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from The Spin, the blog of Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

Despite exhaustive efforts (presumably) by its production and research staff, HNIC has still not been able to turn up a single person capable of expressing the growing sentiment against fighting in the sport.
You’d think with all those taxpayer dollars behind it HNIC might be able to find a single voice in the hockey world to occasionally disagree with the program’s stridently pro-fighting platform.
Instead, it’s “fighting is part of the game” before the game, during the first period intermission when we see hockey’s version of Ann (Anybody Who Disagrees with me is a Fag) Coulter, during the second period intermission panel discussion and after the game.

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The Roadie

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from the Pittsburgh Penguins,

Few can say they went on tour with legendary rock bands.
Joel Kwiatkowski did, though, as he and his wife followed bands Poison and Cinderella through Michigan on their “20 Years of Rock Tour” last summer.
And, it wasn’t like he was just following the bands to catch some concerts. Kwiatkowski, a guitar player, actually got on stage with the bands during their sound checks.
“I am actually really into music. Chris Moody, my old [assistant equipment manager] in Florida, his best buddy is a tour manager for a bunch of bands. So, we got out with Poison and Cinderella on a little tour last summer,” he said.

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Ted Predicts The Future

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from Ted Montgomery of USA TODAY,

Prediction No. 1: The New York Rangers and the Detroit Red Wings will be the only two Original Six teams to make the playoffs. Toronto can’t keep the puck out of their own net, Montreal has goaltending problems, Boston is alarmingly inconsistent and Chicago is just plain terrible.
Prediction No. 2: The Vancouver Canucks will prevail in the Western Conference and go to the Stanley Cup final. Most pundits feel the Nashville Predators, Detroit Red Wings, Anaheim Ducks or even the Dallas Stars are the best team, but the Canucks have momentum and, finally, a world-class goaltender in Roberto Luongo to help them go the distance.

read on for more predictions from Ted…

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CBC & NHL To Make A Major Sports Announcement

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The CBC has called a news conference today at noon EDT. concerning a significant development related to the CBC and the NHL.
Sounds like an agreement is in place.

update 10:30am, from the Globe and Mail,

The CBC and National Hockey League will announce a new television agreement today that will keep Hockey Night In Canada on the air well past the 2007-08 season.
The Globe and Mail has learned that the new rights is worth about $100-million a year, an increase from the $65-million that the CBC is now paying the NHL.

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update 12:16pm, from the CBC,

The CBC and NHL announced a new television deal Monday that will keep Hockey Night in Canada on the air until 2014.

The six-year broadcast deal, which includes national English-language broadcast and multimedia rights to NHL games in Canada, will begin when the current agreement between the CBC and the league expires after the 2007-08 season.
The CBC will maintain exclusive Canadian coverage of NHL games on Saturday nights including traditional double-headers and more regional telecasts.

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added 3:45pm, added the press conference transcript…

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Nieminen’s Charge Goes Unpunished

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from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

Blues forward Ville Nieminen will not be suspended for his hit on Detroit defenseman Brett Lebda in Saturday’s 3-2 shootout victory. Lebda left the game on a stretcher in the first period, and Nieminen received a five-minute major boarding penalty and a game misconduct.

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The Race In The East

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from Damien Cox of the Toronto Star,

How nice of the Tampa Bay Lightning to join the party.
Whereas the scuffle in the bottom portion of the Eastern Conference appeared to involve five teams fighting for two spots just last week, that has changed courtesy of the floundering Bolts.
Tampa found itself passed by the soaring New York Rangers yesterday, once again demonstrating that if you don’t like the conference standings much today, don’t worry.
Tomorrow they’ll be different.

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Bolts Won’t Do Much UFA Shopping

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from the St. Peterburg Times,

“I just don’t see us being a player in the unrestricted market on the NHL level,” Feaster said. “We’re going to play at the depth player level.”
That means any significant acquisitions will be made primarily through trading draft choices and prospects.
“But we’ll also evaluate guys who still have time on their contracts here,” Feaster said. “It may be there are guys here who at the end of the season maybe we need to move on.”
The Lightning has said it plans to hold payroll to $40-million next season, $4-million less than this season’s salary cap. Next season’s cap has not been determined.

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Kolzig Has A Dream

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from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

“You have dreams as a father of one day taking your child on the ice with you, or playing golf,” Kolzig said. “Then you find out your child has autism and those dreams are dashed.
“I’m going to get my son on a golf course. I’m going to get my son playing hockey.”
With a strong body of famous athletes and plenty of resolve, AAA continues to grow, speaking with a clear, passionate voice that’s increasingly being heard by decision-makers.

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McCarty Recalls March 26, 1997

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fromm the Vancouver Sun,

And who, pray tell, was responsible for that script?
“I don’t know, man,” shrugged a smiling McCarty. “I’ve had a couple of those scripts. The Stanley Cup-winning goal [in 1997]. The hat trick [against Roy in the 2002 playoffs]. I’ve had some moments.
“I’ll never replace that winning-the-Cup game and scoring that goal, but to take just a game in general, [the March 26, 1997 contest] was the greatest game I’ve ever played in, that I ever saw. Just because it had every ingredient you could ever want. That game had everything.”

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Coaching The Right Way

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from the Vail Daily,

For any hockey player, a slapshot is a great way to score a goal.
For Mike Torry, it’s an opportunity to prevent injuries.
“We know in adult hockey players, they get a lot of hip labral tears,” said Torry, the director of the Biomechanics Research Laboratory at the Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation. “We’re trying to find out why they get those type of injuries at the elite level. ... If we can figure it out, then we can change the way they do thinking at a youth level to prevent them.”

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