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Belfour Still Working Hard

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Back in the Leafs' training room, there is some joking with Belfour about the evening's Hall of Fame ceremonies and how he'd better get familiar with the process, maybe start thinking of who'll he thank in his acceptance speech. But Belfour isn't thinking Hall of Fame just yet. Still some unfinished business in Toronto. "I didn't know what to expect [when I came to Toronto],"he said. "Obviously, I heard all of the stories about the media. But at the same time, being such a focal point, I thought it was going to be a great challenge and I always have liked challenges and this would be the best place to win a Stanley Cup. "Still working hard toward that and praying for that."
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Fischer Experiences Abnormal Cardiac Rythm

from ESPN,

Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer went to the hospital for more tests this week after experiencing "a brief, abnormal cardiac rhythm," the team announced Wednesday. According to the statement released by the Red Wings, Fischer was resting at home on Monday evening when he experienced the abnormal rhythm and he returned to Detroit Medical Center for further testing and observation.
more update 4:40pm, Babcock was quoted today as saying people should not overreact to the latest incident with Fischer. He mentioned he would not be surprised if everything turns out very well for Fisch.

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No Bites

from TSN,

As busy as Tuesday was on the NHL waiver wire, Wednesday has been quiet. None of the three players available on waivers - Pittsburgh goalie Jocelyn Thibault, Florida forward Kristian Huselius and Chicago forward Mikhail Yakubov - were picked up by anyone and all three will, for now, remain with their current teams.

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On The Road With A Rookie

from Todd Simpson of the Chicago Blackhawks,

I sure have gotten to know my roommate, Duncan Keith, much better over the past 10 days. He really enjoys his sleeping and showers and eating and ... well I better not get too personal. I'm trying to type softly (is that possible?) as he is sleeping right now! Oh, to be 22 years old and embarking on an NHL career; every new city and rink brings excitement for him. Full of questions. And lucky for him, his roommate has all the answers! Honestly, he is a great guy, and not just because he does everything I tell him. His exuberance rubs off and reminds me of myself a little bit all those years ago. Duncs has a great attitude and I am just trying to help him any way I can. One of the fun things about being a veteran that is roomed with a rookie is teaching him the rules -- the unwritten ones that is. The same rules apply with every roommate all over the NHL. Here are a few of them-

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First NHL Coach To Go

More and more talk around the NHL about which NHL coach will get fired first. The two leading candidates are Ed Olczyk at Pittsburgh and Jaques Martin in Florida. The 2nd tier of coaches on the hotseat are Mike Sullivan in Boston and Steve Stirling of the Islanders. If they are replaced, who would replace them? I am sure Dave Lewis would be one of the names tossed around. image

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Officials For Turin

from HockeyRefs.com,

The men’s Olympic hockey officiating line-up was finalized this week with the selection of eight NHLers. Referees Dan Marouelli (Canada), Dennis LaRue (United States), Don Van Massenhoven (Canada), and Paul Devorski (Canada) together with linesmen Pierre Racicot (Canada), Steve Miller (Canada), Thor Nelson (United States), and Tony Sericolo (Sericolo) will be in Turin when the tournament begins February 15.
more and check out the home page of HockeyRefs for other interesting stories involving the striped brigade...

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Bidding Closed

The final sale price on the NHL Jerseys benefiting the Katrina Hurricane Relief Fund. 1. Crosby- $21,010 2. Ovechkin- $7929 3. Lemieux- $6709 I am not sure how long this link will last, but you can check out the final bids here.

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Live From Nashville

from the NHLPA,

"The Greg Johnson Show" has become a popular draw for fans of the Nashville Predators over the past few years, a radio program hosted by the captain of the Western Conference club, one that allows people to get up-close and personal with the players. "I really enjoy it," said Johnson, of the live radio broadcast that takes place at Blackstone Restaurant & Brewery. "When the organization asked me to do it, I thought it would be neat to talk hockey and have the fans come out and watch." Just don't expect Johnson to entertain the thought of getting into the broadcast side of the game once he hangs up his skates. "I don't think so," said Johnson, who played four seasons at North Dakota, where he recorded 272 points in 155 career contests and was named one of the WCHA’s “Top 50 Players in 50 Years,” in celebration of the conference’s 50th anniversary, in November 2001. "I really don't think I have a good radio voice."

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Havlet Separates Shoulder

via the Ottawa Sun,

Ottawa winger Martin Havlat left the game in the third period with a dislocated right shoulder after being checked by Montreal winger Michael Ryder and falling into the boards. Senators coach Bryan Murray speculated Havlat could be lost to the team for a month -- maybe more. "I'm not a doctor and I don't know the extent of it, but normally it's a fair amount of time," said Murray. Havlat is due to have an MRI to assess the extent of the damage today.

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Sharks May Shake It Up

from the Mercury News,

"I am patient and I believe in our players, but I'm not blindly loyal," Wilson said shortly before the Sharks flew to Dallas, where they will seek their first victory in 10 games tonight. "I have a responsibility to our team and our fans and this organization to live in the present." Wilson would not say if any deals were imminent. Most offers he has heard have been too one-sided, he said, as other teams try to take advantage of the Sharks' poor start.
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