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Kipper Comes Through

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Eleven minutes to go in a 6-1 game and the crowd was on its feet.

Not because of Daymond Langkow’s hat-trick minutes earlier or because the Flames turned in the type of beat-down fans have expected to see more of all year.

This time, it was for Miikka Kiprusoff.

Yep—the guy relegated to backup status if only in the sports pages as the collective hearts of the city were aflutter over the signing of Curtis Joseph this week.

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Wings Talking Long Term Contract With Cleary

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from the St. John’s Telegram,

Now that he’s found his groove in Hockeytown, U.S.A., Cleary doesn’t see any reason to leave. He’s set to become an unrestricted free agent after the season and doesn’t feel the need to test the open market.

“I certainly hope I don’t leave,” said Cleary, who is pocketing US$662,500 this season and is likely due for a healthy raise. “We’re talking now about contract extensions, so hopefully something can get done. We’re talking long term.

“I’d like to play here as long as I can.”

much more on Cleary…

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  Tags: dan+cleary

Nashville Sees An Attendance Increase

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from the Tennessean,

With more than half the Predators’ 2007-08 home games in the books, the team’s paid attendance average is below the level of two crucial goals set during the offseason.

But Ed Lang, the Predators’ president of business operations, is forecasting an attendance surge in the next three months that should ensure the franchise qualifies for the NHL’s full revenue-sharing plan.
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Qualifying for the full revenue-sharing plan means the Predators would receive an estimated $12 million to 13 million from the league, money that could be used to re-sign players currently on the team and to court free agents.

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Those Darn Sticks

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from the Edmonton Journal,

Time and again, Jarret Stoll has had a stick snap in his hands. He’s switched manufacturers, tried different flexes, talked to the company representatives.

Now he might have reached his own breaking point. The shaft of another stick snapped in two on Thursday when Stoll took his turn during the marathon shootout session against the Washington Capitals. He was the seventh of 12 shooters the Edmonton Oilers deployed against goaltender Olaf Kolzig.

“It’s frustrating,” he said the morning after the Oilers had gained a point but lost 5-4 in the shootout. “Especially since I’ve switched and things were feeling good. ... Then all of a sudden it’s in your hand. In two pieces. It sucks. But we have to figure it out.

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You know things are going right when Eric Staal scored his 3rd goal of the game against the Oilers, watch his stick snap on the goal…

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Playing Together

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from Bob Duff of the Windsor Star,

For more than a decade, they’ve filled a valuable role as defensively-dominant forwards who not only shut down the opposition, but drive them to distraction with their agitating antics.

After Draper and Maltby, the National Hockey League’s longest-running forward tandem is the New Jersey checking pair of John Madden and Jay Pandolfo.

They’ve been an item since 1999.

Draper and Maltby were first united three years earlier, embarking upon a relationship that is as symbiotic as it is long-standing.

“A brother from another mother,” is how Draper describes Maltby, his teammate for a dozen years and linemate for the vast majority of that time.

read on

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  Tags: kirk+maltby, kris+draper

Mornng Line

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from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution,

It was the most goals the Thrashers had ever allowed in franchise history, and the Sabres were enjoying every minute of it.

“When it’s going like that, the last thing you want is them running up the score on your team and taking cheap shots,” said Garnet Exelby who racked up 16 penalty minutes. “I saw them laughing at us. They really wanted to score that tenth goal. I think everyone in this room should be embarrassed.”

more on the game last night…

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22 Team In Action Today

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Three early games and 8 in the evening.

Visit NHL.com for TV broadcast information.

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added 10:29am, Watch the NHL Preview for today…

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Begeron Season Appears To Be Over

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from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

About a month ago, Bruins center Patrice Bergeron took his first steps toward getting back on the ice, reporting to Wilmington for light stretching and a few minutes on the exercise bike.

His progress slow, Bergeron, at the suggestion of general manager Peter Chiarelli, recently headed off on an island vacation. Time for some warm weather and sandy beaches, which also could mean the sun officially is about to set on his 2007-08 season.

“I don’t think he will be back this season,” Chiarelli said Thursday, emphasizing a position he took in the days soon after Bergeron was drilled into the Garden’s rear boards Oct. 27 by Flyers defenseman Randy Jones.

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The Ottawa Way

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Melnyk is more than happy to have locked up Dany Heatley, Jason Spezza and Mike Fisher for the foreseeable future, but without having to hand out the excessively long contracts that Mike Richards (12 years, $69 million) inked with the Flyers or Alex Ovechkin (13 years, $124 million) signed with the Capitals.

“We are very different team than any of the other teams that are making these kinds of deals,” said Melnyk. “There’s a culture that has been really growing that we’re tougher, grittier and that it truly is a team game. That not only applies on the ice, but it also applies off the ice to demands in salary as well.

“If you are strictly out there for the money, people will pay you that. It’s not a bad if they’re going to overpay single players, they’ve got very smart agents and they get to play two months less a year and get paid a lot of money.

“Those teams are not building a core group.

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Sharks Face The Wings Again

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from the Mercury News,

Sharks Coach Ron Wilson waited about 20 minutes into Friday’s practice to deliver his message.

He gathered players around him on the ice, then began talking in a forceful, but measured tone about their inability to beat the Western Conference’s top teams. He cited the little things that cost them in the previous night’s loss to Dallas. Then he shifted the focus to tonight.

Repeat that kind of performance, he said, and the Detroit Red Wings leave with the two points. The players heard him loud and clear.

“We’ve done well against all the teams that we should beat and the top teams have kind of taken it to us,” rookie center Torrey Mitchell said. “We’ve got to find a way to do better against those guys.”

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