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Cut Down On Injuries - Cut Down On Exhibition Games

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from Red Fisher of the Montreal Gazette,

Does it make sense to play more games at the expense of practices, which are conducted with an eye on avoiding injuries and are the best way to do it for coaches - particularly freshman bench leaders - to work at introducing new systems to their teams?

I don’t think so.

What I’m really saying is that since these players are merely human, the NHL will have to take a long, hard look at the number of games its assets play when their people sit down to prepare next season’s exhibition schedule - all the more so because the league will have to shut down for two weeks because of the winter Olympics.

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Morning Line

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“He’s a target out there and a lot of guys go after him.  It’s only natural for him to want to go want to go back at guys… He’s going to keep learning as he goes, but it’s better revenge to put the puck in the net than run somebody over.”

-Mathieu Schneider on Alexander Ovechkin.  More on AO from Craig Custance of Sporting News Today.

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  Tags: alexander+ovechkin, mathieu+schneider

Getting The Rinkside View

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from the Anaheim Ducks,

The “Rinkside View” game format combines the best of traditional hockey television expertise with more ice access thanks to low angle camera positions and a voyeuristic, as-if-you-were-there look and feel to the telecast. A total of 20 NHL games, including all six “Freeway Faceoff” contests with the Kings, will be seen by the “Rinkside View”.

“We are revolutionizing hockey on television with ‘Rinkside View’.  The low camera angles and evolved camera direction will allow the viewers to hear more crunch, watch more of the ice, and - instead of being told how the play develops – see the play unfold for themselves,” said Tom Feuer, executive producer, Fox Sports WEST and PRIME TICKET.

read on

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Helping The Poorer Teams

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from Sean Gordon, Allan Maki and David Shoalts of the Globe and Mail,

The grumbling is intensifying behind the scenes from owners and team officials who are watching with mounting dismay as millions pour from successful franchises in Canada and the United States to their staggering partners, mostly in the American sunbelt.

According to information compiled by The Globe and Mail from various sources, the six Canadian NHL franchises contributed more than $40-million (all figures U.S.) to their fellow owners last season, and about $50-million when playoff revenues are taken into account.

read on

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Cleaner Ice

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from Mark Zwolinksi of the Toronto Star,

When the Leafs open their home season tonight against Montreal, the first official critique of the new ice will arrive for the ice crews and management, who have been building ice for over a month now with the help of a reverse osmosis water filtering system from Newmarket-based ice experts Jet Ice.

“Fans are going to notice the ice is clearer and stronger, there will be less snow build-up and less ruts ... players will feel the ice is faster and harder, and the puck will travel smoother with less bumps,” said Bryan Leslie, director of building operations for the Air Canada Centre.

The reverse osmosis process essentially removes contaminants and sediment introduced to the ice under the old ice making methods.

more

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More Health Issues For Connolly

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from Mike Harrington of the Buffalo News,

Even though he had practiced all week, Tim Connolly’s sore back is now a major issue for the Buffalo Sabres because it’s more than just lingering stiffness.

Connolly was a surprising scratch from Friday’s season opener and Sabres coach Lindy Ruff revealed after the game that his center has a hairline fracture in a vertebrae.

“He was trying to get through it in practice all week,” Ruff said. “We felt he could get through it, the doctors felt he could get through it but he couldn’t. It just got too painful.”

continued

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Oh Jose

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Japers’ Rink let the picture describe the feeling of Capitals fans this morning.

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Players Get Their Escrow Back

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from the CP via TSN,

Anyone who played in the NHL last season can expect to receive a nice little bonus by the end of the month.

A source tells The Canadian Press that the players will be given back all of the money they paid into escrow last season….

Some players will receive fairly sizable cheques.

For example, Daniel Briere and Scott Gomez each earned US$10 million last season. They’ll both get back the $950,000 they paid into escrow plus interest and an additional $48,000 or so to cover the shortfall in overall salary payments.

more

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It’s Becoming A Federal Case

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from the National Journal,

The league agrees with Team Palin. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly issued this statement: “We do not view the Flyers’ invitation to Governor Palin to be politically motivated. Governor Palin is a supporter of the sport, which she has proclaimed publicly. As a public figure who has a very public connection with hockey, her recent associations with the Flyers and other NHL franchises is not surprising and, in our view, not inappropriate. Participation of national politicians in team ceremonies in professional sports is far from unprecedented in our sport and occurs routinely in other sports, as well.”

more

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Sharks Add Veteran Defensemen To Winning Formula

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from Eric Duhatschek of the Globe and Mail,

But this year, GM Doug Wilson opened the Sharks’ wallet to add Dan Boyle and Rob Blake, both of whom have previously won a Stanley Cup championship. For Thornton, the presence of that pair makes a night-and-day difference in the team’s attitude and approach.

“As a left-handed shot, having two righties on the power play is really going to help me,” said Thornton in an interview. “Blakie is so solid and Boyle skates like the wind. They’re explosive. They’re going to be a huge difference for our team, two defencemen that can play 25 to 30 minutes a game.

“If you look at who’s won the last two years, Detroit with Lidstrom and Anaheim with Niedermayer and Pronger. It’s nice for us to have two guys like that now that can play in every situation. We haven’t had that before.”

more and numerous hockey notes…

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