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Leafs Or Flyers

from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,

So if you had a choice between being where the Flyers are today and where the Leafs are today, everyone except John Ferguson and a few stubborn diehards would take the Flyers’ position.
If you’re going to be lousy in sports these days, it pays in the end to be really lousy. Being middle of the pack gets you Jiri Tlusty not Sidney Crosby. Being middle of the pack gives you hope when you really have none.
There is no false hope in Philadelphia these days. People know this team is terrible. People hope there is a star on the way.


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The Maven Knows Gump

from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

Lorne “Gump” Worsley will go down as one of the finest, funniest and ironically mistreated goalies in Rangers history.
A product of the Blueshirts’ farm system, Worsley learned his goaltending trade as a teenager with the Verdun (junior) Cyclones in Montreal.
Few Rangers fans today remember that the Blueshirts had a farm team that played at Madison Square Garden on Sunday afternoons called the Rovers of the Eastern Hockey League.


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Simply Not True

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

The Wings were shocked to hear about an Internet report out of St. Louis that said there’s widespread dissension and a revolt against Babcock.
“There’s no truth to it,” said Draper, who the story stated had a loud argument with Babcock after the Colorado loss Jan. 20. “That kind of caught me off guard. I haven’t seen the story, but there’s nothing to it.”
Babcock said there was no truth to the report.

In case you missed it, IwoCPO was all over this yesterday at A2Yand was able to confirm the same thing after communicating with Wings beat writer Ansar Khan. 
Now how ironic is it that Ted Kulfan, Wings beat writer for the Detroit News, who points out the inaccuracy of the internet report, is planning to blog for the website that made these accusations.

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Merci, Merci

from the Montreal Gazette:

Ken Dryden never showed much emotion as a player, but he admitted to being a tad misty-eyed as he hugged his family and watched his No. 29 hoisted to the rafters at the Bell Centre last night.
“It was a special moment and they’re a part of my life,” said Dryden, whose number was retired prior to last night’s game between the Canadiens and Ottawa Senators.
“I knew what the events of the night would be, but I didn’t know what the reactions from the fans would be, and I didn’t know what my reaction would be,” he said. “As I walked from the dressing room, I couldn’t see because the arena was dark, but I could certainly hear the arena.



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Aiming For Another Summit

from the Canadian Press via TSN:

Vladislav Tretiak would like to see another Canada-Russia Summit Series.
Tretiak, who starred in goal for the former Soviet Union squad in the ‘72 series that gripped the hockey world, said Monday he hopes to propose a new eight-game event to NHL commissioner Gary Bettman.
‘‘This year is important for us because 35 years ago we played - four games in Canada and four games in Russia,’’ said Tretiak, now president of the Russian Ice Hockey Federation. ‘‘I’d like to see us make eight games again.



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NBC’s Sunday Hat Trick

from William Houston of the Globe and Mail:

Encouraging news for NBC’s National Hockey League telecast on Sunday (Atlanta-Philadelphia, Colorado-Detroit and Dallas-Anaheim). It earned a 1.3 overnight rating (percentage of TV households tuned in), up 8 per cent from 1.2 for the same telecast last season. It was up against stiff competition: Tiger Woods winning the Buick Invitational on CBS, and San Antonio Spurs-Los Angeles Lakers in overtime on ABC.


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College Hockey Off The Hook

from the Denver Post:

From a penalties standpoint, attending a University of Denver hockey game one night and an Avalanche game the next is like watching two different sports.
The NCAA still allows many of the hooks and holds the NHL has barred.
Although the 2005 NHL crackdown on obstruction penalties occurred a year after the NCAA tightened its rules, the NCAA is in no hurry to revise its rules to match the new NHL standard.
“We tightened up the obstruction penalties before the NHL, and certainly the NHL has gone beyond that - and way past us,” said Bruce McLeod, commissioner of the Denver-based Western Collegiate Hockey Association. “We haven’t done it in a quantum jump like the NHL, and I think we’ll probably continue with that. Some people think the NHL has gone too far, and others love the way it is. We’ll just have to wait and see.”



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Easiest Interview Ever

from the Sun-Sentinel:

Ed Belfour isn’t talking.
Not on days he plays, not on days he doesn’t. Not after practice or before practice. Win or lose, turn away 40 or let in 10, Ed Belfour isn’t talking.
Irritable, difficult, cantankerous ... those are just a few of the words that have been used to describe the Panthers’ netminder over his 18 NHL seasons. And when the Panthers signed Belfour to a contract this summer, some called the 41-year-old damaged goods and broken down.



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A Rumour Zat Makes Sense

from the Washington Post:

Washington Capitals winger Richard Zednik has received medical clearance to resume playing and is expected to be in the lineup Thursday against the Panthers in Florida, the second stop on a three-game road trip that begins tonight against the Ottawa Senators.
His return from an abdominal injury that caused him to miss 24 games comes at a critical time for the player and his team. With the NHL’s trade deadline four weeks away, Zednik figures to attract interest from clubs seeking to add an offensive threat for a run in the Stanley Cup playoffs. The only problem is Capitals General Manager George McPhee isn’t ready to declare whether he’ll be buying or selling—yet.

As a UFA-to-be who put up 20-30 goals before the lockout, Zednik would provide an affordable option for those non-Forsberg-buyers out there.



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Down To The Wire In Pittsburgh

from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:

It’s make or break time for a new Pittsburgh arena.
Gov. Ed Rendell said Monday that he remains “optimistic” about reaching a deal soon that will build an Uptown arena and keep the Penguins in town for at least 30 years.
“I anticipate that sometime this week we will have an answer,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl said yesterday. “There will be some kind of dialogue back and forth this week.”


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