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The Jimmy D. Awards- Not That Jimmy D.

A little change of pace today, I normally don't mention fantasy hockey, but the article is a good synopsis of the season too. from the Chronicle Herald,

Jimmy preaches working hard and beating your competition to the punch as keys to fantasy sports success. He is going to practise what he preaches this week, in giving his year-end fantasy hockey awards a week before the season ends, beating his pundit competitors to the punch. Bomb of the Year Tie: Sergei Fedorov / Todd Bertuzzi — Fedorov has eight goals in 62 games. His point total places him behind loco Sean Avery, Brian Willsie and Chris Gratton and just ahead of fantasy starlets Ben Clymer and Craig Rivet. Bertuzzi chugged down a whopping minus while not even keeping a point-per-game pace. He keeps promising a return to greatness, but Jimmy is not holding his breath.
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The Oilers Need To Win

from Terry Jones of the Edmonton Sun,

There are five million reasons why the Oilers need to make the playoffs. Those are just the dollars. "I'd say making the first round of the playoffs would be worth about $5 million,'' said Oilers' CEO Pat LaForge. "It's not just the ticket money. It turns over so much more for you. Two or three home games is one thing. But it would mean about another million in season tickets. And it all brings in more jersey sales, concession money, parking ... "It can't be less than $5 million.''
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Curtis Brown Coping With Tragedy

from the Chicago Tribune,

Curtis Brown has injured his knee, nearly had his nose severed and may have been knocked out for the rest of the season after suffering a concussion while colliding with a teammate. But Brown would gladly suffer those physical injuries in order to avoid the tragedy he and his wife, Ami, suffered in September when their daughter Aubri died of sudden infant death syndrome. Brown said he relied on his faith and support from friends and members of the Hawks' organization during his ordeal. "I can't say enough about the people that helped us through a tough situation," he said. "You do the best that you can and control the things you can control--that's working hard and showing up with a right attitude. At the end of the day, sometimes things just don't go your way."
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Booing Fedorov

The booing of Sergei still happens whenever he visits the Joe. Recently Columbus forward Jason Chimera called the Wings fans classless because of their booing. from the Columbus Dispatch,

Detroit Red Wings fans go out of their way to boo Sergei Fedorov. On Saturday night, they booed from the upper deck of Nationwide Arena. "I have no idea what I did to deserve (persistent booing)," Fedorov said. "I’ve moved on. I hope they do, too." The way things are going, there will be a Marty Lapointe Night before Fedorov sees his career highlights on the Jumbotron in Joe Louis Arena.
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Lawsuit Against Rangers Can Continue

from the AP via ESPN,

A sexual discrimination lawsuit filed by the former captain of the New York Rangers' cheerleading squad can go to trial, a judge ruled Monday. U.S. District Judge Robert W. Sweet said the lawsuit by Courtney Prince alleged comments and conduct that are "insulting, demeaning and objectifying and could be considered severe by a reasonable employee." Prince said in the lawsuit, brought two years ago, that she was fired by Madison Square Garden after she warned fellow cheerleaders that at least one member of management was a sexual predator.
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Kings Will Stream Robitaille Announcement

via the LA Kings,

Los Angeles Kings left wing Luc Robitaille – the highest scoring left wing in NHL history, the all-time Kings leader in goals scored and a future member of the Hockey Hall of Fame – will announce his retirement as a player tomorrow, Tuesday, at a press conference at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo beginning at Noon(PST.). The press conference will not be open to the public. The press conference will be streamed live via lakings.com. Robitaille and the Kings will practice on Tuesday at 10:30 a.m.

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Guess Who

What the...? image image 2nd pic added at 9:30am 04/11. If you really need some help, check out the video (will open wmp video) and thanks to Jes at Hockey Rants for the pointer.

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Good News On The Gambling Investigation

from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

An independent investigator hired by the NHL to probe allegations of a gambling syndicate operated by Phoenix Coyotes assistant coach Rick Tocchet has interviewed NHL players and team officials, almost four dozen in all, and has yet to uncover any evidence the game's integrity has been compromised by people betting on league games, sources close to the investigation told ESPN.com.
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Expanding The Viewing Audience

from the Contra Costa Times,

Hockey has already proved itself much more resilient than baseball was after a lockout forced the cancellation of the 1994 World Series. Now comes the next big test. The upcoming playoffs offer a chance to showcase the more wide-open and fan-friendly game that has resulted from long-overdue rules changes made in the wake of the lost season. Can the new and improved game clutch and grab casual fans needed to build TV ratings and broaden the game's appeal?
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A Little Creativity Goes A Long Way

David at the Ice Block produced a great spot, hoping to offer some guidance to the NHL. Many of us have been looking for this type of commercial all year. Great job David and I hope those s-l-ow-m-o-t-i-o-n commercials from "MY NHL" fame are gone forever. David also has a link to the newest "My Stanley" spots, in case you haven't watched them... image added on 04/11 at 9:40am, More on this from Ad Jab...

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