'Operation Slap Shot' soap opera will blow over

Updated: February 16, 2006, 8:34 PM ET
By John Buccigross | Special to ESPN.com

I have covered hockey and the NHL in some form since 1989 and rather voraciously since 1996. Whether it's because of my age or lifestyle or demeanor or whatever, I have found myself in fun and interesting situations involving NHL players that would make for quite a reality show. I've made close friends and have a pretty good grasp of what has been going on in the game over the past 10 years. I don't think there is any story that would surprise me.

"Operation Slap Shot" is no different.

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