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Everything Is Good In Buffalo

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from Buffalo Business First,

Approaching the halfway mark for the 2005-06 season, attendance at Sabres games has increased by 2.3 percent. Through the team's first 17 home games, the Sabres have averaged 14,947 fans at HSBC Arena, up 343 from the average 14,604 the team drew during the 2003-04 season. ...The Sabres' success isn't just limited to the turnstiles at HSBC Arena. TV ratings on the MSG Network are up 56 percent this season compared to two years ago. Bill Casale, Pearl Street Grill & Brewery general manager, said business at his downtown restaurant is up at least 15 percent compared to the 2003-2004 NHL season.
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Another Calder Candidate

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from the Rocky Mountain News,

Sid the Kid. Alexander the Great. Marek the Anonymous. In much the same way Dwyane Wade was forced to emerge from the shadows of Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James two years ago, Colorado Avalanche rookie Marek Svatos is finding it tough to steal attention from Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. If Svatos needs a publicist, he might want to consider Avalanche goalie and fellow Slovak Peter Budaj, who has played with or against Svatos since both were about 10 years old.
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Re-thinking The NHL Schedule

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"The Eastern teams are loving it and some of the Western teams -- not all -- are questioning it. That's something we're going to have to look at when the season's over and we look at the attendance figures and we look at the numbers."- Gary Bettman on the NHL schedule, via the Edmonton Journal. I sure hope something is done about this. The Wings should be playing the original six teams at least one time in each city. Not playing Toronto is a shame and I am sure the original teams feel the same way.

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Youth Coach In Critcal Condition- Injured During Pick-up Game

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from the AP via WCCO,

A retired police officer and youth hockey coach was critically injured by a hockey puck Saturday during a father-son game. Dennin Bauers, 52, was struck behind the left ear by a puck at around 9:30 a.m., when about 20 high school players -- mostly from Duluth Central High School -- took on their fathers at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. He was wearing a helmet, but collapsed and was taken to the hospital.
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WJC- Jackson Avoids Suspension

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from the CP via TSN,

American defenceman Jack Johnson will receive no further discipline from the International Ice Hockey Federation for elbowing Steve Downie in the head after Canada scored the winning goal in Saturday's 3-2 win over the U.S. at the world junior hockey championships.

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Panthers Improving

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from the Miami Herald,

Call me a schmendrik who is spinning the facts like so many dreidels. But maybe this Panthers team isn't as awful as their autumn. Maybe they just needed time. Skaters who weren't regulars or even with the Panthers in the 2003-04 season account for more than half the Panthers' lineup on a normal night. ...Maybe all they needed was goalie Roberto Luongo to revert to pre-Lockout Luongo. That's what's happened the last eight games, when his save percentage has bulked back up to .946.
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Emotional Ride For Bruins Fans

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from the Boston Herald,

If you were a Bruins fan in 2005, even an Academy Award winner like Meryl Streep would have had a hard time capturing your emotional range. Despair, hope, excitement, disbelief, anger -- you probably felt it all through the year. From the lockout of last winter, to the brokered peace of the summer, from the wild days of August’s free agency to the stumbling of your team into last place of the Northeast Division -- and, oh, yeah, the stunning trade of franchise player Joe Thornton -- it was certainly an eventful 12 months (even if there was no NHL whatsoever in the first six).
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Zamboni Explodes

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from the NY Post (reg. req.),

A Zamboni ice-grooming machine exploded at a Long Island skating rink yesterday afternoon, sending some 80 people — including many children — slipping and sliding to safety, authorities said. The frightening incident began after an employee at the Port Washington Skating Center — formerly owned by retired Islanders hockey star Brian Trottier — noticed a leak as he changed the propane fuel tanks on the device at about 3 p.m., police and fire officials said.

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The CBA Quirks

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One day the fans will be able to read the CBA, maybe the new year will bring it to us. from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

"All player salaries and bonuses earned in a league year by a player who is in the second or later year of a multi-year SPC which was signed when the player was age 35 or older . . . but which player is not on the club's active roster, injured reserve, injured non roster or non roster, and regardless of whether, or where, the player is playing . . . shall count towards the calculation of averaged club salary . . ." That's the pesky paragraph that will require interpretation as it applies to Malakhov, who signed a two-year $7.2M contract with the Devils last August at the age 36.
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Brodeur Can’t Just React

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from the Toronto Star,

Martin Brodeur is not accustomed to applying mind over reflex. That's one explanation for the uncharacteristic troubles this all-star netminder has experienced in a season of discomfit for the New Jersey Devils. "Every time there's a dump-in, every time I make a save and the puck squirts out, I always have to stop and think,'' Brodeur was saying yesterday, as his club prepared for a rematch with the Maple Leafs, less than a week removed from their 2-1 loss in Toronto. "To a certain extent, hockey should be a reaction game. For a goalie, it's tougher now to just react, especially when you want to play the puck.''
read on update 9:19am, In another Marty story from the Toronto Sun, Brodeur says he has a no-trade clause in his contract and has no plans to play for any other team.
Wanting to squash recent rumours that he might be moved to a stronger team by the struggling Devils in the next couple of months, Brodeur said yesterday that he is going no where. A recent report out of nearby New York suggested the Detroit Red Wings might be willing to ship flashy forward Henrik Zetterberg and goalie Manny Legace to Jersey in exchange for Brodeur, the two-time Vezina Trophy winner who has backstopped the Devils to three Stanley Cup championships.

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