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Gonchar Trying To Improve

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Sergei Gonchar recently sat down with Sergei Gonchar, hoping to answer a simple yet perplexing question: What in the world has gone wrong with Sergei Gonchar? "I was trying to figure out what happened to me," Gonchar said Wednesday after practice at the Island Sports Center. "And I realized I'm not reading the game as I used to."
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Draper Very Honored To Play For Canada

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from the Detroit Free Press (Thursday edition) via the Mercury News,

For Kris Draper, though, the news came an hour before the official announcement, at around 4:15 p.m., when general manager Steve Tambellini called to congratulate him for making the 23-man roster. It was a call that soothed much-rattled nerves and cast a new glow on a career that already includes three Stanley Cup championships, a Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward, and the 2004 World Cup. "Being selected has to be the highlight of my career," Draper said Wednesday evening.
more update 9:08am Thursday, Free Press link now available...

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Debating Team Canada

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

This is a terrific looking Canadian Olympic hockey team with a serious chance to retain the golden legacy established four years ago in Utah. And there’s even a member of the Maple Leafs, Bryan McCabe, on the squad. Well, sort of.
continued from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
They promised controversy and right there, in the heart of Todd Bertuzzi country, they delivered it too.
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Team Canada

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via TSN, 2006 Olympic Team - Goaltenders Player S/C HT WT Birthdate Hometown Team Martin Brodeur L 6'2 210 5/6/72 Montreal, QC New Jersey Roberto Luongo L 6'3 205 4/4/79 Montreal, QC Florida Marty Turco L 6'0 171 8/13/75 Sault Ste. Marie, ON Dallas Defence Player S/C HT WT Birthdate Hometown Team Rob Blake R 6'4 225 12/10/69 Simcoe, ON Colorado Adam Foote R 6'2 215 7/10/71 Whitby, ON Columbus Ed Jovanovski L 6'2 210 6/26/76 Windsor, ON Vancouver Scott Niedermayer L 6'1 200 8/31/73 Cranbrook, BC Anaheim Chris Pronger L 6'6 218 10/10/74 Dryden, ON Edmonton Wade Redden L 6'2 205 6/12/77 Lloydminster, SK Ottawa Robyn Regehr L 6'2 226 4/19/80 Rosthern, SK Calgary Forwards Player S/C HT WT Birthdate Hometown Team Todd Bertuzzi R 6'3 245 2/2/75 Sudbury, ON Vancouver Shane Doan R 6'2 216 10/10/76 Halkirk, AB Phoenix Kris Draper L 5'11 190 5/24/71 Toronto, ON Detroit Simon Gagne L 6'0 190 2/29/80 Ste-Foy, QC Philadelphia Dany Heatley L 6'3 215 1/21/81 Calgary, AB Ottawa Jarome Iginla R 6'1 208 7/1/77 St. Albert, AB Calgary Vincent Lecavalier L 6'4 207 4/21/80 Ile Bizard, QC Tampa Bay Rick Nash L 6'3 188 6/16/84 Brampton, ON Columbus Brad Richards L 6'1 198 5/2/80 Murray Harbour, PEI Tampa Bay Joe Sakic L 5'11 195 7/7/69 Burnaby, BC Colorado Ryan Smyth L 6'1 190 2/21/76 Banff, AB Edmonton Martin St-Louis L 5'9 185 6/18/75 Laval, QC Tampa Bay Joe Thornton L 6'4 220 7/2/79 St. Thomas, ON San Jose Reserves Player S/C HT WT Birthdate Hometown Team Bryan McCabe L 6'2 220 6/8/75 St. Catharines, ON Toronto Jason Spezza R 6'3 211 6/13/83 Toronto, ON Ottawa Eric Staal L 6'4 205 6/29/84 Thunder Bay, ON Carolina

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Pittsburgh Plans

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

The Pittsburgh Penguins introduced Isle of Capri Casinos and Nationwide Realty as their partners Tuesday in an exciting, billion-dollar development proposal that includes the construction of a new multi-purpose arena at no cost to the taxpayers. Isle of Capri will apply for the Pittsburgh slots license, and, if successful, will pledge $290 million in slots profits to fully fund the construction of a new arena that will keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh for the long-term. Under the plan, Nationwide Realty will oversee the development of 28 acres where Mellon Arena and its accompanying parking lots now stand.
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Bits From Bob

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The CBA will continue to be tweaked whenever the NHL and NHLPA agree an adjustment is necessary. One of those adjustments will be the mass shuttling of players back and forth between the NHL and the minors. There's nothing preventing teams from shuttling players for the purposes of saving a few bucks on the salary cap and teams like the Vancouver Canucks, as an example, have been doing it all season long. But the NHLPA didn't like it when the Columbus Blue Jackets, as an example, sent down a half-dozen players en masse to the minors for a few days because the NHL team wasn't playing for the better part of a week. The NHL apparently agrees with the NHLPA on this one and sources say some restrictions on mass shuttling will be introduced by the league in the very near future. What's likely to happen is that the league will insist an NHL roster of 23 men not dip below a certain number of players, which would prevent a team from mass shuttling during a soft spot in their schedule.
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If Pittsburgh Moves- It Will Be #20 For NHL Teams

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

It's happened a lot -- 19 times in National Hockey League history -- and it last happened in Hartford, Conn., eight years ago. Hartford economic leaders said that the loss of the Whalers did not hurt badly, and may have, in fact, provided the spark for a recovery that it is still continuing to this day. Michael Kintner, executive director of the Hartford Image Project, a marketing group, said much more money is flowing into Hartford now, since the Whalers left. Kintner said in the last four years, roughly $750 million has pored into the depressed state capital, long known for crime and poverty, and another $2.2 billion has come in from private developers.
more...and check the right sidebar for all of the teams that have moved...

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Leetch Upset With Olympic Snub

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from the Patriot Ledger,

Leetch, who has represented the U.S. in 11 international tournaments - most recently, the 2004 World Cup of Hockey - wasn’t made aware of where he stood this time. Like nearly everyone with an interest in the roster, Leetch learned who is and isn’t going to Turin when the team was announced Monday night on OLN. ‘‘I can’t give you any information, because no one talked to me about anything,’’ Leetch said. ‘‘I’m not even sure who had the most say - (Laviolette) or the GM (Don Waddell, who holds the same title with the Atlanta Thrahssers). I’ve had no contact with anyone.’’
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Gaming Rights Battle

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from Next Generation,

Earlier this year, the NHL Players' Association agreed to give Electronic Arts exclusive third-party rights to player's names to the tune of $44.2 million over the course of six years. However, according to EA's official hockey website EAHockey.com, the league will not see a penny of that revenue, which upsets NHL executives. The NHL, however, owns the rights to all league and team trademarks. To counteract the union's move, the league refused to extend EA's license until NHL 2K publisher Take-Two was allowed to use NHLPA properties. In addition, the league is attempting to extend their agreement with Take-Two, which is set to expire after this season.
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No To Expanded Playoffs

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from Chris Kerber, announcer for the St. Louis Blues,

One idea that has surfaced to increase revenues in the NHL is increasing the number of teams that make the playoffs. This is not the first time this topic has been approached, but let me make this easy. It should be shot down immediately and not brought up again.
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