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Competition Committee Meets Tomorrow

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from the CP at TSN,

A rule outlawing hits to the head in the NHL will go back under the microscope Friday as the competition committee sits down for a meeting.

The 10-man committee comprised of players, general managers and Philadelphia Flyers owner Ed Snider will look to get consensus on a new rule that could be enacted for next season.

The issue has been debated for over a year following a proposal from the NHL Players’ Association that all hits to the head be penalized. The league’s 30 GMs were originally cool to the idea, but a series of on-ice incidents this season prompted them to recommend a penalty for blindside head hits at the end of their annual meetings in March.

The competition committee will look to define the specific framework for the rule.

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Aucoin Re-Signs For Two Years

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GLENDALE, ARIZONA—Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Don Maloney announced today that the Coyotes have re-signed defenseman Adrian Aucoin to a two-year contract.  As per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“We are very pleased to have re-signed Adrian to a two-year deal,” said Maloney.  “He is an intelligent, puck-moving defenseman who brought tremendous leadership to our dressing room last season. We are looking forward to having him continue his career with the Coyotes.”

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Tough Work Ahead For John MacLean

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Martin Brodeur and two-time Cup winner Patrik Elias remain the last real ties to the team’s glory days and the former has consistently failed to raise his play come playoff time since 2003, when the team last won at least two rounds.

New Jersey has no discernible Plan B in goal and the game plan is no different than it was a decade ago, which is to play the daylights out of Brodeur unless he’s hurt. MacLean will have to decide whether he’s going to alter that plan of attack, but he can only do so if there’s an acceptable backup for Brodeur. Right now, there isn’t (Yann Danis was last season’s backup, but he could become an unrestricted free agent on July 1).

The leadership vacuum created by the departure of Niedermayer, the retirement of Scott Stevens and the leaking away of key personnel has never been adequately filled.

This will be MacLean’s ninth season with the Devils’ coaching staff. He was an assistant on that Cup-winning team in 2003, but this figures to be a harder road to travel with a lot more pressure on his shoulders and a lot fewer tools to get the job done.

more and although Scott does not mention it, don’t under estimate how much the loss of Brian Rafalski hur the Devils too…

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Evening Line

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If you think host Jay Mohr is an A-list celebrity then you probably think Alex Trebek writes the questions to all those Jeopardy answers and golfer Mike Weir is not only still a threat to win a major but that he and Wayne Gretzky are neck-and-neck for winemaker of the year awards in Ontario. But what does it matter who “hosts” this thing or what kind of “entertainment” is on the lineup card?

This is the time of year when hockey fans in general and Canadians (particularly Toronto placed media and fans) get in a pout about the league running out on Toronto in favour of ‘Sin City.’ Hello bumpkins, it’s not about media or even about fans or celebrities, it’s about the players.

-Jim Kelley of Sportsnet writing about the NHL Awards Show.  More on this topic and additional hockey subjects from Jim.

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Candiens Made A Tough Decision

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Sure there’s going to be extra angst in Montreal today. That’s extra, because when it comes to the Montreal Canadiens, the most successful team in the history of hockey, angst is a daily reality no matter the circumstances.

But the trading of goalie Jaroslav Halak today to St. Louis for prospects Lars Eller and Ian Schultz is sure to cause dismay among those who saw in Halak this spring the next Ken Dryden or the next Patrick Roy, rather than the next Steve Penney.

The Habs, way back when, didn’t deal Dryden right after he stunned the Boston Bruins in the ‘71 playoffs, did they?

Well, that was then is and this is now, a salary cap era in which tough decisions that don’t necessarily have to do with the respective talents of players have to be made regularly.

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The Talk In Florida

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from Steve Gorten of the Sun-Sentinel,

Here’s why I think Horton will in fact be traded: His no-trade clause kicks in July 1. If he’s kept, it would make it much harder to trade Horton because then your options are limited. If it’s to a team he doesn’t want to go to, regardless of how great the offer is, you can’t pull the trigger.

I know some of you do, but I personally don’t think Horton is a bad guy — his attitude this past season and effort on the ice were not problems in my opinion — or a bad player. But he’s a valuable commodity, and if the Panthers can get a quality center for him, I think that has to be their priority right now.

I know there’s some speculation out there that the Panthers are dangling Stephen Weiss. But my sources tell me they’re not looking to trade him. Frankly, it makes no sense for the Panthers to move him.

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Rob Blake Hits

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Rob Blake will announce his retirement tomorrow so why not present to you some of the big time hits given out by Blake.

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The Goalie Shuffle Has Started

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from Craig Custance of The Grinder at The Sporting News,

The trade starts the goalie shuffle, with Carey Price looking like he’s now the uncontested started in Montreal. Price is also a restricted free agent, and his agent Ritch Winter declined to comment on negotiations with the Canadiens. It also means that potential unrestricted free agent goalie Chris Mason will likely hit the market.

  Mason won 30 games last year with the Blues and over the past two seasons has averaged a .915 save percentage and 2.47 goals-against average.

  His agent, Tom Laidlaw, told SportingNews.com that Mason is interested in being a No. 1 goalie and his performance over the last couple years suggest he’s certainly capable.

  On Thursday morning, Laidlaw described the negotiations between Mason and the Blues as exploratory, although that might change now that Halak is aboard. That said, Laidlaw thinks it could be an interesting year for free agent goalies.

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Langenbrunner Remains Captain Of The Devils

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils general manager Lou Lamoriello and new head coach John MacLean ended any speculation about Jamie Langenbrunner’s future with the organization by stating unequivocally during today’s news conference that Langenbrunner will remain the team’s captain.

“John and I have had this conversation and no one should read into anything,” Lamoriello said. “Jamie Langenbrunner is our captain. John feels strongly on that. I feel strongly on that and I’d like to put that to rest.”

MacLean agreed.

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Briere & Son OK After Car Accident

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from WBNG,

A 2010 Land Rover driven by 32 year old Daniel Briere of Haddonfield, New Jersey was traveling in the passing lane next to a tractor trailer.

Troopers say Briere was drowsy, and drifted into the right lane, side-swiping the tractor trailer.

The truck then swerved, jack-knifed, and rolled.

It came to a stop across both lanes of 81 North.

Briere’s Land Rover hit a guiderail and came to a stop.

Police say the truck driver, Briere, and his 9 year old son all had minor injuries.

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