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Stop The Cheap Shots

from the Edmonton Sun,

Classic NHL: Punish the stuff that looks bad on ESPN, and ignore the stuff that ends careers. We're not talking head shots, trying to ban those is a waste of energy. Puck carriers hunch over when they skate, so heads are always going to be at shoulder level. And if head shots were banned, nobody would be allowed to hit short guys like five-foot-seven Brian Gionta, and six-foot-seven Zdeno Chara wouldn't be allowed to hit anyone at all. If you don't want to get hit in the head, keep it up. But cheap shots, late hits and hits from behind, all the stuff that Campbell seems so reluctant to punish, are another matter.
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Don’t Break The Rules

from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

I see where the NHL's eyes in the sky in Toronto have confirmed their referees can do with a tad more work in the classroom following the mother of gaffes during last Saturday's Atlanta Thrashers visit to the Bell Centre. In a few words, they promise (well, sort of) it won't happen again.
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Motivational Theme

from Loose Change of the Hockey News,

Top 12 Inspirational Team Credos (stuff on walls – you know what I mean): •(Florida) Winning Brings Babes. Not Winning Brings All These Seniors •(Calgary) Bull your way to the Top and Steer clear of Trouble. •(Philadelphia) Here’s your $@*#& Inspiration you &%*#@
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Vokoun Out With Torn Thumb Ligament

from the Tennessean,

Predators goalie Tomas Vokoun will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left thumb on Monday and is expected to miss two to six weeks in recovery. Vokoun suffered the injury about halfway through the second period of Thursday’s 6-0 win over Vancouver. He remained in net for the remainder of the second, but was replaced by goalie Chris Mason in the third. On Friday, Vokoun saw hand specialist Dr. Phil Coogan and team physician Dr. Michael Pagnani, and the decision was made to perform surgery.
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Jagr Has Incentives

from Darren Dreger at TSN,

If Jagr maintains his scoring pace and wins the Art Ross Trophy, he'll trigger an additional year at $11 million, minus the rollback. In fact, if he wins the Art Ross, the Hart or the Conn Smythe, the Rangers are on the hook for the extra year. However, winning a major award isn't the only means this 9-time all-star has to further cash in. If this season and next he combines to score 80 or more goals, or 180 or more points and New York wins two playoff rounds over the two year period, an eighth year is added at $8.6 million.
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Philippe Boucher’s Hat Trick - Escaping Tough Times

From the Associated Press (via SFGate):

On Saturday morning Boucher was scheduled to leave the team and visit his father, Jean-Claude, who is in a Quebec hospital battling pancreatic cancer. Boucher's mother, Jacqueline, recently had bypass surgery. "Playing 60 minutes of hockey is an escape for me," Boucher said. "I'm going to go back and give (one of the pucks) to (my father)." Before the game, Stars coach Dave Tippett told Boucher that he had permission from the club to skip Friday's game and fly to Quebec early. "With everything going on in his life right now, I asked him if he even wanted to play tonight, but he told me he wanted to play and I'm glad he did," Tippett said.
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Setting The Standard

from Sports Illustrated, Aaron Ward on Bo Schembechler,

"Bo set a standard by which the coaches of every varsity program or the people in the athletic department held themselves to,'' said Ward, who attended every Michigan football game during the NHL lockout. "You do it as a team. Team, team, team. You hold yourself to a certain level, and you do it the right way. "Once you've left the university, and even though you weren't part of the football program, you're still a member of that university and a member of that athletic department and you have deep ties.''
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Join The Club

And NHL fans thought they had it bad...

Of the 95 millions homes with cable TV in this country, only 40 million received Thursday night’s game between the Broncos and Chiefs, the first broadcast on the NFL Network. More homes are getting NHL hockey – you know, the sport played on ice deemed as non-newsworthy by some media – on Versus.
more from the San Antonio Express... all about the problem with the NFL Network.

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Sykora Was A Great Pick-up

Pierre McGuire at NBC Sports touches on numerous teams and subjects, including this one...

The Edmonton Oilers coaching staff made a great move by playing forward Peter Sykora on the point on the power play. He opens up so many options for all the Oilers and he can really rip the puck...
much more and I wonder how many GMs are kicking themselves for not picking up Sykora when he was available...

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Forsberg Options

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

He is, after all, their captain and during the team's struggles — this is the worst club Forsberg has played for since joining the NHL as a rookie in the 1994-95 season — he considers his relatively meager contributions as part of the reason they're bringing up the rear in the Eastern Conference. Hence, his priority is to work through their many and varied issues and be part of the Flyers' solution. No matter how it evolves, though, there is little indication that Forsberg wants to abandon ship now, or for that matter, leave as a player rental closer to the Feb. 27 trade deadline. The only way that might change is if the Flyers were hopelessly out of the playoff race by then and they came to him and asked him to waive his no-trade clause as a favor to them — so they could then swap him for one or more young assets, and give him a chance to play the final six weeks of the regular season, plus playoffs, for a contender.
read on...plus a piece on Jagr and others...

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