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Kings Will Become Sellers

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from the LA Times,

Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky probably will remain with the Kings, team officials said Saturday at a meeting with season-ticket holders.
Visnovsky, the subject of several trade rumors, is a “core player” who “we’ll look to sign this summer,” Ron Hextall, assistant general manager, told fans. He later qualified that by saying, “Well, I would never say never, but it would take a lot.”
Still, although Visnovsky appears to be an untouchable, General Manager Dean Lombardi indicated the Kings would now start to look to next season as the Feb. 27 trade deadline approaches.
“With the way the team is now, we will end up being sellers while many other teams are buyers,” Lombardi said. “We can end up getting good young players and picks.”

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Forget GAA, Sv%- Think PI

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from Jeff Z. Klein & Karl-Eric Reif of the New York Times,

A rating system called the Perseverance Index gives fans a better read on whose save percentage benefits from a light workload and whose suffers beneath a hail of frozen vulcanized rubber.
Basically, it combines six parts save percentage to one part shots against. Above is a chart of the top performances this season by that measure, through Friday’s games, with category leaders in bold.

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Forget Parity

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from Michael Russo of the Star-Tribune,

At the risk of being banned from every NHL arena, parity might be overrated.
I used to be all for it. I used to preach and preach about the importance of it in Sunday columns when I worked in another market….
Apparently, I was wrong. Clearly the fans aren’t buying into the fact that 23 teams of about identical stature have amazingly defied mathematics to all be above “.500.”
Just look at the attendance. And not the attendance figures the NHL releases, but actually walk into arenas or turn on your TV. Most every U.S. market’s arena is half to three-quarters full.

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First Japenese-Born NHL Player Sees The Ice

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from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Los Angeles Kings goalie Yutaka Fukufuji became the first Japanese-born person to play in the NHL when he entered Saturday’s game against the St. Louis Blues at the start of the third period.
Fukufuji replaced Barry Brust, who allowed five goals in the first two periods.

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Therrien On the Hot Seat

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from TBM at NBC Sports,

As Pittsburgh stumbles into the weekend with just three wins in their last eleven games, The Moose is hearing that Penguin management is seriously considering a coaching change before the team’s playoff hopes disappear completely. The only factor holding them back is a lack of qualified replacements.

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NHL All Stars

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Your complete roster for both conferences.

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NBC Games

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Not a good start for NBC and their affiliates.
Here in Detroit via Comcast, we are getting the Pens/Flyers game in HD, but numerous video breakups and black screen for a few moments.
Hopefully they will get things settled down.

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A Long Day Of Live Blogging

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Follow along with Alanah at C&B today, tonight, and for some of us, even tomorrow, as she live-blogs during HDIC.

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Bruins Wives’ Hold Carnival

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Jaci at Wicked Bruins Fan recently attended the Carnival the Boston Wives put on.  Some great pics (see her right sidebar) and since this is the greatest Saturday of the season, why not have a carnival atmosphere.
Plus, Jace needs to pay attention to vibrations…

Here comes my absolute awesome, make my day highlight of the Carnival.
After I bought a program to see where everybody was stationed, I was making my way to the arena floor with my mother. I felt my phone vibrate in my bag and saw that Tracy was calling. I answered and it was not Tracy’s voice on the other end. Instead it was a 6’4” Bruins defenseman named Andrew Alberts. He called me a minute earlier using the Verizon phone at the Phone a Friend booth, but I didn’t answer because I didn’t feel it vibrating.

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The NHL and the Minor Leagues

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From Blake Sebring via News-Sentinel,

Franke suggests NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman meet with minor-league commissioners to restructure the game in terms of geography and rules. Minor-league hockey needs a game plan, Franke said.
“Every league is suffering right now, and how many teams need to go dark before somebody wakes up?” he said. “He needs to sit down with all of us and say, ‘Fellas, we’ve got problems here, and we need to begin a dialogue of how we can make this better. When there are more people coming to the buildings in your cities, it’s best for the NHL, too.’
“Maybe then … the NHL will get a contract with a TV network that more than 500 people can access.”

and more about what minor league fans want—a more physical game, says UHL team owner Michael Franke.

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