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Win And They Will Come

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette via Canada.com,

On the other hand, I find it hard to agree with my pal Gary Bettman's view that "it's too early to be concerned about attendance around the league. It's a little premature two to three weeks into the season to be writing attendance stories," the commish told Los Angeles Times hockey writer Chris Foster. The reason for the lagging attendance was that "the schedule was a little different." Say what? A lot of things have changed in the new My NHL, but the constant has been that lagging attendance never has had anything to do with the schedule being "a little different." All you have to do is win.
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McKee Breaks Hand After Returning From Knee Injury

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via the St. Louis Post-Dispatch,

The Blues were just as amazed about the defeat, and for them it wasn't even the biggest loss of the night. Defenseman Jay McKee, who was making his Blues debut, suffered a broken hand on his third shift and will miss an estimated four to six weeks. McKee was blocking a shot off the stick of Rory Fitzpatrick when the puck hit him. "I don't know when that cloud is going to leave us," Blues coach Mike Kitchen said, referring to the string of injuries to the club's key defensemen over the last half-dozen years.
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Target Shooting

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from Uni Watch,

I was talking to a friend who works for [a company that does some number-crunching for the NHL]. He was telling me that they have data supporting the theory that teams with symmetrical logos, or more rounded logos, have a goaltender advantage. He said that they’ve noted a higher save percentage in goalies who have what they call a “target” logo...
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Is Philly Thinking Keenan?

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from the blog of George Richards of the Miami Herald,

Rumor has it, coach Ken Hitchcock and GM Bob Clarke could be on the outs. Maybe not fair, but that's life. Hitchcock, good buddies with JM by the way, won't have a problem finding another gig. Clarke either. Both have done a lot in their years, but the thought here is Philly's got a big problem and Snider isn't going to sit back and watch. And guess who's available, you know, to either coach or be the GM? You got it, Mike Keenan
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Raphael Watch

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I wonder if Raphael (wmp video) will show up at the Avs morning skate tomorrow- looking to beat Theodore. I still get a chuckle when I see that video. To refresh your memory, Raphael jumped over the boards during a Canadiens practice in early January and took a few shots at Jose. added 9:55pm, from the CP via the Globe and Mail,

Jose Theodore is anxious to see how the Bell Centre crowd reacts when he takes to the ice Saturday night as starting goaltender for the Colorado Avalanche. "It's obviously something special," Theodore told a mob of reporters Friday before the Avalanche practice. "I don't know what to expect. "It's my first time back. It should be a great experience and a fun experience. I approach it like I want to play well and win, but it's not about proving that anyone made a mistake. It's just about me coming back and playing in my home town again."

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All The Answers

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from Loose Change at the Hockey News,

Sometimes there are just those questions that demand answers. Over time my imagination comes up with I receive a lot of emails from people with a burning desire to know about something in hockey that’s been bugging them for a long time.... Now, on with the show… What nation is poised to be the next hockey superpower? As corny as this might sound: Iceland. Their whole country is covered in ice and they have perhaps the physically toughest humans on the planet. All the women look like men and the men look like bears, so you know they can take a punch or two.
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Sid Not Worried About Diving Tag

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from the AP via Ohio.com,

The day after New York Islanders coach Ted Nolan accused Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby of diving, the 19-year-old star and his coach brushed off the comments as gamesmanship. "I don't need to defend myself," said Crosby, who has not been called for a diving penalty this season. "I think my play more than shows the type of player I am. I'd be worried if I went out there and did that, but I don't."
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Visit The Southeast

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A Brief But Rich Heritage The resume is already impressive: * The NHL's last two Stanley Cup champions * The last two Conn Smythe winners * Vezina, Art Ross and Hart winners * Three "Rocket" Richard awards in the seven years the trophy has been awarded * The 2004 Jack Adams award * Two of the past four Calder Trophy award winners All this from a division entering its eighth season in existence. Heck, one of its teams didn't even exist when the division was formed. image

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The Voices

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from Bill Meltzer at NHL.com,

Before their careers are over, the sport's legendary announcers often bring several generations of players into fans' homes and car radios. That's why people associate these familiar voices with their favorite teams -- and the game of hockey itself -- just as strongly as they do the people who don uniforms. As with debates on great players, fans' views on who is "the best announcer" depend largely on the person's age and locale.
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Will Chicago Fans Come Back To A Winning Team

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

No one gets much pleasure out of seeing Chicago as a perpetual NHL black hole. Yawney is experienced enough to know that if the team can win consistently, then the rest of the renaissance should fall naturally into place. "I don't care what organization you're in," said Yawney. "If you win, they'll come back. It didn't happen overnight, the fans going away, and we're not going to put them back in the building overnight either. But it is an Original Six franchise that's a bit of a sleeping giant."
more...Philly talk and much more too...

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