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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,
There is little question that Don Waddell put together an Olympic hockey team capable of winning a gold medal. Maybe not in Turin, but four years ago. The U.S. will advance to the next round of the men’s hockey tournament. It’s the residue of a generous playoff system and the good fortune of being grouped in the same pool with Latvia and Kazakhstan. So lap it up.read on (reg. req.) added 6:39pm, from MSNBC,
The U.S. Men’s Hockey Team lost to Sweden Sunday, but, for a change, there was no defeat in this one. And if the team can find anyone who can actually score a goal, there may be a medal at the end of its Olympic journey after all. I was one of many who didn’t think that likely when this lightly-regarded team arrived in Italy with no established goalie, a captain who’s older than the Alps and a lack of offensive firepower.more
Italian security has been put on hgih alert after rumors are starting to surface Canadian fans in Turin are planning to sneak into the Palasport to place a Lucky Loonie under the ice surface.
I normally don't recap the game, but NBC lost the picture in some areas of North America for the last six minutes of the 3rd period. Final was 2-1 and the USA did not have any scoring chances in that time frame. Team USA will lkely finish fourth in their pool, which will still qualify them for the quarterfinals on Wednesday. update 3:31pm, from Rich Libero of NHL.com,
Despite losing 2-1 to Sweden on Sunday night at the Torino Esposizioni, Team USA will still advance to the quarterfinals.more
via the AP,
Team Canada captain Joe Sakic has suffered a small cheek fracture, but will play in Sunday's game against Finland, according to a team source. Sakic was high-sticked in the third period of Saturday's 2-0 loss to Switzerland and had a precautionary X-ray taken after the game. The Colorado Avalanche forward may need to wear a full face shield for the game against Finland.
via the St. Petersburg Times,
The biggest move could involve St. Louis star Keith Tkachuk. Several teams, including the Devils, Flyers and Senators, are believed to have interest. The Devils are going to do something big because they have plenty of room under the salary cap. Don't be surprised if the Oilers pursue Phoenix goalie Curtis Joseph. The one name resurfacing in Lightning trade rumors is Washington defenseman Brendan Witt.update 8:25am, from the Edmonton Journal,
The problem with moving the deadline back is that it arrives with more teams still in the playoff hunt. That means fewer sellers. As of the Olympic break, only five of the NHL's 30 teams are clearly playing for next year -- Pittsburgh, Washington, St. Louis, Chicago and Columbus. Florida and the Islanders are just barely alive. Some teams that might be in a mood to acquire players are already bumping up against this season's $39-million salary cap. Teams like Toronto, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Jersey, Atlanta, Boston and Colorado will have to be creative. Here's how the trade market is shaping up:contiune
from the Toronto Star,
While blood pressure may be shooting up for certain people back in the City of Brotherly Love, patriotism courses through Peter Forsberg's veins. "I knew I wanted to go over and play. It was just a matter of whether I was healthy or not. I didn't care about the pressure from either side, whether Snider said I shouldn't go or the Swedish people wanted me to go. That's why I didn't read the Swedish papers for the last week. I don't think you can make a decision based on what other people think. "I had to make my own decision."more
from the Rocky Mount Telegram,
Stuck in cramped Olympic Village headquarters, halfway across the world, with no real reason to be there. Sure, an end is in sight, but it's time to start thinking about the big picture, the end to this charade. The end to the idea that the best "team" would be a bunch of NHL stars put on a plane and set to win gold. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman force-fed it down the owners' throats eight years ago under the guise of it being great publicity for the NHL. He said that it would show just how international the game has become and the talent level that exists every night at a city near you.read on
from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,
...NHLPA executive director Ted Saskin is recommending the union amend the CBA and accept a payroll band that will reduce each team's cap by $3M while at the same time reducing each team's floor by the same amount... The league's best players will earn less; options for free agents will be dramatically reduced; successful teams will have less opportunity to remain intact; big-market teams that drive league revenue will have more difficulty competing and satisfying their fan bases in their own unique markets...more (reg. req.)
On the Wings rightfully is hosting the newest edition of the NHL Carnival. Check it out and let Matt know how he did. I completely forgot about this one and even received a reminder email about it. Sorry Matt.
If you haven't seen the Ruutu hit on Jagr, here it is. The video is hosted by someone in Finland and save the person some bandwidth and right click and save as. It is about 12mb. Also, it is an .mpg file but some people have had some problems playing it, but I had none. update 7:13pm, from the AP via NBC,
After the game, Czech coach Alois Hadamczik said Jagr did not have a concussion and possibly could play Sunday against Italy, though he said, "It will be up to him.'' Hadamczik did not say if Jagr had any injuries, and the Czech team's medical staff was not available for comment. According to the International Ice Hockey Federation, no further action against Ruutu is planned and he can play Sunday night against Canada.
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