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Good Or Bad Moves

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

No one asked us, but if we were going to move an NHL team, there are a few we’d pick to relocate.
• Washington Capitals: Let’s review. Fans in the nation’s capital wouldn’t come out when the Capitals boasted Jaromir Jagr, the game’s most exciting player. Now, they won’t come out when the Caps boast one of the hardest-working teams in the NHL and one of the game’s most exciting figures in Alexander Ovechkin.

read on for more teams and teams that made the right move…

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Plans For 2010

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from bob McKenzie of TSN,

Following recent meetings in Vancouver between the IIHF, the NHL and the NHL Players’ Association, the format and details of the tourney were tentatively agreed upon. Sources tell TSN, if approved by the IIHF, the Olympic tourney will look as follows:
- The tourney will be played over a 13-day period from Tuesday Feb. 16 to Sunday Feb. 28. NHL regular season games will be played on Saturday Feb. 13 and Sunday Feb. 14 with players traveling to Vancouver on either the Sunday or the Monday before the tourney begins.

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Cover The Game

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My NHL.com blog today stresses we should be concentrating on the game played on the ice.
Also, time to be upfront with injuries.

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The Gov. Speaks

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from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,

Mr. Rendell spoke this morning at a Spectrum Gaming Group conference in Harrisburg about gaming in Pennsylvania.
“This afternoon I am traveling to Pittsburgh, where we will announce that all three government entities (state, county, city) have agreed to keep the Penguins in Pittsburgh for the next 30 years. We will build a beautiful new arena.
“Make no mistake about it—without expanded gaming in Pennsylvania, the Penguins would be gone. The first puck would have been dropped next year in Kansas City.”

more

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Exactly!

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Who cares?
Who thinks hockey fans really give a damn?
Turns out the guy who was running the NHL Players’ Association might have been a bit dodgy.
Word is he may have done a thing or two “on the down low,” including the unauthorized monitoring of their e-mails.
Shocker.

continued... and I agree, therefore a thread has been started at KKF for any ongoing news on this matter…

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Finally Some Good News

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

And so Pittsburgh fans will apparently be spared the sight of Sidney Crosby sporting an old Kansas City Scouts jersey and a Sprint Center hat, loading the Stanley Cup and the rest of his Penguins teammates into a convertible and after circling crumbling Mellon Arena once, making a beeline for the state line.
Whew.
And for that hockey fans everywhere can give thanks.

continued

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A Kid In The Nets

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from the Toronto Star,

There was a new kid in the Leaf net yesterday and the young man has quite a future.
The goalie was 14-year-old Brandon Gibson of Scarborough. And he’s got a future because of a successful double-lung transplant to treat his cystic fibrosis.
“He’s three months post-transplant and he’s allowed to do anything,” said his elated mother, Muriel Gibson.

continued

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Not Easy Being A Scout

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from The Guardian,

Think being an NHL scout is a glamorous job?
Charlottetown’s Kevin Devine, head scout for the Buffalo Sabres, might beg to differ.
“After Christmas it’s crazy. . . . I’ve got an apartment in Buffalo I spend some of the winter in, mostly to show up and pay my rent (and I) slept in my bed in Buffalo maybe six nights,” Devine told The Guardian recently. “And now it’s getting more and more hectic with March and April because games are running out. You get a little bit panicky now. You’ve got to get to see this guy, you’ve got to get to see that guy.”

continued

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Please Explain

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from William Houston of the Globe and Mail,

On Sunday, during NBC’s telecast of the Boston Bruins-Detroit Red Wings game, colour commentator Ed Olczyk brought up the subject of Edmonton’s “one-two-two,” and also its “one-four.”
The guess here is that about one half of 1 per cent of sports viewers in the United States would know that Olczyk was talking about defensive strategies and not dance steps.
Olczyk discussed the “D,” about penetrating the D and cutting off the D, but he can’t assume every viewer knows that D stands for defence.
And when he said the Bruins were “playing up high,” we’re not sure what he meant.

more

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The Deal That Wasn’t

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from the Toronto Sun,

Imagine a Maple Leafs team that featured a one-two punch of Mats Sundin and Vincent Lecavalier up the middle.
It almost happened.
Unfortunately, Leafs fans must deal with the bitterness of what might have been, especially with Lecavalier now enjoying an MVP-type season at just 26….
Bill Watters, the Leafs assistant general manager at the time of the proposed Lecavalier swap, recalled how close the trade came to fruition.
“Our scouting staff, Pat Quinn, everybody was so excited at the time because the deal was pretty much done and the media didn’t have a sniff of it,” Watters said.

read on

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