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Rangers Just Doing Their Jobs

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from the NY Daily News,

One of the more stunning lockout aftermaths has been the transformation of the Rangers from a directionless franchise into a first-place team and model for the way an NHL club in the salary-cap era should be run. The question is whether that transformation was the result of intelligent design or just the unplanned consequence of cosmic coincidences. As former Ranger Bobby Holik recently said: "I don't know if it was an accident - that's for others to judge - but they have a team now that seems perfectly suited for what the new NHL will be."
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Goose Loonies Remembered

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Detroit fans will never forget the Goose Loonie incident... from the Detroit News,

...and that segues back to Demers, and the infamous Goose Loonies incident which he details in his new book, "Jacques Demers: A to Z." The date was May 10, 1988. The place: Edmonton, Alberta. The principals: Bob Probert and Petr Klima. The scene: On the eve of Game 5 of the Western Conference finals against Edmonton. A group of Red Wings, led by Probert and Klima, who was injured and would not play in Game 5, were discovered at Goose Loonies, a strip club and bar.
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According To Garrioch

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from Bruce Garrioch of the Ottawa Sun,

-The Penguins have given coach Ed Olczyk a second vote of confidence. That can't be good news. -Former Leafs winger Owen Nolan is continuing to work out in California and is preparing to come back late this month. First, he has to get his situation with Toronto sorted out. -The Canucks are listening to offers for RW Todd Bertuzzi. -There's a strong belief that Boston F Glen Murray will seek a trade, although he insisted that's not the case.
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Crosby Happy With HNIC Appearance

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from the Calgary Sun,

After all those Saturday nights watching Hockey Night in Canada, Sidney Crosby was finally on the other side. The teenage Penguins phenom made his small screen debut in the national tradition last night, seen by all those wide-eyed youngsters from his hometown. "Showing it in Nova Scotia, it's pretty nice," Crosby said after yesterday's morning skate.
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No Pity For Thornton

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post

, Understand this. Jeremy Jacobs spent nearly two full years vilifying, demeaning and degrading NHL players — not simply the NHLPA in the abstract, but the players, themselves — in enthusiastically assuming the role of Gary Bettman's co-pilot for the lockout. Jacobs would have been willing to shut down the league forever, if that's as long as it would have taken to get to 54 percent. And yet, when the lockout ended, players with options to go elsewhere, they went to Boston. The PA could have made a statement. They could have boycotted the Bruins. They could have sent a message to Jacobs. Even in collective bargaining defeat, they could have chosen to stand for something.
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Working The Room

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from the Toronto Sun,

Ron Wilson couldn't help but take a few jabs at an old buddy on his way out of the Air Canada Centre last night. The San Jose Sharks coach, who was an assistant coach under Pat Quinn in the early 1990s with the Vancouver Canucks, paid Quinn a couple of weird compliments. Wilson figured Quinn got a few favours from referees Dan Marouelli and Dean Warren. "Pat Quinn is like an old lounge singer who works the room, and he does a masterful job here," Wilson said. "I have worked with Pat and I know how he gets on some guys and it is kind of strange. Anyway, we won the game."
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Rebuilding Ths South

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from the Ottawa Citizen, It's the Deep South, where the NHL lockout was feared to do the most damage -- unless you're the championship Tampa Bay Lightning. Hugh Adami travelled to Nashville, Atlanta, Raleigh and Tampa Bay to assess post-lockout support. more...long, but a good read...

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Bettman Wants Proof

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via ESPN,

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman wants Dick Pound to back up his claim that as many as one-third of hockey players use performance-enhancing drugs. "We've sent a letter to Mr. Pound demanding to know on what he based his inflammatory statements," Bettman told the Toronto Sun on Saturday. "Everything he says is anecdotal. We deserve specifics, not hearsay and innuendoes. Dick Pound insulted our players with his accusations. "It wasn't fair, appropriate or right," he said.
Bettman finally took some advice from Don Cherry, who said last week and again Saturday night that he wants Pound to prove his findings. Cherry even invited Pound to appear on Coaches Corner. update Sunday 8:43am, Check out the Toronto Sun article.

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Recovering Ref

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from the Palm Beach Post,

Van Massenhoven walked to the Panthers training room. Al DiSimone, director of the Panthers medical team, summoned specialists Lee Mandel and Paul Tartell, experts in facial reconstruction. "They were looking at my face and I could hear some gasps," Van Massenhoven said. "I hadn't seen my face at that point, but it didn't sound too good." By midnight, CAT scans had been done at Westside Regional Medical Center and exams revealed both orbital bones below the eye were broken, the nose had been shattered and, as he put it, "the area between my eyes was demolished." Two layers of bone and fatty tissue separating them had caved in, and one of the bones from his nose protruded back millimeters from his brain. "I was told if it had been a woman or smaller man, they would be dead," Van Massenhoven said.
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Change The Culture In Pittsburgh

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from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review,

Many point to coach Eddie Olczyk as the main reason for the team's 7-14-6 start. That is too simplistic. That is settling for the lowest common denominator. It's not the coach. It's the culture, which produced the coach and has failed to support him. The culture - long ago fashioned by Mario Lemieux and Craig Patrick -- values individuality and creativity and an extremely loose locker-room atmosphere. It assumes players' professionalism. It undervalues structure, discipline and attention to detail. Lemieux is the captain. He also is the CEO, which means he controls the corporate climate. Does anyone have the nerve to tell him when it's time to turn up the heat on the GM?
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