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Colin Campbell, Where Are You

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It is time Mr. Campbell steps up and puts a gag order on all of the coaches who are yapping about the rules, or lack thereof. We all know why they are doing it, to get a call in the upcoming game(s). Soon we will have every coach in the NHL complaining about calls if "Soupy" doesn't step in. On the other hand, the players themselves have kept the complaining down and it is now time for the coaches to do the same. The constant whining does nothing for the game, so lets get rid of it Colin Campbell, let the fines begin!!!

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The Object Of The Game

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Hitchcock Says Players Are Diving

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from the Asbury Park Press,

Flyers coach Ken Hitchcock is tired of seeing players wear a path to and from the penalty box, but his beef is not with the NHL's referees. It's with players who are dropping to the ice like flies in hopes of drawing penalties. "You were taught at an early age that you don't just fall down as soon as someone puts a stick on you," Hitchcock said Thursday at the Flyers Skate Zone. "You play the game." Hitchcock said that before the new enforcement of obstruction penalties, players did not fall easily when tapped on the side of the pants or on the shin pads.

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Tortorella Hot

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from the Miami Herald,

Atlanta has lost four straight games by a combined score of 22-2, but the angriest coach after the game was Tampa Bay's John Tortorella. He directed an expletive-filled tirade at Eric Boulton, who took out Paul Ranger of the Lightning with a cheap shot just 2 ½ minutes from the end of the rout. ''The . . . guy should be playing in the . . . East Coast Hockey League, but instead he takes out a . . . NHLer,'' Tortorella said. ``He'll be suspended, but who . . . cares? No one wants to see him on the ice anyway.'' Atlanta's Bob Hartley was seen going into Tortorella's office after the game, but the Tampa Bay coach wouldn't say what they discussed. ''None of your business,'' Tortorella said, before storming away to the team bus.

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Groin Problems- Blame The Skates

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from the Sun-Sentinel,

Gary Roberts, who missed his fifth consecutive game Thursday night due to a groin injury, believes his ongoing ailment could be because of his skates. After skating in the morning at the BankAtlantic Center, Roberts said his skate manufacturer is "fiddling around right now to try and find a reason why I keep injuring my left groin." "The most important part of your trade is your skates," Roberts said. "If you're skates don't feel good then you're in absolute trouble."

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Best Defense Is Offense For Flyers

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from the Morning Call,

"You got to go through all 60 minutes, and it's more important now than ever before in the NHL," Flyers goalie Robert Esche said. "As soon as you ease back or let them attack the zone and they enter with control, they're going to get a quality scoring chance." In other words, the best defense is a good offense, because in the new NHL — get used to hearing that phrase — no lead is safe. Here's why: One thing leads to another and, in this case, protecting a lead means playing defensive hockey, which leads to more time in the defensive zone, where the new rules (no clutching, hooking or interfering) lead to more scoring opportunities and, subsequently, more threats for defenders to stifle. The next thing you know, a defender hooks an opponent, draws a penalty, putting the opponent on a two-minute power play.

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Bettman Star Rising

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from the London Free Press,

National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman's had been falling faster than George W. Bush's popularity. It was Bettman who locked out the players. It was he, a non-hockey guy recruited from the National Basketball Association, who had taken the NHL to the precipice of an abyss too frightening to contemplate. He was seen as the neatly groomed little fellow whose carefully crafted lawyerly words seemed at odds with the gravity of the longest and most passionate labour stoppage in professional sports history. The league appeared intransigent, the players the aggrieved parties. "He's gonna kill the game" was a familiar comment from fans. Flash forward 15 months and the role reversals of the disputants has been breath-taking. Bettman -- dare we say it -- is now wearing the white hat. The black hat sits on the shelf. Nobody is around to don it since Players' Association chief Bob Goodenow was ousted by his membership. Bettman, the guy who seemingly put the game on a death-watch, is looking almost heroic. A workable salary model and exciting rules changes have brought the game storming back with no discernable villain anymore.

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Emotions Lacking

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

Gary Bettman made an interesting observation in a stump speech he delivered at a sports business conference in Toronto on Tuesday. Talking about the new NHL, the commissioner cited increased scoring, greater flow, elimination of obstruction, and, not by the way, the dramatically diminished number of fights in the league. "The elimination of stickwork has removed many previous flashpoints in the game," Bettman said. As usual, the commissioner is confused. Hooking, interference and obstruction fouls never created flashpoints, but rather dismay on the part of players and fans alike. And while the elimination of that brand of stickwork is to be cheered, the elimination of flashpoints is not.

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Thriving Goaltenders

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from Kevin Allen of USA TODAY,

No one has more sympathy for Detroit Lions quarterback Joey Harrington than Red Wings goalie Manny Legace because Legace understands that if he weren't playing sharply, it easily could have been him being skewered and roasted daily on the local sports talk radio shows. In late summer, the two major sports questions in Detroit were whether Harrington was a legitimate No. 1 NFL quarterback and whether Legace could evolve from revered backup to No. 1 goalie on one of the league's best teams.

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EchoStar (DISH) Drops OLN

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from Business Wire,

EchoStar Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: DISH) confirmed today that it is no longer carrying Outdoor Life Network. The Comcast-owned programmer recently demanded that EchoStar force millions of additional DISH Network customers to pay for its outdoor programming as a condition to continued availability. EchoStar was unwilling to impose those additional costs on consumers. "We work hard to provide choice for our customers and to keep prices low," said Eric Sahl, senior vice president of Programming for EchoStar. "Most of our customers have made the decision they do not want to pay the additional cost of watching that channel." For customers impacted by the loss of OLN, DISH Network recently added College Sports TV (CSTV), NFL Network and ESPNU at no additional cost. DISH Network offers other channels that provide similar programming to OLN, such as The Outdoor Channel and the Men's Channel. For hockey fans, hundreds of hockey games are available through regional sports networks offered by DISH Network, or customers can subscribe to the NHL Center Ice Package, which offers a variety of hockey games much broader than those offered on OLN.
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