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Dump The Young Stars

from Kostya Kennedy of Sports Illustrated,

After sitting through the NHL’s third-ever YoungStars game Tuesday night, I can only say I hope it is the last. I’m betting the sparse and snoozing crowd at the American Airlines Center would agree. The two-day All-Star party is a fine event, festive and entertaining. But this game, dull and miscast, is no way to get it going.

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Bowling For All-Stars

from Jim Litke of the Associated Press:

Good luck finding the NHL All-Star game on TV.
And even those who do will likely be struck by how much it has in common with the NFL Pro Bowl, which is not necessarily a good thing.
Neither resembles the in-season product, mostly because nobody wants to play defense or risk getting hurt. That renders both exhibitions even more meaningless than their baseball and basketball counterparts, since the very skills they’re supposed to highlight don’t look anywhere near as impressive at half-speed.
The big difference, of course, is how many more people will tune in to watch pro football’s Hawaii showcase, anyway.

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Stanley Didn’t Swim With Stars

from the Dallas News:

Mike Bolt wants to dispel two myths about the Stanley Cup.
The 34-inch trophy exhibited throughout the Dallas area over the last week is the real thing, not a replica.
And the notorious incident in which it was dented after a Dallas Stars player threw it from a second-floor balcony into a pool?
“Never happened,” Mr. Bolt said.

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Caps Want “D” From AO

from the Washington Post,

But the remarkable statistics and extensive collection of highlights aren’t enough for Capitals Coach Glen Hanlon and General Manager George McPhee. They want more from their prodigy—much more, in fact. But what they seek won’t always be reflected in box scores or celebrated on sports highlight shows.
“He’s already proven to a lot of people that he’s an elite player,” McPhee said. “But he wants to win a Cup. Our objective is to find how he can help us get there. Look at a player like Steve Yzerman. For years, he scored lots of points, but he really needed to learn how to play defense in order to win a championship.”

read on (reg. may be req.)

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Rail Cam Talk

Rail Cam is being used tonight by Versus.  What do you think?
One thing I noticed, they took my suggestion (lol) and made it white instead of the black we saw in November.

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For The Good Of The Game

from Scott Burnside at ESPN,

It’s a bit disappointing,” said Edmonton Oilers chairman Cal Nichols, whose team has fought fiercely to have the schedule altered to allow more games outside the conference. “I think the best we can hope for is to go back to pre-lockout scheduling. The Western Canadians teams really made a strong case for going back to that. I think the Canadian hockey fans would sooner see us play the other Canadian teams than any U.S. teams.”
More interesting was Nichols’ suggestion that NHL commissioner Gary Bettman should have stepped up and helped persuade owners to make a change.
Asked if Bettman should have shown more leadership, a surprisingly candid Nichols said, “I wish he would have.”
Nichols said he believed Bettman should have encouraged teams that were opposed to change “to do the right things for the game.”

read on... and on a sidenote, Detroit media have been slamming the NHL all day because of this decision…

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Pa. Gov. May Ask For Help From The NHL

from the AP via Sports Illustrated,

Gov. Ed Rendell said Tuesday that should arena negotiations with the Pittsburgh Penguins break down and the team decide to move, the state might ask the National Hockey League to intercede.
Rendell, responding to Penguins owner Mario Lemieux’s comments that last week’s arena talks had taken a step backward, said the latest proposal is so good that he can’t imagine that the NHL would allow the Penguins to leave.
“Is there a possibility that they will decide to leave? Yes, there is,” Rendell said. “But is there a possibility we would go to the NHL board of governors and say, `Hey, if you let them leave, no city is safe?’ Sure.”

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The Lack Of Freezing

from the Christian Science Monitor,

It used to be that sometime in November Canadians could flatten out the snow behind the house, let the water hose run for a few hours, and get a nice flat sheet of ice.
But warm weather is ruining that Canadian tradition: the backyard skating rink. It is also helping a company that sells artificial rinks that cost about the same as a swimming pool.
The outdoor rinks – which can be either portable or permanent – use plastic pipes and a refrigeration unit to make an ice rink, even when temperatures are well above freezing.

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NHL Streaming

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. ET - All-Star Entertainment (video)
7:30 p.m. ET - NHL YoungStars Game, presented by Upper Deck and Dodge/Nitro SuperSkills (audio)

Watch.... Right now, players are on the red carpet, entering the arena.

Tonight’s TV Schedule

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Young Stars early, followed by Skills Competition

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The Maven At The Break

from Stan Fischler at MSG Network,

• Is a Darcy Tucker-to-Edmonton move possible? Perhaps, if the Oilers return with Raffi Torres and prospects.
• Glenn Healy is rapidly becoming the New Don Cherry for Canadian hockey broadcasts but he admits that he made one statement on the air that he would like to have recalled; Rat’s rectum. I used it on a couple of occasions and I was told not to use it.

more from the Maven…

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