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More Goalie Equipment Changes Coming

From John McGourty at NHL.com:

Bottom line: Equipment is there to protect, not make saves.

“We came to the conclusion that we should move forward with some subtle changes for the 2008-09 season,” said NHL goaltending supervisor Kay Whitmore, who played goal in 155 NHL games for the Hartford Whalers, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames. “There will be more changes next year with more proportional fittings for protection only. We have to get back to the beginning of what equipment was for in the first place.”

NHL officials are responding to feedback from players, coaches and management to reduce the size of goalie equipment.

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Blues-Leafs Trade

Nick Kypreos on Fan 590 reporting the follwing trade:  Alex Steen and Carlo Colaiacovo for Lee Stempniak.

added 1:50pm, St. Louis Blues President John Davidson announced today the team has acquired defenseman Carlo Colaiacovo and center Alexander Steen from the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for Lee Stempniak.

“We feel we have improved our club today for both the short and long term by adding Carlo and Alex,” said Davidson.  “Carlo is solid two-way defenseman and will provide depth to our blueline and Alex can play center or wing and can score at the NHL level.”  “Lee has done a tremendous job in St. Louis.  He is a classy individual and we would like to thank him for all of his work on and off the ice that he has provided to the St. Louis Blues.”

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Matt Murley Cleared by IIHF to Play in KHL

Press release from the KHL:

The Disciplinary Committee of the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) recently met to discuss violations of the IIHF bylaws on player transfers in connection with the transfer of United States forward Matt Murley to the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) club Amur Khabarovsk.

Mr. Murley left the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL) and joined the Amur team of the KHL on October 10. The NHL informed the IIHF that the player had a valid contract with Carolina and had no right to enter into an agreement with any other club.

Complete explanation below. [Update: Plus added links down below]

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  Tags: iihf, khl, matt+murley

Panthers Notes

from George Richards of On Frozen Pond,

• Wade Belak’s days with the Florida Panthers aren’t over.

Belak cleared waivers today and is free to report back to the Panthers.

• Nick Boynton is out today; he also has a concussion. Likely suffered in his fight Friday in Boston.

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Stars Of The Week

NEW YORK (Nov. 24, 2008)—Boston Bruins center Marc Savard, Vancouver Canucks center Henrik Sedin and Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Nikolai Khabibulin have been named the NHL’s ‘Three Stars’ for the week ending Sunday, Nov. 23.

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Oilers Hoped Penner Would Be Good

from Jay Feaster at the Hockey News,

If only I could feel bad for the Oilers and their serious case of buyer’s remorse.

What, exactly, did Edmonton think it was purchasing with that offer sheet? Penner was a 6-foot-4, 245-pound winger who had played two seasons of college hockey, two seasons in the American League and one full season in the NHL (plus 19 games in part of one other season)....

Did they know his legs were “inconsistent” and his conditioning sometimes an issue? Did they know that the “competitiveness” part of his game has “always been a problem?”

That’s the reason GMs snicker. Edmonton didn’t know, but they hoped. They paid an exorbitant price and hoped for the best. They now have buyer’s remorse.

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Friction In The NHLPA

from Liz Mullen of SportsBusiness Journal,

The NHL Players’ Association overhauled its constitution a year ago to prevent the union from repeating the errors of its past, but the union’s new structure is now causing friction between Executive Director Paul Kelly and ombudsman Eric Lindros.

Kelly and Lindros, once staunch supporters of each other, are increasingly at odds over their roles at the union, according to numerous hockey and sports industry sources.

continued and thanks to Sports Business Journal for allowing a normally paid subscription to be posted.

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  Tags: eric+lindros, paul+kelly

A Non-Blogger Responds

I wanted to draw your attention today to the KK Member Blog area, where HockeyinHD gives a side of the story we do not normally read about on this topic.

Also, for the folks who have been writing their own blog there, may I suggest updating your KK member profile.  I know a few folks involved in the business who want to know a little bit more about you so updating your profile may be to your advantage.

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Briere Concerned About Groin Pull

from Chuck Gormley of the Courier-Post,

When Danny Briere suffered what the Flyers termed a “slight” pull in his left groin on Nov. 11 on Long Island, he thought a few days off the ice would allow the pull to heal.
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Nearly two weeks later, Briere says he is no better today than he was last week and is growing concerned about what might be the problem.

“I have no power,” he said Sunday, after skating at the Skate Zone. “I can’t stop and start, and that’s my game. I need to be quick taking off and jumping into holes, and right now I can’t do that.”

Briere insists the slight tear in his groin is unrelated to the sports-hernia surgery he underwent Oct. 25. That surgery was expected to require three to four weeks of rehab, but Briere returned to the lineup in 16 days,

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The Masks From The Past

from Dave Stubbs of the Montreal Gazette,

“Bank robbery,” Marc Poulin says, hopefully in jest, “is still in planning.” On Poulin’s kitchen table in Lachine are probably 15 masks he could use for a heist. Sadly, he’d probably not get far - it wouldn’t be hard to find a fleeing Ken Dryden, Terry Sawchuk, Eddie Giacomin or Gerry Cheevers with a sack of loot in his fist.

For the past three years, Poulin has used his hands and imagination to produce dozens of styles of vintage fibreglass goalie masks, painstakingly detailed masterpieces of a bygone NHL.

Upon close inspection of his work, you marvel at the courage of the men who wore the genuine article. And the guts of those before them who had lumbered barefaced and scarred into action.

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