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Buffalo Owner Trying Politics- Again

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from the New York Press (New York's Alternative Newspaper),

Tom Golisano isn’t romantic. Not about life and not about public service, although it’s easy to think that only a man in love with civics would run for governor three times. Since that 2002 race, the political wannabe has worked to raise his profile, donating $14 million to the Rochester Institute of Technology, the largest gift the school has ever received. He’s also expanded from the exciting world of payroll services—where he made his fortune—and bought the NHL’s floundering Buffalo Sabres for $92 million, vastly raising his upstate profile.
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Francis Can’t Hide On Saturday

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from the CP via CJAD,

On Saturday night, with the crowd on its feet in Raleigh, N.C., the 42-year-old will have to grin and bear it as the focus will be all on him with his No. 10 jersey being retired by the Carolina Hurricanes. "I would usually try and go the opposite way and avoid it," Francis said of being in the spotlight. "But as (Carolina GM) Jim Rutherford said in a conversation we had recently, it's going to be pretty hard to avoid on this night."
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Hurricanes ‘D’ May Get An Addition

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It is a big surprise to many that the Carolina Hurricanes are battling for first place overall this season. Do not be surprised, though, if the Hurricanes get even better before the 2005-06 season is over with the addition of a high-impact player on their blueline. And we're not talking about a trade here either. The player in question is defenceman Jack Johnson, the No. 3 overall pick by Carolina in last summer's NHL Entry Draft.
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UFAs

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via The Hockey News,

Certainly, there are some tantalizing names out there that will draw considerable interest from teams, including Joe Sakic, Rob Blake, Marc Savard, Sergei Samsonov, Jason Arnott, Nicklas Lidstrom, Olli Kolzig, Saku Koivu, Patrik Elias, Zdeno Chara, Evgeni Nabokov, Bryan McCabe, Ed Jovanovski and Doug Weight. Here is an unofficial list of players who can become unrestricted free agents following this season compiled by THN's correspondents-
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Who Wants Weight

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via Slam,

Though there's a belief the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and Calgary Flames are interested in Weight, it should be noted he's an unrestricted free agent with a no-trade clause in his contract. Indications are the Blues won't get much more than a draft pick for Weight or winger Keith Tkachuk, who they're also trying to move. "My belief is a lot of teams will hang on for Weight and Tkachuk until the NHL trade deadline is closer because nobody wants to spend the money," said a league executive yesterday.
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Connolly Suffers Knee Injury

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from the Buffalo News,

Connolly suffered a Grade II ligament sprain when he was blasted into the boards by a nasty Darius Kasparaitis hip check. "The initial thought is, it shouldn't need surgery," said Sabres coach Lindy Ruff, who will find out more when Connolly has an MRI today. Kasparaitis, a longtime Sabres villain who scored the series-ending goal the last time Buffalo was in the playoffs in 2001, took out Connolly with less than a minute left in the second period.
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Waiting For An Elevator

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from the Globe and Mail,

More than three dozen reporters waited to get into the elevator only to be told by the operator they would have to wait for it to go down and come back because Flyers General Manager Bobby Clarke, injured player Eric Desjardins and a couple of Flyers' flunkies had to take it and they did not want any reporters on it with them. ...It is no secret that the Flyers organization's arrogance is matched only by the number of years without a championship - - that's 30 in case you were wondering - - but Bobby Clarke's unabashed lack of class is really a sight to behold.
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Battling Goalies

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

With 32 seconds left in the game, there was a scrum in front of the net and Aebischer was slashed by Tony Amonte. Aebischer shoved Amonte, and Calgary goalie and Aebischer's former teammate, Phil Sauve, joined the scuffling in front of the net and invited Aebischer to fight. "All of a sudden he was behind me and asked me if I wanted to go," Aebischer said. "I couldn't say no. It wasn't really a fight, just a little pushing around, I guess. No punches landed. He may have been a little frustrated with the game." Flames coach Darryl Sutter seemed baffled by Sauve's action. "His game plan wasn't to be a fighter, it was to stop pucks," he said.
read on update 11:50am, via TSN,
The Calgary Flames will not face any fines or suspensions for last night’s late-game fight involving Calgary netminder Philippe Sauve and his Colorado counterpart David Aebischer. The NHL has reviewed the incident and decided to repeal the “automatic” one-game suspension to Sauve and the "automatic" $10,000 fine to Calgary head coach Darryl Sutter for Sauve instigating a fight in the final five minutes of a game.

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Lundqvist Hopes To Erase Memories

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

Goaltender Henrik Lundqvist's mission to put the New York Rangers into the playoffs for the first time since 1997 prepares him well for the monumental task he will face as Sweden's Olympic goalie. He has to help about 9 million Swedes erase the bad, 4-year-old memory of their country losing to Belarus in one of the greatest hockey upsets in Olympic history.
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Wings Plan For Super Bowl

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from the Detroit Free Press,

Like millions of Americans, Mathieu Schneider plans to watch the Super Bowl from a local restaurant. No $600 tickets for this defenseman, and he's not the only Red Wings player not going. Kris Draper is trying to get tickets, and Manny Legace won't say no if someone hands him some -- he needs two, since he can't just leave the wife at home. There is a team-wide sentiment, though, that while tens of thousands of people converge on Ford Field on Feb. 5, the Wings will converge in Dearborn.
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