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from Ken Campbell of The Hockey News,

Even though they did not have voting privileges because they are not player reps for their teams, sources said both Alex Ovechkin and Sidney Crosby were on the call for a period of time.

In other union news, Andrew Ference, a leader in the charge to fire Kelly, has effectively been ousted as the Boston Bruins player representative and will no longer be a member of the executive board. Ference has been replaced by Mark Recchi, who made it known to his teammates that he would contest Ference’s spot and run against him in a vote among the Bruin players. Patrice Bergeron was appointed alternate player rep.

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Plus on AM 640 Toronto, Buzz Hargrove will bein studio on The Bill Watters Show at 5:40PM ET in response to Russ Conway’s accusations of Buzz accessing Paul Kelly’s emails. 

You can listen here...

 

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Who Knew The Triple Crown Line Could Sing?

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Modano Now Out With Cracked Rib

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

Mike Modano saaid that is is discovered he has a small “crack’’ in his ribs and that he will be out “at least a week’’ after he tried to skate Tuesday morning in Edmonton and left the ice early.

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NHL Headline News

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from Charlie Teljeur of The Hockey News,

LEAGUE DROPS VERSUS; SIGNS WITH CINEMAX
“It’s more exposure for the NHL,” Bettman says. “More nudity, yes, but more exposure.”

BETTMAN AND BALSILLIE SECRETLY FRIENDS?
Facebook scandal rocks hockey world.

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Marc-Andre Bergeron To Montreal

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via the CP at TSN,

Looking to fill a need at defence caused by the injuries to Andrei Markov and Ryan O’Byrne, the Montreal Canadiens found some help in the free agent market.

According to RDS.ca, the Habs have signed Marc-Andre Bergeron to a one-year, $750,000 contract.

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Hordichuk Hit On Boll

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via Aaron Portzline’s Twitter,

NHL’s Colin Campbell offers “no comment” on any possible discipline of VAN’s Darcy Hordichuk following hit on Jared Boll Monday.

You decide…

added 4:16pm, from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Did you see Darcy Hordichuk’s hit last night on Jared Boll? I did and I don’t like it.

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Hockey School Near Montreal Draws Students Worldwide

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from Brenda Branswell of the Montreal Gazette via Canada.com,

For parent-teacher interviews at Harrington College of Canada, staff use the Internet-based telephone service Skype for face-to-face contact with parents.

That’s because most students at the boarding school located 40 kilometres west of Montreal, hail from places such as Russia, Japan, the Czech Republic, New Zealand and New Jersey.

What draws students from around the globe — undeterred by a yearly tuition of $32,450 — is the private English school’s elite hockey program.

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Brodeur Lacking Confidence

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from Tom Gulitti of Fire & Ice,

Devils coach Jacques Lemaire talked a lot about confidence after today’s optional practice: guaging it after an 0-2 start, trying to boost it in certain players and how he believes it will improve on the team’s upcoming three-game road trip that begins Thursday night at Tampa Bay.

So, I asked Lemaire how goaltender Martin Brodeur’s confidence is right now after losing the first two games and giving up some questionable goals.

“Not at its best, that’s for sure,” Lemaire replied. “But, on the other hand, he’s not destroyed either. His confidence is not destroyed. I think he needs a little support right now, which we’ll try to give it to him, and he’ll be fine.”

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A Lot Of Us Feel Like Gary In The Versus/Directv Dispute

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from pucksandbooks of On Frozen Blog,

Gary, like a lot of other hockey fans, has made a lot of furious phone calls to DirecTV about the situation, but the impasse remains. It’s a brutal one, from my vantage, because of DirecTV’s seemingly incongruous negotiating position. On the one hand, the provider has quite publicly alleged that Versus is little more than an elaborate infomercial outlet, the provider of esoteric outdoor broadcast coverage like game hunting and such. Simultaneously, however, DirecTV is attempting to bundle Versus in a costlier sports package for all of its subscribers.

No doubt DirecTV this offseason acknowledged the NHL’s increased television popularity—fueled to no small degree by the wide array of the league’s likable young guns—and is seeking to profit from the enthusiasm surge. From its vantage Versus understandably doesn’t want a dramatic alteration in the way it is offered by providers, as specialty bundling packages as opposed to basic plan inclusion necessarily decrease overall viewership numbers. Until the impasse is resolved, millions of hockey fans across the country are denied access to the league’s national network provider. 

Gary noted that changing providers, in addition to being a general nuissance, seems impractical for a service he’s otherwise pleased with, and particularly when only about a half dozen Caps’ regular season games are broadcast on Versus. Potentially more, however, could run there in the postseason.

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On The Other Side Of The Glass

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from Justin Bourne at The Hockey News,

It’s a weird feeling walking into a hockey rink these days.

It’s like walking into your old apartment and remembering the person you used to be.

There’s where we had some laughs. There’s where I felt some pain. There’s where I made decisions that affected my life.

I went to the Coyotes-Kings exhibition game, the first game I’d been to since a puck hit my jaw in December – a puck that forced my teeth wired shut for almost seven weeks, resigned me to the couch for months, and incidentally launched my writing career.

But being at this game hurts in a different way. For the first time I’m watching a hockey season start without me, with uncertainty, excitement and potential buzzing throughout the rink like a skate sharpener. And just then, the questions started creeping up on me: am I really on this side of the glass?

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