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Murphy Interested In Panthers Asst. GM Job

from the Palm Beach Post,

The search for an assistant general manager to work with Panthers GM and coach Jacques Martin drew interest from one candidate on Wednesday while losing another.
NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy, who served as an assistant coach for Martin in Ottawa, said he “would definitely have an interest” in the position.
“Jacques created an excellent situation in Ottawa, and I know that, given time, he’ll do the same in Florida,” Murphy said from NHL offices in Toronto.

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Boogaard Will Just Run Over Opponents

from the Star-Tribune,

Boogaard said he thinks he can’t find a willing combatant because his horrifying uppercut that rearranged the face of Anaheim’s Todd Fedoruk on Oct. 27 has become folklore.
“That just means they’re scared,” Boogaard said. “They don’t want to get hurt.”
Plus, the prototypical NHL fighter is a dying breed.
“We’re not playing a lot of physical teams right now,” Boogaard said. “They don’t feel they need a guy, so I’ll just go out and do whatever I want. I’ll just run them over.”

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Playing With Names

from Brian Cazeneuve of Sports Illustrated,

Hockey names can also tangle the tongue or eyes. Trying saying (or reading) Guillaume Latendresse or Antero Niittymaki three times fast. Consider the games between the Rangers and Devils several years ago that featured the following players: Randy Moller, Kirk Muller, Corey Millen, Kevin Miller and Brian Mullen. The broadcasters were fortunate that Mike Millar was with Toronto at the time.

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Rory Ready To Move On

from the Province,

“I’m not disappointed in falling a spot,” Fitzpatrick said. “If I fall a couple more spots that would be even better. That way there’d be no chance of me having to make a decision on whether to play in the game. Then everybody who thinks this is so important and has personal things to say can drop it and move on to the next story.”

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Cloutier On IR

via the LA Times (reg. req.),

Dan Cloutier’s season got a little worse Wednesday, as the Kings put their struggling goaltender on injured reserve with what was called a hip injury.
Cloutier was scheduled to undergo an MRI Wednesday and did not accompany the team to Edmonton, where they begin a three-game road trip against the Oilers tomorrow night. The team will likely activate goaltender Mathieu Garon, who went through his first full practice with the team since suffering a groin injury Nov. 29.
“The soreness…in his hip is affecting his knee,” coach Marc Crawford said. “Hopefully by giving him a week off, will give him time to work through the issues he has and allow him to play at the level we need him to play.”

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The Maven During The Holiday

from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,

• Has there been a bigger stiff all season than Martin Gerber? His three-year, $11.1 million deal has John Muckler hamstrung beyond a reason.
• The downfall of Markus Naslund is no different than that of his countryman, Peter Forsberg – too many injuries. No more, no less!
• Brendan Shanahan sees things clearly and sees them whole, so it’s no surprise that his analysis of Steve Yzerman’s influence is cogent. “Steve displayed to teammates every night how playing both ends can benefit you and not take away from the attention you get for your stats.”

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Who Would Have Thought…

from Deb Kaufman at MSG Network,

In the words of the first (of now many) beauty queens to lose her title thanks to racy pictures, ‘Sometimes the very thing you’re looking for, is the one thing you can’t see.’
Nolan saw something no one else did, and the result has been Yashin’s best play as an Islander and Blake with 20 goals before Christmas.
Hope you all had a Happy Holiday! Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!
The Islanders are already having one - thanks to Garth Snow and Ted Nolan.

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Morrow Out

from the CP via TSN,

Dallas Stars captain Brendan Morrow will be out indefinitely after having surgery to repair tendons in his right wrist.
Morrow suffered the injury when he was stepped on in Dallas’ 2-1 loss to Chicago on Tuesday night.
He was discharged from a Chicago hospital on Wednesday morning and returned to Dallas, where he will be monitored and re-evaluated by the team’s medical staff.

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All Chelios

Q & A with Chris Chelios and David Amber of ESPN,

Q: In the two decades you’ve been in the NHL, give me your All-Chelios Team (three forwards, two defenseman and a goalie).
A: OK. In net, I’ll give you three goalies, if you don’t mind. Patrick Roy, Eddie Belfour and Dominik Hasek. On defense: Ray Bourque and Larry Robinson. At forward, there are four guys: Mark Messier, Wayne Gretzky, Steve Yzerman and Mario Lemieux. I had to pick a few extras, but when you’re great, you’re great. I had a chance to play with or against all of those guys, and it is incredible to be able to say that.

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Old School- Ted Lindsay

from the Toronto Star,

Nothing’s stopping Lindsay at 81. His face may be a roadmap for the hockey battles waged, but he’s in fighting trim and still working five days a week as an automotive parts rep in Michigan. His wit and tongue are still sharp, too.
Lindsay sat down with Unplugged to talk, among other things, about trouble with Gordie, who’s coming to dinner – Mother Teresa, for starters – and his lack of appetite for the new NHL.

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