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Grow Up Avery

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from the Globe and Mail,

Sean Avery thinks the National Hockey League is out to get him. He's convinced there are people in the league's head office who spend their entire day following his every on-ice move while scheming up ways to get him in trouble. Why would they do this? According to Avery, the Los Angeles Kings resident squawker, it's because he's an easy target.

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Marchant On Waivers

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Acoording to Bill Watters from Leafs Lunch, Todd Marchant was placed on waivers today. He probably will not be claimed while being sent to minors, but will be called back up and will be claimed by Edmonton. This way, the Oilers will only have to pay 1/2 of his salary while Columbus picks up the other half.

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Khabibulin Will Rebound

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from Larry Wigge of NHL.com,

In a new world of hockey, where a salary cap prohibits teams from stockpiling high-priced talent, Khabibulin went from champion to the challenge of lifting the rebuilding Chicago Blackhawks on his shoulders this season. "I remember when I was in Winnipeg and going into Chicago and feeling the tradition of playing against one of the Original Six teams in the NHL," he told me. "I liked the sales pitch (Blackhawks GM) Dale Tallon made. He seemed very sincere about putting together a good team. I liked that the Hawks had already signed Adrian Aucoin away from the Islanders and Martin Lapointe away from Boston. And I liked the idea of getting a chance to work with (Blackhawks consultant) Vladislav Tretiak. "And I liked the challenge. Winning the Stanley Cup felt so good, I want to do it again. Why not Chicago?"

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Maven Bits

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from Stan Fischler of MSG Network,

-Didja Know Dep’t.: According to the new CBA, a player who has played 600 games is entitled to his own room on the road. “It’s the only thing we won in the CBA,” quips Chris Gratton. -After watching Sid (Der Bingle) Crosby and Al Ovechkin, against his club, an Eastern coach says, “Given a choice, I’d take Ovechkin on my team.” The Caps’ rookie’s physical dimension favors him over Pitt’s phenom. Ovechkin tells us he's just bought a house. -Have you noticed that most critics of the new rules – we mean the media members – never pay for a ticket? They’re impatient negativists who won’t concede that the NHL’s revolutionary moves are emphasizing the speed, skill and beauty of hockey.

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Retro Jagr

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from Kara Yorio of the Sporting News,

The lockout wasn't just time off from the NHL for Rangers winger Jaromir Jagr -- it was a time warp. After watching Jagr early this season -- what year is it, anyway? The retro Jagr -- confident, happy and productive -- has been a pick-me-up for a league that badly needed one. How did the transformation occur? It's no secret Jagr needs the right attitude to play to his potential, and it's also no secret he has had trouble finding a positive mind-set for years. Initially, there was no reason to think this season would be any different.
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Blue Jackets Need To Dump Salary

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It hasn't taken long for the after-shock of the Sergei Fedorov trade to hit the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets are preparing to unload some salary to make way for Fedorov and veteran centre Todd Marchant, who makes $2.47 million this season, is a strong candidate to be the first out of the door. How, or precisely when, he departs remains to be seen.
more update 11:03pm, via Sportsnet,
Sources tell Sportsnet veteran forward Todd Marchant will be placed on waivers at noon (ET) today in an effort to shed some of the salary the club absorbed in the Fedorov deal.

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Hockey Goes Hi-Tech

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from the CCHA,

You could call it The Real World - On-Ice Edition as CCHA teams play starring roles weekly in their own reality TV series. Plasma TV's, individualized DVD's and web access to personalized strength and conditioning programs mean a player in the CCHA never stops learning how to improve his game. "We can track every shift that a player has had through the course of a game, a weekend or a season," says Northern Michigan head coach Walt Kyle of the XOS Technologies video system used throughout the CCHA (and by the majority of NHL teams).

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Shoot

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from the Washington Post,

"I knew what I must do," said Ovechkin, who is 3 for 3 in penalty shots this season. "I just go, shoot it and score. I've scored penalty shot on him before, so he knows what I do. I know when I sit on the bench, I must shoot."
-AO on last night's game, in which he scored late to tie the game, then scored they winning goal in the shootout. more (reg. req.)

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Chat With Walkom

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Stephen Walkom, Director of Officials, will stop by NHL.com at 3pm ET to chat with fans today.

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Sergei-Lite

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from the OC Register,

The real Sergei Fedorov never showed up in Orange County. The guy who played sporadically here for one brief season plus five games, the same injury-prone multi-millionaire who was shipped to Columbus for a couple of no-names and a few dozen hockey pucks to be named later Tuesday, was a faint facsimile of the six-time All-Star who dominated the game in Detroit. When he got here, Fedorov no longer had his famous wife of two years, Anna Kournikova, or most of the impressive skills he flashed on the ice for the Red Wings. What the Ducks got, instead, was Sergei-lite. Still talented enough to lead the team with a modest 65 points in 2003-04, but hardly an energized superstar worthy of a $6million contract in hockey's new salary-cap-conscious landscape.

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