hockey fans laying him a path of rose petals. And we'll have to wait at least six years before we find out whether or not half the Grade One boys in Edmonton are named Gary. But make no mistake, this is a love-in. The NHL commissioner returned here yesterday like a victorious general touring the land he just liberated.

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Rangers Goal- Win The Division

from the Journal News,

"I'd like to win the division," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "I know teams had games in hand on us, but we were at the top because we were playing well. Let's identify with being the best in our division and take it from there. If coming up short means we're in a playoff position where we believe we can surprise teams, we'll deal with that." Here are five factors that will ultimately determine the Rangers' fate:

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The Cost Of Injuries

from the Columbus Dispatch,

"Typically, we allot $500,000 in the budget for injuries," MacLean said yesterday morning. "We were anywhere from $500,000 to $900,000 in each of our first four years. So, you allow for an extra contract, a 23 rd guy. (This season), we’re trending to be well over $2 million." "We’re caught in a situation where the gate is slightly down because of the compression of the schedule in an Olympic year and because the team’s performance probably isn’t where it should be," MacLean said. "We’re down 8 percent in ticket revenues, about 3 percent of which is due to a decrease in prices. So call it a 5 percent decrease — but that’s $2 million. "Add in the payroll costs (because of injuries) and suddenly you’re talking about a potential $4 million budget swing."
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Devils Try To Recover

from the Asbury Park Press,

"We find ourselves in a position we haven't found ourselves in for quite an extended period of time," Lamoriello said. "But you don't look back. We have to look at where we are today and what we have to do to get to where we'd like to be." Where they would like to be is closer to the top of the Atlantic. The Devils have finished lower than second in their division only twice since they won their first Stanley Cup back in 1995. "Obviously we're used to having a better record and winning more games," said Devils forward Brian Gionta. "It's uncharacteristic of a Devils season so far."

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Kovalchuk ‘Taunts’ Crosby

from the AP via the Ledger,

The Thrashers made it 5-0 in the second period with two power-play goals against Fleury, the first by Marian Hossa. Then, with Crosby sent off with his second slashing penalty, Kovalchuk took a pass from outside the circle and one-timed a blistering shot over Fleury's left shoulder. Kovalchuk turned quickly and pointed toward Crosby, who was coming out of the penalty box. The crowd chanted "Crosby! Crosby! Crosby!" toward one the No. 1 draft pick and one of the NHL's most touted prospects in years.
more...recap of the game which Atlanta won 6-4.

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Chace Going For The Gold

from the Sea Coast Online,

Taylor Chace had a different kind of dream before Oct. 6, 2002. Since the age of 4 his dream was to play hockey professionally. That dream ended when got checked into the boards during a Junior Monarchs game in Ontario, Canada, and suffered a spinal cord injury. It didn’t stop Chace from dreaming again. Tom Carr, of Northeast Passage at the University of New Hampshire, got Chace into sled hockey, a very fast growing sport, in 2004. "He got me going and gave me the confidence to go out and try it," says Chace.
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