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Sabres Not Happy With Recall Rule

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

from the Buffalo News,

Ryan was summoned to Buffalo on an emergency recall and must be returned to the minor leagues once the Sabres have 12 other healthy forwards.
The Sabres could bring him back right away, but teams are allowed only four standard recalls while their American Hockey League affiliates are still alive in the playoffs. The Sabres have already used two on wingers Drew Stafford and Clarke MacArthur and might want to remain flexible.
Buffalo General Manager Darcy Regier isn’t a huge fan of the NHL’s arcane rules, which were designed to safeguard AHL teams in the playoffs, but often hurt the parent club….
“The fly in the ointment with this system is the four-recall rule,” Regier said. “NHL teams in the Stanley Cup playoffs benefit from their minor-league team not being in the [AHL] playoffs because they can access their players freely.”

more... One question, who approved the rule?  Every NHL team has to live by this, so try to fix it instead of complain about it.

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Old School- The Toronto Next Years

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from the Toronto Sun,

In what was billed as likely the last full gathering of the 1967 champions, the outspoken Shack used his five minutes at the podium last night to praise patient Leafs fans and rail against those who have run the team through the second-longest Cup skid in NHL history.
“It’s been 40 years ... are you going to call them the Toronto Next Years?” Shack bellowed to a crowd of 900 at the Metro Convention Centre, which included Leafs general manager John Ferguson. “Isn’t that a bunch of bullsh—?”

more

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Rangers Want To Extend Nylander

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via Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

The Post has learned the GM is in the midst of serious negotiations with agent Paul Theofanous regarding a contract extension for Nylander, who is eligible to become an unrestricted free agent this summer. It is believed the two sides are talking about a two-year agreement that would carry Nylander through the final season of Jaromir Jagr’s contract, presuming the Rangers exercise their team option on Jagr for 2008-09.

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Nashville Responds To Columnist

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from the Nashville Predators,

On Wednesday, the Nashville Predators responded to a column published in Wednesday’s Vancouver Province entitled “Preds offend the league, not just Modano.” The article, written by columnist Tony Gallagher, contends that Dallas Stars president Jim Lites didn’t go far enough when criticizing the Predators organization in the media earlier this week….
Gerry Helper, the Predators’ senior vice president of communications and development responded to Gallagher’s column in a letter to the editor sent to The Province on Monday. Here is the text of that letter:
Dear editor:
Tony Gallagher’s column “Preds offend the league, not just Modano” in Wednesday’s Vancouver Province is so littered with inaccuracies, half-truths and outright lies that it appears as if lazy reporting and the author’s personal agenda have gotten the better of providing an accurate analysis.

read on

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Are The Right People Watching

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from Stephen Brunt of the Globe and Mail,

A conspiracy theorist, presented with the NHL’s struggles to find an audience, with the pro-fighting sentiments that came out of the last general managers meetings, with a February in which fighting was way up and a March in which it will be the same, would put it all together and deduce there must be some master plan at work — that the league’s brain trust has actively or tacitly amped up the violence in a desperate attempt to get face time.
Let’s give them the benefit of the doubt: probably not.
But still, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and company have a decision to make right now. They’ve reached a watershed point.

more

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The Double Screen

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Holmstrom & Bertuzzi trying to perfect the double screen tonight.

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The Best Of USA Hockey Players

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Here is USA TODAY hockey writer Kevin Allen’s list of top American-born and American trained NHL players:
5. Pat LaFontaine (Hall of fame center): He scored 40 or more goals seven times in his career, with a high of 54 for the New York Islanders in 1989-90. His career was cut short by post-concussion syndrome.

read on for the Top 4…

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Dose Of Cheli

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Courtesy of WDFN, here is your Thursday Dose of Cheli. Lots of Beruzzi along with some wisdom regarding our northern neighbors’ deep diggers. Click here for the entire interview.

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Time To Ask The Question

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from Pierre Lebrun of the CP via Slam,

It’s time to look at the issue of fighting in the NHL, says the league’s disciplinarian.
“I think it’s time to ask the question,” Colin Campbell told The Canadian Press on Thursday. “I think you have to ask the question because of what’s happening out there. It’s incumbent on me, because of my position, to ask the question.”

continued

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Sidney Crosby Scares Me

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

All the fuss during the trade deadline about getting Sidney Crosby some protection from the NHL’s “thugs”, you’d never imagine that the Upper Deck hockey collectibles company would conceive this action figure for their newest collection. 

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Nice shoulders. Is it Crosby or the Incredible Hulk? Makes me wonder why the Penguins bothered picking up Georges Laraque...

 

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