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Holland In Charge Of Team Canada For IIHF WC

from the CP via TSN,

Detroit Red Wings general manager Ken Holland will handle the GM's duties for Canada's entry at the 2006 IIHF world championship while Marc Habscheid will coach the club, Hockey Canada said Friday.
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Starting Right About Now

The Super Bowl partying and events are in full force here in Dettroit. I am about to start a 60 hour binge and enjoy what the City of Detroit and the NFL has to offer. I will be updating on a limited basis through Sunday, but I do have internet access with my pocket pc and will update any major news.

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‘Tough’ Guys

from the Tampa Tribune,

When there are points to be earned in a playoff push, players will do anything to get on the ice. "I've seen guys play with separated shoulders and dislocated shoulders," DiMaio said. "It's the nature of professional sports, I think. Especially in hockey. I don't know if the tolerance is higher. I think a lot of it is guys don't like to give their spots up to anyone else. There's a lot of pride. I think that's what makes the hockey guys pretty special."
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Where Will Witt Play

from the Toronto Sun,

Brendan Witt's wish to be traded remains and George McPhee is adamant a deal will be done before the March 9 NHL trade deadline. "It will happen this year, I just don't know when," McPhee, the Capitals' general manager, said after practice here yesterday. "He has asked for a trade and he will be traded. I am not going to comment any further. (We just want) what is best for the team and the organization."

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NHL ‘Clean”

via the Toronto Sun,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and NHL Players' Association executive director Ted Saskin both said yesterday that the first batch of drug tests have come back negative. "There have been well over 100 (returned samples) and at least six to eight teams have already been tested in full," Saskin said.

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Avs Suffer More Than A Loss

from the Rocky Mountain News,

This defeat will go down as one of the most difficult the Colorado Avalanche will endure this season. Defenseman Ossi Vaananen, on his second shift, suffered a broken right ankle that will require surgery and probably end his season and right wing Milan Hejduk sustained a neck injury on his fifth shift and didn't return. "Those are two big guys on our team," said captain Joe Sakic, whose goal with 8:49 to play in the third period put the Avalanche ahead 3-2. "It's a tough loss, but I think everybody pulled together and played pretty well."
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NHL On NBC Rating Drop

via the LA Times,

The Arena Football League got off to a good start on NBC last weekend. The AFL drew a 1.3 national rating, which beat, among other events, the NHL (0.9) and the Sunshine Millions horse racing (1.2) on NBC and the Arizona-North Carolina basketball game on CBS (1.2).

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Steven’s Jersey Goes To The Rafters

What do Slava Kozlov, Eric Lindros, and Paul Kariya have in common? from Sherry Ross of the NY Daily News,

Each of the trio was the target of jarring playoff hits by Stevens, producing the fear that made East Rutherford famous. "The opponent was always so petrified of him," said goaltender Martin Brodeur, who until this season had played his entire career with the captain, No.4, as a teammate. Name the Cup year, and you can identify the Stevens open-ice hit that defined it.
continued update 10:54am, from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,
"I still remember our first day in New Jersey," Stevens said. "Lou met us at the airport and he had two baby seats in the back of the car. That certainly says everything about Lou and what he has done for me and the New Jersey Devils. "It's definitely a family here, that's Lou's philosophy. That's why we stayed here and made our home here. There have been a lot of players here who moved on, you know, the grass is always greener, but the feedback later on is they did it right here. It's a team game here, not a bunch of individual players like in other places."
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Is Ovechkin Hart Worthy

from the Toronto Sun,

The Hart Trophy traditionally is awarded to a player whose hockey club has been a serious playoff contender, but to discuss possible Hart candidates and leave Alexander Ovechkin out of the mix wouldn't seem right. ..."I don't want to be case-specific, but sometimes you see some of the great players and they are just robots," Caps coach Glen Hanlon said. "They don't seem to bring a passion. It's just like: 'Oh, well, I'm going to do this for 12 years and go play golf.' Alex is fun, he's a fan of the game and I think it rubs off on all the players."
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Kolzig Begins Contract Negotiations

from Tarik El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

The Washington Capitals and Art Breeze, the agent for Olie Kolzig, have recently have begun "conceptual" and "exploratory" negotiations on a contract extension that would fulfill the 35-year-old goaltender's desire to finish his career as a lifelong Capital.
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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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