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Report- Gretzky Lost $2 Million

via the Las Vegas Review-Journal,

Hockey icon Wayne Gretzky, under scrutiny after his wife, Janet Jones, was implicated in a sports betting ring, has lost more than $2 million in Las Vegas casinos, an insider said. Gretzky, head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes, has a credit line that allows him to bet up to $25,000 per hand but plays well below that level, I'm told. "Anyone who bets $25,000 a hand is a whale. Less than half of 1 percent bet at that level," a casino executive said. "At $25,000, you've got a credit line of $1 million. At that level, you can demand anything you want."

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Where’s Miller

from the Akron Beacon Journal via the Mercury News,

If Jeff Gillooly and Shawn Eckardt want to volunteer for a patriot mission for their country, they must do three things: Obtain a passport. Buy a plane ticket to Turin. Remember to bring the lead pipe. The U.S. men's Olympic hockey team will play without its best goaltender, alternate Ryan Miller, unless one of three non-descript net-minders selected ahead of him suffers an unforeseen injury - say, a two-hander across the shins, a la Nancy Kerrigan.

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Hasek’s Equipment Missing

from the CP via Sportsnet,

Czech goaltender Dominik Hasek made it to the 2006 Winter Olympics, but his equipment didn't. Hasek borrowed old gear from the host Italian team to wear in practise Monday after his equipment was lost en route to the Games. "It's probably somewhere in Washington, but we don't know for sure," the Ottawa Senators goaltender said. "I hope it's here (Tuesday). I need at least one practice with my equipment to play the game." Czech coach Alois Hadamczik has not yet announced whether Hasek or Tomas Vokoun of the Nashville Predators will start, although Hasek, the hero of his country's 1998 Olympic victory, is the favourite.
more on the Czech's...

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Panthers Claim Jamie Allison

via the CP,

The Florida Panthers have claimed defenceman Jamie Allison off waivers from the Nashville Predators, the club announced Monday.

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U.S Olympian Rips Canadian Team

from Michael Farber of Sports Illustrated,

Ruggiero, a three-time Olympian, was especially critical of the 16 goals Team Canada pumped past Italy in its opener, a prelude to the dozen the defending Olympic champions scored against Russia 24 hours later. "I'm upset that Canada has been running up the score, especially against the host nation," Ruggiero told SI.com on Monday. "There was no need for that. They're trying to pad their stats ... Canada is running up the score for whatever reasons -- personal, short-term."
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What If Picture

David at the Ice Block paints a "what if" scenario, using the column Eric Weinrich wrote today that was posted earilier in the day. Interesting, from the Ice Block, I took today’s normal NHL standings and added points for games minus shootout points (as though the games ended in a tie) and I also added points as though the NHL gave 3 points for a non-shootout win. read on

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Should Nash Be Playing

In a brief mention in an article about the final training the officials are going through for the Olympics, this stands out. from Hockey Refs,

HockeyRefs.com obtained a copy of some of the other training material, which included an acknowledgment that Canadian player Rick Nash should have been suspended for assaulting Bulanov and linesmen Miroslav Halecky (Slovakia) at last season’s World Championship.
update 4:04pm, A KK reader posted a link to the video ( will open wmp video) of the incident. image

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Burnside Talks Olympics

This is actually happening right now, so the directed link will actually grow in the next half hour or so. via ESPN,

Why is it that no one is giving Team USA any shot at medaling? Maybe it's just my patriotism, but I think we have a decent team, and, if it gels properly, could make a run. SportsNation Scott Burnside: (2:05 PM ET ) You're definitely right. I'm in a minority when I picked them to win a bronze. I agree. If their coach can forge a chemistry, they'll surprise some people. If Their goaltending can get hot, they've got something
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Marleau & Legace Gain Weekly Honors

from the NHL,

San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau, who led all NHL scorers with 10 points (four goals, six assists) in four games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, February 12. Detroit Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace, who led Detroit to three victories with a 1.67 goals-against average and .935 save percentage, is the League's Defensive Player of the Week.

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Grahame Starting Goalie For Team USA

from the Mercury News,

Robert Esche wasn't happy when he was told he would not be playing in the Olympics. But that won't stop him from coming. Esche said Monday he was told by Team USA coach Peter Laviolette that he was going to name Tampa Lightning backup John Grahame the No. 1 goalie for the U.S. and that Rick DiPietro was the backup.

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