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Follow The Sens

from the Baltimore Sun,

This column will take the form of a public service announcement: If you like to watch great sports teams or are just a fan of people who do things well, start following the Ottawa Senators. I know, I know. An understanding of hockey just isn't in the water in these parts. I don't have it either. But trust me, this is the great pro sports team nobody in this country is talking about.
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Frustration Building In Boston

from the Boston Globe,

They've had meetings, watched video, endured hard practices, and been publicly criticized by owner Jeremy Jacobs. However, the losses still mount. ''Whatever we've been doing, it's not working," said Samsonov. ''We obviously have to stick together. We definitely have a good team in here, but we have to be more accountable -- everybody -- for what we do on the ice. If somebody is not going certain nights, you have to tell them to pick it up. I don't think it should be taken to heart or anything like that but we're trying to win games here and we're just trying to get everybody going."
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The Danton Tapes

from the Toronto Star,

The saga of Mike Danton has become even more bizarre with the release of jailhouse tapes of conversations between the former NHL player and agent David Frost, the man he tried to have killed. According to the tapes, a week after the Brampton native was arrested Frost counselled him to deny the agent was the target and to blame his parents for his emotional problems.
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Spinning Forsberg Injury

from the Delaware County Times,

Peter Forsberg was skating all by himself during a shift near the end of the second period in Boston last week. That’s when he felt something pull in his groin followed by some tightness. He tried to work it out between periods and returned to the ice for the third stanza. But, after just three shifts, it wasn’t feeling right, so Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock sent him to the locker room. Advertisement Afterward, both Forsberg and Hitchcock used their spin-doctoring degrees and said it was a minor groin pull, and it was no big deal.
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Hot Hand In Edmonton

from the Edmonton Sun,

With one too many goalies, and one too many unanswered questions about each of them, Craig MacTavish could analyze himself into an ulcer trying to decide what to do in goal. Is Mike Morrison for real? How much more does he have to prove before you mortgage the season on a guy who's never started in the NHL before? Has Ty Conklin lost it, or was October just a temporary glitch? Does he deserve a shot at redemption when he comes off IR? How does he get that shot without somebody being demoted to free up the roster spot?
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The Situation In San Jose

from the Monterey Herald,

Sharks coach Ron Wilson might wait until Wednesday to decide whether Evgeni Nabokov or Nolan Schaefer starts that night in Dallas, but in either case he is looking for one goalie to get a hot hand. If Schaefer gets the call and performs well, Wilson said he would stick with the rookie for a bit. Schaefer is 5-1 with a 1.94 goals-against average. ''We have to persevere and play through this,'' Wilson said Monday of the club's nine-game losing streak. ''I don't have a definitive answer on who should play goal in Dallas or what's the best way to get Nabby back on top of his game. Is it to play him through it and live with the results? Or do you make a goaltending change? Is that the right way?
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A Goalie’s Life

from the Journal News,

Between every whistle when Kevin Weekes is in net, the Rangers' goaltender will sweep his stick around the arc of the crease, then slap both his pads. He will alternate kicking each of his legs out to the side for several seconds, then touch the right post with his stick, followed by the left post with his catching glove. If players on the ice listen closely, they can also hear Weekes talk to himself: "Stay positive," he says. "Stay in the moment. Stay focused." To the long list of marginalized segments of society, be sure to include a group of athletes that is widely misunderstood, and often ridiculed. Decked in cumbersome pads and colorful masks, hockey goalies are derided as an eccentric breed, a group whose very existence is defined by a willingness to ignore a basic human impulse.
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Fans- Game Is Significantly Improved

from the Globe and Mail,

Pat Quinn, Steve Yzerman, Don Cherry and the entire Chicago Blackhawks team may not like the way the game is being played these days under the National Hockey League's new rules. But the paying customers certainly do. There is plenty of anecdotal evidence to support that conclusion. And now there are numbers, too, at least in Canada. "It's performing above expectations," Toronto-based brand consultant Gordon Hendren said of the new-look NHL. "Compared with the old product, fans see it as significantly improved."
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Is Joseph MVP Material

from Darren Pang of Fox Sports,

My choice for the best off-season pickup goes to general manager Mike Barnett of the Phoenix Coyotes, who signed veteran Curtis Joseph to a base salary of $900,000 per season. When Barnett asked my opinion of CuJo, I had sincere hesitations. I have known him, played against him and greatly admired his character in the net and in the locker room and his ability to handle the media, all important qualities when you are building a winner in a non-traditional hockey market. Joseph has been the best goalie in the NHL and is quite possibly the league MVP.
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Clarke Worried About Primeau

from the Phildadelphia Inquirer (Tuesday edition) via the Mercury News,

Primeau has not played since Oct. 28 because of a concussion. Monday morning, while he worked out on a stationary bike at the Skate Zone in Voorhees, general manager Bob Clarke, whose office is next door, sat and wondered: When will his team captain get back on the ice? "Yeah, I'm worried," Clarke admitted. "It's the strangest injury. Like I said to him, `You do an MRI and does it show anything? No.' Other players, like (Boyd) Devereaux, were told to retire. He came back and played and hasn't had a concussion since. "Other guys get concussions and have all sorts of problems. There are no answers. Not for Keith. Not for us."
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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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