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Ovechkin On The Calder- I Want To Win It

from the AP via Fox Sports,

After all, this is a player who feels enough at ease with himself to show up for practice wearing red pants, red shoes and a red shirt, much to the chagrin of his teammates. "He's trying to implement some European fashion ideas here that just haven't seemed to hit home yet," said goaltender Olie Kolzig, a native of South Africa who has played for Germany in international competition. "We're trying to get him to tone it down a little bit." To which Ovechkin responded: "Maybe they need to work on their clothes. I like my style. I'm a European guy. I like how I dress."
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Emery Should Be The Man

from Fox Sports,

I'm a big believer in the adage that says everything happens for a reason, so maybe it was supposed to be like this in Ottawa. Maybe this is all part of the script carved out by the hockey gods — Dominik Hasek gets injured at the Olympics, gets replaced by a rookie when NHL play resumes and never returns to the Senators' net again. Now that's not the official word out of Ottawa, but in my mind it should be.
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Panthers Are Done

from the Miami Herald,

We are gathered here today to say goodbye to the 2005-06 Florida Panthers. Well, hello and goodbye as the Panthers' March resuscitation drew little attention, what with Daunte, Shaq, Flash, Gator hoops and Tiger (for a week) for South Florida to discuss. But then seven consecutive wins and a run of 12-5 with one shootout loss had them off their deathbed. Alas, the Panthers passed away Wednesday night around 9:10 p.m. when Atlanta's Marian Hossa remembered he used to be Joe's to the Panthers' stone crabs. Hossa outmuscled and outraced two Panthers and roofed a shorthanded goal.
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Jagr Credits Lockout For Turnaround

from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

According to Jagr, there was more than one reason for his strong play this season, which puts him in line to win his sixth NHL scoring crown. "First of all, I think the lockout helped me a lot," he said. "I was able to play in Czech Republic, Russia. The same routine for 14 years, I'm not saying it's getting tired, but mentally, it probably is a little bit. When you play in Europe, you can do anything you want. You can relax, but you still play hockey. I think the year off helped me a lot. Plus the whole organization here in New York, it's all about professionalism. They (are) just helping you with everything. They just make sure you play the best hockey you can play."
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Bravo

from the Penn (Indiana University of Pennsylvania),

Though considered by most to be the fourth major sports league in this country (fifth for those of you that consider NASCAR a sport), in my opinion, no playoffs can match the experience that comes about during the NHL playoffs. Hockey is the best sport in the world to watch live. Unfortunately, NHL stadiums only seat around 21,000 fans, which limits the number of people that can experience the NHL playoffs to the full effect in each year. If you check the backs of the seats during the NHL playoffs, you’re likely to find layers of dust — since during the playoffs the only part of the seats fans need is the edge.
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Young Netminders

from Sports Illustrated,

A list of top rookie goalies in the modern era, with a notation on how they did in the playoffs that season. 1. Tony Esposito, 1969-70 Blackhawks "Tony O" led the league with a career-high 38 wins while posting a 2.17 GAA for the Eastern Division champs. In addition to the Vezina, Esposito won the Calder as best rookie. Most impressive were his 15 shutouts, which stand as the modern NHL mark for tks. Playoffs: 4-4, 3.38
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Who The Heck Is That

from the Hockey News,

Today there are 25 per cent more players nobody knows about. The modern NHL coach can no better tell Jiri Novotny from Zdenek Blatny than could a monkey with a pea shooter. Heck, there are enough anonymous NHLers to go through the entire alphabet without using any team twice. Brett, it's time to meet a few of your colleagues.
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The California Oakland Golden Seals

from the Mercury News,

The NHL's first attempt to establish itself in the Bay Area died 30 years ago this week. Final score of the final game: California 5, Los Angeles 2 -- and hockey fans zero for the next 15 years. Talk about a doomed franchise. In its nine years on the planet, this one had seven ownership groups and three name changes. The California Seals. The Oakland Seals. The California Golden Seals. Wait, let's try California Seals again. Eventually, they came up with a fourth name: the Cleveland Barons.

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Taking A Shot At Naslund

from the National Post,

Brendan Shanahan, who's one of the NHL's most articulate voices on this or any other subject, delivered something of a thesis statement on leadership some time ago when he was asked about Steve Yzerman's role on the Detroit Red Wings. There comes a point, Shanahan posited, when a team resembles its leader the way a dog owner resembles its pooch. Yzerman was a supremely gifted offensive player who sacrificed his production for the greater good of the team. He was blessed with a preternatural skill-set, but he also played the game with the heart of a grinder.
continued...the article is actually on Naslund and how he is not living up to expectations...it must be take a shot at Naslund Day in Vancouver...

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A Crack In Hockeytown

from the Detroit News,

Yes, Metro Detroit still loves its hockey, but it appears we like to watch the Pistons even more on television. Ratings trends indicate the Pistons have surpassed the Wings. Up until the lockout season in 2004-05, the Wings traditionally outdrew the Pistons on FSN Detroit. The disparity was often large, as many as four ratings points in favor of the Wings. Now, the Pistons are averaging 6.0 for the regular season, while the Wings are at 4.7. "I think it's a clear sign the Pistons now have the charisma that the Wings had," Detroit Mercy marketing professor Michael Bernacchi said.
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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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