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Super Pests

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from the Edmonton Sun,

To their enemies, and they number in the hundreds, they are the biggest jerks in sports - back-stabbers and cheap-shot artists who run off at the mouth and hide behind the instigator penalty. But to hear the NHL's super pests tell it, they're just regular guys who play hard, hit hard, no matter who they have in their sights, and shouldn't have to apologize for trying to bring a little intensity to the game. Shift disturbers, that's all.
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Is Hasek Done

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from the Ottawa Sun,

Is the Dominator done? A source closely connected to individuals within the Senators organization yesterday said yes, Dominik Hasek's season is over, that it's already been determined the star goalie will not be coming back from the strained adductor muscle he suffered at the Olympics.
read on added 1:48pm, from the Ottawa Citizen,
Welcome to the Ottawa Senators muddled goaltending equation, proving that you can experience a bad nightmare and a wonderful dream at the same time. "I thought Dom would have been back by now and I still don't know when he's going to come back," Emery said following practice at Scotiabank Place yesterday, as the Senators prepared for tonight's visit by Alexander Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals. "I'm just happy to be playing."
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Alexander The GR8

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

CCM also unveiled Alexander Ovechkin’s new Nickname. Joining the ranks of The Rocket, the Great One and The Magnificent, CCM ran a web-based contest on ccmsports.com whereby hockey consumers were invited to submit their recommendations for an official Nickname for Ovechkin. More than 4,000 Nicknames were submitted. After carefully reviewing the suggestions sent in by fans, Ovechkin himself chose his Top five favourites. These five names were re-submitted to consumers for them to vote for their top overall pick and the winning name as chosen by the hockey public is “Alexander the GR8”. full press release from CCM...

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Jagr Looking At Big Bonus

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via Sportsnet,

Sources tell Sportsnet if Jagr wins either the Art Ross Trophy (for league's top scorer), the Hart Trophy (for Most Valuable Player) -- or even the Conn Smythe (for Most Valuable Player in the post-season), the option year on his contract will be automatically triggered at $11 million, minus the 24 per cent roll back. I would seem unlikely Jagr walk away from $8,360,000.00 in 2008-2009.

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Shoulder Shrugger Has 690 Goals

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from Phil Coffey of NHL.com,

There is very little chest thumping and choreographed celebration in the NHL, and it's up to you to decide whether that's a good or bad thing. Steve Yzerman is the latest to get into the "shrug of his shoulders" reaction to an achievement that might have prompted a God-only-knows-what kind of celebration in another sport.
more...including Lundqvist & Brodeur...

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Boynton Done For The Year

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via TSN,

The Boston Bruins have lost defenseman Nick Boynton for the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury. Bruins coach Mike Sullivan says Boynton will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum and will not play again this season.

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Too Many UFAs

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

...The watershed date for most general managers is July 1, 2007, or the day that free agency drops down another year (to 28 for some players and to 26 for others). That is when, for example, the Buffalo Sabres — a good emerging young team — could have up three-quarters of their roster presented with unrestricted free agency. There are two ways of anticipating how the new system will play out — and it will all depend upon how teams react to what could be a flood of players onto the open market. If a glut of free agents actually hits the open market (and currently, about 120 players are scheduled to qualify this summer), then the laws of supply and demand could keep prices down.
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Kiprusoff MVP Candidate

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from George Johnson, special to ESPN,

Yet not only is Miikka Kiprusoff, the mute Finn, the NHL's best goaltender this season, he's got the credentials to back up a Hart Trophy campaign, too. Homerish jingoism? By the definition of the award, Kiprusoff among all others deserves the accolade: " … to the player adjudged to be the most valuable to his team.''
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NHL Players Fight Against Autism

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from Russell Levine of NHL.com,

...That's what made it so unfamiliar for Kolzig when he and his wife Christin learned that their then 15-month-old son, Carson, had been diagnosed with pervasive developmental disorder, which is on the broad spectrum of autism disorders. "When you get the diagnosis, you're in shock," Kolzig said. "But as soon as you try to figure out what to do next, that's when the nightmare really starts." That's because so little is understood about autism, despite an explosion in new diagnoses that has pushed the frequency as high as one in every 166 children.
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Pens Waiting For Malkin

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

“We have a lot of young guys here who want to build something. With him, he’s a great player and he’d really help us,” Crosby said. “We want him to be a part of that, too. Hopefully, next season he comes over. He’s a guy who is really going to make a difference.” A lack of a transfer agreement between the Russian Hockey Federation and the NHL kept Malkin in Russia this season. However, there is a probability he will be in a Penguins uniform in the fall. And, like Crosby, Malkin is projected to step in and make an immediate impact when he comes to the NHL.
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