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Stars Claim Stevenson

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via TSN,

"Jeremy brings a physical dimension to our hockey club and will fit in nicely with our team," Dallas general manager Doug Armstrong said. "He is a gritty player that has some valuable NHL experience, both in the regular season and the playoffs, and we are happy to have him."

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Hasek Injured

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Hasek just removed himself from the game today against Germany in the first period. He was in the butterfly and winced in pain. Maybe a groin or knee, no report yet. update 11:26am, Hasek has returned back to the bench with his equipment still on. update 1:55pm, via the IIHF,

As for the nature of Hasek's injury, Vokoun wouldn't reveal anything. "I don't know. I was focusing on the game and he was with the doctors." After the game, Hasek told CBC television that as of right now he didn't think he'd be able to play tomorrow but that he'd re-evaluate the injury tomorrow.
update 3:03pm, via the AP,
Goalie Dominik Hasek, who starred in the Czech Republic's surprise victory in the 1998 Nagano Olympics, left Wednesday's round-robin opener against Germany in the first period with an injured left hamstring. Hasek, one of the NHL's top goalies again this season for Ottawa, will undergo an MRI exam Thursday in the Olympic Village to determine whether his hamstring is torn.

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Slovakia Depends On Budaj

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from the LA Times via the Baltimore Sun,

For Slovakia to earn a medal, the team will put its faith in Budaj, a 23-year-old rookie. "Every team in the Olympics has got to have a great goalie to be successful," said the Kings' Pavol Demitra, who will be playing in his second Olympics for Slovakia. "We have found one and we have to get him hot."
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The Other NHL

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from Reuters,

On a frozen alpine lake, stern-looking men on ice skates chase the puck with crude wooden sticks, splashing through pools of melt water, their sweat-soaked clothes steaming in the cold air. Welcome to Kyrgyzstan's fledgling national hockey league, nestled in the Central Asian state's remote region of Naryn. Dwarfed by snow-clad mountains, thousands of fans wrapped in layers of fur and felt watch the game, whistling and cheering wildly. Horses graze nearby on the mountain pasture, picking their way through snow and ice.
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Granato Still Upset

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from the Gazette via the Mercury News,

Cammi Granato is angry. She is a broadcaster at these Winter Olympics, not a player on the U.S. women's hockey team. The face of U.S. women's hockey for the past decade, Granato was cut from the team in August by coach Ben Smith. Granato is 34. Six months later, her relationship with Colorado Springs, Colo.-based USA Hockey remains icy.
read on

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Blogging The Game

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Chris Young of the Toronto Star is blogging the Canada/Italy game live. Nice to see mainstream media doing this. update 7:36am, Real time updates of all of the games can be found here, along with other sports too. update 8:19am, Nice shot of the Italian goaltender's mask. image image

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Schneider Started Skating On Frozen Lake

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from the Asbury Park Press,

Almost every winter there were days when the lake near Ocean County College would freeze, and on those days, that's where Sam Schneider would take his sons Mathieu and J.A. "What I was trying to do was instill a sense of responsibility and accomplishment and respect," Sam Schneider said from his Vermont home last week. "I was trying to teach kids how to grow up to be young men. I just used hockey as a vehicle." ...When the Olympics are over, Schneider will return to Detroit, where his Red Wings are sitting atop the NHL's Western Conference standings. "For me, it's been a breath of fresh air," Schneider said. "It reminds me of playing in Montreal my first few years."
more update 6:22am, A nice feature on Craig Conroy from the Daily Breeze,
Craig Conroy's Olympic dream began while seated in front of a television set at his grandmother's house in upstate New York on a frigid February night in 1980. A little more than two hours later, the 9-year-old learned to believe in miracles.

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Are You Up & Watching

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Special kudos to you if you are up and watching Sweden vs. Kazakhstan. We have Dave Strader and Peter McNab doing the game live on UHD. Note to Wings fans, Stefan Liv, Wings goalie prospect is in goal for Sweden. update 6:25am, Sweden just gives up a shorthanded goa at the start of the 2nd period. But the real issue is the ice at 'Espo2'. Too much water on it, Swede dman carrying puck and it went into a patch of water, puck stopped, turnover, goal!. Something to keep an eye on throughout the games.

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Who’s In Charge

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Referee assignments for Wednesday and Thursday, via Hockey Refs. Interesting to note refs from Canada and the U.S. will not be doing games involving those two teams.

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It Will Blow Over

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

I have covered hockey and the NHL in some form since 1989 and rather voraciously since 1996. Whether it's because of my age or lifestyle or demeanor or whatever, I have found myself in fun and interesting situations involving NHL players that would make for quite a reality show. I've made close friends and have a pretty good grasp of what has been going on in the game over the past 10 years. I don't think there is any story that would surprise me. "Operation Slap Shot" is no different.
continued Note to the NHL- you should consider Buccigross for a key position for the NHL Network that will launch in the U.S. next season.

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