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Canes Are Proof The New NHL Works

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from Scott Burnside of ESPN,

Every day in New York, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman must find a window with a southerly exposure and offer up profound thanks to Carolina GM Jim Rutherford, head coach Peter Laviolette, renaissance player and captain Rod Brind'Amour, superstar in the making Eric Staal and the rest of the dynamic Canes. They are Bettman's new NHL. They are living, breathing, skating, scoring proof that the lockout worked, that the salary cap works, that the new rules (and enforcement of the old ones) work. Forget the lame "Art of War" ad campaign, the NHL should have just brought some cameras into the RBC Center and let 'em roll.
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Repeat Performance

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from Jim Kelley of Sportsnet,

Dominik Hasek's stint in Ottawa is playing out very similar to his time in Buffalo and Detroit. Which ending will we see this time? I don't for a moment believe that someone inside the Ottawa Senators organization didn't tell Ottawa Sun reporter Don Brennan that the Senators don't expect goalie Dominik Hasek back anytime during the regular season or the playoffs. I don't for a moment believe that Ottawa Senators General Manager John Muckler isn't telling the truth when he said that the plan is to have Hasek return at some point and play in the playoffs. So who's telling the truth? Well, it's quite possible they both are.
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Hockey Has Lost Its Place

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Eric at Off Wing Opinion pointed his readers to Tony Kornheiser of the Washington Post,

Hockey is dead. At least it's dead right here, right now. Hockey is so dead in America, the players may as well still be locked out. You can't find hockey anywhere on television unless you're looking for the Bicycle Race network.
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Top 10 Under 30

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from John Buccigross of ESPN,

I am grateful when you in Hockey Nation provide a cool column idea. There are certainly more than 10, but here are my top under-30 players, in no particular order, who I think will one day be inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame. 10. Eric Staal Why Staal? Well, primarily because I think he will have a career that looks eerily similar to Mike Modano. At this time next season, Modano will be a 500-700-1,200, two-way guy. I can see Staal being that kind of player.
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Atlanta Trying To Reach Goal

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

Thrashers GM Don Waddell made a bold move before this season, guaranteeing Atlanta fans the first playoff berth in the team's short history. But with only eight games left on the schedule, the Thrashers still aren't guaranteed anything. Instead, they're in ninth place in the Eastern Conference and on the outside looking as time ticks down on the regular season.
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Sheldon Kennedy Hit Rock Bottom

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from Eric Francis of the Calgary Sun,

Holed up in the furnace room of his ranch house south of Calgary, Sheldon Kennedy sat with a loaded shotgun in his hands and a bag of cocaine by his side. In a the midst of a week-long drug and alcohol binge that saw him leave the house only to pick up more cocaine, the former NHL player's paranoia had him convinced there were strangers in the house.
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Sore Hip For Golden Boy

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via the NY Post (reg. req.), Golden-boy goalie Henrik Lundqvist, suffering from a sore hip flexor, will not start tonight's Atlantic Division showdown against the rival Flyers. Lundqvist, who will not be in uniform tonight, doesn't know exactly when he got injured - either in Thursday's loss to Ottawa or during Friday's practice. He did not say anything about it to coaches or the training staff until practice yesterday.

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Shootouts Hurt Sharks

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from the San Francisco Chronicle,

The big question when the NHL added the shootout to decide tie games this season -- guaranteeing a winner in every game -- was how it would affect the standings. Would teams earn "cheap" points and would others possibly get aced out because they didn't take enough advantage of the new rule? ...Only one team has been hurt by the new rule: If you guessed that one team is the Sharks, you are correct. If shootouts had not come into being, and teams earned one point each for a tie after regulation and five minutes of sudden death, the Sharks would have 84 points, good for eighth place in the West and three points ahead of Edmonton.
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Knee On Knee Night

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Marchment tried to take out Zetterberg tonight and just missed. Tucker had a knee hit on Hecht and Lindy Ruff is not a happy coach (will open wmp audio). Babcock was asked about the Marchmant move and said the game was very agressive, which is fine, but you have to keep the hits clean. image

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Ref To Celebrate Milestone

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from Hockey Refs,

NHL referee Don Koharski will join a select group later this week when he officiates his 1,500th regular season game. The 50-year-old will achieve the mark Saturday when Tampa Bay plays host to Pittsburgh.
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