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Give It A Chance

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from the Hartselle Enquirer,

Hockey, long derided as a Canadian or northern United States game, has gone through its growing pains in the southern United States, but the game is finally starting to catch on down here. Southern fans, in addition to being drawn to a winning team regardless of sport, have discovered the qualities of hockey that make it palatable to most sports fans. The game is fast, full of hitting and contact and features some great athletes. It's no secret that hockey is not your typical Southern sport, but the success that it's seen in cities like Nashville, Atlanta and Huntsville show that it's making ground in a part of the country where football is king and baseball is next in command.
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Jovanovski Back To Vancouver For Evaluation

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via the CP,

Canucks defenceman Ed Jovanovski returned to Vancouver on Wednesday for further evaluation after re-injuring his groin. Jovanovski, named to the Canadian Olympic for next month's Winter Games in Turin, played just over four minutes in Vancouver's 6-5 loss to the Blue Jackets in Columbus on Tuesday.

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Hasek Or Vokoun

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from TSN,

Alois Hadamczik is a man with perhaps the toughest dilemma heading into next month's Turin Olympics. Never heard of him? He's the head coach of the men's Czech hockey team, a gold medal favourite along with Canada and Sweden, and he's on the hot seat right now. Will he ride Dominik Hasek or Tomas Vokoun in goal next month?
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Eastern Needs

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from Allan Muir of Sports Illustrated,

With just two weeks to go before the Olympic break, and then one week after that until the trade deadline on Mar. 9, 30 NHL general managers have to make a call: Are we playing for right now, or is it time to look to the future? This week, let's analyze each team's needs, the players most likely on the trading block, and whether the team will focus more on buying or selling.
read on...what Eastern conference teams are buying or selling...

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NHL On NBC Coverage- Weeks 3 & 4

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SATURDAY, JANUARY 28 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. NHL ON NBC (*Pittsburgh @ New York Rangers/-Detroit @ Dallas/-Tampa Bay @ Philadelphia) SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 2 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. NHL ON NBC (*Detroit @ Colorado/-New York Islanders @ Pittsburgh /-Dallas @ St. Louis) *= High Definition Game

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Buffalo Owner Trying Politics- Again

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from the New York Press (New York's Alternative Newspaper),

Tom Golisano isn’t romantic. Not about life and not about public service, although it’s easy to think that only a man in love with civics would run for governor three times. Since that 2002 race, the political wannabe has worked to raise his profile, donating $14 million to the Rochester Institute of Technology, the largest gift the school has ever received. He’s also expanded from the exciting world of payroll services—where he made his fortune—and bought the NHL’s floundering Buffalo Sabres for $92 million, vastly raising his upstate profile.
read on...an interesting article and please note: this article is from an alternative newspaper... image

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Francis Can’t Hide On Saturday

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from the CP via CJAD,

On Saturday night, with the crowd on its feet in Raleigh, N.C., the 42-year-old will have to grin and bear it as the focus will be all on him with his No. 10 jersey being retired by the Carolina Hurricanes. "I would usually try and go the opposite way and avoid it," Francis said of being in the spotlight. "But as (Carolina GM) Jim Rutherford said in a conversation we had recently, it's going to be pretty hard to avoid on this night."
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Hurricanes ‘D’ May Get An Addition

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

It is a big surprise to many that the Carolina Hurricanes are battling for first place overall this season. Do not be surprised, though, if the Hurricanes get even better before the 2005-06 season is over with the addition of a high-impact player on their blueline. And we're not talking about a trade here either. The player in question is defenceman Jack Johnson, the No. 3 overall pick by Carolina in last summer's NHL Entry Draft.
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UFAs

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via The Hockey News,

Certainly, there are some tantalizing names out there that will draw considerable interest from teams, including Joe Sakic, Rob Blake, Marc Savard, Sergei Samsonov, Jason Arnott, Nicklas Lidstrom, Olli Kolzig, Saku Koivu, Patrik Elias, Zdeno Chara, Evgeni Nabokov, Bryan McCabe, Ed Jovanovski and Doug Weight. Here is an unofficial list of players who can become unrestricted free agents following this season compiled by THN's correspondents-
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Who Wants Weight

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun via Slam,

Though there's a belief the Montreal Canadiens, Philadelphia Flyers and Calgary Flames are interested in Weight, it should be noted he's an unrestricted free agent with a no-trade clause in his contract. Indications are the Blues won't get much more than a draft pick for Weight or winger Keith Tkachuk, who they're also trying to move. "My belief is a lot of teams will hang on for Weight and Tkachuk until the NHL trade deadline is closer because nobody wants to spend the money," said a league executive yesterday.
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