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Sykora Comfortable With Rangers

from the NY Times,

He was asked about his dwindling goal total this season and whether he felt he still had more to offer at a relatively young age. "I did not think I would get this question at age 29," said Sykora, who had scored only 7 goals in 39 games for Anaheim before the Mighty Ducks traded him and a fourth-round pick in 2007 to the Rangers on Sunday for the 22-year-old defenseman Maxim Kondratiev. "I thought I'd get this question at age 35. I've got lots left. Come on. I am young for this league. Yes, I have seven goals, but I'm going to score."
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The Best And Worst From Ted

from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,

Best bets from the East to make it to the final: Ottawa Senators, Philadelphia Flyers, Carolina Hurricanes Best bets from the West to make it to the final: Dallas Stars, Calgary Flames, Detroit Red Wings Most likely to get traded before the season's over: Roberto Luongo, Doug Weight, Todd Bertuzzi Best general manager: Ken Holland
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Kronwall Planning Return

from the Detroit Free Press,

For those who think the Red Wings could use a shot in the arm: Help is coming. Niklas Kronwall, a top-four defenseman, is close to returning — in fact, he plans to be playing before the Olympic break begins Feb. 13, which should enable him to join Team Sweden at the Turin Winter Games. “Oh, I’ll be playing before then for sure,” Kronwall said Monday. “I have no doubts about that. I hope by the end of the month, or the first week of February, I’ll be playing again.”
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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.
more update Tuesday 10:38am, Video now available...

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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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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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