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A Few Topics With Kevin Allen

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Kevin Allen of USA TODAY and also the President of the NHL Writers Association was just on Detroit radio. He said he has been trying to work with the NHL all year long about reporting injuries. Kevin said it is getting "cartoonish" with all of these upper and lower body injury reports. He said the NHL is taking a "player privacy" stance and they are not willing to force teams to report the specific injury. Kevin noted there are teams that would be more than willing to report an injury, but if one team refuses, then they might as well not report it either. Allen stated it is so easy to get an injury report during the playoffs, just go to the opposing team and someone there knows exactly what the injury is. He feels the NHL owes it to their fans to force the teams to start reporting and will continue to work on it. Kevin also mentioned we will not be seeing as many power plays in the playoffs; players know what they can get away with now and they will basically play the same way during the playoffs. He was asked if penalty calls will get overlooked as the games get more important- Kevin said he hopes not but he thinks they will. Also mentioned a message needs to be sent to players about the recent knee to knee hits, but the NHL has turned the other cheek. Yzerman was brought up and Kevin says the talk of the league is the play of Yzerman. He cannot believe the type of game he is playing these days and should not even consider retirement now, but Steve has given no indication on what his plans are.

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Recognize The Hockey Bloggers

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As you can imagine, I agree 100% with Vancouver Op Ed. Many of us have been turned down but we keep on digging and waiting to be recognized as an accredited source. Although it may be difficult for hockey teams and the NHL to establish which hockey blogs are actually providing a service to many of the hockey fans, it would be in their best interest to start establishing some time of relationship with them. Just look at my left sidebar for links to other hockey blogs, or check out those blogs and see their recommendations. Now back to Vancouver Op Ed,

Our intention is not to overestimate our own importance, or to stomp on mainstream media. The newspaper articles we read every day are informative, inspiring, entertaining and irreplaceable. We would be lost without them. We’re just saying that there’s a role for blogs to play in hockey journalism as well. And we think that role will only get bigger.
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Canadian Press Makes Their Picks For The NHL Hardware

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from Pierre LeBrun of the CP via Yahoo,

The battle for the Hart Trophy as awarded the NHL's most valuable player to his team is a race between the two top scorers in the league and Miikka Kiprusoff, whose stellar netminding has allowed the offensively inept Calgary Flames to remain a contender. Jagr is looking for his second career Hart Trophy after leading the New York Rangers to their first playoff appearance since 1997.
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A Playoff Future For the Blackhawks

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from Spector of Fox Sports,

The Blackhawks do have the makings of a future playoff contender, but requires stability both behind the bench and in the front office to fulfill that potential, develop their promising youth and most importantly, bring back its fans.
read on...I feel so much for the Chicago fans because I remember the numerous battles with the Wings. I hope one day the Hawks make a huge comeback....

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It Is Official

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from Hockey Refs,

Limited details of the 33-page document had been previously reported, but nothing was ever officially released or confirmed by either side. But now the document – which a HockeyRefs.com source confirmed as authentic – can be downloaded from several outlets, including the popular hockey weblog Kuklas Korner (hey, that's me and the document can be found here). While reports said little was new in the CBA, several interesting clauses disclose previously unknown information.
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NHL On NBC Is Back

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SATURDAY, APRIL 8 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. NHL ON NBC HD Game is New York Rangers @ Boston or alternate game is St. Louis @ Colorado, not in HD. 3 p.m. PT West Coast Only Anaheim @ Los Angeles Commentators: Mike Emrick, John Davidson, Pierre McGuire (New York Rangers @ Boston); Chris Cuthbert, Peter McNab, Cammi Granato (St. Louis @ Colorado); Dave Strader, Brian Hayward, Joe Micheletti (Anaheim @ Los Angeles)

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Shootout Sideshow

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from Sherry Ross of the NY Daily News via the Charlotte Observer,

If Brodeur doesn't get an asterisk (which I hear can be quite painful), then Alexander Ovechkin should have 54 goals, not 48, through the first 72 games of the season. The stats are all part of the not-so-very-well-thought-out world of the shootout sideshow, which has been embraced by almost everyone around the NHL. When Brodeur beat the Flyers, 4-1, on Saturday, it marked his 35th win of the season and put him in fourth place on the career victories list. However, eight of those 35 wins this season came in the shootout, which in the old days (before 2005-06) would have resulted in a tie. That means Brodeur should have 27 wins, not 35.
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Young Goalies In The East

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from Allan Muir of ESPN,

The hurdle the top teams in the East face is getting past the fact that the only way to win long term is to gain the experience that comes with losing. Outside of Martin Brodeur, whose Devils will be lucky to win one round, and Dominik Hasek, whose health makes him about as dependable to the Senators as Beetle Bailey, no team has crucial experience to count on.
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Forget The Stanley Cup- Watch The Survivor Cup

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via Reality TV Magazine,

This April, as fans across the country prepare for one of the most intense rivalries in sports with the onset of the NHL playoffs, OLN will show its support to the players journeying on the quest for the Stanley Cup, holding a special 9-hour “Survivor Cup” marathon of episodes that represent the best Face-Offs, biggest Power Plays and Greatest Saves throughout the series’ history, in the castaways’ pursuit of the title of Sole Survivor.
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Underdogs

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from the Hockey News via ESPN,

If the New Jersey Devils secure a playoff berth, beating them in the postseason will be no easy feat. That's the verdict of NHL players who collectively tabbed the Devils as the underdog team that has the best chance in the playoffs. In a poll of 30 players, one from each team, eight (27 percent) named New Jersey as the NHL's top underdog of the playoffs.
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