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The Battle Continues

from Damien Cox, special to ESPN,

Fourteen months ago, the union representing NHL players was regarded as a significant and powerful force in the industry, having outpointed the league's owners at virtually every turn over the previous decade. They weren't as militant as baseball players, but these hockey boys had substantial muscle in both the corners and the boardroom. Supposedly.
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Forget The Rankings

from the Michigan Daily,

Rankings don’t mean anything. It’s a cliché that’s used often in sports. But it fits like a glove with the Michigan hockey team. Coach Red Berenson and the Wolverines entered last weekend ranked first in the nation. Unfortunately, the team held to its recent form when it owns the top ranking. It dropped both games in the College Hockey Showcase in disappointing fashion to then-No. 7 Minnesota and then-No. 2 Wisconsin at Yost Ice Arena.

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Busy Waiver Day

from TSN,

It's a busy day on the NHL waiver wire. The Columbus Blue Jackets claimed defenceman Ron Hainsey from the Montreal Canadiens on re-entry waivers. The St. Louis Blues claimed forward Simon Gamache from the Nashville Predators. And the New York Rangers claimed forward Colton Orr from the Boston Bruins.
more, including Thibault on waivers (which I think happened yesterday)

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Can We Get An Answer OLN

As previously mentioned, the high definition broadcast of the OLN games will soon be on INHD on a delay basis. The first time this will happen is December 12th, when the Wings take on the Penguins. The screenshot from the INHD website confirms that, but trying to get information from OLN has been meet with unreturned phone calls and emails. Maybe someone can explain to the hockey fans why the NHL is playing 2nd fiddle to the NBA? image update 7:03pm, I just realized no HD game this week on INHD. Next scheduled HD game is December 5th, Wild against the Rangers.

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Malik Goal

I am still getting hits from people looking for the Malik shootout goal. A lot of people are posting links to the blog itself, instead of the permalink to the specific post. It can be found here. You can also view the full shootout at NHL.com, right under 'Today's Best' or follow this link (will open wmp video).

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The Bidding Continues

Crosby jersey now up to $19,510. Followed by Ovechkin at $5510. The bidding ends tonight at 9pm EST and the money raised goes to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Every jersey appears to be bid on and the lowest bid is the jersey of Kristian Huselius of the Florida Panthers at $285.

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Getting To The Garden

from the Risto Pakarinen blog at NHL.com,

I've never been to Madison Square Garden and I can't wait to get there. I was close to almost getting there once. It was in April 1999 and I had just read about the rumors of Wayne Gretzky retiring. Now, I may have loved Kharlamov, but I had followed and admired Gretzky's career for 20 years, and here was my one chance of catching another idol of mine in an NHL game. My last chance.

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Not The Peca Of The Past

from the Edmonton Sun,

The money magnifies matters, but Michael Peca's paycheque isn't the real issue. The truth is, Peca hasn't been a bargain at any price in all but a handful of the 21 games he's played with the Oilers, let alone the handsome $3.99 million he's being paid. With one goal and six points, Peca hasn't remotely resembled the offensive force Craig MacTavish thought he would be when he said in pre-season No. 37 might be good for 25 goals.
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Joseph In The Mix For Olympics

from the Arizona Republic,

Coach Wayne Gretzky vowed Monday not to be selfish and hide Curtis Joseph when it comes time to pick goalies for Canada's 2006 Olympic team. Joseph has played so well this season that Gretzky, the man who molds Team Canada, said he is now in the mix of goalies being seriously considered for one of Canada's three jobs. Gretzky said he would lobby for Joseph to make the team if he continues to play well.

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Lang Suffers Groin Injury

from MLive,

On a night when defenseman Jason Woolley returned to the Detroit Red Wings lineup after recovering from a groin injury, center Robert Lang departed with the same ailment. Lang will have an MRI today to determine the severity of the injury. He left during the second period of the Wings' 5-2 victory Monday over the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center. "They (team trainers) don't think it's very good, but I hope they're overreacting," Wings coach Mike Babcock said.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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