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Players Approve Saskin

via the CP,

Players have confirmed Ted Saskin as the NHL Players' Association's executive director in a secret-ballot vote. A majority of the eligible votes have been counted with 85 per cent those cast accepting Saskin's appointment as Bob Goodenow's replacement. While a majority of the eligible votes have already been received, not all have been returned. PricewaterhouseCoopers, which is in charge of the vote, will open and count any additional ballots received on Dec. 16, 2005. The NHLPA carried out the vote when a group a players legally challenged Saskin's appointment.

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Forsberg vs. Bruins

With about 4 minutes to play in the 2nd period, Forsberg has a hat trick and an assist. Flyers up 4-3. update 3:10pm, I see they took a goal away from Forsberg. So he finishes with two goals and one helper plus he left the game with a groin injury late in the 2nd period.

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The Voice Of The Penguins

from the CP via Canada.com,

"Slap me silly, Sidney." Canadians are hearing more and more of Lange's creative phrases during this NHL season because Crosby is invariably in most highlight packages. "He beat Kolzig like a rented mule," Lange said in erupting after a Crosby goal against Washington goalie Ollie Kolzig. "Oh, hallelujah, Hollywood," Lange said after a remarkable Crosby pass the other night. Lange, 57, has been the TV voice of the Penguins for 30 years. So, when he says Crosby has been a boon for him and hockey in general he's speaking from experience. After all, he's been in the booth while the likes of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr have worn Pittsburgh colours.
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Yotes-Devils Trade

via the CP,

The Phoenix Coyotes acquired centre Pascal Rheaume plus defencemen Ray Schultz and Steven Spencer from the New Jersey Devils for defenceman Brad Ference on Friday.

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Who Leaves New Jersey

from the NY Post,

Barring another long-term injury to someone, the time is approaching when Devils GM Lou Lamoriello must make what surely will be a painful decision, both by reputation and financially. When Patrik Elias returns, probably next month, Lamoriello must shed some $3.3 million, or more, in salary to remain under the $39 million salary cap. That figure makes either Mogilny or Malakhov a likely candidate to go. Mogilny was signed for two years at $3.5 million per; Malakhov for two years at $3.6 million per. And if the cap drops to some $36 million next season, that's all the more reason to act now.
read on (reg. req.)

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Rumors & Updates

Rumors and updates galore from TSN,

-With offensive D Sandis Ozolinsh a healthy scratch Wednesday night, there is speculation that the Ducks may not be done dealing. -The Ottawa Sun reports that the San Jose Sharks, along with the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers, have tried to land Martin Havlat in a deal with the Senators. -Before acquiring Sergei Fedorov, the Blue Jackets were reportedly interested in dealing Bryan Berard to Philadelphia for either Michal Handzus or Keith Primeau, according to the Columbus Post-Dispatch.
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Intense Gretzky

from the NY Times,

More than a month into his first season as an N.H.L. coach, Wayne Gretzky said, he is asked most often whether he has the urge to jump over the boards. Gretzky, the greatest offensive player in the history of the game, is coaching one of the league's most offensively challenged teams, the Phoenix Coyotes. "I've really enjoyed each and very day on the bench," Gretzky said recently. "I've enjoyed the practices and the players." Steve Ellman, the team's principal owner, spoke about Gretzky's influence with the team beyond coaching. "Wayne's been magical for our franchise," he said.
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Yzerman Was Right

from the Prince Geroge Free Press,

The "new" NHL has too many gimmicks, too many penalties all aimed at pleasing our neigbours south of the border. I was quite happy when legendary Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings Captain spoke out. Yzerman told the Detroit Free Press, "Everybody keeps saying this is great. It's not great, it's not hockey." He also told the paper that he believed referees should use better judgment when calling penalties because there are far too many. I certainly echo Yzerman's thoughts.
more Last week on HNIC the 'Hot Stove" discussed this in detail. If you missed it, you can view it now (will open rp video, via CBC.).

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OLN Questions

Phil Coffey of NHL.com gets bombarded with OLN questions.

Phil, what can be done to improve the NHL's TV product? The picture quality on OLN here in the States is poor. Also, why does the NHL refuse to allow ESPN to show in-game highlights? Doesn't the NHL realize that getting their product on TV is more important now than ever? And when will OLN get back on the Dish Network? I don't know how many people have been affected by this, but as someone who needs a dish to get good television, I am upset that the Outdoor Life Network is no longer available unless you have cable. I live in northern New Hampshire and couldn't get OLN on my local cable company, so I got a dish. Now Comcast has made the cost of OLN to great for Dish Network to carry it. It doesn?t seem like the NHL signed a good contract with Comcast. What do you think?
read on for the answer and his response to other questions NHL fans have

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Shark Problems

from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

A funny thing has happened on San Jose's way to dominating the Pacific Division this year. Somehow, the Sharks have lost their way, as well as much of the bite so many pundits predicted the team would possess before the season got under way. After 20 games, San Jose sits fourth in the Pacific Division and 10th overall in the Western Conference. The team has already lost a dozen games, including six in a row, and sits five points outside of the final playoff position.
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