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News You Can Use Late in the Day

1. Steven Stamkos has topped the ISS mid-season rankings.
2. The family of Keith Magnuson has asked a judge to spare Rob Ramage a prison sentence.
3. Todd Bertuzzi‘s testimony is about to become public, likely this afternoon.
4. Ken Holland and Larry Pleau have been named honorary captains for the AHL All-Star Game.
5. Shawn “Scorcoff” Horcoff’s new approach to the game is paying dividends.
6. The Vancouver Giants are finding ways to win, despite losing all 5 of their top scorers from last year.
7. Alex Steen doesn’t mind comparisons to his father.
8. Thomas McCollum has gone from dud to stud for the Guelph Storm.
9. INCH’s weekly power rankings.
10. Pierre Lebrun writes that the transfer agreement problems are a more pressing concern for the NHL than the proposed new Euro Super League.
11. Larry Brooks has some ideas for making suspensions hurt.
12. Taking Note gives us the CHL Power Rankings.
13. An interesting look at scouting by Mike Smith, courtesy of his blog.
14. Stan Fischler tells us that Chris Osgood would like to be a bullpen catcher with the Tigers after he finishes his playing career.
15. Kukla’s Korner looks at the NHL’s top play by play men.
16. Luca Cunti‘s career in college hockey looks to be over. Watch for him to join the USHL’s Chicago Steel.
17. Ken Campbell of the Hockey News looks at clutch players.
18. Fanhouse thinks that the ECHL is a good factory for goons and grinders.
19. Craig MacTavish has the luxury of having two hot goalies.
20. The Flames Eric Nystrom has grabbed hold of a roster spot and doesn’t want to let it go.
21. The Maple Leafs have recalled Jiri Tlusty.
22. Morris Dalla Costa looks at Canada’s Under-17 team.
23. Bob Probert got a little surprise when he showed up to film a cameo in an upcoming movie.
24. John Paddock hearts Zdeno Chara.
25. The Hockey News profiles the hot prospects.

For Illegal Curve, I’m Kyle Kosior.