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An NHL Europe League?

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A few days ago, I posted a topic about a new Russian Hockey League. Here are more details what the league may look like. from the Russian Hockey Digest,

A counterweight to the NHL could emerge in Eastern Europe next year. Director of the State Sports Agency of Russia Vyacheslav Fetisov, an Olympic champion, NHL Hall of Famer and a two time Stanley Cup winner, decided to make the difference in the hockey world and came up with a new project that could materialize into a new hockey league that would unite the best teams of the post-Soviet countries such as Russia, Ukraine, Belarus, Latvia and Kazakhstan. It looks like a huge gamble to many, but Vyacheslav Fetisov is sure it’ll work out and take Russian hockey to the next level. Russian Hockey Digest is offering a review of what’s been happening and how the project has been developing ever since it was mentioned in the media for the first time.

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Legace Doesn’t Want To Sit

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from the Toronto Sun,

For a guy who has spent much of his NHL career riding the pines, Manny Legace felt slightly out of place sitting on the bench Saturday night. "I didn't know what to do with myself all day. I was walking around the rink kind of lost," Legace said during a phone interview from Detroit yesterday. "It was weird."

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A Broadway Hit

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from the CP via TSN,

In showbiz lingo, Henrik Lundqvist may be called an overnight sensation. The 23-year-old has certainly caused a stir in the National Hockey League with his outstanding play in goal for the New York Rangers in his first month in the National Hockey League. But putting on a show is nothing new to Lundqvist, who plays in a rock band called Power Play in his native Sweden. "We're not good, but we're having fun," he said of his musical group. He's having even more fun in the Rangers' net, where he has posted a 5-1-2 record and is second in the league in both goals-against average (1.60) and save percentage (.943).

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Hockey Night In Toronto

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from the Toronto Star,

It was more than a little ironic that on the same day the CBC trumpeted its Canada-wide celebration of hockey it provided some hard evidence for those who insist the regular Saturday affair should be called Hockey Night In Toronto. With the Toronto Maple Leafs hosting the Ottawa Senators, who at last check were still located in Canada, the CBC was presented with a perfect opportunity to highlight one of the best teams in hockey. That's Ottawa, if you were wondering. Instead, what viewers got was the usual Saturday night broadcast that told us far more about the boys in blue than it did about the team that won 8-0. The game started off fine with both teams being given equal notice. Bob Cole even took time to praise the Senators ("These guys are dynamite,") though it sounded more as if he was surprised by their power. The fact that he has seen much more of the Leafs may explain that. If there was any doubt where the CBC stood, Don Cherry put it to rest in the first intermission. After apologizing for calling Toronto "we," the man who has worn Leaf ties on air noted that his favourite team was no longer intimidating the guys from Ottawa. "It's sad to see," he moaned.

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Cloutier Out With Concussion

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from the Vancouver Sun (reg. req.),

It will be at least a week, and possibly longer, before Cloutier takes off again in an NHL game. The league protocol for concussions requires a minimum one-week layoff. "The doctor told me the symptoms could last one or two days or a long time," Cloutier, also suffering from whiplash, said Sunday. "He checked me out this morning and said I was okay to fly. Doctors are saying the first one [concussion] is usually not as bad. It becomes a problem with certain players the more they have them. I can see why."

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Olympic Decision Up to Yzerman

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

It's going to be up to Steve Yzerman to decide if he wants to suit up for Team Canada at the Olympics. While there's no hurry to make a decision, Team Canada associate coach Ken Hitchcock told the Sun yesterday the ball will be in the 41-year-old Yzerman's court to determine if he wants to play in Turin. Troubled by a nagging groin injury early this season, there has been speculation Yzerman might back out of playing for Canada to save himself for the playoffs for the Detroit Red Wings. Everybody on the Team Canada staff knows that Yzerman will do what's right for his country. "I think (executive director) Wayne (Gretzky) said it best: 'That's going to be up to Steve Yzerman to decide.' He's the only one who can make that decision," said Hitchcock prior to the Philadelphia Flyers' game against Ottawa last night.
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Primeau Out With Concussion Symptoms

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from the Philadelphia Inquirer,

Alexander Perezhogin's elbow to the head of Keith Primeau apparently did more damage than the Flyers center initially realized. Primeau missed last night's game against the Ottawa Senators with concussion symptoms. He is out indefinitely. On Tuesday in Montreal, the Canadiens' Perezhogin elbowed Primeau, but no penalty was called. A day later, Primeau said he was relieved to be feeling pretty good. However, Primeau said he began fighting concussion symptoms before Friday's loss in Carolina, in which he was an uncustomary minus-3.

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Player Of The Month

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Who is your selection for offensive and defensive player of the month? To help you out, I recently added a 'Who's Hot/Not' link on the left sidebar of the 'Hockey Section' under 'Hockey Links'. My pick for offensive player is Eric Staal and the defensive award should go to Manny Legace.

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Hockey Day In Canada Awarded to Stephenville

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from the CBC,

The beleaguered town of Stephenville got some good news this weekend, with its selection as host of the Hockey Day in Canada special in January. Stephenville was chosen as host for the CBC's sixth annual full-day hockey extravaganza, which this season will be held Jan. 7. Ron McLean and Don Cherry will be in Stephenville for all the festivities, which begin at noon ET, while CBC personalities will be on location at various sites around the country, providing a snapshot of Canada's arenas on any given Saturday. Hockey Day has become somewhat of an unofficial holiday for Canadian hockey fans. The 13.5-hour broadcast will take viewers on a journey across Canada to commemorate hockey's special place in all parts of the country.
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Rucinsky Out With Sprained MCL

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from the Asbury Park Press,

The obvious candidates in the early race for Rangers' MVP are right wing Jaromir Jagr and rookie goalie Henrik Lundqvist. But left wing Martin Rucinsky has been just as good. Now Rucinsky's value to the team will be apparent through his absence. He will be sidelined two to four weeks after suffering a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee in the third period of the Rangers 5-2 win at Montreal on Saturday.

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