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Note To NHLPA

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Do you realize we have been looking at this for over four months now!

THE NEW COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AGREEMENT WILL BE MADE AVAILABLE HERE IN THE NEAR FUTURE. THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING.
Are things so bad with the NHLPA site that you can't keep the fans a little more informed?

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Stuck On Stats

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Watching the Wings over the years I have learned indidual statistics don't mean much as long as the team is winning and playing together. A perfect example this year are the Sabres, not one player in the top 70 for total points yet the team is 2nd in the NHL in points. Let me make a point out something from Kevin Gibson of 640am in Toronto,

Chris Chelios made the team? The same Chelios that is tied for 171st in defensemen scoring this season. I know there is always second guessing when you choose teams such as Olympic squads, but Chelios at the age of 44 skating after the young guns on the big ice? I don't think so. Brian Leetch or Ken Klee would have been better. I guess Chelios is their there for his leadership.
I wonder if Kevin will say the same about Draper if he is selected to Team Canada? Draper has 1 goal and 6 points this year and is a -5.

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Question Of The Day

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How easy is it for you to root for the players on Team USA or for that matter the players on any national team after you despise and can't stand the way they play when they take on your NHL team? For example, will it be difficult to cheer on Chelios during the Olympics if you are a Nashville fan?

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Roenick Reacts

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from the LA Daily News,

"I don't need to prove myself to anybody," said Roenick, who wasn't among the 23 players named to the U.S. squad before the game started. "There's nobody on that Olympic team that has scored more points than I have, who has had a career like I have in terms of physicality and putting points on the board and being a leader." "I think they were blackballing me from the beginning," said Roenick, who represented the U.S. at the 1998 and 2002 Olympics. "I m one of the guys who has gotten USA to where it is today and to not have the opportunity to go back and try to win a gold one more time, to me it's just disrespectful. They can beat me down and say I'm over the hill or say that I don't have it anymore, but to me I know that I do."

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More Issues For Lou

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from North Jersey,

Although Lamoriello said Monday that Malakhov informed him Saturday night that he was going to retire, the 37-year-old defenseman's agent said otherwise. "He's definitely not retired," said John Kotler, the assistant for Malakhov's agent, Paul Theofanous. "He has requested a leave of absence to deal with some internal, personal and medical issues.'' Lamoriello said he was unaware of any medical issues that were bothering Malkahov and that he rejected Theofanous' request for a leave of absence.
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Caring Penguins Fans

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Why save the Penguins?

On the evening of December 12, 2005, after a long 12 hour day at work, I was speaking with some fellow Penguins fans as well as my best bud Drew. We were heart-broken, almost scared, and the main feeling we all shared, is the helpless feeling we all felt. Is our City actually prepared to watch another business close it doors and leave town? This was not just another department store closing its doors, this time it was our beloved Pittsburgh Penguins.
Enough said, check out Save Our Penguins if you are a hockey fan.

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The New NHL Standard- Skill

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from the NY Times,

"I don't know if we can unravel 20 years of coaching in three months," Walkom said. "I keep saying to everyone and anyone, this isn't about a team, this isn't about a coach, this isn't even about a style of play. This is about the N.H.L. standard. And that's what you have to work to."
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Future Plans For Mario

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Long before Lemieux's heart problems there were questions about his passion for the game. On the ice the 40-year-old icon has been prone to long, lazy turns, errant passes and a strange lack of timing. In Friday's loss to the Sabres, Lemieux whiffed completely on a nice Crosby feed late in the game although he did recover in time to whip a pass to Ziggy Palffy who scored the tying goal. Although one of the finest playmakers ever, the Lemieux-led Penguins' power play ranks 24th. In 26 games Lemieux has managed just seven goals, 22 points and is an eye-popping minus-16. Off the ice, if there was the laissez-faire attitude that many claim permeated the club prior to Olczyk's firing, why didn't Lemieux, who is part-owner of the Penguins, step in to help his friend the coach right the ship? Isn't that what leadership is about?
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Gretzky’s Mother Passes

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from the CP via Sportsnet,

Phyllis Gretzky was the glue that held her family together. Gretzky, who had battled lung cancer since being diagnosed in the autumn of 2004, died Monday night. She was 64. ''Throughout my career, she was in the background but she was the glue,'' Wayne Gretzky said at the time of her diagnosis. ''She's always been the toughest in the family.'' The Hockey Hall of Famer and coach of the NHL's Phoenix Coyotes took a leave of absence from the Coyotes and from his position as executive director of Canada's Olympic hockey teams on Dec. 17 to fly home as his mother's condition worsened.
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Team USA

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from USA Hockey,

On Monday, during a National Hockey League broadcast on OLN, play-by-play veteran Mike Emrick announced the roster that will compete at the XX Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy. Among those honored, along with such previous Olympians as Chris Chelios, Keith Tkachuk and Mike Modano, are 12 first-time Olympians, including goaltenders Rick DiPietro, Robert Esche and John Grahame, defensemen Jordan Leopold and John-Michael Liles, and forwards Jason Blake, Erik Cole, Craig Conroy, Scott Gomez, Mike Knuble and Mark Parrish.
more update 9:34pm, from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,
For weeks now, the only buzz surrounding the U.S. men's Olympic team was created by Jeremy Roenick, the Los Angeles Kings' loveable blabbermouth. Despite a stunning falloff in his play and production this season, Roenick shamelessly lobbied for a place on the team, on the grounds that he and the players of his generation helped build USA Hockey and thus deserved a last hurrah. Sorry JR.
read on update, Tuesday 12:15am, from Scott Burnside of ESPN,
If American fans were expecting the red, white, and blue to have a younger, generation-next look to it, they will be sorely disappointed. Instead, there is about this U.S. squad a strong sense of deja vu, and USA Hockey officials are crossing their fingers that familiarity will breed an Olympic gold with throwbacks Chris Chelios, Derian Hatcher, Keith Tkachuk, Doug Weight and Mike Modano on board once again. Here's a look at an American squad that boasts an average age of 31.2 years.
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