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Looking At Phoenix

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from John Buccigross at ESPN,

...Passion: This is where everything starts. Is there enough here? Does Wayne fly home too much to California? Is he a constant presence around the practice rink? Is living in California and working in Arizona good for him, his family and the Coyotes? Is he the first one off the ice sometimes at practice? Are the players convinced he is preparing them as if he had little net worth and his future net worth depended on winning now and in the future?

much more

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Injuries In Columbus

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via the AP,

The Columbus Blue Jackets placed goaltender Pascal Leclaire on injured reserve on Tuesday and recalled goaltender Ty Conklin and forward Joakim Lindstrom from the club’s American Hockey League affiliate in Syracuse.
The club also said right winger Anson Carter will miss up to two weeks with a sprained shoulder.

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Follow The WJC

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Bill Meltzer of NHL.com is blogging from the WJC in Sweden.
Make sure to check out his numerous reports on a daily basis.

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Markov In. Ellis Down. Samuelsson…Maybe

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

The Wings welcome back some grit, bid farewell to some character and hope to get some scoring out of another Swede. Khan(!)/MLive

Defenseman Danny Markov has been cleared to play and will be in the lineup Wednesday against Minnesota, coach Mike Babcock said after practice Tuesday. Markov has missed nine games with a broken hand. Babcock said he's not sure if forward Mikael Samuelsson (groin) is ready; they'll determine that after the morning skate. They sent forward Matt Ellis back to Grand Rapids, so if Samuelsson can't play tomorrow, Babcock said he's not sure if they'll dress seven defensemen or call someone else up.
Khan also reports Hasek will start Wednesday against Minnesota and Osgood Thursday against the BJ's. Considering Mike Babcock's recent tendency to lie to Ansar's face, that may be a vice-versa situation.

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Players Of The Week

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NEW YORK (Dec. 26, 2006)—Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas, St. Louis Blues goaltender Manny Legace and Tampa Bay Lightning center Vincent Lecavalier have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Dec. 24.

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One Small Gesture Will Last A Lifetime

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Another example of an NHL player doing the right thing…

Three days before Christmas, a father took his fourteen-year-old son, Cameron, down to St. Louis Blues practice facility at the St. Louis Mills IceZone. Cameron was hoping to obtain a special gift for his seventeen-year-old sister, Chelsea: an autographed picture of her favorite NHL player, Lee Stempniak.

continued at The Blue Note Blog…

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Meeting Of The Minds

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I met up with some family and friends who are all hockey fanatics.
We discussed the state of the game...

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We Want Our HD Hockey

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And of course I think for our sport in particular, perhaps only hockey rivals, I think, the impact that HD television will have on viewer enthusiasm for a sport on television, and we’re very excited about that development.

-PGA Commisioner Tim Finchem (PGA talk)

So where are we NBC and Versus with HD?  Same as last year, only one game a week in HD, which is not going to cut it. 
Everyone agrees, hockey in HD shows the greatest improvement from standard definition, yet, instead of showing more games in HD, you remain status quo.

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Toothless Grins No More

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Via Birmingham’s Fox 6 and the Minneapolis Star Tribune,

When it comes to dental technology, Nanne said it has moved forward at the pace of a Brian Rolston slapshot. In the past, even chipped teeth might be pulled. Now, almost anything can be fixed.

“The materials have changed significantly,” Nanne said. “We use a lot of composites, plastic bonding materials, mesh. If a tooth is knocked inward or out, we can numb up the athlete’s mouth, bond what we need to in place.”

Dislodged teeth can be reset. Broken teeth can be bonded or capped. Even teeth that are knocked out can sometimes be put back in shortly after the injury.


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Wood Or Composite

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fro the Gwinnett Daily Post,

Hockey players used to be part-time woodworkers, hardly a day going by without the need for a handsaw, sandpaper and some tools.
Except for a couple dozen holdouts, however, that time is gone in the NHL.
“Players who still use wood sticks are a dying breed,” said Thrashers coach Bob Hartley, not necessarily happy with the change.


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