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Atlanta Expected Destination For 2008 All-Star Game

via the AP,

The NHL was expected to announce Saturday that it has awarded the 2008 All-Star game to Atlanta. Atlanta Thrashers spokesman Tom Hughes said Friday a news conference has been scheduled for Saturday before the Thrashers' final home game against Boston. Hughes would neither confirm nor deny Atlanta has been awarded the All-Star game. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, citing an unidentified source, reported on its Web site Friday that Atlanta will host the 2008 game.

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Gamer Turco

from IGN, Marty

Turco stands undefeated. Going on tour with 2K Sports to promote NHL 2K6, Turco has never lost to a videogame editor/expert at his own game. "Last time I lost, I think my opponent was like 10 years old," Turco laughs, remembering his loss to the son of the President of Kush Games, the developer of the title. "I whupped up on the editors, but you have to watch out for those kids. They'll beat you every time." Turco has spent all season talking NHL 2K6, and for good reason. He is the first cover athlete to ever design one of the main features of a game.
continued...nice Q & A with Marty, geared towards gamers...

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The Human Side

Phil Coffey of NHL.com gave me a great perspective on the human side of a few NHL players. Most of the stories have been mentioned at KK, but these go a little deeper and really bring out the human side of the following NHL players. Read on for more on Luc, T.V., Ricci, Curtis Brown and Wardo...

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Think Pink

via the Philadelphia Flyers,

The Philadelphia Flyers have introduced new pink jerseys that are on sale at the Wachovia Center Fan Gear stores. The jerseys are $150 and can only be purchased during home Flyers or Sixers games.
Oh boy... image

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The Streak Ends & Can Jose Handle It

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

If Shakespeare was penning the story of this seminal St. Louis Blues season, he might start something like this: "I come not to praise The Streak but to bury it." Or something like that. As the hours tick away on this most unusual of NHL seasons, with excitement growing in New York and Anaheim and all the playoff markets in between, the sad sack Blues are a footnote, an asterisk.
continue from George Johnson, special to ESPN,
Pinpointing the pivotal position for the Colorado Avalanche as these playoffs approach doesn't require a crystal ball (or a Cristobal, for that matter). Look no further out than the goal. Look no further than Jose Theodore "Pressure?" defenseman Patrice Brisebois says with a laugh. "I don't think Jose is affected by pressure. The best school for that is to play in Montreal, isn't it?"
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Getting Ready For The Playoffs

Are you ready? Ankles taped? Anything else (will open wmp video)? image Thanks to a KK reader for sending this in.

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Wear A Visor, Save An Eye

from the News & Observer,

"Each All-Star break, all the doctors get together," said Peters, who usually has to treat three to five serious eye injuries a season. "As eye docs, the biggest thing we talk about is, how can we talk these guys into wearing visors? We're all real frustrated from the standpoint of saving these guys' vision." The NHL has changed its rules, added a salary cap and moved forward from a debilitating lockout, but, when it comes to eye protection, the league and its players have largely chosen to remain in the dark ages.

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Selanne Rips Refs

from the Edmonton Sun,

“There’s some guys on their team who could take a penalty every second shift,’’ said Teemu Selanne, tearing a strip off an officiating crew (Bill McCreary and Kelly Sutherland), that let everything go last night. “They (the Oilers) get away with so much stuff. Then, it’s just amazing what they called on us. I’m really disappointed about that.’’ Selanne says the standard of enforcement has slipped a notch down the stretch, and it was virtually non-existent yesterday. “It was a jungle out there,’’ he said. “If that’s going to be the case, tell us. Nobody is complaining."...
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Gagne For Selke

from the Delco Times,

"The award reads ‘defensive player’ but the people who win are really two-way players," Hitchcock said. "They’re players that can kill penalties, play against the other team’s top players and they’re great in both ends of the rink. Those are the kind of players that win the award, and for me that’s Simon Gagne. "Yeah, he’s got 45 goals, but he’s a great penalty killer, he plays against the other team’s best players and if I have a player that needs to get shut down, he does that." It wouldn’t be unprecedented for a player with Gagne’s gaudy offensive statistics to win the award.
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Hartnell Not Happy With Benching

from the Tennessean,

Hartnell had played in the first 79 games of the season and was none too pleased about missing out on a chance to play in every contest. He's fourth on the Predators with 24 goals, including a franchise record seven game-winning scores. "It's a little disappointing to work my butt off and then to sit out with three games left in a perfect season," Hartnell said. "That's a little unclassy, but if they feel like they need to do that to help them win, great." Hartnell had posted just one point (an assist) in his last six contests, but Trotz said he was more concerned about the rest of Hartnell's game. "He's a talented player who can take the puck to the net and has a good skill game," Trotz said. "But he's got to play a better two-way game. He's got to be more complete."
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