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Prove It

from Rick Westhead of the Toronto Star,

The New Jersey Devils are about to find out whether the adage “finders keepers, losers weepers” applies in the billion-dollar sports business.

French investment bank Société Générale is suing the Devils for more than $500,000 after it mistakenly transferred $125,635.13 (all figures U.S.) to the NHL club on Sept.6, 2006, according to court documents.

Since that transfer, Devils team executives have repeatedly refused to return the money “motivated, in whole or in part, by spite and ill will,” the bank says in court papers filed in U.S. District Court

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Morning Line

from Lightning Strikes,

Lightning coach John Tortorella has been chosen by USA Hockey to coach in this year’s World Championships in Canada. Word is he is bringing associate coach Mike Sullivan with him….

Imagine the scene if the United States knocks Russia out of the semifinals. Torts at his postgame press conference. “It looks good on ‘em,’’ he will say. “I never liked that organization.’‘

Those of you who recall his statements after the recent Panthers game will get that. For the rest: it’s a joke.

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  Tags: john+tortorella

The Stanley Cup Design

from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun,

The Hockey Hall of Fame has recovered a half century-old treasure, the blueprint of today’s Stanley Cup.

The undated sketches are thought to have been made in 1956, about the time the Cup was changed from a two-piece trophy with a removable bowl into today’s famous one-piece, five-barrel model. The drawings measure about 16 inches by 20, and show how the older model was to be rebuilt and retouched.

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Is Phaneuf Norris Worthy

from Bruce Dowbiggin of the Calgary Herald,

And it begs the question whether the precocious 22-year-old should now be mentioned along with the Nick Lidstroms and Chris Prongers as a candidate for the Norris. As a human highlight reel leading Calgary to first place during the past two weeks, it’s getting harder to argue that Phaneuf’s time isn’t now. He eats up ice time and has the knack of being his most competitive in the big games. He has won the enmity of opposing players for his nasty side.

It comes down to your idea of how complete a defenceman needs to be to qualify.

more

added 10:49am, more on the Norris race at the Calgary Herald…

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  Tags: dion+phaneuf

How Weird

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Imagine Henrik Lundqvist’s surprise upon discovering that Martin Brodeur had been quoted in the Jan. 14, 2008, edition of Sports Illustrated as saying of the Rangers’ goaltender, “The way he plays is not something I like too much.

“Lundqvist is weird.”

“I have to tell you, I respect Marty a lot, and it’s always a great challenge for me to play against him, but I don’t know what to say about what he said about me,” a rather bemused Lundqvist told The Post yesterday.

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  Tags: henrik+lundqvist, martin+brodeur

Now What Luongo

from The Good, The Bad And The Duthie,

“Would you miss a playoff game to be there for the baby’s birth?

Luongo laughed and said the plan had already been made to induce before the playoffs.  Team player, that Gina Luongo.

“But what if you missed a key game and didn’t make the playoffs?”

He laughed again.  Harder.  Missing the playoffs wasn’t even a possibility in Luongo’s mind.

Oops.  Is now.

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  Tags: roberto+luongo

Looking For A Miracle

from the Buffalo News,

On the day after one of the most grievous collapses in their history, the Buffalo Sabres tried to put on a happy face and say all the right things. After all, there are still six games left, beginning with tonight’s rematch in Ottawa against the Senators.

But the Sabres are 10th in the East, five points out of the magic No. 8 slot. And it’s going to be incredibly hard for them to focus on tonight’s game and erase the sordid memory of Tuesday’s 6-3 loss in HSBC Arena.

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Two Sets Of Rules For Trotz

from David Boclair of the Daily News Journal,

Barry Trotz employs a double-standard when it comes to his players.

It’s not exactly clear whether it has to do with a one’s draft position, his nationality or his unique physical abilities. It’s perfectly clear, though, that the Nashville Predators’ coach operates with a set of rules that are anything but uniform for those who wear the Predators’ uniform.

All of this came to light today when Trotz said he spoke to Jordin Tootoo about Tootoo’s antics following fights. Apparently Tootoo upset the Columbus Blue Jackets and their coach Ken Hitchcock when — not once, but twice — he raised his hands in celebration after he got the best of a Blue Jackets’ player in a fight.

Well, boo hoo.

continued & I am still shaking my head.

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NHL Player Agents Meet Paul Kelly

From the Canadian Press via TSN,

Some of the NHL’s most powerful agents got their first real glimpse of the new executive director of the NHL Players’ Association on Wednesday, and they liked what they saw.

Paul Kelly met with more than 100 player agents for the first time since he started on the job five months ago.

“You get a sense that he’s passionate and he’s got a vision,” said agent Pat Brisson of CAA Sports. “He wants to protect the players obviously but he wants to grow the game - which is fantastic.’

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  Tags: agents, nhlpa, paul+kelly

Evening Line

from Bruce MacLeod of Red Wings Corner,

As always, the optimist is quite happy right now, wrapped warm in visions of what will be. As always, that makes the pessimist one part angry, one part argumentative. He sees that the optimist is rarely right, not realizing that his own track record is identical to the optimist’s.
The pessimist and the optimist have this in common—they are both fans of the Detroit Red Wings. But there are two distinct sides to Hockeytown and these two gents live on opposite sides of the tracks.

continued & if you are up to it, replace Red Wings with your team and let us know are you an optimist or pessimist?

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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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