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Grandpa Johnson

from the Las Vegas Sun,

John Johnson and his companion, longtime Clark County elementary school principal Kathryn Augsburger, saw the Wolverines play at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks in October, and they plan to see them at the University of Nebraska-Omaha next month. For someone who watched both of his sons, Jack Sr. and Jimmy, play at Michigan State, John Johnson said seeing Junior extend the Johnson line has been more thrilling. "We've had a helluva lot of fun with it," Johnson said. "I thought it was exciting when my two sons were playing college hockey, but this is even more exciting, when I know the kid is being watched so closely by scouts. "Pro hockey players, they live a fast life. Those kids, they're not encouraged to lay off the women or beer. So his dad thought another year, at Michigan, would be good for him."

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Blues Future

from Jeff Gordon of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

Your cyber-correspondent worked the room Thursday night at Savvis Center, talking to NHL executives, broadcasters and other media types, former players and a player agent about the state of the Blues. Veterans Doug Weight and Keith Tkachuk love St. Louis and would love to stay with the franchise -– IF it gains a credible owner and IF the Next Regime had a convincing plan to build a winner here. Both realize that contenders will come calling on the Blues before the trade deadline.

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Top Execs

from Jeff Gordon of Fox Sports,

Which executives get the most from their resources every year? Most of our finalists have won world championships, but not all. Some have won in more than one place, but not all.
Two hockey GMs make the Top list and the Worst list is filled with hockey execs.

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Update On Pat Burns

from the Star-Ledger,

If Pat Burns had been physically able, he would have jumped at the chance to return as Devils coach when Larry Robinson stepped down more than five weeks ago. But Burns, who just finished another round of chemotherapy last week in his fight with liver cancer, said it was never a possibility. "I wasn't ready physically. If I were ready, I would've jumped in. I've missed it," Burns said last night at the St. Pete Times Forum, where he watched the Devils face the Lightning.

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Blogger Shows Her Wing Support

Christy of Behind the Jersey celebrated her birthday last night at the JLA. Canadian TV focused (will open wmp video, via TSN) on her after Lidstrom scored in the 2nd period. update 12:44pm, Well, Christy just responded and says that is not her. So, the search continues... image
Not Christy, but who is it? Anyone know?

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Theodore A Target

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It's a good thing Jose Theodore is a goalie because he needs the extra equipment with all the shots being fired his way. The struggling Canadiens netminder has been the target of the Montreal media and fans, and it doesn't sound like they'll be appeased until he's playing elsewhere. While there has been talk in NHL circles that Habs GM Bob Gainey would like to move Theodore to Vancouver in a deal for Canucks winger Todd Bertuzzi, trading him isn't going to be easy.
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Refs Need To Focus

from the Morning Call,

When Mike Rathje is asked for his opinion on the new NHL rules, he just smirks. Mostly because the dive Joe Sakic took in overtime on Jan. 14 — the one that led to the penalty that led to Colorado's winning goal — is still fresh in his mind. ''[The referees] don't even know what they're doing out there,'' Rathje, the first-year Flyers defenseman, said last week. ''They could call 20, 30 penalties a game if they wanted to, easily, and they don't. Then all of the sudden they call penalties out of the blue in overtime, and that's a joke.''

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Expect To Get Hit

from the Journal News,

Buffalo coach Lindy Ruff and several Sabres players have accused Kasparaitis of dirty play and hinted at payback the next time the teams play, March 27 at Madison Square Garden. "They're upset their guy got hurt, I'm not proud of that, I feel bad," Kasparaitis said. "Maybe the problem was he didn't know I was coming. Still, you should expect to get hit. It's a hitting game. The rules have changed but hitting is still in the game. "I'm not going to go into the corner and say, 'Excuse me, I'm going to hit you.' That's not how we play the game."
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Esposito Interviewd For Islanders Job

from the NY Post (reg. req),

According to multiple sources, Wang interviewed Hall of Famer Phil Esposito this week for the position. It is believed Esposito, who was the Ranger GM from 1986-89 and the Tampa Bay GM from 1992-1999, is one of many recommendations Wang is fielding from the league as he attempts to hire a new GM by the June 24 draft in Vancouver. NHL commissioner Gary Bettman, who is helping to advise Wang through the search, was in attendance for last night's 4-3 shootout win against the Penguins at the Coliseum. "We talked about a thorough process and seeing as many people as possible," Bettman told The Post during the second intermission, "so that Charles can be comfortable that he selected somebody who will accomplish his goals and objectives."

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Senators Financial Picture

from the Ottawa Citizen,

The Senators could conceivably lose money during this regular season in operating costs, but would likely reap profits on the arena side of the ledger. The rise in franchise value is significant, but not something that is going to show up in the operating balance. In other words, it depends how you slice it. Melnyk's Senators pay rent on an arena he owns, which means money goes from one pocket to the other. Each playoff gate will be worth at least $1 million to the club. If it loses a few million in operating costs during the year, a decent playoff run will erase it. Are the Senators in financial trouble? Not a chance. The club has never been better positioned in a league that hasn't been this healthy. In a pinch, a billionaire owner could cut a cheque. But don't spread that around. The Senators love their image as a plucky, small market underdog whupping the big boys.

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