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Don’t Come Back Mario

Why must writers question and even try to decide when a hockey great should retire? The decision should be made by the player himself, he knows how he feels and if he can contribute. Players like Lemieux should not be questioned by writers or anyone else, they have given their all to the NHL and have earned the respect to make the retirement decision alone, without any help from anyone else. from the Sporting News via Yahoo,

Lemieux has 22 points in 26 games this season but usually has been a shadow of what he used to be, and he's playing on a terrible team. Even without playing, he could have a positive influence on the team and rookie Sidney Crosby. Lemieux doesn't need to return. Not this time.

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Go to The Source

from The Hockey News via ESPN, T

he Hockey News asked 65 NHL netminders: "Who's the best goalie in the NHL this season?" Out of the 61 total votes, Dominik Hasek had a slight lead: Hasek -- 17 players (27.9 percent) Miikka Kiprusoff -- 16 (26.2 percent) Marty Turco -- six (9.8 percent)
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Leafs Confirm McCabe Has Groin Tear

John Ferguson Jr. was on Fan590 in Toronto this afternoon and said McCabe does have a small tear of the groin muscle. He will not be rushed back at this point and will miss at least the next two games.

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Zetterberg Bruises Hip

Attention Wings fans, Z suffered a bruised hip in practice, listed as day-to-day. Nothing serious.

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I Am What I Am

IF you missed the Reebok commercial featuring Sidney Crosby that premiered during the NHL games on NBC on Saturday, take a look (will open wmp video). image

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Going Back To Travis Roy

from John Buccigross of ESPN,

One area where SportsCenter has never been better is in its storytelling. The topics are often compelling, and the presentation is often flawless. Recently, SportsCenter gave its viewers an update on the life of Travis Roy. Roy gained national notoriety after shattering his C4/C5 vertebra just 11 seconds into his first shift of college hockey in a nationally televised game at Boston University in 1995. The resulting spinal cord injury left him paralyzed from the shoulders down.
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Fatigue Sets In

from the Risto Pakarinen blog at NHL.com,

It's a long, long season, isn't it? I know the players and coaches always talk about how January is murder, but I must admit that I am suffering from a pretty bad case of midseason fatigue as well.
more Speaking of a long season, it is only five months until the last game of the SCF could be played (June 17th).

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What Is Sutter Up To

from George Johnson of ESPN,

He's manipulative. Often infuriating. Single-minded. Overbearing. Demanding. Acerbic. Abrasive. Calculating. He does not suffer fools or slackers gladly. But put aside the image for a moment; the checked shirts, cowboy kickers and that piece of wheat clenched firmly between his teeth. "He may be a cowboy," cautions Calgary Flames assistant coach Jim Playfair. "But he's one smart cowboy."
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Doan Files Lawsuit Against Politician

from the CP via TSN,

Phoenix Coyotes captain Shane Doan filed a lawsuit against Liberal MP Denis Coderre on Tuesday, alleging the former sports minister falsely accused him of making a slur against francophones during an NHL game. Doan also demanded that Coderre make a public retraction in the motion filed in Quebec superior court.

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Who Goes- Who Stays

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

The Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks have goalies on their mind as they head towards the March 9 trade deadline. As in, their own. All four goalies, Dwayne Roloson and Manny Fernandez in Minnesota and Evgeni Nabokov and Vesa Toskala in San Jose, are slated for unrestricted free agency July 1. "It is unusual," Wild GM Doug Risebrough said of his own situation.
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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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