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The Voice Of The Penguins

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from the CP via Canada.com,

"Slap me silly, Sidney." Canadians are hearing more and more of Lange's creative phrases during this NHL season because Crosby is invariably in most highlight packages. "He beat Kolzig like a rented mule," Lange said in erupting after a Crosby goal against Washington goalie Ollie Kolzig. "Oh, hallelujah, Hollywood," Lange said after a remarkable Crosby pass the other night. Lange, 57, has been the TV voice of the Penguins for 30 years. So, when he says Crosby has been a boon for him and hockey in general he's speaking from experience. After all, he's been in the booth while the likes of Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr have worn Pittsburgh colours.
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Yotes-Devils Trade

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via the CP,

The Phoenix Coyotes acquired centre Pascal Rheaume plus defencemen Ray Schultz and Steven Spencer from the New Jersey Devils for defenceman Brad Ference on Friday.

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Who Leaves New Jersey

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from the NY Post,

Barring another long-term injury to someone, the time is approaching when Devils GM Lou Lamoriello must make what surely will be a painful decision, both by reputation and financially. When Patrik Elias returns, probably next month, Lamoriello must shed some $3.3 million, or more, in salary to remain under the $39 million salary cap. That figure makes either Mogilny or Malakhov a likely candidate to go. Mogilny was signed for two years at $3.5 million per; Malakhov for two years at $3.6 million per. And if the cap drops to some $36 million next season, that's all the more reason to act now.
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Rumors & Updates

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Rumors and updates galore from TSN,

-With offensive D Sandis Ozolinsh a healthy scratch Wednesday night, there is speculation that the Ducks may not be done dealing. -The Ottawa Sun reports that the San Jose Sharks, along with the Carolina Hurricanes and New York Rangers, have tried to land Martin Havlat in a deal with the Senators. -Before acquiring Sergei Fedorov, the Blue Jackets were reportedly interested in dealing Bryan Berard to Philadelphia for either Michal Handzus or Keith Primeau, according to the Columbus Post-Dispatch.
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Intense Gretzky

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from the NY Times,

More than a month into his first season as an N.H.L. coach, Wayne Gretzky said, he is asked most often whether he has the urge to jump over the boards. Gretzky, the greatest offensive player in the history of the game, is coaching one of the league's most offensively challenged teams, the Phoenix Coyotes. "I've really enjoyed each and very day on the bench," Gretzky said recently. "I've enjoyed the practices and the players." Steve Ellman, the team's principal owner, spoke about Gretzky's influence with the team beyond coaching. "Wayne's been magical for our franchise," he said.
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Yzerman Was Right

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from the Prince Geroge Free Press,

The "new" NHL has too many gimmicks, too many penalties all aimed at pleasing our neigbours south of the border. I was quite happy when legendary Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings Captain spoke out. Yzerman told the Detroit Free Press, "Everybody keeps saying this is great. It's not great, it's not hockey." He also told the paper that he believed referees should use better judgment when calling penalties because there are far too many. I certainly echo Yzerman's thoughts.
more Last week on HNIC the 'Hot Stove" discussed this in detail. If you missed it, you can view it now (will open rp video, via CBC.).

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OLN Questions

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Phil Coffey of NHL.com gets bombarded with OLN questions.

Phil, what can be done to improve the NHL's TV product? The picture quality on OLN here in the States is poor. Also, why does the NHL refuse to allow ESPN to show in-game highlights? Doesn't the NHL realize that getting their product on TV is more important now than ever? And when will OLN get back on the Dish Network? I don't know how many people have been affected by this, but as someone who needs a dish to get good television, I am upset that the Outdoor Life Network is no longer available unless you have cable. I live in northern New Hampshire and couldn't get OLN on my local cable company, so I got a dish. Now Comcast has made the cost of OLN to great for Dish Network to carry it. It doesn?t seem like the NHL signed a good contract with Comcast. What do you think?
read on for the answer and his response to other questions NHL fans have

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Shark Problems

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from Shawn P. Roarke of Fox Sports,

A funny thing has happened on San Jose's way to dominating the Pacific Division this year. Somehow, the Sharks have lost their way, as well as much of the bite so many pundits predicted the team would possess before the season got under way. After 20 games, San Jose sits fourth in the Pacific Division and 10th overall in the Western Conference. The team has already lost a dozen games, including six in a row, and sits five points outside of the final playoff position.
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Foote Frustrated With Losing

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from the Rocky Mountain News, Once the heart and soul of the Colorado Avalanche defense and a key member of two Stanley Cup championship teams, the 34-year- old Foote is having a difficult time adjusting to the losses that have become commonplace with the Columbus Blue Jackets. "Yeah, we're struggling to find wins," Foote said this week in an interview with the Rocky Mountain News. "I'd gone to the rink the past 10 years expecting to win. Now, it's frustrating. But I don't ever want to think I made the wrong decision." read on

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All Day Hockey

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Just a heads up for everyone, we can watch hockey from noon until about 12:45am tomorrow. Settle in and enjoy some great games. Center Ice should be loaded into your 'favorites' on your remote by now.

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