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Sharks Cool Down

from the Mercury News,

Since snapping off six consecutive victories to usher in the Thornton era, the Sharks have reverted to their November form. They have dropped four of their past five - three to divisional opponents. The NHL's holiday roster freeze, which had gone into effect Dec. 17, ends on Tuesday. General Manager Doug Wilson said Monday that he has had recent conversations with some clubs, but no trades are imminent for the Sharks. Across the league, more trade talks could materialize later this week and next week when most general managers, including Wilson, arrive in Vancouver to watch the end of the world junior championships.

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Allison Breaks Finger, Tucker Faces Suspension

from the Journal News,

The Toronto Maple Leafs didn't get much time to celebrate their small winning streak. Within minutes of a 2-1 victory over the Devils last night that gave the Maple Leafs consecutive wins for the first time since Nov. 26-28, Toronto found out Jason Allison fractured a finger. And the Maple Leafs could be without Darcy Tucker as well when they try to make it three straight wins tonight in Pittsburgh. Tucker got a five-minute match penalty for ripping the helmet off Cam Janssen in a fight and twice hitting him in the face with it. That will warrant an automatic review from NHL disciplinarian Colin Campbell.
read on update 12:30pm, via Leafs Lunch, Tucker was fined but not suspended for the "helmet incident".

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Nolan Did Not Apply for New Jersey Job

from the Times & Trqanscript,

"Some guy from Los Angeles called me," he said. "He's an agent and he worked in the NHL for a long time. I can't even tell you his name because I don't want to get him in trouble. He said 'Hey, Ted, I know Lou Lamoriello well. I'm going to call him (on your behalf).' "I said 'Oh, I don't know.' He said 'Even if nothing comes out of it Ted, you've got to get your name back out there.' He just basically said 'Hey, I'll throw your name out there.' A writer from the Buffalo News called me and I said 'Yeah, some guy from Los Angeles called and he wants to put my name in for the New Jersey job.' "It was just one of those harmless things you talk about. It was a story that just kind of took on a life of its own. I haven't applied for the job in New Jersey. I'm not waiting for them to get back to me."
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Over The Boards

-The NJ Devils PP is 4-for-103 over their last 14-plus games. -Jaromir Jagr did not play in the 3rd period of the Ottawa game last night. He is suffering from neck spasms. -Dallas goalie Johan Hedberg had two assists last night. The last goalie to have a multiple point game was Patrick Roy in December, 2000. -After his first full practice since getting injured, Legace said Monday that he is hoping to play Saturday against Columbus, in the Wings' annual New Year's Eve game at Joe Louis Arena. "Manny hasn't broke that news to me. I'm glad he let you guys (media) know first," Babcock said. "So when he lets me know, then I can talk about it."

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Hossa, Miller NHL POW

Atlanta Thrashers forward Marian Hossa is the NHL's offensive player of the week after collecting six points in two games, while Buffalo goaltender Ryan Miller won the defensive award. Hossa had two goals and four assists while the Thrashers went 1-0-1 for the week, recording points on all six Thrashers goals. Vancouver centre Brendan Morrison (one goal, six assists) and Edmonton centre Shawn Horcoff (three goals, four assists) were also considered for the offensive award. Miller claimed the defensive honours after leading the Sabres to two wins with a .96 goals-against average and .969 save percentage. Goalies Manny Fernandez of the Minnesota Wild (2-0-0, 2.00 GAA) and Chris Osgood of the Detroit Red Wings (2-0-0, 2.33 GAA) were runners-up.

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WJC- USA On Center Ice

I noticed Team USA will be on Center Ice this week: Tuesday December 27 NH02 1:00PM USA vs NORWAY Thursday December 29 NH02 1:00PM USA vs FINLAND Saturday December 31 NH02 7:00PM USA vs CANADA

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The Changing Hockey Stick

from the Myrtle Beach Sun News,

In hockey, as in golf, technology is making the wooden stick obsolete. The new sticks - with hollow shafts made of composite materials (mostly graphite) that render them light as a feather - propel the puck faster than ever. One measure of how popular the composite sticks have become is the amount of money a team spends on them. A wooden stick, usually made of ash, costs about $20. The composites go for about $160 apiece. General manager Don Waddell said in the Thrashers' first season, 1999-2000, the team spent about $75,000 on sticks. By 2003-04, the popularity of "the one piece" - a composite shaft with a synthetic blade that has fluids injected inside - had increased that line item to $360,000.

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Fight Is Out Of The Game

from the St. Petersburg Times,

"The game is becoming more like European hockey," said former Buffalo great Danny Gare, who played during the brawling 1970s and was equally adept at scoring and fighting. "The game is more free-flowing. You don't have those one-on-one battles. You don't have those big scrums in front of the net because the referees are calling everything that looks like a penalty. "So guys are backing off one another, and as a result, there isn't the stuff that goes on that leads to fights."

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Chara A Force In Ottawa

from the Ottawa Sun,

Anything that was under Zdeno Chara's Christmas tree would probably pale by comparison to what the Senators' single-most important skater could wind up with in the next sixth months. A medal from the Olympics. A Stanley Cup ring. A Norris Trophy. A multi-year contract from the Senators. All are within the grasp of the long-reaching Slovakian defenceman.
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Savard Loyal to Wirtz

from the Chicago Tribune,

"I have a really close relationship with Mr. Wirtz," Savard says. The Wirtzes "always took care of my family and myself. But I've earned what I'm doing. I sacrifice a lot." It's possible Savard will end up taking the route of former Detroit coach Dave Lewis, who spent many years as Scotty Bowman's assistant before finally getting the top job. But Savard's loyalty and relationship with the Wirtzes may hurt him in another way. It's possible he may never get the head-coaching job because the Wirtzes never would want to be in a position to fire him.

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