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Goalie Performance

Jes over at Hockey Rants chimes in with the "poor" goalie performance this year. Plus, check out the very funny picture of the lonely school kid.

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Q & A With Craig Conroy

This week's offensive player of the week answers a few questions in a conference call interview. from NHL.com,

Q. Andy Murray has the reputation of a details-oriented coach. Is that a good type of coach to have in the new NHL, where so much emphasis is on special teams and power play and I assume quite a bit of instruction? CRAIG CONROY: I think so, because it pretty much maps everything out for you. Everything is just, you know, black and white and he takes whatever the players think, too. He's always asking questions, what we do to get better and things like that. For the most part he tries to just keep it very simple.

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Canes To Retire Francis’ Jersey

from TSN,

The Carolina Hurricanes announced Tuesday that the team will honor former captain and 23-year NHL star Ron Francis prior to its game on Jan. 28 against the Atlanta Thrashers. The team will formally retire Francis' familiar No. 10 jersey during a pre-game ceremony, and honor the franchise's all-time goals, assists and points leader throughout the game.

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Peca Must Improve

from the CP via Slam,

Edmonton Oilers centre Mike Peca went into Tuesday's game against Colorado in Craig MacTavish's doghouse. "He's got to play better," the Oilers head coach told the Edmonton Sun. "The time for him feeling his way in, learning the situation and what we need out of him is over. We need more intensity out of him. We need a better performance out of him, and he knows that."

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Gaborik Has Hip Flexor Strain

via the CP,

Wild winger Marian Gaborik is injured yet again, this time diagnosed with a strained left hip flexor that will keep him out indefinitely. A right groin strain forced him to miss the first six games of the season. His return lasted only three games. "It's (ticking) me off, obviously. Frustrating," he told the Pioneer Press. "This kind of thing doesn't help you mentally - kind of (messed) up."

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Fedor Fedorov Called Up By Rangers

New York Rangers President and General Manager Glen Sather announced today that the club has signed forward Fedor Fedorov to a NHL contract and has recalled him from the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL). In addition, the club has also reassigned defenseman Dale Purinton the Wolf Pack.

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Wings Top ESPN Rankings

from ESPN,

With two weeks under the belt, the Power Rankings are back. And while Nashville, Ottawa and Vancouver have made some noise, the Red Wings have quietly dominated and top our list.

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Ryan Miller Leading Sabres

from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

While much of the rookie attention is being placed on some of the outstanding 18-, 19- and 20-year olds, the rookie who might be having the biggest impact on his team is Buffalo Sabres' 25-year-old goalie Ryan Miller. Four years after winning the Hobey Baker Trophy as college hockey's best player, Miller has been a major factor in the Sabres' best start in almost 30 years.

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A Bit Slow Today

I went to the dentist this morning with a little toothache and four hours later, arrive home after having oral surgery done. Ouch!!! Will be updating a little later today, hopefully when the vicadin kicks in.

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Devils Clearing Cap Room

from the NY Post (reg. req.),

Lou Lamoriello has a little salary cap room if he decides to strengthen his .500 Devils. By noon today, the Devils' president will have 836G more cap space to use now or save against the day he must find $4.18 million in cap room to activate Patrik Elias. Lamoriello yesterday waived enforcer Krzysztof Oliwa, who will be assigned to Albany if he clears the other 29 teams. "I understand the game has changed, that Lou was forced to make a business decision in an effort to minimize the team's salary cap issues," said Oliwa, who said he returned to New Jersey to be near his 9-year-old daughter. "However, I would have signed elsewhere in July of '04 if I thought my position on the team was unstable. I had opportunities to play in Minnesota, Montreal and Calgary and passed them up. I am extremely disappointed."
update 3:50pm, Oliwa has cleared waivers, 29 teams passed on him.

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