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Nothing Beats Winning The Cup

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from Todd Davis of the Dallas Morning News,

Ken Hitchcock, the Stanley Cup-winning coach of the Dallas Stars for seven seasons, spoke with Mike Rhyner and Corby Davidson of The Ticket’s Hardline after his stint as an assistant with Team Canada during the Olympics.

He was asked how winning the gold medal compares to a Stanley Cup.

“I’ve said this from Day 1, nothing compares to the Stanley Cup. This is a great award for the country; it’s a great award for Canada, but nothing compares to the Stanley Cup.

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Afternoon Line

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“My objective ... is to bring back a consistent winning hockey team and bring back the Stanley Cup to Tampa Bay.”

-Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik.  More on the official introduction of Vinik from the St. Petersburg Times.

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Are The Senators Serious Cup Contenders?

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from Jim Hughson of CBC,

The team has climbed to third in the Eastern Conference, had an 11-game winning streak, look to have better balance than in recent years under a no-nonsense coach who’s snapped them to attention and might have solved an age old goaltending problem.

But is anyone taking the Ottawa Senators seriously?

An 11 year playoff run too often fell short of expectation and even though the Senators are just three years removed from a trip to the final they missed the playoffs last season so are surrounded by an understandable skepticism, or at least a ‘show me’ attitude.

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Fans Keep An Eye On NHL.com

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NEW YORK (March 5, 2010) – NHL.com measured its highest count of unique visitors (UVs) on a single day ever during Wednesday’s NHL Trade deadline, again demonstrating that it is the leading fan destination in North America for NHL video, news, and analysis.

NHL.com experienced a nine-percent increase in unique visitors, and an 11-percent increase in page views (PVs), over last season’s NHL Trade Deadline Day (Mar. 4, 2009). Compared to an average day in March 2010, those figures represent a 71 percent increase in UVs and 75 percent increase in PVs.

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Adding Pieces

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

There are two ways to look at the 2010 NHL trading deadline, which entered the history books this past Wednesday.

One is to think that NHL general managers actually reviewed recent history and came to an astonishing conclusion: All that jockeying, all those moves, all that frantic action in the past rarely translated into playoff success; and that the winners were usually the sellers, who took advantage of the frenzy in order to exact big-time prices for marginal merchandise.

For years, the trading deadline has been the opposite of a clearance sale – the one day a year when prices are marked up and still, the shoppers line up madly for the chance to bid on a Nathan Paetsch here or an Alexandre Picard there.

That’s the kinder assessment and one which proved to be true in a number of important precincts, such as Chicago and San Jose, where the respective general managers Stan Bowman and Doug Wilson did their work early and essentially told their teams that they were good enough, as constructed, to win a championship without last-minute reinforcement.

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Phoenix’s Conflict Of Interest Continues

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The Phoenix Coyotes are under NHL control and have been for all of this season.  A potential sale was announced in December to Ice Edge Holdings an underfunded group who wants to play some of the Coyotes home games in Saskatoon.  The fact that there have been no significant further announcements about this sale, while other sales such as Tampa Bay proceeded quickly shows that there are problems with this potential sale and that there may be no end in sight to the NHL’s ownership of the Coyotes.

Meanwhile, Phoenix is in fourth seed in the West Conference with a 38-27 record (with five regulation tie points).  A team in that position might be willing to buy players to make a potential playoff run at trade deadline time.  The problem is that the rest of the NHL is paying the Phoenix Coyotes payroll.  The rest of the NHL is paying for Phoenix to bulk up their team to try to defeat them.

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Rangers Don’t Take Kindly To Crosby’s Act

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from Jay Greenberg of the NY Post,

Henrik Lundqvist skated over to inform The Kid what he thought about such embellishment.

“I didn’t like the fact that he came over,” Crosby said. “I got a good cross-check in the ribs. It didn’t feel too good.

“The last thing I expected was him standing over me. I let him know how I felt. I was surprised and I didn’t like it.”

Crosby cross-checked a reply to Lundqvist, Brandon Dubinsky threw a punch at Crosby and the fans who booed him from the puck drop as usual didn’t exactly summon the Olympic spirit.

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Where Are The Stars Leaders?

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

You can slice it any way you want, but I think the last two games show a lack of leadership and preparation.

Marty Turco was bad tonight, and that does make it difficult to read this game, but you can’t play two games like that and expect to make the playoffs. You could feel the want in both the Kings and Blues. You got no such sensation from watching the Stars. That goes to coaches and the leadership group.

I’m not sure what they do now.

They aren’t out of it, but if the pace is for 95 points (as the Stars themselves are projecting), they need 27 points in 19 games or about a 13-5-1 run down the stretch. This road trip will be a big one. Here’s what the players had to say:

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Talking Staged Fights And The Instigator Rule

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from Bob Ford of the Philadelphia Inquirer,

When the Flyers played the Panthers on Wednesday night, two fights broke out almost instantaneously. One was three seconds after the first puck dropped and the other five seconds into the opening period. Hard to say those fights resulted from the heat of the action or to police some development in the course of the game, which are the excuses often given for their existence.

The last time the NHL addressed the issue, it said that “staged fights,” those preplanned bouts at the opening whistle, had to be eliminated and would carry 10-minute misconduct penalties along with the five-minute majors. So, that’s what happened Wednesday night, right? Of course not. The NHL isn’t serious about it, and the officials know it.

It is the same reason the “instigator” penalty is rarely called, which means the league believes fights sprout like crocus in the spring, and no one particularly starts them. When enforced, the instigator of a fight gets two minutes for that, five for fighting, a 10-minute misconduct and, the best part, another two minutes if he doesn’t remove his face shield before the instigating.

So, the NHL has a rule that penalizes a player if he does not make injury more likely.

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Thrashers To Winnipeg Keeps Growing But Not True

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from Ted Wyman of the Winnipeg Sun,

Thousands of Winnipeggers have heard similar rumours. Most of them say they heard it from more than one good source that David Thomson and Moose owner Mark Chipman would buy the Thrashers and move them to Winnipeg in time for next season.

Many more said they have seen NHL commissioner around Winnipeg the last few days, assuming he was here to make the big announcement. Personally, I’m more inclined to believe the people who call to say they saw Michael Jackson buying a slurpee at 7-Eleven.

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news people, but there was no press conference and there isn’t one planned for the near future.

In fact, to this point, there has not been one credible person confirm any rumours surrounding this story. In fact, the credible people — the Moose spokesman, NHL executives, the mayor of Winnipeg — have flatly denied all of them.

Still, the rumour mill keeps on churning. The believers, fuelled by unaccountable bloggers, social media wannabe journalists and other irresponsible, unsourced reports from people who prefer speculation and rumour mongering to the mainstream media, simply won’t give up the ghost.

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