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Demers Book Reveals He Is Illiterate

from the CP via Slam,

Jacques Demers, a coach and later a general manager in the National Hockey League for 15 years, admits he is illiterate. That and other revelations about the life of one of the NHL's more colourful coaches is revealed in a biography in French released Wednesday called 'Jacques Demers En Toutes Lettres', which roughly translates as 'Jacques Demers From A To Z'.

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NHL & OLN Need To Resolve Issues

Kevin Allen was just on Detroit radio and mentioned the NHL is aware of the numerous problems with OLN and he expects a 'sit-down' with the two sides very soon. Kevin mentioned that he did not think OLN expected to get the NHL contract and have been overwhelmed with trying to improve the product. He mentioned the studio needs a major upgrade, the studio hosts are really not suited for the jobs they are supposed to be doing and many technical issues have been a constant problem. Plus, the fans have no idea what games are on OLN because they don't watch it unless a game is on, therefore the ads OLN run are not being seen by the hockey fan. I must admit the Hawks/Wings game on OLN last night was fine, so maybe all of these issues are improving.

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Legace Update

The MRI results on Manny's knee proved everything is fine. He may skate today and possibly play Thursday against Edmonton. update 1:30pm, Osgood will start tomorrow and Howard called up from Grand Rapids to serve as backup. Wings want to make sure Manny is 100% before inserting him in the lineup. update 2:17pm, Detroit Free Press verifies story. update 5:35pm, from the CP via Slam,

The Detroit Red Wings veteran is expected to miss a home game Thursday night against the Edmonton Oilers and games on the weekend against Phoenix and St. Louis. "The knee is sore," Legace said Wednesday on a conference call. "I've got a sprained left knee, thanks to Mr. Matthew Barnaby. "I will not play (Thursday) or probably the weekend. I'm day to day."
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Barry’s Take On The West

from Barry Melrose of ESPN,

We're about a month into the season, and I am glad the new NHL is holding up. Goals are up, players are getting smarter about not taking as many penalties and teams are adapting to the new style. So having said that, here's The Good, The Bad and The Ugly for this week. THE GOOD West Coast teams never get as much attention as the New Yorks and the Philadelphias and the Detroits of the world. When I coached in Los Angeles, I learned to accept that. You hardly make SportsCenter because your games end later. But right now, we should be paying attention because all three California teams are playing well in a competitive Pacific Division.

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Teemu Is Back

from NHL.com,

Healthy once again, and back in the familiar No. 13 he wore when he scored 76 goals as a Winnipeg Jets rookie, Anaheim's Teemu Selanne has looked a lot like his old self lately. In his second tour of duty with Anaheim, the 35-year-old Selanne has put up early season numbers that are reminiscent of the astronomical totals he posted back in 1992-93, and we're not just talking about the digit on the back of his teal jersey.

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More On Diving

from The Hockey News,

All players’ slates are wiped clean in the playoffs, but the fine for a first post-season offense is $5,000 and a second offense draws a suspension. Every game is monitored at the NHL’s headquarters in Toronto and players are subject to punishment even if the referee doesn’t call them for diving.

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Sundin Looking At Saturday Return

from the Toronto Sun,

"Hopefully it's this weekend," Sundin said, though he'll accompany the Leafs to Carolina this afternoon with an outside chance of playing tomorrow. "The biggest thing will be (today) when I'm with the guys and have other people around me skating and I see how my vision is." He was cleared for full practice on Monday by club doctors. The eye area looks almost normal after fears he would need surgery to reset the lower left orbital or perhaps a small procedure on the eye itself. He will wear a visor for the immediate future. "My vision is not back to where the (right) eye is, but it's definitely at the point where I'm comfortable playing and skating," Sundin said.

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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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