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Gretzky Puts The Hammer Down

from the Arizona Republic,

On the day after Halloween, the Great One turned into the Mean One, making the Coyotes skate in circles until they were about ready to collapse. He made them do so many sprints and "gassers," first one way around the ice, then the other, then back again, over and over, Herb Brooks would have been proud. The players should have seen it coming when they stepped onto the ice and noticed it was devoid of a single puck. "It is a little bit of a punishment thing - you're right," Gretzky said after the 45-minute skate-a-thon, which then was followed by 30 minutes of practice time with pucks. "I think we were getting too relaxed.

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Leetch And Legace Suffer Knee Injuries

via the AP,

Brian Leetch injured his right knee in the second period of the Boston Bruins' 4-3 overtime loss to the New York Islanders and didn't return. Leetch limped out of Nassau Coliseum without the use of crutches, but said he was sore and was wearing a brace. The 37-year-old defenceman, in his first season with the Bruins, has never had a knee injury since entering the NHL with the New York Rangers in 1988. Manny Legace left the game with a slight knee sprain with 3:23 remaining in the first period after Chicago's Matthew Barnaby fell on him. Legace, who made eight saves, was expected to undergo a precautionary MRI on Wednesday.

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Flyers Hands Are Tied

from the Delaware County Times,

It’s not a position the Flyers are used to finding themselves in, but with the new salary-cap structure in the NHL, it’s one they better get used to. Despite missing seven regulars from their 23-man roster due to various injuries, the Flyers did not call up any reinforcements from the Phantoms because each day’s pay at the NHL level for those players counts against the salary cap. In short, their hands are tied. Advertisement That’s because their team salary sits at $37.75 million. That leaves them about $1.25 million to play with for the whole season. So when players like Sami Kapanen, Turner Stevenson, and now Keith Primeau are out of action for an extended period of time, finding replacements isn’t as easy as it uses to be.

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Give Me Money

from the Toronto Star,

Alexander Khavanov, then a 28-year-old rookie with the Blues, remembers getting his first NHL paycheque and going straight to a St. Louis bank to turn it into cash. It's hard to know who was more flabbergasted, the teller who was asked to hand over $14,000 to a man who could not provide an address or a phone number or the confused customer with little understanding of what he was being told. "I'd never been to a bank in my life, especially an American bank, so I just took my first paycheque, walked into the bank and said, `Give me money.' It's pretty funny now but I didn't know better what to do," recounts the Leaf defenceman. "People could understand me but I couldn't understand people. They talked so fast." The story is worth retelling because it illustrates Khavanov's ability to change and adapt to his circumstances. Something he is trying to do again in his first month as a Maple Leaf.

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Ales Hemsky On Fire

from the Edmonton Sun,

You have to have success to have success. That may sound like one of those ‘Duh’ deals, but it’s the truth. Ales Hemsky has never had success in the NHL before. But he’s having it now. All of a sudden, overnight, he looks like he’s finally going forward to his future. This, of course, follows a front end of the season where he was invisible, so let’s not get carried away here because he’s suddenly become a standout. But the fact is after scoring two goals in a 5-1 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets last night, he’s on fire.

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Dandenault Evolution

Mathieu Dandenault, ex-Wing and current Canadien, sure has changed in the last few years.

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Foote In Leadership Role

from the Edmonton Sun,

Adam Foote finding a new home in Columbus was one of the first major moves of the NHL free-agent frenzy this past summer. His decision was also one that caught out most observers. It seemed so unlikely that one of the league's premier defenceman would choose to ply his trade with a team so far out of the Stanley Cup picture. Granted, there were salary-cap issues that played a significant role in Foote leaving the Colorado Avalanche, where he'd spent his entire 13-year career. But other top-flight teams with fewer monetary concerns than the Avs would have wanted the sturdy rearguard. "I had a lot of good years in Colorado but it just didn't work out for me at the end and I just moved on," said Foote prior to the Blue Jackets' game against the Oilers last night.

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What’s That Smell

from the Tonawanda News,

Sometimes, a teenager’s complaints can lead to more than just arguments and sulking. For Rich DeMarco and Tom Hanna, a 16-year-old girl’s refusal to put up with foul-smelling hockey gear led to a business plan. Two Ole Dads, their recently-opened shop at 2701 Pine Ave., specializes in getting the “sports smell” out of nearly anything that can fit inside a locker-like Sani Sport machine.
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NHL Needs to Get Physical

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

Speed and scoring are back, the stickhandling skills of Peter Forsberg to Steve Sullivan have been on display and hope is alive in the NHL as comeback hockey is the early story of the 2005-06 NHL season. No longer will a litany of goaltenders dominate the headlines. And thankfully, a little coaching has been taken out of the game, and a game of chance, instinct and skill has returned. That being said, there is a passionate component missing, and I'm trying to figure out why:

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Kharlamov Remembered

Many younger hockey fans may not be familiar with the great Kharlamov. A must read for any hockey follower. from Reuters,

This small sleepy town, nestled beneath the Ural Mountains, would probably remain anonymous in the annals of sport if not for a Russian hockey hero who graced the local ice almost 40 years ago. Valery Kharlamov, arguably the greatest Russian hockey player of all time, dazzled audiences the world over in the 1970s, way before the next generation of Russians were allowed to leave for North America's National Hockey League (NHL). image He died in a car crash in August 1981, aged 33, when his car, driven by his wife, skidded off the rainsoaked Leningradsky motorway, 74 km north of Moscow, and crashed head-on into a truck. The couple, who were returning home from their country house, were killed instantly. On Monday, Kharlamov will be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, becoming only the fourth Russian after coach Anatoly Tarasov, goaltender Vladislav Tretiak and defenseman Vyacheslav Fetisov to be granted the honor.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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