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Kevin Allen, USA TODAY hockey writer, was on local radio in Detroit today. Kevin states Chris Chelios will be selected to the USA Olympic team and could possibly be named the Captain.

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Shanahan, Luongo POW

via the CP,

Detroit Red Wings forward Brendan Shanahan and Florida Panthers goaltender Roberto Luongo were named the NHL's offensive and defensive players of the week Monday. Shanahan collected two goals and seven assists while leading Detroit to a 2-1-1 mark, earning points in each contest. His best effort came last Tuesday, when he recorded a goal and four assists during a 7-6 loss to Atlanta. Teammate Pavel Datsyuk (four goals, four assists) and Panthers winger Nathan Horton (five goals, one assist) were the runners-up. Luongo claimed the defensive honours after leading the Panthers to a 3-1 mark record with a 2.25 goals-against average and .942 save percentage. He stopped 147 of 156 shots during the week, including an astonishing 53 saves in a 3-2 win Sunday over Washington. Martin Biron of the Buffalo Sabres (3-0-0, 2.98 GAA), Martin Gerber of the Carolina Hurricanes (3-0-0, 1.67 GAA) and Michael Garnett of the Atlanta Thrashers (3-0-0, 2.92 GAA) were runners-up.

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Attention Detroit Area College Hockey Fans

I have four tickets to the 41st Great Lakes Invitational Tournament at JLA. The tickets are for the games on Thursday, December 29th. Good for both games, 4:30pm MSU vs. Michigan Tech and 8:00pm game Michigan vs. Colorado. The seats are lower bowl, section 115, behind the net, row 11. If you want them, they are yours. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and tell me if you want two or four. I will update this post when the tickets are gone. update 1L45pm, Tickets are gone. Went to a regular reader of KK.

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Glavine Made Right Decision

from USA Hocley,

Tom Glavine certainly had a tough decision to make back in 1984. An outstanding high school athlete, Glavine had played both baseball and hockey. The Concord, Mass., native was a four-time league All-Star and All-Conference honoree in baseball and was named to All-Star and All-Conference teams three times in hockey. June 1984 turned out to be a month of decision for Glavine. Within days, the talented athlete was first drafted by the Atlanta Braves and the Los Angeles Kings. There were even a number of colleges trying to recruit the youngster. History indicates that Glavine made the right decision by choosing the Braves.
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Devil Malakhov Retires

from MSG Network,

In other developments that affect the Devils' salary cap-afflicted roster, star LW Patrik Elias enjoyed a full practice with the team as his road to recovery from a severe case of hepatitis draws near an end. Robinson also said that defenseman Vladimir Malakhov, who was not at practice, has retired. The Russian blueliner was signed as a free agent last summer to help fill the void left by the departed Scott Stevens and Scott Niedermayer.

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NHL Bizarro World

from The Hockey News,

Ladies and germs, welcome to the new NHL, where up is down and down is sideways and Bob Goodenow is doing cartwheels that he got the heck out of Dodge when he did. Just when you thought labor peace had finally arrived, the NHL and NHL Players' Association could be headed for their first significant disagreement over the new CBA…but it's not the kind of fight Goodenow used to relish. Better pull up a chair 'cause this one's a beauty. The union is considering pushing for a lower-than-expected salary cap next season. And if it does, the NHL will probably tell 'em to take a hike.
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Larry Robinson Resigns

via TSN,

Larry Robinson has resigned as head coach of the New Jersey Devils. More to follow...
update 11:27am, via ESPN,
Larry Robinson says he has resigned as coach of the New Jersey Devils. No replacement has been named. Team president and general manager Lou Lamoriello led the team at practice Monday morning, Newark Star-Ledger reported. The Devils are currently 14-13-5, good for 33 points. If the playoffs started Monday, they would be on the outside looking in.
update 11:53am, from the AP and CP via the Globe and Mail,
Larry Robinson resigned as coach of the New Jersey Devils on Monday because of stress and "horrible headaches," two days after his team lost for the seventh time in nine game. "A lot of things were getting to me. I want this team to be successful, but if I can't be at my best and it's bothering me healthwise, I can't do that," he said. Robinson was told the symptoms were stress-related. "This was one time I went for tests and hoped they'd find something," he said.
update 1:43pm, from the AP via Sportsnet,
Devils president and general manager Lou Lamoriello said he will take over for Robinson on a temporary basis. New Jersey's next game is Tuesday, against the New York Rangers. Robinson, a Hall of Fame defenceman who coached the Devils to the Stanley Cup championship in 2000, returned to the team in July.

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Team USA Announced Tonight

OLN, the national cable television home of the National Hockey League (NHL), along with USA Hockey, will announce the complete roster for the U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team to compete at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino LIVE on Monday, Dec. 19 at 8 p.m. ET. OLN’s Mike “Doc” Emrick and John Davidson will make the exclusive announcement from St. Paul, Minn., just prior to the network’s telecast of the Dallas at Minnesota game. The network’s coverage of the announcement will also include exclusive interviews with members of the former gold medal-winning 1980 “Miracle on Ice” hockey team, including: Ken Morrow, Mike Ramsey and Dan Brooks, son of the late Herb Brooks. Emrick and Davidson will be joined on the ice by Don Waddell, general manager of Team USA and executive vice president and general manager of the NHL's Atlanta Thrashers, and Paul Holmgren, the assistant general manager of Team USA and assistant general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, as the 23-man roster is unveiled. The game will also be on INHD tonight (live) for Comcast HD subscribers.

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Gomez May Be Moved

via the NY Post (reg. req.),

Scott Gomez learns today his status for the U.S. Olympic team. The issue that will remain unsettled is his standing with the Devils. Gomez and Alexander Mogilny were benched by Larry Robinson for most of the final two periods of Saturday's 4-1 loss in Carolina. With the Devils looking like a team needing a big shakeup, Gomez could be a trade candidate, and Calgary and Phoenix would seem possible destinations.

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Hey Kid, Settle Down

via the LA Times,

Zenon Konopka was brought up from the Ducks' minor-league affiliate in Portland, Maine, to provide a boost of energy on their fourth line and play the role of a pest against opposing teams. Konopka is also an excitable sort who is admittedly wide-eyed about playing with and against some of the players he grew up idolizing. "When we were playing Detroit, I was yelling on the bench and [Brendan] Shanahan and [Steve] Yzerman look over and say, 'Hey kid, it's a 1 o'clock start. Settle down,' " he said. "For a half second, you look and see it's Yzerman and Shanahan and then after that half second, you tell them to buzz off or some other word I can't use now."

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