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A Second Chance

from the Miami Herald,

Serge Payer sat inside a library with a very worried father, the two thumbing through medical guides to find out what in the world he had been diagnosed was. Is it as bad as cancer? Paul Payer remembers his son saying once he found out what Guillain-Barre Syndrome was. The answer was no, but to a frightened teen, that was of little comfort. Serge Payer knew his body -- one that had carried him to glory on the hockey rink since he was a young boy in Ontario -- was battling him from the inside.

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Sens Drawing Big Crowds

from the Ottawa Sun,

So much for a lockout hangover.Ottawa Senators ticket sellers are giddy after another record-breaking weekend of ticket sales. After sizzling sales Saturday -- when the Senators put single-game tickets for the second half of the season on sale -- Senators president Roy Mlakar said the club is on pace to break its single-season attendance mark. "We're on target to sell out 31 of our 41 home games right now," said Mlakar, "and that can only get better. We'll beat the attendance record."

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Looking For The Big Play

from Eric Weinrich, special to the Kennebec Journal,

You see it happen every day. An underdog knocks off a top team and a team in utter despair finds a way, some strength, a moment that turns around a tough stretch. Well, in our case it could have been a number of instances in our game against Columbus. Again, Curtis Sanford got the start, and he made the most of it. I guess you can figure my choice for the big play. If you saw the game, a third period save on a breakaway kept the score at 0-0, and gave us the lift we needed.

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They Just Want The Money

This is all I need to know about this threat. Anyone surprised? from Tank El-Bashir of the Washington Post,

According to multiple sources, Dynamo does not want Ovechkin to return to Russia to play for them, but seeks monetary compensation for the rising star, perhaps several million dollars. The only way the Capitals would be forced to pay Dynamo for Ovechkin's rights is if a U.S. District Court judge rules in favor of the Russian team.
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Best Player For The Money

from Forbes,

We turned to RotoWire.com, the leading player-rating service for fantasy-sports fans. Its ratings look at age, health, role on the team and historical statistics like goals and assists. We combined these ratings with player salaries to determine which players were the best bargains and which were the most overpriced. See the slideshows for the best and worst values.
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You Call This Hockey

The game between the Canucks and the Ducks today was the worst game that I have witnessed this year. This was not hockey, and I am not sure what you would call it. But something has to be done now to correct what is going on. The refs called everything, even if it looked like a penalty, it was called. Add the acting and diving going on, this game was a total mess. If you think Yzerman was just complaining because the Wings are in a slump, you do not care about the game of hockey. Campbell and Bettman should be on the phone now trying to resolve this mess.

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13th Edition Of The NHL Carnival

Christy of Behind the Jersey fame, did a fantastic job with the Carnival this week. Christy is an up and coming journalist in my mind and deserves kudos for a job well done.

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Canadiens Playing Too Close To The Vest

from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

The Canadiens have been successful by brilliantly navigating the razor-fine line between success and failure during the season's first seven weeks. "We're happy with where we are," said Sheldon Souray, the team's veteran defenseman, "but not complacent by any means. We've had a lot of one-goal games so far this season that we know could have gone either way. Fortunately, a lot of them have gone our way so far, but we know we still have things to work on." Obviously, one of those things is learning to put teams away. This habit of letting teams hang around with a chance to rally may be entertaining to watch, but it has done little for the blood pressure of coach Claude Julien or the team's rabid fan base.

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The History Of Table Hockey

from Table Hockey Games,

Toy hockey games have been part of the Canadian scene since the days of the Great Depression. While these games can be divided into several categories (including board games, magnetic hockey, air hockey, bumper hockey and knock hockey), the image that usually comes to mind when one thinks of table top hockey is that of a miniature ice rink with players mounted on small spikes spinning and moving with the twist of their steel rods. The earliest type of these mechanical hockey games was built by Donald H. Munro, Sr. in his Toronto home in 1932-33. Made of wood and scrap metal found in his neighborhood, Munro built his first game as a Christmas present for his children at a time when he could not afford to buy gifts. Soon after, Munro built a handful of these games on consignment for the Eaton's department store in Toronto. They turned out to be an instant success. These early games, referred to as "the wooden game" by collectors, were produced every year until 1955. During this period of 22 years, many improvements were made in the playing quality and appearance.
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Brule Off Of IR

The Columbus Blue Jackets have activated center Gilbert Brule from the Injured Reserve list, club President and General Manager Doug MacLean announced today.

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