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News You Can Use Late in the Day

1. Karl Alzer named captain of Canada’s World Junior team.
2. Shawn Matthias, obtained by Florida in the Todd Bertuzzi deal, has inked an entry level deal with the Panthers.
3. David Shoalts has written what one can assume is only volume one in a series detailing the foibles of the Maple Leafs over the past 50 years.
4. Bernier and Mason are ready to be the tandem for Canada at the World Juniors.
5. Pierre Lebrun wonders if term limits on contracts will follow in the wake of the Dipietro and Richards deals.
6. Jason Jaffray was excited about his NHL debut, despite the loss to the Sharks.
7. The Philly-Pittsburgh rivalry has AHL roots.
8. Team Canada didn’t waste any time in paring down its roster.
9. Bill Daly doubts that the NHL has a steroid problem, as least not to the extent seen in the MLB.
10. The new CBA hasn’t had much of an effect on Detroit, who just keep on winning.
11. David Shoalts writes that Tomas Kaberle is starting to come around.
12. The NHL Notebook from
13. Friday’s Water Cooler Notes.
14. Ernie Godden‘s goal scoring record still stands in the OHL.
15. The Stanley Cup gets in on the advertising blitz for the new National Treasure movie.
16. John Ferguson Jr. pleased with the Leafs winning, still being able to work.
17. The ECHL Report.
18. Oilspills.
19. The Hockey News feels that the NHL should be pro-active on the steroid issue.
20. NHLPA head Paul Kelly thinks most players will be wearing visors by 2011-12.
21. Adam Proteau‘s Mailbag.
22. Ken Campbell feels that the timing is right for the EIG to sell the Oilers.
23. On a related note, check out this profile that David Staples did on EIG Chairman, Cal Nichols.
24. Central Scouting‘s Preliminary Rankings for the 2008 Draft.
25. The Panthers recalled Anthony Stewart, but he played only 1:52.

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