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Mainstream Media Recognizes Bloggers

from the Buffalo News,

The technology is not intimidating, even if you don't have a 12-year-old to serve as technical consultant. It may be too early for a full outbreak of Cup craziness, but Buffalo Sabres fans have got a touch of the fever. They get cranky if their daily newspaper or sports-talk radio station diverts any of their resources away from hockey and toward such secondary concerns as the Super Bowl, the Winter Olympics or even the war in Iraq. There is no cure for hockey fever, but the Internet can provide two forms of temporary relief: podcasts and blogs.
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Ducks Go For A Skate

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

The Anaheim Mighty Ducks headed for the great outdoors yesterday. SINCE THE POND --- as in Arrowhead -- they play on in sunny California isn't outdoors, the Ducks hit the ice on the Rideau Canal for an informal game of shinny and they didn't even bring their pucks. "Everyday when I was a kid I skated at the outdoor rink near my home (in Blainville, Que.)," said Giguere. "(Yesterday) was great and it was nice to get an opportunity to score some goals. I had a lot of chances and I was finally able to get one."
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Praise The Rookies

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY via Yahoo,

"The best thing that happened for most of these rookies is the lockout," Maguire says. "They got another year to mature away from the NHL. ... It made a huge difference for all of them." The NHL's rules changes also helped this class because the league is more about skill, quickness and creativity and less about hanging on to your opponent. "The guy who seems to be facing the most obstruction is Sidney Crosby," Maguire says. "He doesn't have the supporting cast to insulate him. It's unbelievable the beating he's taking." "This is great class, and a couple of these kids are just short of breathtaking," says Mighty Ducks of Anaheim general manager Brian Burke. "This has been a godsend for a league in a restart. And these are all kids with great personalities."
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Samsonov Unsure Of Contract Status

from the Daily News Tribune,

More than two weeks after the start of the period to negotiate with their players slated to become unrestricted free agents on July 1, the B’s have had no substantial contact with top winger Sergei Samsonov. "I talked to Mike (O’Connell) briefly after New Year’s, just touching base, but (had) no discussion of a contract and no indication one way or another what’s going to happen," said Neil Abbott, the agent for the 27-year-old Russian. "Our doors are open. If they want to talk, we’ll talk. But we’re not asking. I think there are other things on his mind right now besides doing deals. The indications were that he’s going to get back to me. We’ll talk at some point, I think. But there’s been no request or proposals back and forth."

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Three Games, No Fights- Amazing

NBC producer David Neal talking about the NBC broadcasts of the NHL games last Saturday- "We had three games, and not a fight in any of them —amazing!" Is that a good or a bad thing?

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Demitra Out With Nerve Damage

via the LA Times (reg. req.),

Forward Pavol Demitra has nerve damage in his right leg, which could leave the Kings without their leading scorer for an extended period. Demitra skated briefly on Monday but did not take the ice Tuesday. He was believed to have a deep bruise in the leg, suffered late in a Jan. 5 game against Phoenix. Later tests determined the nerve damage. "We think Demitra will be back shortly," Coach Andy Murray said. Demitra was much less optimistic. "I'm not even close," he said. "The nerve damage is what is causing all the problems."

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Avs Move Into First

from the Denver Post,

Say hello to the first-place Avalanche. On Dec. 30, the Avs were in fourth place in the Northwest Division, two games above the .500 mark. Eight games later, after Tuesday's 5-3 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Pepsi Center, the Avs are in first by virtue of one more win (27) than Calgary and Vancouver. It's too soon to start blocking off dates for potential Eastern hotel stays in June, but all in all these are giddy times again for Avalanche fans.
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Hurt Or Not

from the Contra Costa Times,

The Sharks said they went with Toskala as the starter and Nolan Schaefer as the backup in Monday's victory over Tampa Bay because Nabokov had a sore groin. But Nabokov declined to acknowledge an injury. After the game, he deferred all health questions to the coaching staff and said: "I feel fine." Wilson said Nabokov's stance was a product of his competitiveness and desire to play.
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Columbus On A Roll

from the Columbus Dispatch,

The Blue Jackets have won four of their past five games. They’re 6-3-1 over the past 10 and above .500 in their past 23. Can it be . . . the players are looking at the standings? "No, I don’t look at the standings," center Sergei Fedorov said. "I would know when we win 10 in a row. It’s not so much what (the standings) are worth and not worth, I just don’t want to get too excited before anything has happened. . . . I take sort of a different mental approach, to maintain focus, and just because I’m busy. Very busy." All of a sudden, there’s a little bit of interest," Denis said. "All of a sudden, we really do care where Chicago is, and we’re glad we picked up a point on Anaheim (Monday).
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Kings Need A Starting Goalie

from the OC Register,

It's getting a consistent, healthy goalie in front of the net that needs to jump to the front of Andy Murray's triage list. Be it a skilled butterfly man, a spilled wheelbarrow of bricks or an a Sumo wrestler who likes cold weather, the Kings have sorely missed someone to carry the healthy among them on his shoulder blades and skate blades through this pivotal time in the schedule. This is Garon's job to lose. With his health a question, LaBarbera could get an extended audition and show Murray and Kings goaltending consultant Andy Nowicki more than he had at the beginning of the season when he rotated starts with Garon.
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