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Big Hip Check

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You see, they can still play old-time hockey. Nice hip check (will open wmp video) by Kyle McLaren of the Sharks on Blue Jackets Trevor Letowski. image

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Stan Breaks Down The Three NY Area Teams

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

And here they are, Tom Renney’s lads -- still defying the preseason naysayers – hangin’ out at "Café We’ll Make The Playoffs."
more on the Rangers...
Thoroughly enigmatic, the Isles remain a bafflement to management and fans alike. They still could make the playoffs but recent injuries to Rick DiPietro, Garth Snow and Jason Blake could deface that happy picture.
Islanders continued
It has not been – not even by a long shot or a slapshot – the best of seasons for Lou Lamoriello’s sextet. At least not so far. The explanation is simple: over the past three years, Lou’s Devs have lost the heart and soul of the club; namely Ken Daneyko, Scott Stevens and Scott Neidermayer; the former pair through retirement and the latter via free agency.
Devils review

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Andreychuk Situation

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I have to wonder why Leafs Lunch claimed Andreychuk was on waivers? Did someone relay the message to the on-air guys or was this an assumption that turned out to be wrong. It should be interesting to hear if they will mention anyting on the air about it. from 640 Toronto (Leafs Lunch),

Yesterday morning it was announced that Dave Andreychuk had been placed on waivers. Then the Tampa management announced that it was not true. What was made public yesterday is that Tampa has informed all clubs that Andreychuk and his salary are available if any team wants him. Not waivers per say, but more like a Lightning garage sale. This was disappointing for Andreychuk as he was offered a coaching position within the Tampa organization for next season. Stay tuned.
update 2:00pm, Not a word about this on Leafs Lunch.

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Karmanos Talks Canes

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from the News & Observer,

Peter Karmanos has seen enough of the new NHL to know that he likes it. The post-lockout NHL couldn't be any better for the Carolina Hurricanes owner, who ended up with the financial system he wanted and a winning team. "I'd like to be able to discuss the finer points of the game in March," Karmanos said in a phone interview from Detroit. "Usually, I'm too busy chewing my fingernails, worrying if we're going to make the playoffs. Knock on wood, I won't have to do that this year." Karmanos derives almost as much pleasure from his team's success as he does from the foibles of others, particularly those who binged on free agents.
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Leafs May Have Interest In Malone

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from the Toronto Sun,

Don't be surprised if the Maple Leafs make a strong pitch to acquire Pittsburgh Penguins winger Ryan Malone. Malone, a 22 goal-scorer in 2003-04, is said to be available after general manager Craig Patrick reportedly sent out an e-mail to see if there is any interest in the 26 year old, who is in the final year of a contract that will pay him $750,000 US this season. The Leafs are believed to be quite intrigued with Malone on a number of fronts -- his age, his talent and his relatively cheap price tag.
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Tomorrow Is Hockey Day In Canada

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from the Globe and Mail,

When Ron MacLean and the CBC crew arrived in Stephenville, Nfld., this week, they were welcomed by a headline in the local newspaper that announced the imminent broadcast of "the greatest show" about "the greatest game." Hockey Day in Canada inspires that sort of welcome. The 13½-hour salute to the game will be the CBC's sixth -- and it's become a winter tradition in this country. For Stephenville, a small town on the west coast of the island, Hockey Day also marks a respite from a tough 2005. A flood in September drove residents from their homes. Just before Christmas, the town's principal employer, the Abitibi-Consolidated pulp and paper mill, closed.
continued CBC- Hockey Day In Canada image

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Blame Lamoriello For Scheduling Mess

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from 24 Hours Vancouver Al Strachan of the Toronto Sun,

For the only time in three seasons, the Toronto Maple Leafs are travelling through western Canada. The people who run the National Hockey League from New York have no problem with that. If there is one specific person to blame for this, it is Lou Lamoriello, supreme ruler for life of the New Jersey Devils. It has long been Lamoriello's firm belief that hockey's lack of acceptance in the United States was due in large part to the lack of rivalries. And the best way to build these rivalries, he holds, is to increase the number of divisional games. So with the support of his close friend Gary B. Bettman, the NHL commissioner, Lamoriello was able to get his wish.
read on note 8:02am- I originally found this story at 24 Hours Vancouver, then found Al's story. Therefore I changed the link...

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Bruins Interested In Mogilny

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from the Boston Globe,

General manager Mike O'Connell said he has been giving serious consideration to picking up Alexander Mogilny, the aging Russian sniper who cleared waivers yesterday at noon. Mogilny, who will turn 37 next month, has been an expensive and underperforming part of the Devils this season, leading New Jersey boss Lou Lamoriello to place the former Red Army star in the league's buck-a-book bin. ''We discussed him at length," O'Connell said, speaking a couple of hours before last night's game. ''We looked at it seriously, definitely -- not just in the light of our trouble scoring on the power play, but our trouble scoring in general."
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Disclosing Injuries

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from the LA Daily News,

With the Kings' recent run of injuries, has come the daily challenge, when it comes to media and fans, of determining exactly what ails each player. The Kings haven't made that task easy this season. The NHL has gotten involved, telling the Kings that they need to be more forthcoming when answering questions about players who miss games with injuries. The Kings disclose specific injuries when a player is placed on injured reserve or is out of the lineup for a lengthy period of time, but have become increasingly vague about short-term injuries. Coach Andy Murray consistently uses terms such as 'upper-body injury' and declines to get into specifics. ...Representatives of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association contacted a league official, who e-mailed the Kings and informed them that they must be more forthcoming about injuries.
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Big Man On Ice

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from the Calgary Sun,

The tallest player on the ice for the first time in his career, Darcy Tucker wore a massive grin as he wedged himself between 21 others for an impromptu team photo yesterday. As part of CBC's Hockey Day in Canada celebration slated for tomorrow, the 5-ft. 10-in. buzzsaw invited his uncle's team of nine and 10-year-olds from Oyen, Alta., (smack dab between Calgary and Saskatoon) to practise with the Leafs. Departing the Alberta/Saskatchewan border town of 1,100 shortly after 5 a.m. for a four-hour bus drive of dreams, the gaggle of star-gazers and their parents rolled into the Stampede Corral as the Leafs hit the ice.
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