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Incompetent

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from the Toronto Sun,

Incompetent And that's what makes the dealings of hockey GMs so true to life. Just like the guy a few cubicles down who gets his budget cut when the district manager overspends, some people suffer while absolute incompetents skate. Hardworking coaches get gassed. Worthy players once discarded thrive in new venues. The GMs, architects of so much folly, get to stay. At least they used to.
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Sports Coverage On The Web

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Not really hockey related, but it is Friday and a very good read. from Sports Illustrated,

Three months ago, I was dispatched to write a story for the magazine about sports coverage on the Web. This meant spending a lot of time -- more than anyone should, really -- trolling various blogs, message boards and fan sites. The goal was a separation of church and state internally -- you may have noticed we have quite an extensive Web operation here at SI, which made this whole experience rather meta -- but it was important to look at our chief rival, ESPN.com, as the site has been a big factor in bringing sports fans to the Internet.
read on...long but well written and if you are reading KK you should read this too...

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More Than Just A Carnival

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from the Courier Post,

For about five hours Sunday afternoon at the Wachovia Center, Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock will pose for photographs, sign autographs and, if prodded, he might even climb into the dunk tank as he and his players take part in the 29th annual Flyers' Wives Fight For Lives Carnival. But for Hitchcock, the Carnival has a much deeper meaning. When he was 12, Hitchcock's father, Ray, was diagnosed with a malignant tumor in his back. Two years later, at the age of 40, Ray Hitchcock lost his battle to cancer...
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What About Pittsburgh

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from the Sporting News via MSNBC,

Rumors fly in Pittsburgh as fast as they did in St. Louis and in other cities where pro sports teams are for sale. This much is clear: There is major interest from outside Iron City, and time may have passed for the Penguins to stay in town. That's a shame, because the Penguins should stay where they are. But the most likely scenario would have the team moving to Kansas City, where an arena is in place and interests are begging for a franchise, NHL or NBA, to become its major tenant.
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Leafs Lacking

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from the Toronto Sun,

Last night, in the most meaningful Toronto-Montreal hockey game in 27 years, the Leafs relinquished whatever opportunity they had to claw their way back into a playoff race of pure pretenders. This was supposed to represent a new beginning after Tuesday's impressive win over Carolina. The truth on the Leafs' playoff chase: They are closer to 13th place than they are to eighth. While the Canadiens moved five points ahead of the Leafs last night, the Atlanta Thrashers came back to win in overtime and are six points ahead of Toronto.
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Record Year Revenue Wise

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via the Detroit Free Press (right sidebar), "We're going to have a record year revenue-wise. All the teams in the league can compete." "Now we have a league we can actually grow, and we can put a product on TV that's exciting to watch. I had felt like a voice in the wilderness" before the lockout. "At our league meetings, I would say, 'Our game stinks. The games are boring.' We had people, all they did was clutter the ice and grab anything that came close to them. There was no skill involved anymore because the big guys would just come and lay the lumber on the skill players. There were no great plays." Peter Karmanos, owner of the Carolina Hurricane

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The Other Top Rookie

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from the Star-Telegram,

It's hard to believe now, but 50 points and nine shootout goals ago, Stars rookie Jussi Jokinen was worried about making the team. For a guy who's listed in the back of the Stars' media guide -- with all the prospects, not up front with the big-league roster -- Jokinen has been a pleasant surprise for Dallas all season.
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Bad For Hockey

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from the Columbus Dispatch,

Fans in Nationwide Arena have found something big to cheer about this season. image What often gets them most excited is Kevin Schroeder, a 320-pound fan who rises from his seat during a timeout, peels off his Blue Jackets jersey — revealing a message on his billboard belly — and dances.
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A Waste Of Good Cap Money

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from Bob McKenzie of TSN,

Now that the Ed Belfour era in Toronto is over - and make no mistake, it is over - two things need to be said. The first, and perhaps most important, is that Belfour is a sure-fire Hall of Famer... The second, though, is that the Toronto Maple Leafs made a huge mistake, perhaps the mother of all errors, when they signed Belfour to a new contract in the summer of 2004.
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Pens May Change Front Office

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

As the Pittsburgh Penguins continue to lobby for a new arena to replace out-of-date Mellon Arena, there is growing sentiment in Pittsburgh and beyond that a modernization of the team's management structure is also overdue. ...Patrick's contract is expiring this summer, offering the perfect opportunity to part company with a man who does deserve a graceful exit because of his past successes. The guessing around the league is that Patrick will not be rehired, but no one knows for sure. The word is that he has a decent relationship with Penguins CEO Ken Sawyer.
read on...Kevin also states the Pens could be the like the Ottawa Senators in a few years...

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