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Forsberg Back

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from the Courier Post (Saturday edition),

The Flyers' wait for Peter Forsberg is over. On Friday, two weeks after suffering a slight tear to his right groin, the star center proclaimed himself fit to play in today's 2 p.m. game against the Minnesota Wild at the Wachovia Center. "It feels good to be back," Forsberg said after skating for about 40 minutes with goaltender Robert Esche. "It's going to be great. I missed way too many games already." Esche also was cleared after missing three games with a tear of his abductor tendon and Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock said he will serve as Antero Niittymaki's backup today.
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Hamrlik Out With Sprained Knee

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via TSN,

Calgary Flames defenceman Roman Hamrlik has a sprained MCL in his left knee and expects to be out of action for a couple of weeks. Hamrlik hurt his knee in the first period of Calgary's 4-1 win over the New Jersey Devils on Wednesday and did not return.

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Teams Can’t Wait To Be Great

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from Bill Fleischman at PhiladelphiaFlyers.com,

In the "new NHL," it's more difficult to wait for teams to improve. "We're into immediate self-gratification," Nashville Predators GM David Poile said. "The dollars are high and the exposure with media and the Internet (is greater). Teams can't be as patient. Boston and San Jose were both rated very high in (preseason) predictions. Maybe, unfortunately, you're going to see more big trades, not just in hockey but in all sports, because of the pressures.
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The 15th Edition Of The NHL Carnival

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So here’s the edition for this week — with a Carnival Cruise Line-esque photo of Kathie Lee Gifford along for the ride, just for poops and giggles — which hopefully will focus on the best hockey posts of the week while not betraying our relative ignorance on the topic. We apologize in advance. Enjoy the goodness after the jump.
Great job by the folks at Deadspin! Who's Next?

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The Other Calder Candidate

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from Terry Frei of ESPN,

If one was handicapping for the Calder Trophy, the Colorado Avalanche's Marek Svatos probably would be a longer shot than, say, Luxembourg in World Cup soccer. Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin are the prohibitive favorites, and Calgary's Dion Phaneuf at least is getting significant third-place mention as the best in an impressive group of first-year defensemen. And what of Svatos?
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Upset With The Thornton Trade

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So maybe my NHL bloggers can help me out on the stats and salaries on a second line defenseman (Brad Stuart) and a second-liner (Marco Sturm) and a third-liner forward (Wayne Primeau) for an All-Star captain and a first-liner. Alright, lets have some fun. Not knowing what it is like being a GM, I fired up my Sony Playstation 2 game. I put in NHL 2006, went to the dynasty mode and became GM. I then tried to make the trade and every time I tried, I was rejected! Maybe about a half dozen times or so, I finally gave up. So then I tried to make another trade -- Jarome Iginla from the Calgary Flames for Joe Thornton and ... wa-laaa ... it accepted it. Hello McFly, what are you thinking?????
Find out who the blogger is....

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Let The Kids Play

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from the Messager LaSalle,

When you get involved in hockey, it can be when it's at its best, the game is only part of the package. It becomes a social outing for parents. It should never be about who is going for extra power skating but about building that kind of environment, the kind of memories kids and parents and families will have forever. Sometimes, when I stand around the arenas I can't believe the tone of the conversations I hear. The visions are so short-sighted. The conversations are almost always about today and who won and who lost and who scored.
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‘Circle’ Game for Ducks Konopka

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from the Buffalo News,

"It's a huge day," Konopka said of his first game in Buffalo. "I've had this date circled. "I grew up watching games in the Auditorium. It was great. My favorite players were Lindy Ruff and Mike Foligno. There's a lot of good memories in Buffalo. It's a hard-working city, and I kind of feel like I'm a hard-working guy." Konopka, who will turn 25 in three weeks, came from sturdy stock. His late father, a Polish immigrant, worked at General Motors in St. Catharines, Ont., and grew fruit on his farm. "He worked 16-hour days and was the hardest-working guy I've ever known," Konopka said. "Being back here brings back good memories of my dad. But he's still watching, and I'm making him proud that I'm doing this."
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Malkin Eligible For WJC

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via the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Penguins 2004 second-overall pick Evgeni Malkin will apparently play for Russia at the 2006 IIHF World Junior Championship tournament in Vancouver later this month. At first, Malkin was not slated to take part in the tournament and his name was reportedly left off the Russian Federation’s original world junior roster. However, Dave King, the coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk – Malkin’s Russian Super League team – confirmed Malkin’s inclusion on the Russian roster for the tournament. “He’s very excited about going,” King told the Toronto Globe and Mail. “He’s just a great kid, with lots of enthusiasm for the game.
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Replay for High School Hockey

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via HockeyRefs.com,

The Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) unanimously approved the adoption of video replay for hockey on Thursday. Under the system, any goal may be reviewed with a request by either the referee or the off-ice official responsible for video replay.
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