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Watching the YoungStars I also have been writing a song to mark the moment. I call it “Mamma, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be YoungStars Goalie.”

Thanks, I’ll be here all week. Remember to tip your waiters and bartenders.

-Phil Coffey of NHL.com.  Phil is actually blogging the All-Star SuperSkills at NHL.com.

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Vinny Talks Montreal

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from Damien Cristodero of the St. Petersburg Times,

The Lightning captain, 28, returned home this weekend to play in the 57th All-Star Game commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Canadiens franchise. What’s it like for Lecavalier in a city that craves a French-Canadian superstar for whom to cheer and is buzzing with speculation the Canadiens could try to trade for him? Lecavalier tells us.

Do you understand the fascination among fans and media about having a French-Canadian centerpiece on the Canadiens?

The people, they want a French-Canadian, there’s no doubt about it. They talk about it every summer when free agency comes. Some people say there’s not enough on the team, and they try to get more. It’s part of the tradition. People are fascinated by it. They want a French-Canadian who can play there.

read on

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Party On In Vegas

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

The NHL will indeed be taking their annual awards ceremony from downtown Toronto to the Las Vegas Strip.

A league source tells ESPN.com that plans are now coming into focus for the awards show to make its first visit to Las Vegas on June 18, shortly after the end of the Stanley Cup playoffs and before the NHL draft in Montreal.

The ceremony is expected to be hosted by the Palms Casino and Resort.

continued with a charity, celeb game…

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NHLPA Wants More Information On The Lidstrom/Datsyuk Ruling

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from Darren Dreger of TSN,

The National Hockey League Players Association has requested additional information from the NHL regarding the leagues intent to enforce a policy that will keep Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk and Nicklas Lidstrom out of Tuesday’s game against Columbus.

It’s possible the Players Association could file a grievance; however the impartial arbitrator wouldn’t be able to hear the case before Tuesday.

continued

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The Hockey News Party

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from Sam McCaig of the Hockey News,

As part of the NHL All-Star Game weekend festivities, The Hockey News and the NHL threw a party in Montreal on Friday night – and all the stars came out.

Well, a bunch of them, anyway.

About 600 people turned up, including NHL players and alumni, GMs and team executives, media members and fans…even a certain NHL commissioner and NHL Players’ Association union boss made an appearance (uh, not together).

• Hey look, there’s NHLPA boss Paul Kelly, cornered by fast-talking THN senior writer Ken Campbell. Oh well…Kelly’s a lawyer; he’s heard fast talk before.

• Speaking of Kelly, isn’t that his nemesis over there, NHL commish Gary Bettman? Why, yes it is; thanks for coming out, Gary. But…where’s his suit? For the first time, well, maybe ever, Bettman was spotted suitless – he opted for a casual sweater-and-pants combo instead. (Figures…the one night a year I show up in a suit, and Mr. Suit himself decides to let his hair down and enjoy the party.)

(Full disclosure: Bettman was another one who I didn’t actually see with my own eyes at the party, but several co-workers mentioned that he was there. And then after they told me that the next thing out of their mouth was, “And he’s wearing a sweater!”)

much more...

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While On Break, Phaneuf Relaxes At A Lakers Game

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The NHL Talks Fighting

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from Ken Campbell of the Hockey News,

So, as the injuries get more serious and the scary incidents work their way up the hockey ladder, it’s clear the league will do nothing concrete about fighting until someone in the NHL suffers the same fate as Don Sanderson. In the back of my mind, I think Colin Campbell is convinced exactly that is going to happen someday. Bettman talks about taking a “good, hard look at it,” but offers no structure of how that’s going to happen and no timeline for any changes.

In other words, the NHL is basically giving the issue lip service because of the perfect storm that has happened lately, but don’t expect anything drastic.

“Based on the conversations I’ve had with lots of constituencies – players, owners, managers, coaches – I don’t think there’s any appetite to abolish fighting in the game,” Bettman said. “There are lots of reasons for that, including that it has been a part of the game.”

more and Bettman talks about other hockey issues…

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All-Stars Red Carpet Show

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The show is on now, runs to 5:30pm.

Watch below…

Continue Reading »

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The Bettman Report

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from Noah Love of the National Post,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman held his annual All-Star news conference following the NHL Board of Governors meeting, and said he thought that if the league was to expand or forced to consider relocation, Toronto could probably handle a second team.

Mind you, he’s not thinking about it, doesn’t want you to think about it and seems to dread the thought of doing the legwork to make it happen.

“I’m not sure what level of research anybody has done on the subject, because we haven’t done any,” Bettman said at Montreal’s Windsor Hotel, coincidentally the same place the league was founded in 1917. “While we haven’t done a formal market study, intuitively, my guess is, on some basis somewhere it might work. You don’t make what could be a billion dollar decision — the combination of buying a team and building a building — on intuitive instinct.”

more from Bettman…

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Dallas Stars Spread Prospects Around

Blog: KK Hockey By Alanah McGinley

From the CP via NHL.com,

Dallas is in the unique and undesirable position this season of being the only NHL team without a primary affiliate. It’s a one-year fix while waiting for the Texas Stars to make their American Hockey League debut in the Austin area next fall.

Neal made it back to the NHL after two weeks with the Moose, but at the all-star break the Stars still had 11 prospects spread out among seven AHL teams. They were playing different systems, with players from rival organizations and sometimes even facing each other.

“It’s not an ideal situation,” Dallas coach Dave Tippett said. “I look forward to next year. Austin is going to be a great setup, a strong, strong situation for us.”

Dallas announced plans last February for an AHL franchise closer to home. Iowa responded by ending a three-year affiliation with the Stars after last season and became the Chops - with a vicious boar’s head for a logo. They are now the Anaheim Ducks’ primary farm team.

The Stars were left scrambling this season for a way to continue developing their minor-leaguers closest to playing in the NHL.

read on

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