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Fatigue Sets In

from the Risto Pakarinen blog at NHL.com,

It's a long, long season, isn't it? I know the players and coaches always talk about how January is murder, but I must admit that I am suffering from a pretty bad case of midseason fatigue as well.
more Speaking of a long season, it is only five months until the last game of the SCF could be played (June 17th).

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What Is Sutter Up To

from George Johnson of ESPN,

He's manipulative. Often infuriating. Single-minded. Overbearing. Demanding. Acerbic. Abrasive. Calculating. He does not suffer fools or slackers gladly. But put aside the image for a moment; the checked shirts, cowboy kickers and that piece of wheat clenched firmly between his teeth. "He may be a cowboy," cautions Calgary Flames assistant coach Jim Playfair. "But he's one smart cowboy."
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Doan Files Lawsuit Against Politician

from the CP via TSN,

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan filed a lawsuit against Liberal MP Denis Coderre on Tuesday, alleging the former sports minister falsely accused him of making a slur against francophones during an NHL game. Doan also demanded that Coderre make a public retraction in the motion filed in Quebec superior court.

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Who Goes- Who Stays

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

The Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks have goalies on their mind as they head towards the March 9 trade deadline. As in, their own. All four goalies, Dwayne Roloson and Manny Fernandez in Minnesota and Evgeni Nabokov and Vesa Toskala in San Jose, are slated for unrestricted free agency July 1. "It is unusual," Wild GM Doug Risebrough said of his own situation.

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NHL On NBC Ratings

NBC earned a 1.5/3 overnight Nielsen rating for its first NHL action of the season on Saturday. The regional coverage was down 11.8% from a 1.7/4 for the first week of NHL on ABC in '04. NBC's regional coverage of Rangers-Red Wings to 35% of the country earned a 1.4/3 overnight rating. The game earned a 1.3/3 in N.Y. and a 7.8/17 in Detroit.

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NHL & StubHub Team Up

from Business Wire, Jan. 17, 2006--

StubHub, the leading open marketplace dedicated to tickets, announced that it has signed an exclusive advertising agreement with NHL.com, the official website of the National Hockey League. The partnership will see StubHub become a highly visible and sole secondary resource for site users to shop for tickets through NHL.com. "We are extremely pleased to forge this relationship with NHL.com, the most heavily trafficked site dedicated to hockey on the Internet," said Jeff Fluhr, founder and CEO of StubHub. "This advertising relationship will provide significant visibility of the StubHub ticket marketplace to the avid hockey fans that visit NHL.com and subsequently provide them another trusted resource to buy and sell NHL hockey tickets."
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Man Meets Stanley And A Lot Of Fish

from the Citizen,

Phil Graham never anticipated he'd get a chance to hold Lord Stanley's Cup - the oldest trophy in professional sports and championship prize of the National Hockey League. But three times? Graham, who grew up in Ithaca and now lives in Skaneateles, is the manager of Lynah Rink at Cornell University. He is now in his 26th year with the school. But the job isn't always so glamorous. Sometimes, his work just plain stinks. “The worst game of the year is Harvard. They throw fish on the ice,” Graham said. “I have to get out there and pick it up.” That wouldn't be so bad if it were just a handful of fish, but the Big Red don't do anything in small doses. “I'd say you end up with about 1,500 pounds of fish on the ice every Harvard game,” he said.
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Two Teams- Worlds Apart

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Watching the Washington Capitals' dynamic Alexander Ovechkin play with such style and panache makes you wonder if the Pittsburgh Penguins didn't do all the wrong things after they landed Sidney Crosby as the No. 1 choice in last summer's NHL entry draft.

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Best Friends Off The Ice

from College Sports,

There's an old saying in hockey, "There are no friends on the ice." Four pairs of best friends will offer proof every time Michigan and Michigan State hit the ice this season in one of the most heated rivalries in college hockey.

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The Most Important Person On The Team

from WBIR,

You could argue the goalie or the head coach is the most important part of a hockey team. Ask any member of the Columbia (South Carolina) Inferno they'll tell you something different. "Everyone knows it's obviously the dentist, we depend on him for clean and healthy teeth," says Jay Legault, the Inferno's center. "It's just a main factor for our team succeeding this year."
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