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from the Globe and Mail,

It's a TV concept impossible to imagine happening anywhere but here: Hockey Day in Canada is CBC's annual celebration of homegrown hockey. It's the longest day of hockey of the year, and Canadian viewers wait for it. Once again, the Hockey Day in Canada telecast will include several insightful features focusing on the grand game. Among this year's lineup: Detroit Dads, in which reporter Elliotte Friedman tags along with the Detroit Red Wings on a road trip where the players brought along their fathers. And recent HNIC arrival Jim Hughson contributes The Drive Home, which explores the moments between a parent and child before or after a game. Another segment, titled Super Squirt, will profile an upcoming hockey prodigy in Roblin, Man., who is averaging 200 to 300 goals each season. The kid is nine years old.
more note: Hockey fans can watch HDIC on Center Ice beginning at noon today or on CBC if you are lucky enough to get it.

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Drop the Puck, Gary

image photo from the Edmonton Journal What's this all about.... from the Edmonton Sun,

Gary Bettman will walk into Rexall Place this evening and not, as many anticipated, be carried in on a throne, like Cleopatra, behind grateful hockey fans laying him a path of rose petals. And we'll have to wait at least six years before we find out whether or not half the Grade One boys in Edmonton are named Gary. But make no mistake, this is a love-in. The NHL commissioner returned here yesterday like a victorious general touring the land he just liberated.

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Rangers Goal- Win The Division

from the Journal News,

"I'd like to win the division," Rangers coach Tom Renney said. "I know teams had games in hand on us, but we were at the top because we were playing well. Let's identify with being the best in our division and take it from there. If coming up short means we're in a playoff position where we believe we can surprise teams, we'll deal with that." Here are five factors that will ultimately determine the Rangers' fate:

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The Cost Of Injuries

from the Columbus Dispatch,

"Typically, we allot $500,000 in the budget for injuries," MacLean said yesterday morning. "We were anywhere from $500,000 to $900,000 in each of our first four years. So, you allow for an extra contract, a 23 rd guy. (This season), we’re trending to be well over $2 million." "We’re caught in a situation where the gate is slightly down because of the compression of the schedule in an Olympic year and because the team’s performance probably isn’t where it should be," MacLean said. "We’re down 8 percent in ticket revenues, about 3 percent of which is due to a decrease in prices. So call it a 5 percent decrease — but that’s $2 million. "Add in the payroll costs (because of injuries) and suddenly you’re talking about a potential $4 million budget swing."
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Devils Try To Recover

from the Asbury Park Press,

"We find ourselves in a position we haven't found ourselves in for quite an extended period of time," Lamoriello said. "But you don't look back. We have to look at where we are today and what we have to do to get to where we'd like to be." Where they would like to be is closer to the top of the Atlantic. The Devils have finished lower than second in their division only twice since they won their first Stanley Cup back in 1995. "Obviously we're used to having a better record and winning more games," said Devils forward Brian Gionta. "It's uncharacteristic of a Devils season so far."

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Kovalchuk ‘Taunts’ Crosby

from the AP via the Ledger,

The Thrashers made it 5-0 in the second period with two power-play goals against Fleury, the first by Marian Hossa. Then, with Crosby sent off with his second slashing penalty, Kovalchuk took a pass from outside the circle and one-timed a blistering shot over Fleury's left shoulder. Kovalchuk turned quickly and pointed toward Crosby, who was coming out of the penalty box. The crowd chanted "Crosby! Crosby! Crosby!" toward one the No. 1 draft pick and one of the NHL's most touted prospects in years.
more...recap of the game which Atlanta won 6-4.

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Chace Going For The Gold

from the Sea Coast Online,

Taylor Chace had a different kind of dream before Oct. 6, 2002. Since the age of 4 his dream was to play hockey professionally. That dream ended when got checked into the boards during a Junior Monarchs game in Ontario, Canada, and suffered a spinal cord injury. It didn’t stop Chace from dreaming again. Tom Carr, of Northeast Passage at the University of New Hampshire, got Chace into sled hockey, a very fast growing sport, in 2004. "He got me going and gave me the confidence to go out and try it," says Chace.
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More Money In The Players Pocket

from the CP via TSN,

NHL player paycheques just got a little bigger. Citing higher than expected revenue forecasts for this season, the NHL and NHL Players' Association have reduced the amount of money taken off each cheque and put in reserve

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Rumors- TSN Style

-The Edmonton Journal suspects that the Detroit Red Wings may be prepared to deal C Robert Lang and his $3.8-million contract. -The Toronto Sun reports that ex-Leafs winger Owen Nolan is still waiting to have his contract dispute with the Leafs settled. Once that happens, the Sharks, Flames and Senators are among the teams interested in Nolan's services. -Looking to give fresh starts to disappointing free agent signings, the Boston Globe suggests that the Bruins might want to see about swapping C Alexei Zhamnov to his previous home in Chicago in exchange for former Boston University D Adrian Aucoin.
much more from TSN...

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The Sather & Burke Partnership

from the Chilliwack Times,

While Sather talked sockeye during the media meet and greet, business partner and fellow NHL GM Brian Burke stuck to hockey. He recounted borrowing the Boston Bruins logo for his team (an easy chat with friend and Boston president Harry Sinden). The former Vancouver Canucks (and current Mighty Ducks) GM was in fine Burkeian form, never breaking a smile while riffing on everything from junior hockey to Vancouver's goalie situation and his former Hockey Night in Canada adversary Al Strachan, whom he insists he doesn't miss, adding "And that's on the record."

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