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Available- One Minor League Franchise, Wants An NHL Team

from the Business Courier,

The owners of the American Hockey League franchise formerly known as the Mighty Ducks lost their team last year when a game of musical chairs involving National Hockey League affiliates in the AHL left Cincinnati out of the mix. But the owners kept possession of the franchise, even though it's been idle this season. Now, RailRaiders CEO Pete Robinson and his staff are racing to sell 2,000 deposits for 2006-2007 season tickets in an effort to show the league and prospective NHL affiliates that Greater Cincinnati is still a strong hockey market.
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Kovalchuk Responds To Cherry

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Ilya Kovalchuk isn't losing sleep over criticism from Don Cherry. "I don't care what he says," the Atlanta Thrashers winger said Monday on an NHL conference call. "It's a free country and you can say whatever you want." "Hockey is an emotional game. That's all it is," said Kovalchuk. "There was nothing personal. He's a good hockey player. It's nothing. It's just the excitement (of the moment), the emotions."
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The Fans Vote

ESPN is polling NHL fans for the midseason award winners. With almost 29,000 votes cast: Hart Trophy 31.2% Jaromir Jagr, Rangers Vezina Trophy 38.4% Dominik Hasek, Senators Calder Trophy 44.0% Alexander Ovechkin, Capitals Norris Trophy 32.8% Bryan McCabe, Maple Leafs

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McCabe Out With Groin Injury

via the CP,

Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman Bryan McCabe will miss Tuesday night's game against the Vancouver Canucks with a groin injury. McCabe suffered the injury in Saturday night's 3-2 win over the Edmonton Oilers.

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Man Jumps On Ice- Takes A Shot At Theodore

from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Canadiens goalie Jose Theodore got a shock Monday when a stranger in full hockey equipment jumped on the ice during a Montreal practice and shot a puck at him. The 28-year-old man from Montreal, who would only say his name was Raphael, went onto the Verdun Auditorium ice when most of the players were at the far end of the rink.
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Finger Pointing- Not A Bad Thing

from Darren Eliot of Sports Illustrated,

Take, for instance, Ilya Kovalchuk calling out hot-shot rookie Sidney Crosby by pointing at him after scoring a power play goal Friday while Crosby sat in the penalty box. Many deemed this as a "breach of the hockey code of conduct." While unique in its public, showy nature -- and certainly more germane to this era of athletes at large, what with Sharpies and cell phones part of staged NFL celebrations -- the incident's bigger question is whether or not having two of the game's brightest young stars waging a crowing contest is a bad thing.
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NHL Rankings- TSN Style

1. Flyers 2. Senators 3. Red Wings 4. Rangers 5. Kings more

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Three Share POW

from NHL.com,

Atlanta Thrashers forward Ilya Kovalchuk, who tallied 11 points (eight goals, three assists) in four games, has been named the NHL's Offensive Player of the Week for the period ending Sunday, January 8. Colorado goaltender David Aebischer, who led the Avalanche to three victories with a 1.30 goals-against average and .955 save percentage, and Philadelphia goaltender Antero Niittymaki, who backstopped the Flyers to three wins with a 1.33 goals-against average and .953 save percentage, shared the League's Defensive Player of the Week award.
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Marchmant Has Damage To ACL & MCL

via Sportsnet,

The Calgary Flames will be without the services of veteran defenceman Bryan Marchmant after an MRI revealed severed damage to Marchment's left knee. Sportsnet has learned Marchment's MRI revealed a torn ACL and MCL, leaving Marchment to contemplate season-ending surgery. If the Flames and Marchment decide to avoid the knife and try to go the rehab route, there exists a slight chance Marchment may try to play again this season -- without the ACL ligament. The decision should be made within the next 48 hrs.

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Tuomo Ruuto Out Again

via the AP,

Chicago Blackhawks center Tuomo Ruutu will be sidelined indefinitely after undergoing surgery Monday to repair a partially severed tendon in his right ankle.

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