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Slap Shot At Thirty

from the Johnstown Tribune-Democrat:

Released by Universal Studios exactly 30 years ago today, “Slap Shot” is one of the most rented sports movies ever.
Sports fans recite lines without hesitation.
The story of the foul-mouthed but likable hockey players who went from worst to first has put Johnstown on the international map.
“It’s amazing how it took to people,” said Allan Nicholls, who played Charlestown Chiefs captain Johnny Upton. “I think it’s because it was one of those films that didn’t talk down. It talked to people. People could involve themselves and relate a lot better.



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Cleary Out With Sprained Knee

from Mlive,

Dan Cleary, the left wing on the No. 2 line, will be out three-to-four weeks with a second-degree sprain of his medial collateral ligament. The injury was the result of a hip check from Edmonton’s Raffi Torres late in Friday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Oilers.


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Looks Like Atlanta For Tkachuk

via Darren Dreger of TSN,

Sources tell TSN the St Louis Blues have agreed to a deal that sends Keith Tkachuk to the Atlanta Thrashers.
Tkachuk who has a no trade is currently deciding whether or not to give the trade the green light.
The deal is believed to include a variety of draft picks, including a first rounder, as well as a player off Atlanta’s roster.
Both teams are in a holding pattern while Tkachuk and is family decide.

added 9:49am, from the Falconer (very reliable),

in exchange for Glen Metropolit, Atlanta’s 2007 1st round pick, 3rd round pick, a 2nd rounder in 2008. There is also a conditional pick based upon whether Tkachuk resigns in Atlanta or not…

update 9:53am, per TSN,

Sources tell TSN forward Keith Tkachuk has waived his no-trade clause and has been dealt to the Atlanta Thrashers.

added 12:00pm, via the St. Louis Blues,

St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has traded forward Keith Tkachuk to the Atlanta Thrashers in exchange for a first round draft choice in 2007, a third round draft choice in 2007, a second round draft choice in 2008 and forward Glen Metropolit.  In addition, if Atlanta re-signs Tkachuk, the Blues will acquire a first round draft choice in 2008.
“We want to thank Keith for his time and dedication to the Blues organization over the past six years,” said Davidson.  “We wish him and his family nothing but the best for the future.”


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Which Way To Go

from Joe Starkey of the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review,

But the goonery hasn’t gone away. Its insidious presence is what has the Penguins apparently pursuing hockey’s heavyweight champ, Georges Laraque—so he can “protect” Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin.
Surely, you don’t believe Laraque’s presence would prevent some cementhead from taking a shot at Crosby, do you?
Only the league can protect its players. Or not.
It would be so much easier to respect the NHL if it would go one way or the other.

read on

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You Know The Drill

Spector... just go if you want the latest trade talk.  He also breaks down many of the rumored deals..

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Smyth Contract Talk

from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Sources said the Oilers’ initially offered a four-year, $20-million deal. Most recently, the club tabled a five-year, $23.75-million proposal ($4.75 million per year) that Smyth is still mulling over.
“The demand is pretty high,” said one NHL executive yesterday. “They’ve floored the Oilers, that’s for sure.”
That could be why — with the NHL trade deadline only three days away — Smyth’s name has surfaced prominently among those who could be dealt.
The word is the Oilers don’t want to trade Smyth, but they’re not thrilled with the thought of losing him for nothing as an unrestricted free agent.

more & a lot of trade talk…

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There’s Room For One “I” In Jaromir

from Sherry Ross of the NY Daily News,

Now that Jaromir Jagr appears to be one bad haircut away from a Britney Spears moment, we have to ask: What do the Rangers do now? And, are we really surprised that he has become the Blueshirts’ version of Alex Rodriguez?...
Then again, maybe he is the perfect captain for the Rangers, the symbol of everything that has gone wrong with the team’s philosophy since a different captain carried the Cup 13 years ago.


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Getting Tough Again

from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

It’s a violent game and always has been. It’s a game of physical intimidation and it always has been. Chris Drury should have kept his head up.
They can add all the gimmicks to the NHL they want, they can attempt to turn the game into a skills competition, but the attraction of hockey is primal.
It’s taken nearly two full seasons, but the pendulum is slowly beginning to reset itself. Toughness is reasserting itself as a value. Look around. The NHL is again becoming more rocky road than vanilla.


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Paige Emerges From Slumber To Panic About Sakic

from the inestimable Woody Paige of the Denver Post:

Say it ain’t so. Joe can’t go.
Rumor- and fish-mongers are suggesting that Joe Sakic could become a rent-a-scorer with the NHL trade deadline approaching like a Cap Sak shot on freshly Zambonied ice.
Hold your breath until 1 p.m. Tuesday.
The Avs are finished for the season, but Sakic’s career in Denver must not be. Instead of dealing him, the Avalanche should give Sakic a lifetime pact with the club as a player, an assistant coach and, eventually, a head coach or general manager.

Go back to your ivory tower, Woody.  Sakic won’t be traded. 



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Average Joe In The Box

from the Northwest Herald:

Ah, yes, the penalty box man. Perhaps there is no more anonymous or invisible person in sports. But that heavy door doesn’t open and shut itself for recently punished skaters, does it now?
That’s why I recently asked the Chicago Hounds if I could have the job for last Sunday’s game against the Rockford Ice Hogs.
My reasons were selfish. Not only do I enjoy opening and closing all sorts of doors, the opportunity to see and hear the players in an uncensored environment was too good to pass up.
Plus I wanted to yell things like “Release the Hounds!” and “I Let the Dogs Out!” whenever a penalty expired.



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