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NYR Want Nylander Around

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

But the bargain, if not necessarily Nylander's tour in Manhattan, is almost over. Failing to exercise a team option over the summer of 2005 for what would have been a 2007-08 commitment of $2.28 million - how could they after the contract's first season became a cancelled season? - the Rangers ceded control of the fourth year to Nylander, who has a player's option for $1.52 million for next year. Obviously, Nylander will not exercise the below-market value option. This means the Rangers will have to sign No. 92 to a multi-year contract extension commensurate with the going rate for a successful first-line pivot or risk losing him over the summer as an unrestricted free agent. To that end, the wheels are in motion.
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The Big & Small Battle

from NorthJersey,

The latest chapter of this tall tale was written in the third period of the Devils' 5-1 win at TD Bank-north Garden on Saturday. During a scrum in front of the Bruins' net, Gionta hooked his stick blade behind Chara's left knee and gave a small tug, trying to throw off his balance. Chara reached down, grabbed Gionta's chin strap and started yanking on it from side to side. "There's some matchups you just can't explain," Devils coach Claude Julien said. "It's obvious to me that Chara must respect him a lot to play him that hard. On the other hand, he [Gionta] is a competitor and he's showing him that it doesn't matter what he does. It's not going to stop him."
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Old Stick

from the National Post,

It has survived flooding, frozen ponds, frozen cow patties and a flex test from Cliff Fletcher. And now the world's oldest hockey stick -- worth an estimated US$4.25-million -- is being auctioned off on eBay, with the proceeds going to charity. The stick's original owner, and maker, was Alexander Rutherford. Rutherford carved the treasure from a piece of hickory wood he found on his family's farm in southeastern Ontario sometime between 1852-56.
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We’ve Seen It Before

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

Okay, let's review. In the past week, we've seen an Ottawa Senators player wave a white flag of surrender, the Detroit Red Wings owner accost a National Hockey League official between periods, and a usually mild-mannered Toronto Maple Leafs coach go off on the refereeing after another discouraging loss. If one didn't know any better, you'd be tempted to say that refereeing was a hot-button topic in the NHL once again. But really, are things any different than they were last month, or last year, or three years ago, or even 30 years ago?
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Predators’ A-Rad Knows how to Celebrate

From John Glennon at the Tennessean:

When he scored his first NHL goal in October, Alexander Radulov launched himself into a plane of Plexiglas and dropped back to the ice shrieking. Six weeks later, he's still bouncing off the walls. As much as Radulov's teammates and Predators fans love his scoring — and he's already posted nine goals in just 17 games — they've become almost equally as entertained by watching the phenom celebrate afterward. Until very recently, when the Russian rookie was told by one veteran teammate to curb his enthusiasm a bit, he commemorated each goal like a kid who'd somehow found a way to combine Christmas morning with the last day of school.
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Kings have Sopel & Tverdovsky back from injury

From Chris Foster, LA Times:

A playoff spot may have moved a little further from the Kings' reach Tuesday, but full strength seemed within their grasp Wednesday. Defensemen Brent Sopel and Oleg Tverdovsky were activated from injured reserve and could be in the lineup when the Kings play the San Jose Sharks tonight. Peter Harrold was reassigned to Manchester, the team's American Hockey League franchise, to make room on the roster. "If they are both in there, then we'll have the defense we had in mind when the season started," Coach Marc Crawford said. "We'll have [Lubomir] Visnovsky and [Rob] Blake leading the charge, with Mattias Norstrom and Aaron Miller, Brent and Oleg."
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Tough Times Continue for Coach Gretzky

Grant Kerr at The Globe & Mail writes,

Gretzky surely needed cheering up from the well-rested Pat Quinn and his wife, Sandra, because the Coyotes showed little enthusiasm playing their third game in four nights and fifth in seven. The Great One seldom appears satisfied behind the Phoenix bench these days, even though his team has a 4-3-1 record in its past eight games following a dreadful start to the National Hockey League regular season. Gretzky has a haggard look now in his seventh season as managing partner of the Coyotes, and his second as head coach of the Desert Dogs, who haven't participated in the playoffs since 2002.
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Sidney Crosby Leading the NHL

From the AP:

Nothing specific about the Philadelphia Flyers sparks Sidney Crosby's game. It just looks that way. Crosby took over the NHL scoring lead with a career-high six points in the Pittsburgh Penguins' 8-4 rout of the Flyers on Wednesday night. The 19-year-old phenom has 29 points in 13 career games against Philadelphia, including 15 in five games this season - all Penguins victories. "We saw a special performance by a special player," Penguins coach Michel Therrien said. "It was unbelievable. Sid was phenomenal." Crosby had one goal and five assists to give him 47 points for the season, three more than New York Rangers captain Jaromir Jagr.
and more... From Dave Molinari at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Philadelphia sent a fourth-round draft choice and considerations to Anaheim for left winger Todd Fedoruk last month because it wanted to add some toughness. Good thing the Flyers weren't looking to add intelligence. For while Fedoruk is an accomplished fighter and owns one of hockey's better nicknames ("The Fridge"), he apparently isn't one of the game's great thinkers.
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“This” Is Really, Really Intelligent Marketing

from NHL.com: finally, the NHL pitches its players!

The National Hockey League has produced more than 30 player features and TV promos designed to give hockey fans a glimpse into the lives and personalities of their favorite NHL players, including Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby, Washington Capitals left wing Alexander Ovechkin, San Jose Sharks center Joe Thornton and Dallas Stars goaltender Marty Turco. The features and promos, produced by NHL Productions, currently are airing during game telecasts on VERSUS, TSN, CBC, the NHL Network and local affiliates and in-arena. In three-minute television features, NHL players are shown at home with their families, enjoying their favorite hobbies and participating in community and charitable programs. "NHL players are exceptional athletes," said Ed Horne, President, NHL Enterprises. "But they are also surfers, cooks and dads and that is the purpose of these features -- to show how our players live their lives off the ice."

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Morozov Looking At The NHL

from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Metro News,

"I follow those guys that have gone from the Super League to the NHL this year," Morozov told The Canadian Press from Moscow on Wednesday. "It's really interesting for me to see what Malkin is doing, playing for the NHL team where I was before (Pittsburgh). "Those guys (Malkin and Semin) are doing well and I think I have a good chance of doing some good things in the NHL as well next season. I will be 30 years old, I feel really good, I'm in great shape and I have a lot of confidence." He almost joined his compatriots back in the NHL this season. There was interest from several teams and Morozov agonized before finally agreeing to go back to Ak-Bars Kazan for a third straight season.
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