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Kicking Around With Havlat

from Marcie Garcia at NHL.com,

There are times when the basement of the United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks, can feel like a soccer pitch. While going through the doors and into the corridors outside the dressing room, sounds of squeaky gym shoes and lively shouts warn of a game in progress.

Right wing Martin Havlat, the Hawks’ big gun, is one of the aspiring soccer stars.

“It’s just a good way for us to warm up,” says the 26-year-old Czech Republic native, by far the biggest soccer fan on the team

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  Tags: chicago+blackhawks, martin+havlat

Preds Put Radulov On 3rd Line

from On the Forecheck,

Radulov starts season on No. 3 offensive line…

Yes, the Music City’s budding offensive superstar is starting the on the right side of Radek Bonk and Martin Gelinas, and many Preds fans are howling in disbelief.

But I like this move, and I like it a lot. Here’s why…

read on

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Chicago Can Answer Questions With Quick Start

from the Daily Southtown,

Is this the season?

Is this the season the Blackhawks become a playoff team again?

Is this the season they stay healthy? Score some power-play goals? Go to the net?

Is this the season their long-suffering fans, many of whom no longer visit the United Center, are rewarded with more than a promise of a bright future?

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The Evolution Of The Hockey Coach

from Kevin Paul Dupont of the Boston Globe,

Beginning with the likes of Fred “The Fog” Shero, who added Mike Nykoluk as his assistant with the bullying Flyers of the 1970s, and the legendary Scotty Bowman, the trusted Claude Ruel forever by his side in his Montreal glory days, coaching has become a complex, multilayered exercise. On most NHL teams today, the head coach has at least two assistants, as well as a goalie coach, and “off-ice” assistants, including those who specialize in video and strength and conditioning.

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Ron Francis Expected To Be Named Asst. GM

from Lord Stanley’s Blog at the News & Observer,

The Hurricanes have called a 2 p.m. press conference today to announce their new assistant general manager, by all indications Ron Francis.

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Game Highlights

You can watch all of the highlights from last night at NHL.tv.

Today we have Wings/Ducks…

Continue Reading »

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Say Good Things About The NHL

from the Washington Post,

And just like that, NHL action is underway. Now we could go on about how nobody noticed the season starting for what’s supposed to be a major sports league, and how hockey gets lower TV ratings than Mahjong tournaments, but that wouldn’t be kind….  We want to go in a diferent direction and find out what people actually LIKE about the NHL, eh?

My favorite response…

...The NBA is pathetic - wouldnt go to a game if someone gave me a pair of court side tickets to the Buzzards. The NHL has some issues - sure - all of the major sports leagues do. The fact that ESPN doesnt show high lights is a plus as far as I am concerned - that means that hockey fans know not to turn on the network and try to listen to the illiterate ramblings of Suart Scott - Booo Yeah!

read on (may req. reg.)

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Clock Ticking In Tampa

from the St. Peterburg Times,

Is this the last season four of the league’s best players - St. Louis, Vinny Lecavalier, Brad Richards and Dan Boyle - are together as a group?

“If you want to think about that, go ahead,” St. Louis said. “It’s not something we’re going to think about.”

But general manager Jay Feaster admitted, “The clock is ticking.”

And perhaps only a deep playoff run can postpone the alarm.

read on

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Song Options

from the Ottawa Citizen,

If hockey is the most passionate way we define ourselves abroad, then surely our musical expressions of the game are worthy of consideration as substitutes for O Canada. We suggest two hockey hymns that might be adopted as a kind of bifurcated national anthem: the Hockey Night in Canada Theme and Stompin’ Tom Connors’ rink-rousin’ The Hockey Song.

Here’s the way it would work: On occasions when a purely orchestral version of the anthem is acceptable, like during flag raisings at Olympic medal presentations or drowsy state visits by foreign dignitaries, we could blare out a brassy rendition of the Hockey Night in Canada Theme. But when singing is de rigueur, say at the beginning of a Toronto FC soccer match, everybody would belt out Stompin’ Tom’s immortal lyrics: “The good ol’ hockey game, it’s the best game you can name…”

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Was That A Goal

from the LA Times via the Toronto Star,

For truth be told, goal judges are now an anachronism. The two-referee system (phased in during the 1998-99 season and fully implemented by 2000-01) and video replay judges have made it so. As well, league executives monitoring each game from their Toronto offices have the authority to make final decisions on controversial goals.

The NHL also has made good use of high-definition technology and will be spending about $5 million in arenas this season to upgrade that equipment, Mike Murphy, the league’s vice-president of hockey operations, said.

“The goal judge became less and less a factor. Still a factor but quite a factor down the list,” Murphy said, adding the job has become more of a way to signal a goal to those sitting in remote areas of an arena.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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