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“Yes, ‘On the Fly’ will be available in HD this season.”

-John Collins, COO of the NHL.  Much more from John by Christopher Botta of FanHouse.

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Who Is This?

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Since the expansion era began, no defenseman has had a bigger effect on his team in the first season after he was drafted than—————did with (team name and year)..

(Team name), who historically had struggled defensively, took——with the fourth choice in the (year of draft) draft and wasted no time putting him into the lineup. They were rewarded with a 16-goal, 76-point season—still the most assists and points by a first-year defenseman in NHL history—and a 25-point improvement in the standings.

Find out who it was along with other performances from teenagers.

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The Ultimate Hockey Team

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A few current NHL players pick their ultimate hockey starters.

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Bettman Wins Again

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from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

You don’t have to like Gary Bettman, which is lucky, since it’s not like he makes it easy. You don’t have to agree with him on every issue, which is also fairly convenient. I would counsel that you never sign a contract with him, if only because it might not mean what you think it means. But then, that’s unlikely to become an issue.

One thing about Gary Bettman, though, is that you should never doubt that he is the boss, and that he is running the National Hockey League. Never doubt that he is in charge.

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Morning Line

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“It was a rough start and the last couple of years have been tough on this organization having not made the playoffs. What we can change is what we want to do about it. Staying on the ice together keeping in touch with each other.

“We finished on a positive note, taking steps forward with our young guys and bringing our team together. We feel good about ourselves.”

-Mike Komisarek of the Toronto Maple Leafs.  More from Komisarek and the Leafs from Lance Hornby of the Toronto Sun.

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The Changing Landscape In Dallas

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars are going through a lot of changes right now.

Team president Jeff Cogen left Tuesday after taking over for Jim Lites just three seasons ago.

Mike Modano is gone, so is Marty Turco . My guess is Jere Lehtinen also will hang up the skates (although that’s still up in the air). The team is for sale, and that will usher in a new face (or corporate faces) to go with a bunch of coaches we really still don’t know and a GM who is trying to figure this thing out.

It’s really strange when you stop to think about it.

GM Joe Nieuwendyk knows the landscape in Dallas and is trying to mix that landscape with his vision for what the team might become. Maybe Geoff Moore will become president. He’s been with the team since 1993, knows the organization as well as anyone, and appears to have a really good grasp of what the fan wants, whether that be in ticket packages, alternate sweaters or product on the ice.

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Predators Look To Europeans For Offense

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from Bryan Mullen of the Tennessean,

When the Predators begin training camp next month, expect a European flair to be added to the typical fare.

A handful of Europeans will have the opportunity to not only make the team, but also to make an impact. And a group of four players will draw most of the notice.

The front office has been raving about Swiss defenseman Roman Josi for the past few months. Then there are Swedish forwards Jonas Andersson and Linus Klasen, and the significant acquisition of Belarus native Sergei Kostitsyn from Montreal.

“If we’re adding all four of those players to our lineup this year at some point, we’re adding a lot of skill to our lineup,” General Manager David Poile said. “One of the areas we want to improve on is our offensive side of the game. I think all of these players have a chance to contribute offensively. They are all very highly skilled.”

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How Far East Will Staffan Kronwall Go?

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from Randy Sportak of the Calgary Sun at the Toronto Sun,

According to a report from Sweden, defenceman Staffan Kronwall would prefer to sign a deal in Europe instead of playing the final season of his two-year contract with the Calgary Flames.

And the Flames are trying to accommodate his request.

Sport-Expressen picked up a blog which quotes Kronwall as saying: “I want to leave and play in Sweden or elsewhere in Europe. Not that I’m uncomfortable in any way with the town and the club — I liked it — but because I want to get a bit closer to my family.”

According to a source, the Flames have been working with Kronwall’s agent to either trade him to an Eastern Conference team — which would allow his wife to travel easier if she visited from Sweden — or help arrange for him to play in Europe.

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Evening Line

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“The NHL isn’t going to do anything with these deals. Nothing is going to happen.  They’ve been trying to investigate most of these deals for a year.”

“I can tell you they certainly aren’t going to rip up a contract that has already been signed and approved by the league. That’s the difference: The deal that Kovalchuk signed was never approved by the league. The rest of these deals passed the smell test.”

-an unnamed high-profile player agent according to Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun.  Read more on this topic.

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The EAUHL

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You’re the GM and control the players and salary cap (well in most cases) as you compete against the rest of the world.

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  Tags: nhl+11

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