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Protecting The Players

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Atlanta Thrashers Equipment Managers Bobby Stewart & Joe Guilmet explain some of the protective equipment players wear.

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Watching The Ducks

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from Helene Elliott at the Fabulous Forum,

The vultures are circling, even though the Ducks’ carcass is still breathing.

Fifteen NHL scouts were given credentials for their game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday at the Honda Center, a sure sign the last-place Ducks are considering personnel moves or already have some changes in the works.

Scouts often time their visits to Southern California for when the weather in Canada is coldest or when the Ducks and Kings have several home games within a few days. But 15 scouts is a lot to have at a game so soon before the March 3 trading deadline, and it’s likely the Ducks will look different by the time they end the seven-game homestand that starts tonight.

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Kovalev Will Miss A Few Games

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via TSN,

Alexei Kovalev will miss the next couple of games for the Ottawa Senators, including tonight’s contest against the Pittsburgh Penguins, as he is on his way to Russia because of the death of his wife’s mother.

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It’s Just Not NHL Fans That Have Complaints With Versus/Directv

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from Carl Steward of the Oakland Tribune,

This year’s Cal-Stanford game is being televised exclusively on Versus, which was dropped from the DirecTV lineup at the end of August when its contract to carry the network expired. Negotiations on a new deal between Versus and DirecTV have been stalled for nearly three months because of a feud over carriage fees.

The Pac-10 has already lost its DirecTV audience in five previous games televised on Versus this year, including Stanford-Arizona on Oct.”‰17 and last week’s Cal home game against the Wildcats.

The Pac-10 doesn’t have a direct contract with Versus, which is owned by Comcast. It does have a deal with Fox Sports Net instead, a deal that runs through the 2011-12 basketball season.

“They (Versus) are really a sub-licensee of Fox, which puts out five to six games to Versus every year,” said Jim Muldoon, Pac-10 associate commissioner for communications and football administration. “There are selection rights to put one game on FSN and one game on Versus each weekend. Versus, for this particular weekend, had the selection preference and took Cal-Stanford.”

Cal and Stanford fans don’t have much recourse other than to complain to DirecTV or Versus. Muldoon said the Pac-10 is powerless to apply

 

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Explaining The Brad May Non-Goal

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from Dan Rosen of NHL.com,

NHL Senior Vice President of Hockey Operations Mike Murphy explained Thursday on NHL Live! why the controversial no-goal call by referee Dennis LaRue in the Detroit-Dallas game Wednesday night was not reviewable.

Brad May had an apparent game-tying goal 6:24 into the third period waved off because LaRue had intent to blow the whistle, which is different from actually blowing the whistle, Murphy said. The Red Wings went on to lose, 3-1.

“In this particular case what happened is we (in the League’s video replay room in Toronto) see the puck in the net and call the video goal judge and say, ‘Blow the horn and get the referee over here. We see a puck in the net that hasn’t been ruled a goal,’ ” Murphy said. “At that point the referee comes over and we have a discussion. They came to us and said, ‘My intent to blow the whistle was there, I have this play dead before the puck crosses the goal line,’ No more needs to be said. Once we hear that, video review is out of the process. It’s a call made on the ice and it’s a non-reviewable call. It’s a whistle blown by the referee and it was blown or the intent to blow it was before the puck crossed the goal line.”

Murphy agreed that the puck did go into the net, but having not spoken to LaRue yet he could only assume that the referee lost sight of the puck when it hit goalie Alex Auld’s pad and that’s where the intent to blow the whistle comes into play.

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Afternoon Line

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Developing and nurturing a prospect is one of a core functions of an NHL team. Maybe the experts are convinced that on-the-job training is the best way to bring a guy along, no matter how ugly it sometimes looks.

But the results in many cases look mixed (Phaneuf), ineffectual (Schenn), or downright disastrous (Price).

-Jamie Fitzpatrick of Jamie’s Hockey Blog where you can read more...

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Ducks Need To Get Rolling

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from Pierre LeBrun of ESPN,

Can the real Anaheim Ducks please present themselves to the nearest NHL arena?

Because so far this season I haven’t seen the team that knocked off the San Jose Sharks last spring. This team is too talented to be sitting last in the Western Conference at the quarter-pole mark of the season.

The Ducks open up a seven-game home stand against Tampa Bay on Thursday night, a critical juncture in their season before they lose their grip on it.

“These next seven games at home will be very crucial and hopefully they will turn our season around,” defenseman James Wisniewski told ESPN.com.

A 6-10-3 start has produced lots of meetings—some with players only, some with the coaching staff. They are looking for answers … before it’s too late.

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Leafs Have Some Positive Signs

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from Joe O’Conner of the National Post,

Burke’s goal going into the season was to make the playoffs, and the general manager believed he had the team to do it. That team has three wins in 19 games and, as it reaches the quarter-pole of the NHL season, is tied with Carolina for last place overall, with 11 points.

“How would I rate the season? Obviously, it is incomplete,” Burke said. “There are certain aspects of our play that have not lived up to our expectations, or even close to it, and there are some other positive signs.”

On the bright side for Burke is the Leafs’ work ethic, their conditioning, and the players’ willingness to stick up for one another like they did in Ottawa two nights ago, in a fight-filled contest featuring ample amounts of the truculence the GM holds dear.

Burke said the culture around Toronto has changed from passivity to a willingness to push back. And he went on to praise the power play, which is among the best in the league; his old college pal and Leafs head coach, Ron Wilson, for getting the team prepared to compete game in and game out; and Phil Kessel, for being the prize he thought he was getting when he traded two first round draft picks to Boston to land him.

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Their Left Foot

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from Sean Gordon of the Globe and Mail,

We take great pride in knowing our beloved city and province inside and out, but it doesn’t mean we aren’t surprised by new things from time to time.

For instance: we had no idea Montreal was a really dangerous place to be a left foot.

Just ask Brian Gionta’s podiatrist. Or Hal Gill’s, or Andrei Markov’s (or short-track speed skater Francois-Louis Tremblay, for that matter).

Each of the three is suffering from a left foot injury that will keep them out for a lot longer than the Habs can afford to miss them.

And it’s not like these guys are insensitive to the care and pampering of paws and hoofs - they’re millionaires after all, so we bet there’s more than one who has a favourite pedicure place.

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The Flip Side To Best Teams Pre-Lockout

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A couple weeks ago I wrote that the best teams of the past decade all occurred before the lockout.  This was according to a ranking by Puck Daddy.  I argue that the decline in the quality of elite teams is caused mostly by two factors:  over-expansion of the NHL and the salary cap and current CBA which prevents teams from keeping good teams together.  I argue that this is not a good thing for the NHL.  It reduces the quality of Stanley cup final series (which should be matchups of two elite teams).  I also argue that this is not some equalization procedure to keep big markets from dominating the NHL (afterall the New York Rangers with the biggest payroll in the league missed the playoffs for the final seven seasons of the last CBA).  There is a flip side to this.  If the best teams are not as good, then the worst teams are not as bad.  This is shown by further Puck Daddy analysis.

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