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Trading Belfour May Be Difficult

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via Sportsnet,

Despite a steady stream of trade rumours, the possibility of Toronto Maple Leafs goaltender Ed Belfour moving to another team may not be that simple. Sources tell Sportsnet Belfour has a no-trade clause in his contract and likely wouldn't waive it unless the interested team were to pick up the option on his contract next season.
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NBC Cuts Out Of Shootout

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Turco throws his stick in a shootout attempt, NBC figures game is over and cut away. Meanwhile, the play is being reviewed and NBC is running commercials. Finally make it back while review is still going on. At least they realized their mistake and came back. Goal was awarded so shootout continues. Stars win in next round... Stars were up 2-1 going into the 3rd round of the shootout. Turco throws his stick as Zetterberg goes to the backhand and losses control of the puck. NBC signs off but I have the radio on while it is announced play is under review. Goal is awarded because Turco threw his stick and NBC realized their mistake and made it back in time. But, I am sure many people watching thought the game was over. Stars win in the next full round (after Legace made a save in the 3rd round) with Modano scoring on Legace after Lang was stopped by Turco.

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NFL Turns Down OLN

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The plans of OLN expanding their sports coverage takes a major hit with the NFL picking the NFL Network to telecast games in 2006. from the NY Times,

The National Football League will place eight prime-time Thursday and Saturday games on its NFL Network starting in 2006, a senior league executive said. The league had been negotiating intently in recent weeks with Comcast, the largest cable operator in the country, about putting games on what would be a reconstituted OLN network and expanding distribution of the NFL Network on Comcast systems, where it is carried on a digital tier. But yesterday morning, the league decided not to go into business with Comcast and to put the games on the NFL Network, which has had preseason games but no regular-season broadcasts. Comcast had no comment.
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Foote Finally Healthy

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

If defenseman Adam Foote looks a little swifter on his skates these days, it’s not a coincidence. The groin and hip injuries that dogged Foote for almost 2½ months have completely healed. "It feels like I’ve finally got some jump," Foote said. "And that’s a really good feeling. It’s been a long time since I could say that.
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Carolina Looking For Relief

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from the AP via the Charlotte Observer,

The Carolina Hurricanes will welcome the upcoming Olympic break, even if it derails their recent momentum. The Southeast Division leaders need a break. "There's too many games," captain Rod Brind'Amour said Wednesday. "There's no time to just get away from the game."
continued Carolina will get their rest, only three Canes are headed to Turin.

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Sutter Move Criticized

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from the Calgary Sun,

Darryl Sutter has dropped the ball on this one. The Flames head coach/GM has unnecessarily backed himself into a corner by sparking a controversy his club could do without. Exhibiting the same lack of composure that prompted goalie Phil Sauve to skate the length of the ice for a Colorado catfight Tuesday, Sutter has spent the week lambasting his beleaguered backup in the press.
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Allison No Bonus

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from the Toronto Star,

One reason why the Maple Leafs have so little room to improve their roster is the $3 million (U.S.) Jason Allison is due to make in bonus money this season. Allison remains a commodity that cannot be traded because of the money and, while the Leafs could add to their payroll and defer some of Allison's bonuses to next year's salary cap, that's not something that appeals to them.
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The Separation Begins

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from the Edmonton Sun,

Now, the goalies pads aren't bloated, their goals against averages are. While Miller, Miikka Kiprusoff, Dominik Hasek, Manny Fernandez and Martin Brodeur (after some terrible struggles early on), are still on top of their games, other former greats, like Jose Theodore, Nikolai Khabibulin and Ed Belfour are doing David Duval impressions. Clearly, as slimmed-down netminders see more and more rubber from more and better angles, we're seeing a separation between the real deals, the great goalies, and the good goalies who were made great by the old system.
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On The Bubble

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from the Globe and Mail,

When Sports Illustrated boldly predicted last fall that the Montreal Canadiens and Toronto Maple Leafs would miss the playoffs this season, the players and coaches in both cities scoffed that the popular magazine didn't exactly have the best record at seeing the future. But here we are, with less than three months remaining in the 2005-06 National Hockey League regular season, and the two teams are fighting for their playoff lives.
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Loonie In Italy

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Edmonton Journal,

Will the loonie be lucky again in Turin? "We won't know until after," said Trent Evans, the man who started Canada's lucky loonie legend. The coin Evans planted at centre ice of the E-Center at the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, where both the Canadian men's and women's hockey teams won gold, spawned the book A Loony for Luck, and dozens of copycat burials of coins in playing surfaces of Canadian teams everywhere. "I think it's enshrined," Evans said."It's going to keep going. It's legendary, I think, at this stage."
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