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Holik Activated

via the Atlanta Thrashers,

The Atlanta Thrashers have activated forward Bobby Holik from Injured Reserve (foot), and have placed forwards Patrik Stefan (sports hernia, retroactive to Feb. 12), and J.P. Vigier (knee, retroactive to Feb. 10) on Injured Reserve, according to Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Waddell.

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Give AO A Name

MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 28, 2006--With all the attention CCM's new star player is receiving these days, Alexander Ovechkin and CCM are reaching out to fans to help him find a cool nickname. The young Washington Capitals recruit, who is taking the hockey world by storm with his agility and talent on the ice, is said to be following in the footsteps of such hockey distinguished as The Rocket, The Great One, The Magnificent and many other sports legends whose nicknames remain forever engraved in our memories. Fans of Alexander Ovechkin can get in the game from February 28th to March 12th by registering on www.ccmsports.com and submitting a nickname they think best reflects this athlete's individuality, both in his style and performance. After a careful review of all submissions, Alexander Ovechkin himself will select his Top 5 favourite nicknames. Fans will then be able to vote online for the nickname they prefer among Ovechkin's selection. more- cool video at ccmsports but if you are work, you may want to turn down your speakers.

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The Maven- “Rangers Are Legitimate Cup Contenders”

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Henrik (Henny) Lundqvist’s Torino triumph has turned the Rangers into a legit Stanley Cup contender. The feeling along Scouts Row is that the Blueshirts require one more capable D-man to make them legitimate contenders with a Capital L! -The March 9 trade deadline is too late for a few managerial types. Some would like it pushed to February. -Who are the toughest defensemen, one-on-one in the NHL? Jarome Iginla names Adam Foote, Mattias Ohlund and Chris Pronger.

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You Want Answers

from Bob Duff of MSNBC,

Will it be Alexander Ovechkin or Sidney Crosby that’s foremost among the first-year players? Can the Carolina Hurricanes maintain their surprising pace? Why does bathroom tap water always taste better than kitchen tap water? So many questions. You want answers? Well, pay attention-
read on

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Witt Could Be Moved At Any Time

GM George McPhee of the Washington Capitals was just on Leafs Lunch and states he would move Witt today if the right offer was made. It is just a matter of time, has talked to several teams and just waiting for the right offer. George mentioned he doesn't want to trade him, but Witt wants a chance at the Cup. He said he is tired of trading for prospects because most of the time they never work out. The trade may sound good at the time, but down the road the prospects never reach their potential.

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Five Men Back- So It Isn’t So

I sure hope Chuck is wrong... from Chuck Gormley of NHL.com,

Don't be surprised to see more NHL coaches adopting Finland's five-men-back defensive system down the stretch. The system was very successful because it limited opponents' ability to get to the net. Essentially, the Finns tried to keep the game scoreless at even strength, then strike on the power play and sit on their leads.
more...including a review of the Eastern Conference...

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Minor Leaguer Suffers Severe Eye Trauma

from WMTW,

A member of the Portland Pirates hockey team remains in the hospital with severe eye trauma after he was hit by a puck in a game Friday night. Defenseman Jordan Smith received emergency eye surgery Friday night after the injury, which occurred during a game against the Manchester Monarchs.
It is my understanding the puck was deflected off of a stick and hit him in the eye. No idea if he had a visor or if the league requires one.

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The Olympics And The NHL

from ESPN,

Was the two-week Olympic break a good thing for the NHL? Should the league continue to shut down every four years? And now that NHL teams are back on the ice and readying themselves for the postseason, how will the playoff races shape up?
answer a few questions and see how fellow hockey fans responded...

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Minor Trade

vai the Columbus Blue Jackets,

The Columbus Blue Jackets have acquired forward Cam Severson from the Calgary Flames in exchange for defenseman Cale Hulse, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced Tuesday.

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NHL Quickly Improving

from the Daily Sentinel,

NHL scoring is up, attendance is up and revenues are up. But perhaps the most significant change in the NHL after a year without hockey took place not on the ice, but in corporate boardrooms. "No sports entrepreneur would ever let me talk about investing in an NHL franchise for at least the last five years," said Rick Horrow, a sports business consultant. "Now it's taking place in conversation again, really for the first time in nearly a decade."

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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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