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Elias Not Skating- Day To Day

from the New York Post,

I haven't skated in almost two weeks, so I need to get back in shape a little bit," said Elias, who suffered a ribs and back injury when he was crosschecked in the Czech Republic's opening Olympic game. The Devils are calling his injury back and rib bruises, although suspicion has already arisen that such a long layoff could indicate a cracked rib. Elias has not even been exercising off ice, something he said he hopes to begin today. It may be another couple of days before he begins skating and practicing with the team. "It is day to day now," Elias said.
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from the Toronto Sun,

Already the frontrunner for the Calder Trophy as the NHL's top rookie, Ovechkin's name is being mentioned for the Hart as the league's MVP. Some observers in Turin were even calling him the world's best player. While the kid has his entire career to prove his fans right, the Caps lowly record could negatively effect his hunt for the Hart. "He's a candidate but our standing doesn't help his cause," Hanlon said. "I can say this though. I haven't seen many guys more enthusiastic for the game." Ovechkin's love of hockey has spread throughout the Capitals dressing room. In fact, it could lead some free agents to lean toward Washington this summer, lured by the prospect of playing with such a skilled player.

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Saint Wayne Needs To Find A Miracle

from the LA Timess,

Now, for the first time in Canada, the once-heretical thought that our national faith might be better served by someone other than St. Wayne is getting air and ink time. The irony in all of this is that Gretzky's gambling spouse, predicted to distract Team Canada's quest for gold, has vanished in the flames of our Inquisition into the Great One's holiness. And those flames will burn until our next chance to reclaim the faith at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Then, however, the gold medal will be contested in the land of hockey's birth before an even more unforgiving hometown crowd. St. Wayne has said he'd like Canada to win the next men's hockey gold, whether he's "part of it or not." But it might not be his decision. Winning the men's hockey gold shouldn't be miraculous; it's our divine right. By failing to even make it to the medal round, St. Wayne needs to find himself a miracle now.
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Canadian Hockey Fans Prefer Olympics

from the Globe and Mail,

National Hockey League club owners may not have the results they wanted from their players' participation in the Turin Games. But their fans, at least in Canada, still prefer the Olympic brand of hockey to the new, improved product in the NHL. That's one of the findings of a season-long survey of the attitudes of Canadians toward the changing NHL game.

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Some Hockey Players Need An Attitude Adjustment

from the Montreal Gazette,

But you never leave an Olympic Games without remembering the enormous gap between the way athletes such as Hughes, Cindy Klassen, Chandra Crawford and Jenn Heil behave, and the way the NHL players, especially those from North America and Russia, handle themselves. Ask some players for 60 seconds of their time after practice and they act like you just dropped cigarette ashes in their skate. Ask Hughes to stand around with a group of journalists talking for half an hour after an exhausting race and she not only does it, she poses for pictures.
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Olympic Kings Recovering

via the Long Beach Press-Telegram,

Pavol Demitra and Alexander Frolov both were injured while representing their respective countries in the Olympics, and neither is expected to play for the Kings on Thursday against Minnesota. Demitra suffered bleeding behind his eye and minor facial injuries when he was struck by a puck, but he might return as soon as Saturday. He will be examined again today. Frolov, however, has a partially separated shoulder that likely will keep him out of the lineup for at least the next 10 days, and possibly more depending on how his rehab progresses.

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Handling The Trade Rumors

The trade freeze is officially over and it is open season until March 9th at 3:00pm EST. I will be handling the trade talk in the following manner- If it is a rumor from a reputable source, the headline will start off with the word "Rumor", followed by the trade talk. Again, this will come from a reputable source, radio, TV, newspaper, etc. and a few bloggers who do not sensationalize. If a trade is reported but not yet verified, the headline will start with "Report", followed by the trade talk. If you happen to hear anything feel free to email me with a source of the trade, either a link or you heard it or read it on....

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Novel Needed

from the NY Times,

What accounts for the marginal place of hockey in the world of American professional sports? Might it not, in the end, have something to do with its marginal place in the world of American letters? While the literatures of boxing and baseball are vast, and basketball (John McPhee's "Sense of Where You Are") and football (Don DeLillo's "End Zone," H. G. Bissinger's "Friday Night Lights") also have their classic texts, hockey remains comparatively undocumented.

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Lemaire Thinking About Every Point In Standings

via the Star Tribune (Tuesday edition, reg. req.),

The Wild isn't the only team that will be missing Olympic players tonight. When Detroit visits San Jose, a team one point behind the Wild in the standings, the Red Wings will be without Swedes Nicklas Lidstrom, Henrik Zetterberg, Tomas Holmstrom, Mikael Samuelsson and Niklas Kronwall. "That's fair," Lemaire said, sarcastically. "That's fair. And then after you're going to ask me if I like the Olympics." For the record, Lemaire doesn't.

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Strength Of Schedule

USA TODAY analyzed the stretch run schedule to determine who faces the biggest challenge. Factors were the number of road games, the average home and road wins of their opponents, the number of games against plus-.500 teams and teams 10 games over .500, the number of back-to-back games and how many Olympians are on their team.
Very interesting to see who may have an easier run at the playoffs...the chart is at the bottom of the Hurricanes article which is also a good read from Kevin Allen. update 7:33pm, Another article from Mr. Allen who must have had some spare time will in Turin, this one about the trade deadline and who may be available-
Trade-deadline day is a major event on the NHL calendar and is treated like a holiday in Canada. TSN, the Canadian equivalent of ESPN, spends hours covering it. Most people around the league don't want to see trade-deadline day lose its luster because it has such high fan interest.

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