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Briere Back In Buffalo

from the Buffalo News,

Rather than revisit the gory details of his departure, Briere elected to emphasize the glory days from his three-plus seasons in Buffalo.

“I’m not here, and it’s not my goal, to go blast the organization for the way they handled things,” Briere said after a workout in the Flyers’ practice facility. “They have a right to walk away from players just like we have a right to decide where we want to go. What I remember from Buffalo is a good time. I have some good memories. That’s all I’m hoping the fans can remember.”


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  Tags: daniel+briere

Fantasy Advice

ESPN now offering you fantasy advice, the videos continue to roll out from ESPN.

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San Jose Reaction To Shootout Loss

from Working the Corners,

The stakes weren’t as high. This wasn’t Game 4 in a second-round Stanley Cup series against Detroit. But the pattern, well, it fit — give up tying goal in last minute of third period, lose in overtime.

Don’t think that wasn’t what Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov — and others –had on their minds Thursday night after the Sharks’ 3-2 shootout loss to Phoenix.

“It’s tough to be in this position. It almost sounds funny, that we have to learn from our mistakes, but it’s happened too often,” Nabokov said. “I don’t know what to tell you, to be honest with you. It sucks to lose that way, to lose the point.”

continued... more San Jose player quotes…

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Gaborik With Five Tonight

KK normally doesn’t do game recaps, but this one is special…

from the AP via Yahoo,

Marian Gaborik posted the NHL’s first five-goal game in a decade, lifting the Minnesota Wild to a 6-3 win over the New York Rangers on Thursday night.

Gaborik’s outburst was the biggest in the league since Sergei Fedorov scored five for Detroit on Dec. 26, 1996, in an overtime game against Washington. Pittsburgh’s Mario Lemieux was the last to net five in regulation, pulling off the feat on March 26, 1996 versus St. Louis.


added 11:22pm, Check out the video highlights of the game…

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Crosby Drops the Gloves

Here’s the footage of Sidney Crosby’s fight with Andrew Ference tonight. It’s a Gordie Howe Hat Trick for the illustrious Penguin. From HockeyFights.com:


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  Tags: andrew+ference, fighting, pittsburgh+penguins, sidney+crosby

Hurricanes Trying To Lower Lease

via the News & Observer,

Negotiations are expected to go into next year as the Carolina Hurricanes try to hash out a deal with their landlord at the RBC Center.

The 2006 Stanley Cup winners have asked for more than two years for a break in rent, from the $3 million they currently pay to $2 million.

The Centennial Authority, the quasi-governmental board, has yet to respond to the Hurricanes’ request but has asked the team to add five years to their lease.

The Hurricanes are currently committed through 2019.

Both sides hope to meet on middle ground soon.

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More Delusion

from Adam Proteau of the Hockey News,

The Delusion: The Sens still need the services of Gary Roberts to put them over the top in their chase for a championship.
Reality Check: Roberts will always be seen as one of the greatest dressing room leaders in recent years, but he’s got one goal so far in Pittsburgh. Words without follow-through will not win you a Stanley Cup.

Adam completes his delusions for all NHL teams…

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First Nations Chief Responds To Campbell Remark

via CNW Group,

OTTAWA, Dec. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine said NHL Vice-President Colin Campbell should personally apologize to suspended New York Islanders player Chris Simon for telling reporters yesterday that he would be meeting with “drug and alcohol doctors” in order to deal with his behavourial issues.

“I agree with the NHL, and the vast majority of hockey fans, that Mr. Simon must be punished for this unfortunate incident with a Pittsburgh player during last Saturday’s game,” said National Chief Fontaine. “However, it was extremely hurtful to Mr. Simon, and his many fans, including those in our First Nations communities, to hear from Mr. Campbell that such behaviour is related to drug and or alcohol abuse.”


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Who Will Watch

fromm Terry Frei at ESPN,

When NBC broadcasts the NHL Winter Classic on New Year’s Day from Ralph Wilson Stadium, the network and the league will be hoping to draw in both the sport’s fans and others intrigued by the outdoor setting—those who, a day earlier, would have had a 50-50 shot of identifying whether Sidney Crosby plays for Buffalo or Pittsburgh.

Whether they have tired of college football and decided to turn their backs on Michigan-Florida in the Capital One Bowl, or have any other reason, perhaps they’ll be fascinated and willing to give the game (and the sport) a shot.


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Translating the NHL into Chinese

From Doug Mittler via Yahoo! Sports,

Does hockey translate to a Chinese audience? The New York Islanders want to find out.

The job of expanding the hockey vocabulary belongs to Alex Peng and Justin Chang, a pair of New York-based broadcasters who are calling Islander home games in Mandarin. They currently can be heard by flipping the SAP button on Fox Sports Net and the MSG Network in New York. The ultimate goal is to spread it to an untapped Asian market.  [...]

Islanders owner Charles Wang, who was born in Shanghai, knows an untapped market when he sees it. The founder of Computer Associates has put a broadcasting structure in place as part of a long-range plan to sell hockey to a Chinese audience.


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  Tags: china, media

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