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A Little Advice

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

As we embark on this new NHL season, let us send warm wishes, kind regards and words of advice to those who will shortly entertain, beguile and perplex us. To Dominik Hasek: Varicose veins are so in right now. To Brendan Shanahan: people in NYC aren’t big on Irish men who fight.
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Make That Call

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I encourage NHL fans, especially KK members and guests to make a few phone calls.

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Pointing At Lou

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Suffice to say, the natives are restless. The natives, in this case, are NHL general managers who aren't happy with how New Jersey Devils' GM Lou Lamoriello has apparently extricated himself from a salary cap conundrum that, at one point, looked as though it might cause him to gut his team.
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Tele-Conference Blogging

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Gary Bettman, Bill Daly, Colin Campbell and Stepen Walkom are participating in a tele-conference that started at 11:10am today. Blogging live, so updates will continue throughout the conference. The period intermission will now be 17 minutes and commercial breaks are 2 minutes long. Time will be allowed for TV to re-cap before play starts again. Minimum of 40 second break after a goal. Additional hand signals from the refs for penalties like butt-ending, clipping and a few others. added 11:27am, Bettman on the Pens situation. He is anticipating new ownership and a new arena. His hope is the future is long and bright in Pittsurgh. He has no doubt the city will support the Pens, but they need a new arena. The team has a great history and said the only thing to drive the Pens out of town would be a lack of a new arena. He is looking to the city of Pittsburgh officials to come forward and support a new arena. added 11:29am, Bettman was asked about the new NHL store in NYC. He mentioned the store will open sometime in the summer of 2007. added 11:36am, Walcom was asked what can we expect from the on-ice officials beginning tomorrow night. Basically he stated more of the same from last year. He expects players to conform to the rules, and diving will be watched. Hopefully the players will not enhance the call. If they can stay on their feet, they should. added 11:40am, Colin Campbell was asked if there was a concern about game flow with the extra minutes added to the intermission, etc. The league is conscious of this, making sure the shootouts are handled quickly and are always trying to improve the flow. I will post a transcript when available in this post. update 6:21pm, transcript posted...

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Get In Shape

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from CanWest; National Post via Canada.com,

''(Maurice) is starting to hold guys accountable here in the pre-season,'' defenceman Bryan McCabe said. ''Nobody's going to get away with anything, including myself, Mats (Sundin) or Darcy (Tucker). If we do something wrong, we're going to hear about it. That's the way you're going to learn.'' Maurice said it is simpler than that. The Leafs want to play an up-tempo brand of hockey this season. And O'Neill, who appears less fit than the team's 39-year-old head coach, seems unable to keep up. So, for the good of the team, Maurice said the best place for the one-time 41-goal scorer who is earning $1.5 million US this season is on an exercise bike not the ice.
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Two Stories

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from Sam McCaig at the Hockey News,

ST. LOUIS BLUES The BIG story: A new team owner and new team president give the Blues new hope after one of the most trying seasons in franchise history. The OTHER story: If the NHL was about to enter the 1996-97 season, the Blues’ top line of Keith Tkachuk-Doug Weight-Bill Guerin would be a fearsome unit. But it’s not.
read on for all the big and other stories for each team...

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Pressure On Turco

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from the Star-Telegram,

The pressure on Turco, the team's highest-paid player at $6 million this season, is immense. General manager Doug Armstrong made Turco the team's "stake in the ground" with a four-year contract extension through the 2009-10 season. And though the goalie is the second-winningest NHL goalie over the past three regular seasons, three more postseasons like his past three would be unthinkably dire for the organization. The truth is, Turco probably wouldn't last that long in Dallas. But a strong season -- and more important, a superb postseason -- would restore Dallas' faith in the goalie. That's all he can hope for. "This is where I want to be," Turco said. "I don't want to go somewhere and pretend [the past two seasons] never happened."
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Cap Relief- Devils Style

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

The New Jersey Devils' salary cap problems are rapidly diminishing. Sources tell TSN that an independent medical evaluation has determined that Alexander Mogilny's chronic hip condition makes him physically unfit to play and that when the Devils file their roster with the league Tuesday, they will be able to designate Mogilny as a Long-Term Injury.
continued added 9:05am, from Sportsnet,
The New Jersey Devils continued to inch closer to getting under the salary cap before the start of the 2006-07 by waiving right wing Grant Marshall. The 33-year-old veteran is a two-time Stanley Cup champion (New Jersey in 2003; Dallas in 1999) that spent parts of the last three NHL campaigns in 'The Swamp'. The move saves the Devils $760,000 in salary-cap space, but it also opens up a spot on the Devils' all-important checking line--along with Jay Pandolfo and John Madden (hernia), who is currently injured.

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Save A Career

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from the NY Times,

A prospect in the Anaheim Ducks’ organization, Smith, 20, was a rookie defenseman for their top farm team, the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League, when he was hit by the puck Feb. 24 in a game against the Manchester Monarchs. Surgeons could not save the eye, and he now wears a prosthetic. Seven months later, speaking by telephone from his home in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Smith refused to consider that matters might have been different if he had been wearing a protective visor. “The worst thing for me to do would be to play the what-if game,” he said.
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How Important Is Goaltending

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from the Province,

The premise, admittedly, is slightly absurd because to suggest goaltending isn't important in hockey is to suggest pitching isn't important in baseball or water isn't important in horticulture. But given the direction the game seems to be moving in the new NHL, it's fair to raise the question: Is goaltending as important as it was in the dead-puck era? It's a line of inquiry with profound implications for the NHL as a whole. But it's especially relevant to the Vancouver Canucks because they've opted to build their team around Roberto Luongo this season.
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