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Phantom Calls

from the Sun-Sentinel,

"You just hate to see the calls that are made that have absolutely no meaning on the game itself, or the situation of the game and it costs the team a win," said winger Gary Roberts before Florida played Atlanta on Saturday. "That's what's frustrating -- the timing of some of the calls that are phantom calls. When you look at it, it's obvious to see on tape, too." Roberts said he supports rule changes cracking down on penalties and said referees have done well officiating some games, but it's been tough with two referees making calls. "There's always one calling it tighter than the other," he said. "So it's really tough to have that consistency throughout a game to know what he's calling, what you're getting away with, what you're not."
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The #1 Debate In Ottawa

from Erin Nicks of the Ottawa Sun,

If Ottawa acquired an elephant -- a 32-year-old elephant born in Switzerland, no less -- shouldn't someone have alerted the international media by now? It's the metaphorical elephant in the room that no one from the Sens' front office wants to talk about. Especially as he resides on the bench, pulling down a 3.7-million dollar salary (all terms US) this year, with two left to go on his contract. Said salary anointed Martin Gerber as Ottawa's premier backstopper. But does he still hold that position?
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Oilers Looking For “D”

from the Columbus Dispatch,

Oilers general manager Kevin Lowe has inquired about Lubomir Visnovsky, but Los Angeles apparently isn’t willing to deal him. The St. Louis Blues might be looking to move a blueliner. The Oilers probably would give up a forward, perhaps even a minorleaguer with upside such as Marc-Antoine Pouliot or Rob Schremp. There have been rumors that the Oilers are interested in Lightning defenseman Dan Boyle — a lot of teams would love to have him — but it’s not likely the Bolts will be moving him.
a few more trade talk items...

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Nap Time

from the Denver Post,

In a sport steeped in tradition, the game-day nap is one of those traditional touches. Between 1-4 p.m. on the day of an Avalanche game, it is almost certain that every player will be sound asleep. Not every player knows how or why they become so adept at falling asleep in the middle of the day, but they are. Anybody who hangs around NHL players knows not to bother them in the afternoon hours of game days. If the player is married with kids and the game is at home, the wife and children become accustomed to doing everything quietly. On the road, hotel front-office staffers know only emergency calls are to be put through to a player's room
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Forsberg Waive Good-Bye To Philly

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Injury-prone centre Peter Forsberg has insisted publicly he doesn't want to be traded, but it's believed he wouldn't balk if the club decided to deal him. The Avalanche, it is believed, wouldn't mind bringing him back to help take some of the pressure off captain Joe Sakic. The word is that Colorado is dangling defenceman Karlis Skrastins as part of a package.
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Where’s The Fog

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Hockey Hall of Fame may or may not have kept Herb Brooks out for 26 years because he was America's Coach, but then what is the explanation for Fred Shero having been kept out forever? The omission of Shero - one of the most innovative, successful and important coaches in NHL history - only serves to cast further doubt as to the mission and credibility of the 15-member selection committee that does its work in the dark and zealously guards its dominion from inspection.
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Dan Snyder’s Rising Stars

imageMentioned on tonight's Hockey Night in Canada broadcast was the Snyder family's website in memory of former Atlanta Thrasher, Dan Snyder:

Graham and Lu Ann Snyder, parents of Dan Snyder, are traveling in an RV across North America, visiting all 30 NHL cities during the 2006-07 NHL season, delivering a message of forgiveness, hope, and determination to players, teams, and communities. In each city , the Snyders will attend a game, visit with teams, and participate in community - minded speaking engagments to raise awareness and funds for the Dan Snyder Memorial Foundation.
The Snyder's are also keeping a blog of their journey. (Update: blog can be directly accessed here.) *Please note that their website seems to be experiencing very heavy traffic tonight and isn't always accessible.

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Gaborik Improving - Not Practicing Yet

from the Pioneer Press,

Marian Gaborik made the biggest leap yet in his long road back from a strained groin Friday when he shot pucks for the first time in more than a month during an hourlong skate before the Wild's 4-0 victory over Phoenix. "I was shooting all over the place, to tell you the truth," he said. More important was his pain-free skating session, which included more stressful stopping and starting drills, turns and pivots. Gaborik said he hopes to resume practicing with the Wild early next week. "I'm going like 70-80 percent, and it felt good. That's what's important right now," Gaborik said. "Hopefully, I can pick it up."
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Only In Hockey

from the CP via Metro News,

Killer Bees are attacking in Texas, Mudbugs are mauling Louisiana and Scorpions are crawling all over New Mexico. Condors and Falcons are flying high in California, and Bombers are taking off in Ohio. Don't worry, it's only hockey, and crazy pro team nicknames abound.
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Honoring Red Fisher

from Jean Beliveau, freelancer, via the Montreal Gazette,

Tonight, the Canadiens will pay tribute to Gazette senior hockey writer Red Fisher by featuring him on season tickets for their Bell Centre game against the Philadelphia Flyers. In the second season of their four-year centennial campaign, to culminate in 2009, the Canadiens are celebrating 10 special categories on these tickets - Hall of Famers, team builders, captains, Stanley Cups, memorable moments, media members, NHL records, retired jerseys, rivalries and season-ticket holders.
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